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Calendar and Events

Special Events

May 5
7:30 – 9:30 p.m
All Space Considered   Free admission
May 6 Public Star Party   Free admission
June 2
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
June 3 Public Star Party   Free admission
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.
June 3 Moon appears near Jupiter in the evening sky
June 14 and 15 Saturn at opposition and is closest to Earth and visible all night.
June 17 - 24 Best period to comet Johnson (C/2015 V2) through binoculars in moon-free conditions.
June 20
Summer begins at 9:24 p.m., PDT
June 27 Possible peak of the June Bo├Âtid meteor shower.
June 30 Moon appears near Jupiter in the evening 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.
June 13 An Atlas 5 rocket carrying a reconnaissance satellite will launch from Vandenberg, AFB, California. Launch may be visible in western sky from Los Angeles.

Time : To Be Announced

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.