Annual Star Parties in North America

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

Name Location Typical Date
Death Valley Star Party Furnace Creek Resort, CA Jan, Oct
Winter Star Party West Summerland Key, FL Feb
Triad Starfest Jamestown, NC Feb
Hodges Gardens Star Party Florien, LA March
Global Astronomy Month Everywhere! April
International Dark Sky Week Everywhere! April
Stargaze Star Party Laurel, DE April
Southern Star Astronomical Convention Little Switzerland, NC April
Mid-South Star Gaze French Camp, MS April
Northeast Astronomy Forum Suffern, NY April
International Dark Sky Week Everywhere! April
Astronomy Day (spring) Everywhere! April/May
Texas Star Party Fort Davis, TX May
Michiana Star Party Vandalia, MI May
RTMC Astronomy Expo Riverside, CA Memorial Day wknd
Bootleg Spring Star Party Harmon, IL June
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival Bryce Canyon National Park, UT June
Cherry Springs Star Party Coudersport, PA June
Grand Canyon Star Party Grand Canyon, AZ June
Rocky Mountain Star Stare Gardner, CO June
Wisconsin Observers Weekend Hartman Creek State Park, WI June
Gateway to the Universe Star Party  Marten River Provincial Park, ON July
Nebraska Star Party Valentine, NE July
Golden State Star Party Bieber, CA July
Summer Star Party Plainfield, MA July
Mason-Dixon Star Party York, PA July
StarFest Ayton, ON July
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction Northfield, MA July
Astronomical League Convention (ALCon) various cities July/Aug
Maine Astronomy Retreat Washington, ME July/Aug
Saskatchewan Summer Star Party Maple Creek, SK July/Aug
Mount Kobau Star Party Osoyoos, BC Aug
Table Mountain Star Party Oroville, WA Aug
Saskatchewan Summer Star Party Maple Creek, SK Aug
Northwoods Starfest Fall Creek, WI Aug
Oregon Star Party Indian Trail Spring, OR Aug
Stellafane Convention Springfield, VT Aug
Nova East Smileys Provincial Park, NS Aug
Manitoulin Star Party Manitoulin Island, ON Aug
Almost Heaven Star Party Spruce Knob, WV Aug
Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival Fort Smith, NWT Aug
Iowa Star Party Coon Rapids/ IA Aug/Sept
Northern Nights Star Festival Palisade, MN Aug/Sept
Acadia Night Sky Festival Bar Harbor, ME Sept
Black Forest Star Party Coudersport, PA Sept
AstroAssembly North Scituate, RI Sept
Idaho Star Party Bruneau, ID Sept
Alberta Star Party Caroline, AB Sept
Okie-Tex Star Party Kenton, OK Sept
Hidden Hollow Star Party Mansfield, OH Sept
Astronomy at the Beach Island Lake State Rec. Area, MI Sept
Connecticut Star Party Goshen, CT Sept
Eastern Iowa Star Party Dixon, IA Sept
Astronomy Day (autumn) Everywhere! Sept/Oct
Enchanted Skies Star Party Socorro, NM Oct
SJAC Fall Star Party Belleplain State Forest, NJ Oct
Illinois Dark Skies Star Party Chandlerville, IL Oct
Pennyrile Stargaze Hopkinsville, KY Oct
NOVAC Stargaze C. M. Crockett Park, VA Oct
Jasper Dark Sky Festival Jsper National Park, AB Oct
Deep South Regional Star Gaze McComb, MS Oct/Nov
Chiefland Astrofest Chiefland Astronomy Village, FL Nov

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2 thoughts on “Annual Star Parties in North America

  1. Jsshirleysr

    I would like to have our third annual star party included AGAIN in your list of star parties. It is the PENNYRILE STARGAZE and will be held on October 14th to the 22nd in the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park in Western Kentucky.
    We have a facebook page “Pennyrile Stargaze”.
    Thanks, John Shirley

  2. genehunter

    informal star party in Terlingua Texas remote desert location the first week of November 2018 and again the first week of March 2019. We have a cabin there with water , hot shower and solar power. looking for up to 20 guests. Bring your own camping tent etc… but free to anyone.
    Gene Hunter

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