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Calendar and Events

Special Events

December 16 Public Star Party   Free admission
December 21 Winter Solstice (local noon & sunset presentations)   Free admission
December 24 Observatory closes at 5:00p.m.    
December 25 Observatory closed    
December 31 Observatory closes at 5:00p.m.    
January 1 Observatory closed    
January 5
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
December 13 Moon near Mars in the morning sky.
December 13/14 Geminid meteors visible from 10 p.m. until dawn. (Observatory CLOSED during this time)
December 14 Moon near Jupiter in the morning sky.
December 21 Winter Solstice at 8:28 a.m., PST.
January 1 Perigee full moon.
January 2 9:35 p.m., PST, Earth at perihelion, its annual closest point to the sun.
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” .
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.
December 13 A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket will launch a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket may be visible in the western sky as seen from Los Angeles.

Time: TBA
December 22 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 Iridium Next communication satellites. 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: 5:26 p.m., PST
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.

2017 Holiday Schedule

Christmas Day (Dec. 25) CLOSED

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.