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Astro festivals, star parties, workshops

Summer fun! Find a 2017 star party near you.

North Carolina’s Fort Macon State Park host a monthly dark night astronomy program open to the public. With the help of the Crystal Coast Star Gazers Group, telescopes are set up for public viewing. In this photo, group member Fred Angeli”s headlamp leaves a streak of light as he approaches his ‘scope to focus on the night sky. Photo by Doug Waters.

Interested in astronomy, but not sure where to begin? A first step can be to seek out your local astronomy club. It consists of a roomful of willing and able amateur astronomers, whose telescopes may offer your first glimpse of the cosmos. The Astronomical League, an umbrella organization of 240 amateur astronomy clubs and societies in the U.S.

The Astronomical League also helps us create and maintain the list of events on this page. Click here to visit the Astronomical League’s website.

Know of an event that’s not on the list below? Contact us.

Do you have a great photo of a star party in your area? Submit here.

Looking for an astronomy club in your area? Click here.

Special thanks also to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for help with this list.

Jump below the photo for a list of upcoming events! If no web link is given, it’s because the information for the upcoming event hasn’t been posted yet. Check back.

Jim Elliott of Powell, Ohio, contributed this photo.  He wrote:

Jim Elliott of Powell, Ohio, contributed this photo. He wrote: “The moon over Jupiter over Columbus, Ohio, at the OSU planetarium star party. April 16, 2016.”

Upcoming astronomy events …summer, 2017, and beyond

June 9–11, 2017
MSRAL 2017 Convention
Missouri State University
www.msral.org

June 10
47th Annual Apollo
Rendezvous
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Dayton, Ohio
www.mvas.org

June 16–17
Stars Over Yellowstone
Madison Campground, Yellowstone National
Park, Wyoming
Eric Loberg,†eloberg@montana.edu

June 17–24
2017 Grand Canyon Star Party
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
South Rim: Tucson Amateur Astronomy
Association
North Rim: Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix
www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/grand-canyonstar-party.htm

June 21-24
17th annual Astronomy Festival at Bryce Canyon
Salt Lake Astronomical Society
planyourvisit/astrofest.htm

June 21–25
Golden State Star Party
Frosty Acres Ranch, Adin, California
www.goldenstatestarparty.org

June 21–25
Rocky Mountain Star Stare 2017
Colorado Springs Astronomical Society,
Gardner, Colorado
www.rmss.org

June 21 – 24, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Acadia National Park, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

June 22–25, 2017
Wisconsin Observers’ Weekend
Hartman Creek State Park, just west of
Waupaca, Wisconsin
www.new-star.org

June 22–25
Cherry Springs Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
www.cherrysprings.org

June 22–25
Wisconsin Observers Weekend
Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca, Wisconsin
www.new-star.org

June 23–25
Craters of the Moon Star Party
Craters of the Moon National Monument,
Arco, Idaho
www.ifastro.org

June 27 – 29, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Pemaquid & Marshall Point Lights
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

July 18–22
Table Mountain Star Party
Eden Valley Ranch, Oroville, Washington
www.tmspa.com

July 19–22
Green Bank Star Quest XIV
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green
Bank, West Virginia
www.greenbankstarquest.org

July 19 – 22, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Acadia National Park, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

July 20–23
Stellafane
Breezy Hill, Springfield, Vermont
stellafane.org/stellafane-main/convention

July 21–22
Stars Over Yellowstone
Madison Campground, Yellowstone National
Park, Wyoming
Eric Loberg,†eloberg@montana.edu

July 21–24
Brothers Star Party for Oregon Observatory
Brothers, Oregon
www.mbsp.org

July 21–25
Almost Heaven Star Party
Spruce Knob, West Virginia
www.ahsp.org

July 23–28
Nebraska Star Party
Merritt Reservoir,
Valentine, Nebraska
www.nebraskastarparty.org

July 25–30
Indiana Family Star Party
Camp Cullom, Frankfort,
Indiana
www.indianastars.com/starparty

July 26 – 27, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Marshall Point Light, Maine
https://miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

August 16–19
Astronomical League
Convention
Casper, Wyoming
astrocon2017.astroleague.org

August 17 – 20, 2017
Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival
Wood Buffalo National Park (world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve)
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada
www.tawbas.ca

August 25–26
Maine State Star Party
Cobscook Bay State Park,
Edmunds, Maine
www.downeastaa.com/mssp_2016

August 25–27
Northwoods Starfest
Hobbs Observatory, Beaver Creek Reserve, Wisconsin
www.cvastro.org

September 14–18
Iowa Star Party
Whiterock Conservancy’s Whiterock Resort,
Coon Rapids, Iowa
www.iowastarparty.com

September 15 – 17
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Moosehead Lake, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

September 15–17
Idaho Star Party
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho
www.boiseastro.org

September 15–17
Connecticut River Valley
Astronomers’ Conjunction
Northfield Mountain Recreation
and Environmental Center, Massachusetts
www.philharrington.net/astroconjunction

September 16–24
Okie-Tex Star Party
Kenton, Oklahoma
www.okie-tex.com

September 21 – 23, 2017
Flagstaff Star Party
The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition
Flagstaff, Arizona
flagstaffstarparty.org

September 21–24
2017 Bootleg Astronomy Star Party
Green River Conservation Area, Harmon, Illinois
www.bootlegastronomy.com

September 21–24
Acadia Night Sky Festival
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
www.acadianightskyfestival.org

September 21–24
Great Lakes Star Gaze
River Valley RV Park, Gladwin, Michigan
www.greatlakesstargaze.com

September 21–24
Hidden Hollow Star Party
Mansfield, Ohio
www.wro.org

September 22–24
Black Forest Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
www.bfsp.org

September 22-24, 2017
Connecticut Star Party 27
Hosted by the Astronomical Society of New Haven
Strang Boy Scout Camp, Goshen, Connecticut
ASNH.ORG

September 24 – 25, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Marshall Point Light, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

October 13-14
AstroFest at Kopernik Observatory
Vestal, New York
kopernikastro.org/astrofest/

October 15 – 22, 2017
2017 Chiefland Astrofest
Chiefland Asronomy Village, Chiefland Florida
www.chieflandastrofest.com

October 19-22, 2017
Heart of America Star Party
Astronomical Society of Kansas City
www.askc.org/events/hoasp

Here is Dan Lewelyn at Deerlick Astronomy Village near Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Dave Woolsteen.

Here is Dan Lewelyn at Deerlick Astronomy Village near Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Dave Woolsteen.

Here's the Texas Star Party in 2009, one of the biggest such events of the year, drawing about 500 deep-sky enthusiasts and their telescopes to the Davis Mountains of West Texas.  Image via Todd Hargis / Ron Ronhaar.  Used with permission.

Texas Star Party, one of the biggest public astronomy events of each year, drawing about 500 deep-sky enthusiasts and their telescopes to the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Image used with permission, via Todd Hargis and Ron Ronhaar.

Bottom line: List of astronomy and night sky events for the public, for 2017, compiled in cooperation with the awesome Astronomical League. Join in, and have fun!

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