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Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...  
     
 
October 9
6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission
 
November 1
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free Admission
 
November 2
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free Admission
 
November 6
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission
 
November 11
6:22 – 10:05 a.m.
Mercury Transit
(Live online broadcast, no onsite public observing)
Building CLOSED
 
November 16
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 12 Free Admission
 
November 25
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Space Artist 'Chesley Bonestell' Screening
(Film, Original Art Display, Q&A Panel)
Reservations Required
 
November 28 Thanksgiving Holiday Building CLOSED
 

IN THE SKY...
   
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.
 
EXPLORING SPACE...
   
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.