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Calendar and Events

Special Events

July 21
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
July 23
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture: Another Day of Sun   Reservation required
July 25
7:50 – 8:50 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk   Free Admission
July 30 - July 31
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Mars Close Approach Viewing Event   Free Admission
August 3
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered
Book signing and conversation with Dr. David A. Weintraub
  Free Admission
August 18
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
August 20
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture: The Soul of Psyche - Mission to the Heart of a Protoplanet   Reservation required
July 6 9:47 a.m., PDT, Earth at aphelion, its farthest point from the Sun.
July 9 Venus near bright star Regulus.
July 14 Moon near planet Mercury in the early evening.
July 15 Moon near Venus.
July 20 Moon near Jupiter.
July 24 Moon near Saturn.
July 27 Mars at opposition, visible all night.
July 31 Mars at its closest to Earth since 2003, at 12:45 a.m., PDT, and it is highest in the Los Angeles sky at the same time.
August 13-14 Perseid meteor shower, strongest before dawn on 14th.
August 16 Moon near Jupiter in evening sky.
August 20 Moon near Mars and Saturn in evening sky.
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.
July 20 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium communication satellites to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The launch and the landing maneuvers of the reusable first stage may be visible in the western sky from southern California.

Time: 5:12 a.m., PDT
August 4 NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is to be launched from Cape Canaveral Florida by a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket. The probe will study the sun and its corona at close range.

Time: 1:17-4:02 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.

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.