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Calendar and Events

Griffith Observatory is CLOSED until further notice

Special Events

June 5
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Griffith Observatory TV

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 and 15 Moon near Mars in the morning sky
May 15 - 29 possible views of comet C/2020 F8 SWAN starting at 4:00 a.m.
May 16 Mercury becomes visible below Venus after sunset
May 21 Mercury one degree from Venus after sunset
May 23 and 24 Moon close to Venus and Mercury after sunset
June 8 Moon near Jupiter before dawn
June 9 Moon near Saturn before dawn
June 12 and 13 Moon near Mars before dawn
June 15 Venus becomes visible before sunrise
June 19 Moon near Venus at dawn
June 20 Summer starts at 2:44 p.m., PDT
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.

May 27

1:32 p.m. PDT

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.