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Events Where the Stars Are the Stars

Are you looking for latest discoveries about the universe, what leading astronomers are saying, or when Sun is at its highest point each day? We’ve got you covered. Whether our events are on the lawn, in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon, or online, we’ll make sure you know what’s up in the cosmos.

Director Dr. E.C. Krupp makes an announcement to a large crowd.

Griffith Observatory is open today from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Local Noon – 12:06 p.m.

Sunset – 5:52 p.m.

When to Visit

Weekday (Tuesday - Friday) Hours
Open 12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m.

Weekend (Saturday - Sunday) Hours
Open 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Closed Monday

A boy looks through a telescope at Griffith Observatory.

Daily Programs: Shows, Telescopes, Exhibits, and More

You don’t have to attend a special event to have a special day at Griffith Observatory! In addition to the periodic events listed below, we offer a variety of shows, telescope observations, exhibit demonstrations, and more every day the Observatory is open.

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Plan Your Visit

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Visit

Located just above Hollywood, the distinctive Observatory building can be seen for miles. Whether you walk, bike, take the bus, grab a shared ride, or drive, a visit to the Observatory should be part of any trip to Los Angeles.

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Explore

From daily Samuel Oschin Planetarium shows and public telescope observing to monthly and special events, Griffith Observatory has something for everyone. Whether you're looking at the sky, the exhibits, or the Hollywood Sign, we can help you be an observer.

All Space Considered

The third Thursday of each month, the Observatory presents this free inside look at the most talked-about subjects in astronomy, space science, and space exploration. Observatory curatorial staff and special guests bring visitors up to date on what is going on in space. The presentations are offered free to the public.

Upcoming Events

March 21, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ongoing Events

Telescope demonstrator Katy Haugland uses a laser to point out celestial wonders to Observatory patrons while standing next to a telescope on the lawn.

Star Parties

Once a month, the Observatory partners with local telescope groups to share their telescopes and knowledge with the public. With dozens of telescopes on the lawn, there’s always something to see!

Upcoming Events

March 16, 2024
2:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

April 13, 2024
2:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Griffith Park. Photo by Lisha Riabinina (https://unsplash.com/photos/AO3W0vSh5hg)

Sunset Walk & Talk

Each month, a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide lead a half-mile sunset hike with stops along the way to discuss the highlights and history of Griffith Park and objects visible in the evening sky.

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Overhead view of Griffith Observatory during sunset.

Griffith Observatory Foundation

Griffith Observatory Foundation members enjoy early access to ticket sales, discounts, and exclusive events.

Upcoming Events

March 7, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

March 10, 2024
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The sunset lining up with the bronze Summer Solstice radial line.

Solstices and Equinoxes

Every three months, the Observatory marks the change of season with live programs at local noon (in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor) and sunset (on the West Terrace).

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A starry night sky created by the Zeiss projector.

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ABOVE the city lights, ABOVE the persistent glow of screens and daily distractions, there is a vast night sky. Meet us there.

Presented by Griffith Observatory Foundation.

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Lunar Eclipse Phases. Photo by Claudio Testa (https://unsplash.com/photos/sIglh0SISjo)

Eclipses

People have always paid attention to eclipses. Before they knew what was happening, people feared eclipses because the ever-present Sun or Moon would suddenly disappear. Though we now understand why eclipses occur and can predict them precisely, they are still compelling to observe.

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Explore the Observatory

Samuel Oschin Planetarium at the Griffith Observatory.

Samuel Oschin Planetarium

Travel to the farthest reaches of the universe and into the microscopic building blocks of life. Live presentations immerse you in the wonder and meaning of the cosmos.

Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater

Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater

The 190-seat Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater dramatically expands the Observatory's programming and education capabilities. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon realizes an unfulfilled intention of the Observatory's original architects to have a second theater to complement the planetarium.

Event Archives

Since reopening in 2006 after the renovation and expansion project, the Observatory has hosted hundreds of public events and activities. Whether for eclipses, notable spacecraft anniversaries, or special speakers, the events offered the chance for the public to experience, learn, or be inspired. Sometimes all at the same time!