Programs & Events

The grounds, trails, and viewing areas at Headlands are open 24 hours a day, every day, at no charge. There is no camping allowed. Programs take place rain or shine! Visitors are welcomed to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities (camping units like tents and campers are not permitted; the Headlands is not intended as an overnight sleeping destination but a place to stay awake and view the stars!). You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. Plan accordingly and dress for temperatures 10 degrees below what you expect.

Please use red-filtered flashlights only during your visit to the Headlands. Learn more here


A special celebratory note for 2017 …

  • Construction of the Waterfront Event Center and Observatory at Headlands was completed in June 2017. While the grounds, trails, viewing areas and restrooms are Headlands are always open and freely accessible, the Waterfront Event Center and Observatory are open to the public during scheduled programming only. The Waterfront Event Center is available for private rental (click on the “ABOUT” tab on this website for more information); the Observatory is not available for private rental.
  •  Programs take place rain or shine and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted.
  • NEW IN 2017: Several programs in 2017 require a ticket, as indicated by the $ sign. Fees will vary. Admission into the park is free.
  •  Register for email blasts about programs by contacting or (231) 348-1713.


Winter Solstice at the Waterfront Event Center
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm
Winter Solstice at the Waterfront Event Center

Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere marks the moment when it is as though Earth achieves a moment of deep stillness in the greatest dark. At this solstice program, we will engage the stillness and the  dark with rhythm and light, by hand-rolling beeswax candles and drumming a beat in harmony with the rhythm of the year.  Materials and drums will be provided, as well as guidance around the night sky. Program is sponsored in part by a grant from the DTE Foundation. $5 at the door; no reservations required. Program happens rain, snow or shine, indoors and out. 

Prepare for the Celestial Highlights of 2018, including next week’s Total Lunar Eclipse
Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Stay tuned for program details regarding celestial highlights of 2018. 

Catch the Total Lunar Eclipse as it sets into Lake Michigan west of Headlands
Jan 31 @ 5:30 am – 8:45 am

The January 31st Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible in North America, beginning at 5:51 am as viewed from Headlands, with Full Moon hanging heavy and low over Lake Michigan. Join us for views of the Moon passing through Earth’s shadow as it sets into the lake. NOTE: Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be watched with the naked eye, and through telescopes.


More program details will be posted soon, but mark your calendars now. This is an early morning, midweek event, with Full Moon setting into Earth’s shadow and Lake Michigan in the west, as Sun is rising in the East.