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Griffith Observatory periodically offers special programs to mark astronomical milestones (solstices and equinoxes, and solar and lunar eclipses), notable anniversaries, or one-time public opportunities.

Upcoming Schedule

For all Observatory activities in the next month, please check the Calendar.

Solstices and Equinoxes

Each time the seasons change, unless the building is closed (i.e., on a Monday), the Observatory presents brief talks at local noon (in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor) and sunset (on the West Terrace). These events marking the winter and summer solstice and spring and fall equinox are free and open to the public.

Fall Equinox Thursday, September 22, 2016
Winter Solstice Monday, December 21, 2016
Spring Equinox Saturday, March 19, 2016
Summer Solstice Monday, June 20, 2016


The Observatory holds public viewing events for most lunar and solar eclipses.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Los Angeles is Sunday, September 27, 2015. The Observatory will hold a viewing event.

The next partial solar eclipse visible from Los Angeles is August 21, 2017 (morning).

Meteor Showers

Most meteor showers occur when the Observatory is closed. Meteor showers are best observed against a dark sky away from city lights. For more information on upcoming meteor showers, check are Planets, comets, and meteors page.

Notable Anniversaries

The Observatory often marks major astronomical or space exploration anniversaries with a special program. We did this in 2009-2012 for the 40th anniversaries of each of the Apollo missions.

One-Time Activities

Whether an evening discussing the photography of astrophysicist Brian May, or a special lecture and book-signing by a noted astronomer, the Observatory presents unique one-time programs of interest to our visitors.

Special Event Archives

Past events at Griffith Observatory are listed here, along with links to their original event pages.