Programs & Events

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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 lake shore.

SUMMER/FALL 2020 – NOTICE TO VISITORS – Due to limited staff and procedures put in place at the park to prevent the spread of the cororavirus, visitation into the park will be limited until further notice. Though we appreciate the interest in and enthusiasm for the Headlands, we have been experiencing significant crowds nearly every clear evening for the past two weeks. With the busiest time of year at the park now upon us, we must limit the number of vehicles into the park so we can ensure the safety of all our visitors and our staff. During the park’s busy hours (typically the golden hour before sunset and up to midnight), and on nights when events are scheduled, PLEASE BE PREPARED TO WAIT. When our 67-space parking lot near the Event Center is filled, additional vehicles will be held up by park staff at the Headlands entrance. Until further notice, parking outside the park’s entrance and walking in will NO LONGER BE PERMITTED. Additionally:
   • Guests will also be asked to socially distance from other guests outside of their household/group.
   • Masks are required to be worn inside the Event Center.
   • Only members of the same household or group, or a limit of two unrelated individuals, will be permit-ted inside the Headlands gift shop at one time.
Your cooperation will help us to not only keep our staff and visitors safe, but will help us continue to keep the park open.

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. In the past, professional star-gazers and astronomers have been available onsite to enhance your viewing experience during scheduled observing nights. However, due to restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Headlands staff will not be bringing telescopes out onto the viewing platform during the 2020 summer season. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes and/or binoculars.

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 scox@emmetcounty.org and be sure to follow our Facebook page for more news and photos.

Dark Sky Park Program Coordinator
Call 231.427.1001

 

May
23
Sat
‘EVENINGS UNDER THE STARS’ – STRUCTURE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, our astronomy assistants will deliver a presentation about the Structure of the Solar System, followed by guided night sky observation with telescopes out on the viewing platform. Observation is weather-permitting. Cost is $5 a person.

Jun
19
Fri
‘EVENINGS UNDER THE STARS’ – IMPORTANCE OF MICHIGAN’S DARK SKIES
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Due to practices implemented to prevent of the spread of COVID-19, Professor Sally Oey of the University of Michigan will now be offering a special presentation virtually at the Headlands Event Center on Friday, June 19.
      Professor Oey’s presentation on “The Importance of Michigan Dark Skies” and the effects on humans and wildlife will be given remotely via video conference to help limit travel and properly social distance from guests. There is no cost to come into the event center to watch the presentation, however, donations to the Headlands Dark Sky Park are always appreciated.
      You don’t need to be at the Headlands to check the event out live! We’ll be hosting Professor Oey on Zoom. To join the event, follow the Zoom link below and follow the prompts. During the live event, Professor Oey will be give her presentation and then answer questions from those attending the Zoom event.

     Zoom Event Link:  Professor Sally Oey – “The Importance of Michigan Dark Skies”
     Date/Time:  Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m.
     Meeting ID:  991 8676 7773
     Passcode:  2evRea

Jun
26
Fri
RELATIVE MOTION with Johnathan Winckowski
Jun 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    Johnathan Winckowski will be presenting via Zoom on “Relative Motion” at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 26. Join us in person or online to learn more about the different movements of our planet and what each movement is in relation to.
    Johnathan is the Planetarium Coordinator for the Besser Museum and Planetarium in Alpena, Michigan. He became a certified astrophysicist after earning his bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics at the University of Toledo.

    To join us via Zoom, go to https://zoom.us/j/93194605323.
    
    Time: Jun 26, 2020 at 7:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Meeting ID: 931 9460 5323
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Jul
2
Thu
LIVE MUSIC! The Marsupials with Chirp @ Headlands Waterfront Event Center
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Join us for the first big event of the season at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park when northern Michigan’s rock/funk trio The Marsupials perform live on Thursday, July 2 outside the Waterfront Event Center from 7-9 p.m.
      The Marsupials will be joined by Ann Arbor band Chirp to entertain fans along the shore of Lake Michigan. Cost is $10 per person. Guests are requested to maintain a six-foot distance from other guests outside their own household/group. With excellent weather predicted for the July 2 evening, expect the small parking lot to fill up early. Once the parking lot is full, traffic will be halted at the Headlands Road entrance, with additional vehicles permitted only when another vehicle leaves the park.

Jul
16
Thu
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY COURSE @ Zoom online event
Jul 16 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

      **Event will be hosted virtually over Zoom**
      Beginning at 8:30 p.m., NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors will be hosting an introduction to astrophotography for those interested in getting started in DSLR astrophotography. To join the event virtually, refer to the Zoom info below.

