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Calendar and Events

Special Events

April 1
Public Star Party   Free admission
April 7
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
May 5
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
May 6 Public Star Party   Free admission
April 1 Mercury is visible after sunset through the 8th.
April 7 Jupiter at opposition and is visible all night.
April 16 waning gibbous moon near Saturn.
April 22 The Lyrid meteor shower peaks before dawn.
April 23
Crescent moon near Venus in the morning sky.
April 23 Mars in constellation Taurus the Bull near orange star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster.
April 28 Moon blocks (occults) the star Aldebaran during the day.
May 5 and 6 Maximum of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower happens before dawn.
May 6 and 7 Gibbous moon is near Jupiter.
May 13 and 14 Moon is near Saturn in the morning sky.
May 17 Mercury is farthest from sun in the morning sky.
May 22

Crescent moon is near Venus in the morning sky.

May 23 Crescent moon is near Mercury in the morning sky.
More sky information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report
All times are local Pacific Standard Time through March 11. On March 12 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Daylight Time.
April 26 Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft makes its first pass between Saturn’s atmosphere and the rings at 2:00 a.m., PDT.

Regular Programs

Griffith Observatory presents daily programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.
The Observatory also hosts periodic special events and monthly public star parties.

Hearing assist devices are available upon request in both the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon.

2017 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) OPEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16) CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 20) CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 27) CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 29) CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) OPEN
Labor Day (Sept. 4) CLOSED
Columbus Day (Oct. 9) CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) OPEN
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) CLOSED
Christmas Day (Dec. 25) CLOSED

Note: Phone operators are not available on closed holidays.

Free public telescopes...

are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing. Please be aware that the demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope by 9:30 p.m. or earlier to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

Phone Contacts

General Information Line: 213-473-0800
L.A. City's "311" Information Line: 866-4LACITY

Those wishing to attend programs at Griffith Observatory may reach the Observatory by bus, bike, car, or on foot. For more information see our Getting Here page. Please be advised that parking is limited and not guaranteed. Demand for parking is highest on weekends, holidays, and Greek Theatre show nights.