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Calendar and Events

Special Events

November 23 Thanksgiving Holiday   Building CLOSED
November 29
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Sunset Walk-and-Talk   Free admission
December 1
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
December 16 Public Star Party   Free admission
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
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.
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.
November 10 A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is scheduled to launch the Joint Polar Satellite System for weather monitoring. The rocket may be visible in the western sky as seen from Los Angeles.

Time: 1:47 a.m., PST
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

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

Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) CLOSED
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.