Star Parties

Evening programs routinely sell out well in advance throughout the year: All programs are subject to capacity limits.  Reservations are required for programs; no exeptions will be made. To ensure program participation, reserve your tickets below.

Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening, the Visitors Center opens for our popular Star Party program. Program start times throughout the year can be found on our calendar of events.

Star Party

Enjoy night sky constellation tours and views of celestial objects at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Star Parties are approximately 2 hours in length. Dress appropriately for the weather, since the program takes place entirely outdoors. Because of our altitude, it can be very cold outside at any time of the year.  Access to indoors (and heat!) is very limited at this time.  Our amphitheater seating consists of stone benches, so feel free to bring a blanket for added comfort.

Binoculars are welcome, and are also a great way to get a little something extra from the program.

Tickets and reservations are required, and in order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors, program capacity is limited and strictly enforced. Star Parties on Holiday weekends often sell out weeks in advance.

Important: McDonald Observatory is located 450 miles west of Austin and is on Central Time.


Amphitheater with Milky Way

Amphitheater with Milky Way (horizontal)