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Calendar and Events

Griffith Observatory is CLOSED until further notice,
starting March 13. We have taken this step in the best interest of our visitors, to help limit the possible spread of the coronavirus. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.





Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...  
     
April 1
7:05 – 8:05 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk CANCELED
 
April 3
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered CANCELED
 
April 10
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Celebration CANCELED
 
April 25
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party TBD

IN THE SKY...
   
April 1 Mars one degree to lower left of Saturn at dawn.
 
April 3 Venus near Pleiades star cluster in the evening sky.
 
April 14 Moon near Jupiter in morning sky.
 
April 14 Moon near Saturn in morning sky.
 
April 16 Moon near Mars in morning sky.
 
April 21/22 Lyrid meteor shower visible from 10:00 p.m. Tuesday to 4:45 a.m. Wednesday.
 
May 5 Eta Aquariid meteor shower shortly before dawn (hampered by bright moonlight).
 
May 12 Moon near Saturn and Jupiter in the morning sky.
 
May 14, 15 Moon near Mars in the morning sky.
 
May 15-19 Best evening viewing of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS).
 
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.
 
EXPLORING SPACE...
   
April 9
1:05 a.m., PDT
Launch of a new crew to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan on a Soyuz spacecraft for a planned 6-month stay.
May (TBD) First launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon with a crew (of two NASA astronauts) to the International Space Station.
 

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
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.