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2019 Night Sky Festival

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join park rangers and astronomers for a night of stargazing in the Santa Monica Mountains! Gaze into a telescope to see our neighbor planets, shiny nebulae, and distant galaxies!

Come early, as the festivities start before the sun goes down! The event features the following:

  • Special guest presenter Dr. Travis Longcore will present his talk, Light Pollution, Wildlife, and You.
  • Kids’ activities (including Night Sky Junior Ranger activity book & patch)
  • Search for bats with a ranger and use a special bat detector
  • See distant objects up close with telescopes in the field
  • Native American Indian stories & games about the night sky
  • Food vendors

Schedule of events:

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Kids’ activities

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Native American night sky stories by Hupa native Kat High

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Light Pollution, Wildlife, and You, a presentation by Dr. Travis Longcore

7:30 pm & 8:30 pm: Search for bats with a National Park Service ranger

8:15 pm – 10:00 pm: Telescope viewing

Parking is free. Food vendors will have dinner and snacks available for purchase.

This event is free and accessible. Headlamps and flashlights with red lights are preferred to preserve night vision. For questions, call our Visitor Center at (805) 370-2301.

All the stars will be there–will you?