The Flagstaff Star Party

Meet the Stars!

The First International Dark–Sky City Shares its Star-filled Skies with the World

The Eighth Flagstaff Star Party and 2021 Celebration of the Night

The 2021 Flagstaff Star Party and Celebration of the Night begins September 3 with the opening of NightVisions Satellite exhibits at downtown art galleries, with other events building to the return of the in-person Flagstaff Star Party at Buffalo Park beginning Thursday, September 30 and running through Saturday, October 2! Celebration of the Night events including art exhibits, presentations, remote live telescoping observing, music under the stars, and more are being planned throughout September and October! See the Calendar of Events below, and return to this page for updates.

We leave links to the 2020 virtual events below, as many of these are still available online for your enjoyment!

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Notice: due to the pandemic events may be changed or cancelled – check this page often!

Flagstaff – Home of the World’s most Accessible Dark Skies!

2016 Flagstaff Star Party

When the great earth, abandoning day, rolls up the deeps of the heavens and the universe, a new door opens for the human spirit, and there are few so clownish that some awareness of the mystery of being does not touch them as they gaze. For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars – pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time.

– Henry Beston, The Outermost House

Flagstaff hosts the annual Flagstaff Star Party – Meet the Stars! to bring dark sky experiences to Flagstaff residents and visitors from across the Southwest and around the world. The Flagstaff Star Party’s goal is to share Flagstaff’s world–renowned dark skies with those who may not have the opportunity to view starry night skies because of urban sky glow, yet who have a curiosity and desire to see the beauty of a starry sky for themselves, and wish to experience with their families the wonder such views can inspire.

The Star Party features naked-eye and hosted telescopic observing, with popular-level astronomy talks and guided tours of Flagstaff’s wonderful sunsets and night skies, all held at  Buffalo Park (map).  Up to 30 telescopes hosted by amateur and professional astronomers from the Flagstaff area will be available for visitors to view the many wonders of the night sky – to capture genuine ancient starlight with their own eyes!

The event is hosted by the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition, the Coconino Astronomical Society, the Northern Arizona University Physics and Astronomy Department, U.S.G.S. Astrogeology Science Center, Lowell Observatory, and the U.S. Naval Observatory.

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To celebrate, promote, and protect the glorious dark skies of Flagstaff and northern Arizona.