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Calendar and Events

Special Events

March 24
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
March 26
Cesar Chavez Day   BUILDING CLOSED
March 28
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk   Free Admission
February 7 Moon near Jupiter before dawn.
February 9 Moon near Mars in the morning sky.
February 11 Moon near Saturn in the morning sky.
February 26 Venus returns to view in the western sky after sunset.
March 1 First full moon of March.
March 3-25 Mercury appears near Venus in the evening sky.
March 7 Moon near Jupiter in morning sky.
March 10 Moon between Saturn and Mars in morning sky.
March 11 Daylight Saving Time returns.
March 19 Moon near Mecury and Venus after sunset.
March 20 Spring starts at 9:15 a.m., PDT.
March 28 Venus appears close to Uranus through telescopes.
March 31 Second full moon of March, 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.
February 6 An attempt will be made to launch a Tesla Roadster automobile into a transfer orbit around the sun between Earth and Mars on the debut test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center.

Time: 10:30 a.m., PDT.
February 17 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Spain’s Paz radar imaging satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. 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
March 18 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch Iridium Next communication satellites 41-50 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. 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: 8:19 a.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

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.