West Texas Night Sky Festival

The Texas Night Sky Festival® is headed West! Join us April 25, 2020 from 10 am - 9 pm at the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains. Everyone is invited to attend this FREE celebration of some of the darkest night skies in the continental U.S.A. The Festival will feature a full day of fun activities for the whole family and opportunities to learn about our night sky, what it can teach us, and how to protect it.

The McDonald Observatory welcomes you to a day of special presentations, solar observations, demonstrations of smart lighting, Dark Sky & Midnight Defender patch programs, and much more as we celebrate West Texas Nights! In addition to the FREE Festival activities, visitors may purchase tickets for the Twilight Program and/or Star Party program in the evening. McDonald Observatory will also host an astrophotography workshop in conjunction with the Festival.  

The West Texas Night Sky Festival is possible thanks to these gracious hosts, sponsors, and volunteers: McDonald Observatory, Apache Corporation, Texas Night Sky Festival®, and the Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist.

Full schedule and additional program details coming soon!

Know Before You Go

Dress warmly (especially for evening programs) and bring your reservation confirmation with you. The Visitors Center is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time (and additional hours on Star Party nights) every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The phone number is 432-426-3640.

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