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Calendar and Events

Special Events

October 21 Public Star Party   Free admission
November 2
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture:
The Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
  Reservation required
November 3
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
November 11 Veteran's Day Holiday   Observatory OPEN
November 18 Public Star Party   Free admission
November 20
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture:
The New Jupiter: Early Results From Mission Juno
  Reservation required
November 23 Thanksgiving Holiday   Building CLOSED
November 29
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Sunset Walk-and-Talk   Free admission
October 15 Bright star Aldebaran uncovered by the moon (emerges from occultation) at 3:11 a.m..
October 16 Saturn’s ring plane at greatest tilt with respect to earth for the next 15 years.
October 17 Moon near Venus and Mars in the morning sky
October 19 Uranus in opposition (visible all night with optical aid).
October 21 Orionid meteor shower peaks before sunrise.
October 23 and 24 Moon near Saturn in the evening sky
November 1 Venus near bright star Spica at dawn.
November 5 Standard Time returns (set clocks back one hour at 2:00 a.m.)
November 12 Mercury becomes visible after sunset
November 13 Venus near Jupiter at dawn
November 14 Moon near Mars at dawn
November 16 Moon near Jupiter and Venus at dawn
November 17 Leonid Meteor shower peaks before dawn
November 20 Moon near Saturn after sunset
November 28 Saturn near Mercury 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.
October 17 Launch of an Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket from Vandenberg AFB carrying six SkySat Earth observation satellites and several cubesats. The rocket’s ascent may be visible in the western sky from Los Angeles.

Time: 2:37 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.

2017 Holiday Schedule

Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) OPEN
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) CLOSED
Christmas Day (Dec. 25) CLOSED

2018 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) OPEN
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.