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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
Stargazing with Rangers

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona
September 13, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(928) 608-6200

SKYWATCHING
They Dance in the Sky-Star Party

Natural Bridges National Monument, Lake Powell, Utah
September 14, 2019, 9 p.m.
(435) 692-1234

LECTURE
It Broke! Stories of How We Fixed It

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
September 19, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
It Broke! Stories of How We Fixed It

Ramo Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena, California
September 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing with Rangers

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona
September 20, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(928) 608-6200

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
September 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse, Utah
September 21, 2019
Park entrance fees apply
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
They Dance in the Sky-Star Party

Natural Bridges National Monument, Lake Powell, Utah
September 21, 2019, 9 p.m.
(435) 692-1234

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing with Rangers

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona
September 27, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(928) 608-6200

SKYWATCHING
Solar Viewing

Pipe Spring National Monument, Fredonia, Arizona
September 27, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(928) 643-7105

SKYWATCHING
September Star Party

El Morro National Monument, Ramah, New Mexico
September 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
(505) 783-4226, ext. 801

SKYWATCHING, FESTIVAL
2019 Southwest Astronomy Festival

Various Venues, Southern Utah
Star parties, solar viewing, night hikes, workshops
September 27, 2019, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Most events are free
For more information

SKYWATCHING
Star Party: Our Place in Space

Oliver Lee State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico
September 28, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 437-8284

SKYWATCHING
They Dance in the Sky-Star Party

Natural Bridges National Monument, Lake Powell, Utah
September 28, 2019, 9 p.m.
(435) 692-1234

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Star Party

Pipe Spring National Monument, Fredonia, Arizona
September 27, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(928) 643-7105

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Why is the Sky Dark at Night?

Alessandro Schillaci; followed by skywatching
Caltech, Pasadena, California
October 4, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
October 5, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Moon Viewing Program

Abilene State Park, Tuscola, Texas
October 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission
(325) 267-4871

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Illuminating Dark Matter

Lecture followed by telescope viewing
Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, California
October 5, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission (parking pass required)

LECTURE
The Other 95% of the Universe

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
October 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
The Other 95% of the Universe

Ramo Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena, California
October 18, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
October 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

SKYWATCHING, MUSIC
Music and the Stars

Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
October 19, 2019, 5-8 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Star Party: Cygnus and Lyra

Oliver Lee State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico
October 26, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 437-8284

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse, Utah
October 26, 2019
Park entrance fees apply
(801) 725-9263

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Sounds of the Stars: Imaging Star Guts with Cosmic Music

Jim Fuller; followed by skywatching
Caltech, Pasadena, California
November 1, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
November 2, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Inks Lake Star Party

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Texas
November 2, 2019, 6 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(512) 793-4689

SKYWATCHING
Star Party in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
November 2, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(254) 694-3793, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Night Skies Over the LBJ Ranch

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Johnson City, Texas
November 2, 2019, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(830) 861-7128, ext. 232
Free admission; reservations required

SKYWATCHING, MUSIC
Night Skies of Leasburg Dam

Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
November 16, 2019, 5-8 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
November 22, 2019, 7 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

LECTURE
Beyond the Known World: New Horizons Mission Into the Kuiper Belt

Veronica Bray, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
University of Arizona, Tucson
December 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
The Solar System's Volcanic Wonderland

Katherine de Kleer; followed by skywatching
Caltech, Pasadena, California
December 6, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
December 7, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, Texas
December 14, 2019, 5 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(830) 868-7304

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
December 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

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EVENT
The Future of Space Exploration: Insights from Science Fiction

September 15, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum, Framingham, Massachusetts
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Thoreson Farm, Port Oneida, Michigan
September 21, 2019, 9 p.m.
(231) 326-5010, ext. 5010
Park pass required

SKYWATCHING
Star Gazing Program at Explore Park

Blue Ridge Parkway, near Roanoke, Virginia
September 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
September 29, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

Emanuele Berti, Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
October 1, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission
Live Webcast

SKYWATCHING
Observatory Open House

Tour and skywatching at Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
October 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
(404) 275-3974

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Shenandoah River State Park, Bentonville, Virginia
October 5, 2019, 8-11 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(540) 622-6840

EVENT
The Future of Space Exploration: An Ethical Perspective

October 15, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum, Framingham, Massachusetts
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Solar Viewing

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, Michigan
October 21, 2019, 8 p.m.
(231) 326-5010, ext. 5010
Park pass required

SKYWATCHING
Star Gazing Program at Explore Park

Blue Ridge Parkway, near Roanoke, Virginia
October 25, 2019, 7-8 p.m.

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, Middletown, Virginia
October 26, 2019, 6 p.m.
(540) 869-3051

LECTURE
From Sun to Solar Wind: The Perplexing Solar Corona

Nicholeen Viall
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
November 7, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Park After Dark

Fort Monroe National Monument, Fort Monroe, Virginia
November 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
(757) 722-3678

SKYWATCHING
Transit of Mercury

Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg, Virginia
November 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(434) 572-4623

EVENT
The Future of Space Exploration: The Policy Perspective

Teasel Muir-Harmony, National Air and Space Museum; Alissa Haddaji, Harvard Kennedy School
November 15, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum, Framingham, Massachusetts
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Observing Session

Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg, Virginia
November 23, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(434) 572-4623

SKYWATCHING
Geminid Meteor Shower

Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg, Virginia
December 14, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(434) 572-4623

SKYWATCHING
Observing Session

Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg, Virginia
December 28, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(434) 572-4623