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Calendar and Events

Special Events

July 7
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
July 17 Earths Above: From Mars and Titan to Exoplanets   Reservation Required
July 29 Public Star Party   Free admission
August 2
7:35 – 8:35 p.m.
Sunset Walk-and-Talk   Free admission
August 4
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
August 14 Sleeping on Mars: A Hidden Challenge for Human Space Exploration   Reservation Required
August 21
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Partial solar eclipse public viewing event   Free admission
August 26 Public Star Party   Free admission
July 6 Moon appears near Saturn in the evening sky.
July 20 Moon, Venus and bright star Aldebaran appear close toether in morning sky.
July 24 and 25 Moon appears near Mercury in the evening sky.
July 27 - 28 Peak of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower.
July 28 Moon appears near Jupiter in the evening sky.
August 2 Moon appears near Saturn in the evening sky.
August 12/13 Maximum of the Perseid meteor shower.
August 18 and 19 Moon appears near Venus in the morning sky.
August 21 Solar Ecipse, partial in Los Angeles, total only from with a 60 mile-wide path that runs from Oregon to South Carolina.
August 25 and 26 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 Daylight Time through November 4. On November 5 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Standard Time.
July 28 Launch of a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan carrying two new astronauts of crew 51S to the International Space Station.

Time : 8:41 a.m. PDT
August 14 Launch of classified National Reconnaissance Office payload NROL-42 on board a ULA Atlas V rocket, from Vandenberg AFB, California. The ascent of the rocket may be visible in the western sky from Los Angeles.

Time : 12:01 - 4:00 a.m. PDT
August 24 Launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB. Carrying Taiwan's Formosat 5 communication satellite. The rocket's ascent may be visible in the sky 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

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.