The Night Sky Festival is an annual event that celebrates Joshua Tree National Park’s night sky. This 3-day event includes activities for all ages. Begin your adventure attending one of 2 night sky photography workshops. First, Dean Delgado instructs students as they learn astrophotography at Sky's The Limit Observatory. Or, perhaps you prefer a night sky adventure to Cap Rock for light painting photography with Casey Kiernan.
In the morning of day 2, visit Sky’s The Limit Observatory for a guided tour around the Orrery, a scale model of the solar system that is large enough to walk around and through. While there, take a guided walk on a nature or wilderness trail with docents explaining the plants, animals and geology of our special environment. Stop at the solar telescope for a close-up look of the sun. Youth can participate in astronomy themed crafts. The afternoon presents a variety of astronomy lectures by knowledgeable presenters. Attendees can stop at the night sky “selfie” photo booth, and a variety of information tables including the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and other supporting organizations. A highlight of the events is the Night Star Party where spectacular views of our night sky are abundant. Through our 20 telescopes with astronomers, listen as these experts explain what you are seeing. Enjoy live music during the viewing.
Plus...this year adds an exciting selection of family-friendly activities on Sunday including Arrow and Leather Pouch Hands-on Workshop, a rock scramble through Chasm of Doom and even panning for gold! Watch for ticket sales beginning July 1, 2021.
This annual event is a fundraiser brought to you by:
Plan a weekend getaway, see the Night Sky, the National Park and appreciate the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities with a unique blend of food, accommodations and sights you will not forget. Plan your stay today at visit29.org.