Programs & Events

Dark Sky Park Program Director
231.427.1001

Welcome to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park! The grounds, trails, and viewing areas at Headlands are open 24 hours a day, every day. Visitors are welcomed to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities, but camping is not permitted. Units like tents and campers are not allowed in the park. The Headlands is not intended as an overnight sleeping destination but instead is designed as a place to stay awake and view the stars! You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. When packing, keep in mind that temperatures are typically 10 degrees lower than expected due to our proximity to the lakeshore.

To protect the darkness of the park, please use red-filtered flashlights during your visit to the Headlands. Learn more here.

2018 Emmet Dark Sky Program and Observatory Brochure
Our programs take place rain or shine, and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted.

Please save time to visit our “Out of This World” Gift Shop!

2018 Headlands Observatory
Observatory viewing on main level big screen monitors.
Professional star gazers and astronomers available on site to enhance your viewing experience.

Rent Emmet County’s Waterfront Event Center and Observatory at the Headlands. While the grounds, trails, viewing areas and restrooms at Headlands are always open and freely accessible, the Waterfront Event Center and the Observatory are open to the public during scheduled programming and gift shop hours.  The Waterfront Event Center is available for private rental.

To stay up-to-date on news and events at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, register for email blasts by contacting darksky@emmetcounty.org or 231-427-1001.

Sep
22
Sat
Harvest Moon Dance
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Harvest Moon Dance

It’s time to dance by the light of the silvery moon! Join us as we strike up the band and have a great time with Shawn-Dell from Honky Tonk Society!

$10/person & $10/car

Free Observatory Viewing ($10 Preferred Parking Fee)
Sep 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing ($10 Preferred Parking Fee)

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

$10.00 per night preferred parking fee.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Sep
23
Sun
Free Observatory Viewing
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

$10.00 per night preferred parking fee.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Oct
20
Sat
Orionid Meteor Shower
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

COST $5
Wish on falling stars tonight as the Orionid Meteor Shower gets most active.

Oct
21
Sun
Free Observatory Viewing
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

$10.00 per night preferred parking fee.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Oct
27
Sat
10th Annual Headlands Challenge
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

FREE
Each year we line the one mile paved entrance to the Headlands with candles and invite you to experience the dark walk by star shine and candlelight.

Nov
3
Sat
Autumn Nature Hike
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE
In autumn, the Headlands provides breathless views of nature in transition. Hike with us through the woods by day to take it all in.

Nov
17
Sat
Leonid Lantern Walk
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

COST $10
The stars keep falling through the different regions of the sky in this season of Meteor Showers. Tonight features Leo the Lion!

Dec
13
Thu
Geminid Meteor Shower
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

COST $10
The Rock Comet, 3200 Phaethon stirs up the night with its annual meteor shower and we’ll be there to guide you through catching the falling stars.

Dec
21
Fri
Winter Solstice
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

COST $10
Celebrate the Solstice by bringing light and rhythm into the dark stillness of the season. Listen as musicians entertain, learn about the solstice night sky, and craft a hand rolled beeswax candle.