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.

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Cosmic Friday – Statewide Astronomy Night 8:00 pm
Cosmic Friday – Statewide Astronomy Night @ The Headlands
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrate Statewide Astronomy Night at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center from 8-10 p.m. on Friday, April 12. There is no charge to attend. Come and explore the night sky with the park’s telescopes and guidance[...]
Free Observing Night 8:00 pm
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[...]
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Free Observing Night 8:00 pm
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[...]
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Soul Care with Nourish 6:00 pm
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[...]
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