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Big Sky Star Festival

July 17 - July 19

The inaugural Big Sky Star Festival will be held July 17, 18 and 19, 2020 at the Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake, near Helena, Montana. Both serious and amateur astronomers and even casual stargazers will enjoy this unique astronomical opportunity. The Montana Learning Center boasts a picturesque setting with awe-inspiring views, beautiful skies, and low light pollution. The Center has the largest public-use observatory in Montana, making it the perfect setting for the Festival.

All events and meals will take place at the Montana Learning Center. Historic cottages built in the late 1940s will give Festival attendees spaces for meeting, learning, and sleeping during the Festival. The comfortable and peaceful setting accommodates approximately 100, with shared spaces and private rooms. On-site camping also is available. Helena, the state capital, with a wide variety of accommodations, dining options and other activities, is just twenty miles away.

Plan to join us for an experience you will never forget. Astronomy experts from around the country will be sharing their expertise and experiences with participants. The highlight of evening events will be viewing the night sky through the Montana Learning Center’s 25-inch telescope, the largest public-use telescope in Montana. The light of distant stars, planets, and galaxies will be brought to you in brilliant color.

Net proceeds from the Big Sky Festival will support the Montana Learning Center’s astronomy program and the MLC’s efforts to preserve the night sky for generations to come.

Cost: One adult: $30 Two adults or one adult and one child under age 18: $50 Two adults and one child under age 18 or one adult and two children under age 18: $75 Two adults and up to three children under age 18 or one adult and up to four children under age 18: $100 Children under age 18 are not permitted to attend the Festival unless accompanied by an adult. Become a Supporter! For $250, receive admission for two adults or one adult and one child under age 18 and make a $200 tax-deductible contribution to the Montana Learning Center’s astronomy program. Admission tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, your ticket price will become a tax-deductible donation to the Montana Learning Center’s astronomy program.


July 17
July 19


Montana Learning Center


Montana Learning Center
7653 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena, Montana 59602
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(406) 475-3638