Dark Skies Festival Community Nights

April 29-30, 2022


McDonald Observatory invites residents of Far West Texas to join us for special Star Party programs on April 29th and 30th, 2022, as part of the Dark Skies Festival. Tickets are discounted to $5 per person for all age groups. Reservations are required and capacity is limited!

While capacity is limited for the Star Party programs, no tickets or reservations are required to attend daytime events at the Dark Skies Festival. 

This offer is only valid for residents of Jeff Davis, Presidio, Brewster, Hudspeth, Culberson, Reeves, and Pecos counties, and all municipalities within. If the address used while booking the reservation is not within this area, proof of residency is required in the form of a driver's license upon check-in. Not a resident? Head to our Star Party page to make reservations and use the discount code "DarkSkies" for 50% off. 

Program Overview

Enjoy night sky constellation tours and views of celestial objects at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center. The program begins at 9:15pm, but arrive earlier to participate in more events during the Dark Skies Festival. The Star Party program is approximately 2 hours in length. Please dress for the weather; the program takes place completely outdoors. 

Your Star Party tickets also include special events! Arrive early to participate. 

  • Friday, April 29th: Twilight performance of the Cielo String Quartet, 8pm-9pm
  • Saturday, April 30th: Twilight interactive program on our solar system, 8pm-8:30pm, followed by Space Trivia, 8:30pm-9pm. Suitable for all ages. 

McDonald Observatory thanks the Apache Corporation for their support of the Dark Skies Festival.