Programs & Events
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.
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. On clear nights during the summer, the Headlands staff will bring telescopes out onto the viewing platform and professional star-gazers and astronomers are often onsite to enhance your viewing experience. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes and/or binoculars. Park staff maintains the number of people in the park by limiting parking only to the 67 parking spaces near the event center. On clear and warm nights, please expect to wait at the entrance for the next available parking.
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.
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Dark Sky Park Program Coordinator
LIVE MUSIC! The Marsupials with Chirp 7:00 pm
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[...]
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY COURSE 8:30 pm
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[...]
LIVE MUSIC! — MIKE RIDLEY 7:00 pm
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[...]
LIVE MUSIC! — DEDE ALDER 6:30 pm
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[...]