Organizations have cancelled or rescheduled several star parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, organizers are still in the process of making a decision on how and when to hold a given event. Here is an updated calendar of upcoming North American star parties and events, with a date for a final decision given when applicable.

Note: Updated weekly.

NameLocationOriginal DateStatusDecision Date
Northeast Astronomy Forum Suffern, NYApril 4 – 5Will be held online on April 4th. Live event moved to
September 12 – 13.
International Dark Sky WeekEverywhereApril 19 – 26Held online and in your backyard. Look up!Decided
Midsouth StargazeFrench Camp, MSApril 22 – 25Canceled Reschedule TBA
Southern Star 2020Little Switzerland, NCApril 23 – 26Canceled Decided
Michiana Star PartyVandalia, MIApril 24 – 26CanceledReschedule TBA
Astronomy DayEverywhereMay 2ndCanceledDecided
Texas Star PartyFort Davis, TXMay 17 – 24CanceledDecided
RASC General Assembly Vancouver, BC Canada June 5 – 7CanceledReschedule in Toronto
Bootleg Spring Star Party Harmon, ILJune 11 – 14To continue as planned
Grand Canyon Star Party Grand Canyon, AZJune 13 – 20CanceledDecided
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival Bryce Canyon National Park, UTJune 17 – 20CanceledDecided
Rocky Mountain Star StareGardner, COJune 13 – 20CanceledDecided
Cherry Springs Star PartyCoudersport, PAJune 18 – 21CanceledDecided
Wisconsin Observers Weekend Hartman Creek State Park, WIJune 18 – 20CanceledDecided
Golden State Star PartyBieber, CAJune 20 – 24CanceledDecided
ALCon 2020Albuquerque, NM July 16 – 18CanceledDecided
Nebraska Star Party Valentine, NEJuly 19 – 24To continue as plannedJune 15th
Table Mountain Star PartyOroville, WAJuly 21 – 25CanceledDecided
Oregon Star PartyIndian Trail Spring, ORJuly 21 – 26CanceledDecided
Stellafane ConventionSpringfield, VTAugust 13 – 16CanceledDecided
Almost Heaven Star PartySpruce Knob, WVAugust 14 – 18CanceledDecided
Summer Star PartyPlainfield, MAAugust 14 – 23CanceledDecided
Merritt Star QuestLoon Lake, BCAugust 15 – 23CanceledDecided
Maine Astronomy RetreatWashington, MEAugust 16 – 22CanceledDecided
Northern Nights Star FestivalPalisade, NMAugust 18 – 23To continue as planned
Saskatchewan Summer Star PartyMaple Creek, SKAugust 19 – 24CanceledDecided
StarfestAyton, ONAugust 20 – 23Canceled Postponed to August 2021
Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky FestivalFort Smith, NWTAugust 20 – 23CanceledMay hold a small festival
Northwoods StarfestFall Creek, WIAugust 21 – 23To continue as planned
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers ConjunctionNorthfield, MASeptember 11 – 13CanceledDecided
Okie-Tex Star PartyKenton, OKSeptember 11 – 19To continue as plannedAugust 11
Acadia Night Sky Festival Mount Desert Island, MESeptember 16 – 20To continue as plannedA decision will be made soon.
Illinois Dark Skies Star PartyChandlerville, ILSeptember 17 – 19To continue as planned
Bootleg Fall Star Party Harmon, ILSeptember 17 – 20To continue as planned
Idaho Star Party Bruneau Dunes State Park, IDSeptember 18 – 20To continue as planned
Alberta Star Party Starland County, ABSeptember 18 – 20To continue as planned
Black Forest Star Party Cherry Springs State Park, PASeptember 18 – 20CanceledDecided
Connecticut Star Party Goshen, CTSeptember 18 – 20To continue as planned
Hidden Hollow Star PartyMansfield, OHSeptember 18 – 20To continue as planned
Astronomy at the BeachIsland Lake State Recreation Area, MISeptember 25 – 26To continue as planned
International Observe the Moon NightEverywhere!September 26To continue as planned

Clear skies and happy star hunting!


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