Programs & Events

Dark Sky Park Program Coordinator
Call 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 welcome 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.

Our programs take place rain or shine, and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted.

Please save some time during your visit to stop by our “Out of This World” Gift Shop!

The Observatory is limited to park staff and researchers. Visuals when the Observatory is open are projected onto the big screen monitors on the main level. Professional star-gazers and astronomers are available on site to enhance your viewing experience during scheduled observing nights.

While the grounds, trails, viewing areas and restrooms at Headlands are always open and freely accessible, the Waterfront Event Center is only open to the public during scheduled programming and gift shop hours. The Waterfront Event Center at the Headlands 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
abur@emmetcounty.org and be sure to follow our Facebook page for more news and photos.

Mar
27
Wed
Painting at the Park @ The Headlands
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Apr
12
Fri
Cosmic Friday – Statewide Astronomy Night @ The Headlands
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrate Statewide Astronomy Night at the Headlands Event Center! Come and explore the night sky with our telescopes and guidance from the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club.

Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from the main level big screen monitors. The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star gazers and astronomers will be on site to enhance your viewing experience with guidance and to answer questions. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescopes to see more. Call (231) 427-1001 with any questions.

Apr
22
Mon
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from the main level big screen monitors. The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star gazers and astronomers will be on site to enhance your viewing experience with guidance and to answer questions. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescopes to see more. Call (231) 427-1001 with any questions.

Apr
25
Thu
Soul Care with Nourish @ The Headlands
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of sour care with our local yoga studio, Nourish. Connect to your soul through music and meditative movement topped off with a fulfilling meal.
The event includes one hour of Restorative movement to live music by Nathan Towne, followed by a four-course dinner. Limit of 20 people.

May
6
Mon
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from the main level big screen monitors. The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star gazers and astronomers will be on site to enhance your viewing experience with guidance and to answer questions. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescopes to see more. Call (231) 427-1001 with any questions.

May
11
Sat
Cosmic Saturday – Seeing in the Dark @ The Headlands
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

What is a dark sky park and how can you find your way through the night sky during the summer season using both the naked eye and telescopes? Join us to learn more!

Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from the main level big screen monitors. The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star gazers and astronomers will be on site to enhance your viewing experience with guidance and to answer questions. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescopes to see more. Call (231) 427-1001 with any questions.

May
25
Sat
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
May 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from the main level big screen monitors. The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star gazers and astronomers will be on site to enhance your viewing experience with guidance and to answer questions. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescopes to see more. Call (231) 427-1001 with any questions.

Jun
10
Mon
Cosmic Monday – Jupiter at Opposition @ The Headlands
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

For our Cosmic Series, we will gather with special guests to inform and entertain us on various astronomy topics throughout the year.