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Calendar and Events

Special Events

April 21
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
April 25
7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk   Free Admission
May 4
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free Admission
May 19
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free Admission
April 2 Mars close to Saturn at dawn.
April 3 Moon close to Jupiter.
April 7 Moon close to Mars and Saturn.
April 17 Moon close to Venus.
April 22 Before dawn, peak of the Lyrid meteor shower.
April 30 Moon close to Jupiter.
May 1 Mercury visible in east before sunrise through the 13th.
May 1 Moon near Jupiter.
May 4 Moon near Saturn in morning sky.
May 6 Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks before dawn, possibly spoiled by the bright moonlight.
May 7 Moon near Mars at dawn.
May 8 Jupiter at opposition and visible all night.
May 17 Moon near Venus in the evening sky.
May 28 Moon near Jupiter.
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.
March 30 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: 7:13 a.m., PDT.
April 16 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Telescope (TESS) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Time: 3:32 p.m., PDT
May 4 NASA’s Mars InSight lander to launch on a ULA Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, to the west of Los Angeles. This is the first interplanetary launch from the west coast.

Time: 4:30 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.