Programs & Events
The Headlands is 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
Of special note for 2017 …
- Construction of the Waterfront Event Center and observatory continues through June 2017. Since Headlands remains open during construction, this portion of the property is closed
to public access, and parking is limited to the entrance. The viewing area is one mile from the parking area and guests must be prepared to walk this one mile in and out. CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (231) 348-1713.
It’s a weekend full of fireworks across the land, and up in the sky the giant planets are also putting on a show: The Roman gods Saturn and Jupiter were known to the Ancient Greeks as Cronus and Zeus, a father and son with a dynamic fate that lends itself to celebrating a summer weekend of fireworks. Tonight, visitors can peek through the Roger McCormick 20″ PlaneWave Telescope in the Observatory Tower out into the planetary system to get optimal views of the Saturn giant and his Olympian son Jupiter. These two come together in conjunction only every 20 years (the next will be in 2020), creating a triangle form that precesses through the sky throughout history. Tonight we’ll prepare for the coming conjunction by learning about the connections between Saturn and Jupiter in mythology, their influence on the world of astronomy, and more!
The waxing crescent Moon sets a romantic stage for this beautiful Summer shower of falling stars; come early for the program, then stay late for making wishes! The Moon will set at midnight, leaving in its wake the greater part of the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower activity, which usually peaks around 2 a.m. Don’t be fooled, the Delta Aquarid Meteors can be sparse, but they leave a persistent train and they move slowly, because of their sideways angle of approach through Earth’s atmosphere.
9 to 11 p.m. Waterfront Event Center for Perseid Meteor Shower program
Look for annual Lights Out Challenge information coming soon!
If you aren’t able to get into the path of totality for the biggest celestial event of the year, you can view part of it through the solar telescope at Headlands but PLEASE NOTE: Only a partial eclipse will be visible from Headlands.
The balance has been struck and at tonight’s program we will follow Sun and Moon across the western horizon into the story and wonder of the growing dark
It’s the season of Harvest Moon – a time to dance and celebrate the bounty of Earth and the shining stars! Entertainment TBA. There will be a charge for this program.
Not only do we dare you to walk a candlelit mile through the starry woods for our 9th annual Headlands Challenge, this year we dare you to “walk like an Egyptian”, in honor of the constellation Orion, his association with the Ancient Egyptian god Osiris, and the peak of his Meteor Shower this weekend. Guests are encouraged to commit to the theme!
The Lion shakes out his starry mane overnight Friday the 17th to Saturday the 18th, so we will gather early for our program and then guests can stay late under the dark phase of the Moon to count the Lion’s falling stars.