   Zoom Meeting Link:  ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
   Date/Time:  Thursday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m.
   Meeting ID:  996 8643 3649
   Phone number:  312-626-6799 or find your local number at https://zoom.us/u/abN0F7WvQl

Jul
17
Fri
LIVE MUSIC! — MIKE RIDLEY @ Headlands Waterfront Event Center (outside)
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Live music will fill the air at the Headlands from 7-8:30 p.m. while Mike Ridley entertains guests from the Event Center’s patio. Cost is $5 a person.
    PLEASE NOTE ——- *Masks Required*
    Due to limited staff and procedures put in place at the park to prevent the spread of the cororavirus, visitation into the park will be limited. Once our 67-space parking lot near the Event Center is filled up, entrance by additional vehicles will be held up by park staff at the Headlands entrance. Parking outside the park entrance and walking in will NO LONGER BE PERMITTED until further notice. On clear nights and/or nights with scheduled events, be prepared to wait in line at the entrance until a spot inside opens up.
    Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be asked to socially distance from other guests outside of their household. Masks are required to be worn inside the Event Center and in the outdoor seating area. Only members of the same household/group or two unrelated individuals will be permitted inside the Headlands gift shop at one time. Your cooperation will help us to not only keep our staff and visitors safe, but will help us continue to keep the park open.

Jul
31
Fri
LIVE MUSIC! — DEDE ALDER @ Headlands Waterfront Event Center (outside)
Jul 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Live music will fill the air at the Headlands from 6:30-8:30 p.m. while Dede Alder entertains guests from the Event Center’s patio. Cost is $5 a person.
    PLEASE NOTE ——- *Masks Required*
    Due to limited staff and procedures put in place at the park to prevent the spread of the cororavirus, visitation into the park will be limited. Once our 67-space parking lot near the Event Center is filled up, entrance by additional vehicles will be held up by park staff at the Headlands entrance. Parking outside the park entrance and walking in will NO LONGER BE PERMITTED until further notice. On clear nights and/or nights with scheduled events, be prepared to wait in line at the entrance until a spot inside opens up.
    Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be asked to socially distance from other guests outside of their household. Masks are required to be worn inside the Event Center and in the outdoor seating area. Only members of the same household/group or two unrelated individuals will be permitted inside the Headlands gift shop at one time. Your cooperation will help us to not only keep our staff and visitors safe, but will help us continue to keep the park open.

Aug
14
Fri
LIVE MUSIC! — CHERRY BLOSSOM RAMBLERS @ Headlands Waterfront Event Center (outside)
Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Live music will fill the air at the Headlands from 6:30-8:30 p.m. while Cherry Blossom Ramblers entertains guests from the Event Center’s patio. Cost is $10 a person.
    PLEASE NOTE ——- *Masks Required*
    Due to limited staff and procedures put in place at the park to prevent the spread of the cororavirus, visitation into the park will be limited. Once our 67-space parking lot near the Event Center is filled up, entrance by additional vehicles will be held up by park staff at the Headlands entrance. Parking outside the park entrance and walking in will NO LONGER BE PERMITTED until further notice. On clear nights and/or nights with scheduled events, be prepared to wait in line at the entrance until a spot inside opens up.
    Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be asked to socially distance from other guests outside of their household. Masks are required to be worn inside the Event Center and in the outdoor seating area. Only members of the same household/group or two unrelated individuals will be permitted inside the Headlands gift shop at one time. Your cooperation will help us to not only keep our staff and visitors safe, but will help us continue to keep the park open.

Aug
21
Fri
LIVE MUSIC! — THE HAZEL JAMES BAND @ Headlands Waterfront Event Center (outside)
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Live music will fill the air at the Headlands from 6:30-8:30 p.m. while The Hazel James Band entertains guests from the Event Center’s patio. Cost is $10 a person.
    PLEASE NOTE ——- *Masks Required*
    Due to limited staff and procedures put in place at the park to prevent the spread of the cororavirus, visitation into the park will be limited. Once our 67-space parking lot near the Event Center is filled up, entrance by additional vehicles will be held up by park staff at the Headlands entrance. Parking outside the park entrance and walking in will NO LONGER BE PERMITTED until further notice. On clear nights and/or nights with scheduled events, be prepared to wait in line at the entrance until a spot inside opens up.
    Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be asked to socially distance from other guests outside of their household. Masks are required to be worn inside the Event Center and in the outdoor seating area. Only members of the same household/group or two unrelated individuals will be permitted inside the Headlands gift shop at one time. Your cooperation will help us to not only keep our staff and visitors safe, but will help us continue to keep the park open.

Aug
27
Thu
LIVE MUSIC! — THE REAL INGREDIENTS @ Headlands Waterfront Event Center (outside)
Aug 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Live music will fill the air at the Headlands from 6:30-8:30 p.m. while The Real Ingredients entertain guests from the Event Center’s patio. Cost is $5 a person.
    PLEASE NOTE ——- *Masks Required*
    Due to limited staff and procedures put in place at the park to prevent the spread of the cororavirus, visitation into the park will be limited. Once our 67-space parking lot near the Event Center is filled up, entrance by additional vehicles will be held up by park staff at the Headlands entrance. Parking outside the park entrance and walking in will NO LONGER BE PERMITTED until further notice. On clear nights and/or nights with scheduled events, be prepared to wait in line at the entrance until a spot inside opens up.
    Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be asked to socially distance from other guests outside of their household. Masks are required to be worn inside the Event Center and in the outdoor seating area. Only members of the same household/group or two unrelated individuals will be permitted inside the Headlands gift shop at one time. Your cooperation will help us to not only keep our staff and visitors safe, but will help us continue to keep the park open.