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Calendar and Events

Special Events

October 17
6:05 – 7:05 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk   Free Admission
October 20
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
October 22
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture:
Meteorites & Asteroids by Dr. Alan Rubin
  Reservation required
November 2
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free Admission
November 12
Veterans Day   Building Closed
November 17
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
November 21
4:35 – 5:35 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk   Free Admission
November 22
Thanksgiving Day   Building Closed
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.
November 4 Standard time returns.
November 5 Crescent moon near Venus at dawn.
November 8 & 9 Crescent moon near Mercury after sunset.
November 11 Moon near Saturn.
November 15 Moon near Mars.
November 17 Leonid 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.
October 6 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Argentina’s SAOCOM 1-A communication satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The launch should be visible in the sky to the west of Los Angeles..

Time: 7:22 p.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

Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) OPEN
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) CLOSED
Christmas Day (Dec. 25) CLOSED

2019 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) OPEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 21) CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 18) CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 25) CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 27) CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) OPEN
Labor Day (Sept. 2) CLOSED
Columbus Day (Oct. 14) CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) 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.