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Places to Go, Stars to See

star party graphicKeep up with astronomy and space events from coast to coast with these listings. They include star parties, museum events, public talks, and many other events. We'll add new activities as we hear about them, so check back often for events in your area.

Because weather conditions can change rapidly, we suggest calling or checking the event website for details before attending any skywatching event.

We also have listings of observatories, planetariums, and other public facilities that offer views through telescopes at various times of the year.

See also: McDonald Observatory On-site Programs

If you want to add your event to this list, please send your information using "Star Party listing request" on our Contact Form.

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SKYWATCHING
Gaze at the Galaxy

Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, Texas
February 14, 2020, 8-9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(325) 628-3240, x3000
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
February 21, 2020, 7 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

SKYWATCHING
Experience the Night - Full Moon

Tumacacori National Historical Park, Tumacacori, Arizona
February 22, 2020, 5 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(520) 377-5060

SKYWATCHING
Starrytelling

Copper's Break State Park, Quanah, Texas
(An International Dark Sky Park)

February 22, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(849) 839-4331


Los Angeles
February 29, 2020, 2-9:45 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
The Search for Life: Exploring Ocean Worlds

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
March 5, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
The Search for Life: Exploring Ocean Worlds

Caltech, Pasadena, California
March 6, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas
March 13, 2020, 9-11 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(817) 776-3924

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Oracle State Park, Oracle, Arizona
March 14, 2020, 7-9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
March 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

LECTURE
Real Images of Exoplanets

Jason Wang
Caltech, Pasadena, California
March 20, 2020, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Starrytelling

Copper's Break State Park, Quanah, Texas
(An International Dark Sky Park)

March 21, 2020, 8-9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(849) 839-4331

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas
April 18, 2020, 9-11 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(817) 776-3924

SKYWATCHING
Starwalk

Copper's Break State Park, Quanah, Texas
(An International Dark Sky Park)

April 25, 2020, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(849) 839-4331

LECTURE
Becoming a NASA Engineer

Tracy Drain, NASA Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
May 7, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Becoming a NASA Engineer
Tracy Drain, NASA Engineer
Caltech, Pasadena, California
May 8, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Trying to Prove Einstein Wrong

Agnes Frere
Caltech, Pasadena, California
May 8, 2020, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Starwalk

Copper's Break State Park, Quanah, Texas
(An International Dark Sky Park)

May 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(849) 839-4331

LECTURE
Making a Mars Rover

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
June 18, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Making a Mars Rover
Caltech, Pasadena, California
June 19, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Starwalk

Copper's Break State Park, Quanah, Texas
(An International Dark Sky Park)

June 20, 2020, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(849) 839-4331

LECTURE
A Day in the Life of the Deep Space Network

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
July 9, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
A Day in the Life of the Deep Space Network
Caltech, Pasadena, California
July 10, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission


Los Angeles
July 25, 2020, 2-9:45 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Failure IS an Option: The Agony and Inspiration of Defeat

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
August 20, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Failure IS an Option: The Agony and Inspiration of Defeat
Caltech, Pasadena, California
August 21, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission


Los Angeles
August 22, 2020, 2-9:45 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Visualizing Space Exploration: AR, VR, and Emerging Tech

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
September 17, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Visualizing Space Exploration: AR, VR, and Emerging Tech
Caltech, Pasadena, California
September 18, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Galaxy of Horrors: Terrifying Real Planets

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
October 15, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Galaxy of Horrors: Terrifying Real Planets
Caltech, Pasadena, California
October 16, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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SKYWATCHING
Star Gazing at the Marsh

Collier-Seminole State Park, Naples, Florida
February 15, 2020, 6-9:30 p.m.
Admission fees apply
(239) 394-3397

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Park, Porter, Indiana
February 15, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(219) 395-1821

SKYWATCHING
Star Party at Cedar Key Museum

Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key, Florida
February 15, 2020, 5:30-10 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
An Evening Under the Stars

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida
February 22, 2020
Park admission fees apply
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
An Evening Under the Stars

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida
February 29, 2020
Park admission fees apply
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
Star Gazing at the Marsh

Collier-Seminole State Park, Naples, Florida
March 21, 2020, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission fees apply
(239) 394-3397

SKYWATCHING
An Evening Under the Stars

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida
March 21 and 28, 2020
Park admission fees apply
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Park, Porter, Indiana
March 22, 2020, 7-9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(219) 395-1821

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Park, Porter, Indiana
April 18, 2020, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(219) 395-1821



LECTURE
Invading Mars

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Byrdstown, Tennessee
July 4, 2020, 1 p.m.
(931) 864-3247
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Perseid Shooting Star Party 2020

Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
August 14, 2020, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(706) 557-3001