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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, and because the COVID-19 outbreak has forced many facilities to close or cancel events, call or check 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.

West

 

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing 101

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg, Texas
July 31, 2021, 9-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(830) 685-3636, x804

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing the Tex
as Night Sky
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway, Mineral Wells, Texas
July 31, 2021, 9-10:30 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(940) 328-1171, x227

SKYWATCHING
Summertime Stargazing

Lockart State Park, Lockhart, Texas
July 31, 2021, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(512) 398-3479

SKYWATCHING
Marvel at the Moon and Stars

Goose Island State Park, Rockport, Texas
July 31, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(361) 729-2858

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky

Bonham State Park, Bonham, Texas
August 6, 2021, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(903) 583-5022

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
August 7, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Capulin Dark Sky Festival

Capulin Volcano National Monument, Des Moines, New Mexico
August 7 and 8, 2021, 7-11 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
August 14, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Star Party With San Antonio Astronomical Association

Guadalupe River State Park, Spring Branch, Texas
August 14, 2021, 8:30 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
(830) 214-3635

SKYWATCHING
Evening Locomotive Run and Star Party

Golden Spike National Historical Park, Brigham City, Utah
August 21, 2021, 6-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing 101

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg, Texas
August 27, 2021, 9-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(830) 685-3636, x804

SKYWATCHING
Garner State Park Summer Star Party

Garner State Park, Concan, Texas
August 28, 2021, 8 p.m.-midnight
Park entrance fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas
September 4, 2021, 8-9 p.m.
Followed by a star party, 9-11 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(817) 776-3924

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Viewing Event

Capulin Volcano National Monument, Des Moines, New Mexico
September 4, 2021, 7:30-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas
October 2, 2021, 7-8 p.m.
Followed by a star party, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(817) 776-3924

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Viewing Event

Capulin Volcano National Monument, Des Moines, New Mexico
October 9, 2021, 7-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas
November 6, 2021, 7-8 p.m.
Followed by a star party, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(817) 776-3924

SKYWATCHING
Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas
December 4, 2021, 7-8 p.m.
Followed by a star party, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(817) 776-3924

 

East

 

SKYWATCHING
Dark Skies Over Hatteras
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Manteo, North Carolina
July 29, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Big Meadows Star Pa
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Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
July 29, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Dickey Ridge Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
July 30, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Mathews Arm Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 1, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Night Skies Over Rainy Lake
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, Minnesota
August 3, 2021, 10:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Big Meadows Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 5, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Dark Skies Over Hatteras
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Manteo, North Carolina
August 5, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Dickey Ridge Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 6, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Star Gaze

Riverside Park South, New York, New York
August 7, 2021, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission
(212) 870-3070
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
Dark Skies Over Blue Heron

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida, Tennessee
August 7, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
(423) 569-9778

SKYWATCHING
Mathews Arm Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 8, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Night Skies Over Rainy Lake
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, Minnesota
August 10, 2021, 10:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Dark Skies Over Hatteras
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Manteo, North Carolina
August 12, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Big Meadows Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 12, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Star Pa
rty
Caledon State Park, King George, Virginia
August 14, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(540) 663-3861
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
Dickey Ridge Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 13, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Mathews Arm Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 15, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Night Skies Over Rainy Lake
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, Minnesota
August 17, 2021, 10:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Dark Skies Over Hatteras
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Manteo, North Carolina
August 19, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Big Meadows Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 19, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Dickey Ridge Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 20, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Mathews Arm Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 22, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Night Skies Over Rainy Lake
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, Minnesota
August 24, 2021, 10:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Dark Skies Over Hatteras
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Manteo, North Carolina
August 26, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Big Meadows Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 26, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Dickey Ridge Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 27, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

Riverside Park South, New York, New York
August 29, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
Free admission
(212) 870-3070
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
Mathews Arm Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
August 29, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Big Meadows Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
September 2, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Star Gaze

Riverside Park South, New York, New York
September 4, 2021, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission
(212) 870-3070
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
Almost Heaven Star Party 2021

Spruce Knob Mountain Center, Circleville, West Virginia
September 3-7, 2021
Admission charged

SKYWATCHING
Mathews Arm Star Pa
rty
Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia
September 5, 2021, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

Riverside Park South, New York, New York
September 26, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
Free admission
(212) 870-3070
[email protected]

SKYWATCHING
Dark Skies Over Blue Heron

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida, Tennessee
October 2, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
(423) 569-9778

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program
Abraham Lincoln National Historical Park, Hodgenville, Kentucky
October 8, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
Reservations required
(270) 358-3137

SKYWATCHING
Dark Skies Over Bandy Creek
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida, Tennessee
October 16, 2021, 8-9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
Reservations required
(575) 278-2201

 

Virtual

 


August 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m. PDT

LECTURE
Seven Ponds Astronomy Club

Once You've Found Another 'Earth,' What Comes Next?; Thomas Beatty, Steward Observatory
August 21, 2021, 7 p.m. EDT
Registration required


September 11, 2021, 7:30 p.m. PDT


October 16, 2021, 7:30 p.m. PDT