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Calendar and Events

Griffith Observatory is CLOSED until further notice

Special Events

All public events in 2020 are cancelled to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.
October 2
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Watch Remote Only

September 6 Moon near Mars in the morning sky
September 11 Neptune at opposition, visible all night though telescope
September 13 Venus near Beehive Star Cluster (M44) in Cancer the Crab as dawn starts
September 14 Moon near Venus and Beehive Star Cluster at dawn
September 22 Start of Autumn at 6:31 a.m., PDT.
September 24 Moon near Jupiter in evening sky
September 25 Moon near Saturn in evening sky
October 1 Mercury visible after sunset
October 8 Possible evening activity from Draconid meteor shower
October 2 Venus near bright star Regulus before sunrise
October 6 Mars closest to Earth, 38.6 million miles away
October 13 Mars at Opposition, visible all night
October 21 Orionid meteor shower midnight-dawn
October 22 Crescent moon near Jupiter and Saturn after sunset
More sky information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report
All times are local Pacific Standard Time through March 09, 2019. On March 10 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Daylight Time.

October 2

9:17 p.m., PDT

Elon Musk’s Tesla passes 4.6 million miles from Mars

October 20

NASA Osiris-Rex probe to collect 60 grams of material from asteroid 101955 Bennu in order to bring them to Earth in 2023.

October 23

2:47 a.m., PDT

launch of SpaceX Dragon Crew 1 mission on a Falcon 9 rocket, the first fully operational NASA mission to the International Space Station, and the second to carry a crew there. The crew consists of three NASA astronauts and one from Japan.

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.

2020 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) OPEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 20) CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 17) CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 30) CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 25) CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) OPEN CLOSED
Labor Day (Sept. 7) CLOSED
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Oct. 12) CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) OPEN
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) 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.