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Calendar and Events

Special Events

September 10-12 Samuel Oschin Planetarium CLOSED for Projector Repair and Maintenance  
September 11
6:50 – 7:50 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission
September 16 Cosmic Musings Lecture Registration Required
September 23 Fall Equinox Presentations Free Admission
October 2 2019-20 School Program starts Reservations Required
October 4
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free Admission
October 5
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free Admission
October 7 Cosmic Musings Lecture Registration Required
October 9
6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission

September 23 Autumn begins at 12:50 a.m.
October 5 Moon near Saturn in the evening sky
October 21 Orionid meteor shower, strongest before dawn
October 26 Moon makes a triangle with Mars and bright star Spica at dawn
October 27/28 Uranus in opposition
October 29 Moon near Venus in the evening sky
October 30/31 Moon near Jupiter 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 TBD Un-crewed test launch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, a commercial transport spacecraft that will eventually ferry crews the International Space Station. CST 100 will be launched via a ULA Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Time: TBD

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.

2019 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) OPEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 21) CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 18) CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 25) CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 27) CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) OPEN
Labor Day (Sept. 2) CLOSED
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Oct. 14) CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) 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.