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Calendar and Events

Special Events

September 18
9:00 a.m.
2018-2019 School Program Reservations begin    
September 19
7:20 – 8:20 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk   Free Admission
September 22
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
September 22
Local noon (12:40 p.m.)
and sunset (6:35 p.m.)
Fall Equinox Events   Free Admission
October 5
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free Admission
October 8
October 17
7:20 – 8:20 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk   Free Admission
October 20
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
September 16 and 17 Moon near Saturn.
September 19 Moon above Mars.
September 21 Venus at its brightest.
September 22 Autumn starts at 6:54 p.m., PDT.
October 8 Possible Draconid meteors visible in early evening.
October 11 Moon near Jupiter.
October 14 Moon above Saturn.
October 17 Moon near Mars.
October 20 Orionid meteor shower before dawn.
More sky information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report
All times are local Pacific Daylight Time through November 4. On November 5 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Standard Time.
September 15 NASA’s ICESat 2 polar ice monitoring mission is to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on the last United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, a type of rocket that first saw service in 1989. The launch may be visible in the sky to the west of Los Angeles.

Time: 5:46-6:26 a.m., PDT
October 7 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Argentina’s SAOCOM 1-A communication satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The launch may be visible in the sky to the west of Los Angeles.

Time: TBD

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.

2018 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) CLOSED
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 15) CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 19) CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 26) CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 28) CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) OPEN
Labor Day (Sept. 3) CLOSED
Columbus Day (Oct. 8) CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) OPEN
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) 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.