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.

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Free Observatory Viewing 6:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 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.[...]
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Geminid Meteor Shower 7:00 pm
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.
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Winter Solstice 4:00 pm
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.
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Free Observatory Viewing 12:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing
Dec 30 @ 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.[...]
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