Here’s the info you’ll need to “save the date” for some of the top annual stargazing events in the U.S. and Canada.

Find specific information about upcoming star parties and other astronomy-related events in our Events Calendar. (Is your club hosting an event? Be sure to submit the event to our calendar!)

NameLocationTypical Date
Death Valley Star PartyFurnace Creek Resort, CAJan, Oct
Winter Star PartyWest Summerland Key, FLFeb
Triad StarfestJamestown, NCFeb
Global Astronomy MonthEverywhere!April
International Dark Sky WeekEverywhere!April
Southern Star Astronomical ConventionLittle Switzerland, NCApril
Mid-South Star GazeFrench Camp, MSApril
Northeast Astronomy ForumSuffern, NYApril
Astronomy Day (spring)Everywhere!April/May
Texas Star PartyFort Davis, TXMay
Michiana Star PartyVandalia, MIMay
Bootleg Spring Star PartyHarmon, ILJune
Bryce Canyon Astronomy FestivalBryce Canyon National Park, UTJune
Cherry Springs Star PartyCoudersport, PAJune
Grand Canyon Star PartyGrand Canyon, AZJune
Rocky Mountain Star StareGardner, COJune
Wisconsin Observers WeekendHartman Creek State Park, WIJune
Gateway to the Universe Star PartyMarten River Provincial Park, ONJuly
Nebraska Star PartyValentine, NEJuly
Golden State Star PartyAdin, CAJuly
Summer Star PartyPlainfield, MAJuly
York County Star PartyYork, PAJuly
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers ConjunctionNorthfield, MAJuly
Astronomical League Convention (ALCon)various citiesJuly/Aug
Maine Astronomy RetreatWashington, MEJuly/Aug
Saskatchewan Summer Star PartyMaple Creek, SKJuly/Aug
StarFestAyton, ONAug
Mount Kobau Star PartyOsoyoos, BCAug
Table Mountain Star PartyOroville, WAAug
Northwoods StarfestFall Creek, WIAug
Oregon Star PartyIndian Trail Spring, ORAug
Stellafane ConventionSpringfield, VTAug
Nova EastSmileys Provincial Park, NSAug
Manitoulin Star PartyManitoulin Island, ONAug
Almost Heaven Star PartySpruce Knob, WVAug
Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky FestivalFort Smith, NWTAug
Iowa Star PartyCoon Rapids/ IAAug/Sept
Northern Nights Star FestivalPalisade, MNAug/Sept
Acadia Night Sky FestivalBar Harbor, MESept
Black Forest Star PartyCoudersport, PASept
AstroAssemblyNorth Scituate, RISept
Idaho Star PartyBruneau, IDSept
Alberta Star PartyCaroline, ABSept
Okie-Tex Star PartyKenton, OKSept
Hidden Hollow Star PartyMansfield, OHSept
Astronomy at the BeachIsland Lake State Rec. Area, MISept
Connecticut Star PartyGoshen, CTSept
Eastern Iowa Star PartyDixon, IASept
Astronomy Day (autumn)Everywhere!Sept/Oct
Enchanted Skies Star PartySocorro, NMOct
SJAC Fall Star PartyBelleplain State Forest, NJOct
Illinois Dark Skies Star PartyChandlerville, ILOct
Pennyrile StargazeHopkinsville, KYOct
NOVAC StargazeC. M. Crockett Park, VAOct
Jasper Dark Sky FestivalJasper National Park, ABOct
Deep South Regional Star GazeMcComb, MSOct/Nov

Find more stargazing events, star parties, astronomy lectures, and other happenings using Sky & Telescope's Events Calendar. And if your club's hosting, be sure to submit the event to our calendar!)


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