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Calendar and Events

Special Events

January 24
5:05 – 6:05 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk   Free admission
January 27
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free admission
January 29
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture: Caltech and the Origin of Rocketry in Southern California   Reservations and tickets required
January 31
3:45 – 7:00 a.m.
Total Lunar Eclipse   Free admission
February 2
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
January 7 Mars near Jupiter in the predawn sky.
January 11 Moon near Mars and Jupiter in the predawn sky.
January 12 Moon near Mercury and Saturn before sunrise. Mercury near Saturn before sunrise.
January 31 Moon in total eclipse from 4:51 a.m. to 6:07 a.m. This occurs during the second full moon of the month, also called a “Blue Moon”.
February 7 Moon near Jupiter before dawn.
February 9 Moon near Mars in the morning sky.
February 11 Moon near Saturn in the morning sky.
February 26 Venus returns to view in the western sky after sunset.
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.
January An attempt will be made to launch a Tesla Roadster automobile into a transfer orbit around the sun between Earth and Mars on the debut test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center.

Date & Time: TBA
January 10 An United Launch Alliance Delta-4 Medium rocket will launch the classified reconnaissance satellite NROL-47 from Vandenberg AFB, California. The launch may be visible from Los Angeles.

Time: TBA
January 30 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Spain’s Paz radar imaging satellite. The launch and reentry firing of the rocket’s reusable first stage may be visible in the sky to the west of Los Angeles.

Time: TBA

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.