Calendar of Events

Stargazing

Texas Parks & Wildlife is working to improve night skies in our state parks through the Dark Skies Program.

February 2023

Feb 4
5:30p
End Date

Moonlight Night Hike

Stephen F. Austin State Park
Come join us to explore the night with a ranger led hike to look for nocturnal animals and gaze at the moon's surface.
Feb 4
6:30p
End Date

Star Party with the San Antonio Astronomical Association

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for stargazing!
Feb 5
6:15p
End Date

Snow Moon Hike

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Experience the rising of February’s Snow Moon in this full moon hike.
Feb 10
6:30p
End Date

Star Party in the Badlands

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Join us at the West Contrabando Trailhead for a holiday star party in the badlands region of our park!
Feb 11
6:00p
End Date

Star Party

Pedernales Falls State Park
Join the Austin Astronomical Society in stargazing and astronomy!
Feb 17
6:30p
End Date

Nature's Night Show

Palmetto State Park
Come explore the park after dark!
Feb 17
7:30p
End Date

Our Night Skies

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
What makes up our night sky? Is there more than meets the eye? Learn about the celestial bodies that make up the sky and the stories told about them.
Feb 18
5:30p
End Date

Astronomy 101

Pedernales Falls State Park
Learn the basics of Stargazing with various types of equipment!
Feb 18
6:30p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
Marvel at the beauty of the night sky with Texas Master Naturalists
Feb 18
7:00p
End Date

Stories in the Stars

Pedernales Falls State Park
What stories do the stars tell? Are they different from one continent to the next?
Feb 18
7:15p
End Date

Star Party

South Llano River State Park
Come look through a telescope, find constellations, and more!
Feb 19
7:00p
End Date

Stargazing with a Ranger

Pedernales Falls State Park
Join us in viewing the night sky, taking photographs, and searching for fascinating phenomenon!
Feb 23
7:15p
End Date

Astronomy with Buddy

South Llano River State Park
Come by for a quick look at the stars!
Feb 24
7:00p
End Date

Night Sky

Bonham State Park
Night sky viewing
Feb 25
3:00p
End Date

The Daytime Sky

Tyler State Park
Astronomy in the daytime!
Feb 25
6:00p
End Date

The Nighttime Sky

Tyler State Park
The Moon, planets, stars, and constellations.
Feb 25
6:30p
End Date

Nature's Night Show

Palmetto State Park
Come explore the park after dark!
Feb 25
6:30p
End Date

Star Party with the San Antonio Astronomical Association

Hill Country State Natural Area
Join the knowledgeable San Antonio Astronomical Association to learn about the night sky and to take a closer look through their telescopes.

March 2023

Mar 4
6:30p
End Date

Star Party with the San Antonio Astronomical Association

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for stargazing!
Mar 7
6:45p
End Date

Worm Moon Hike

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Experience the rising of March’s Worm Moon in this full moon hike.
Mar 11
8:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Mar 17
4:00p
End Date

Sun Fun

Copper Breaks State Park
Observe the sun through a solar filter and learn about our closest star.
Mar 18
6:30p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
Marvel at the beauty of the night sky with Texas Master Naturalists
Mar 18
7:00p
End Date

Texas State Parks Centennial Dark Skies Celebration

Devils River State Natural Area
🎉 Help us celebrate the Dark Skies of the Devils River State Natural Area in partnership with the Devils River Conservancy and partnering astronomical associations. The event will be held at the recently established Dark Sky Viewing Area.
Mar 18
7:00p
End Date

🎉 Star Gazing Party

Lake Whitney State Park
Enjoy an evening in the park as you explore the galaxy by star maps and telescope. Celebrate parks with retired National Park ranger Larry Smith as he guides you through the planets, moon and stars with fascinating facts.
Mar 18
8:00p
End Date

Star Party

Lake Brownwood State Park
Join us for a night under the stars to learn about the night sky!
Mar 18
8:30p
End Date

Stargazing the Texas Night Sky

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“The stars at night are big and bright …” Learn more about one of Texas’ best natural resources – the night sky.
Mar 18
8:30p
End Date

Star Party

Copper Breaks State Park
Observe the stars and planets through a telescope at Copper Breaks.
Mar 18
9:00p
End Date

Starry Skies of Balmorhea

Balmorhea State Park
🎉 Join us for an evening under the stars in the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool!
Mar 23
7:15p
End Date

Astronomy with Buddy

South Llano River State Park
Come by for a quick look at the stars!
Mar 24
7:00p
End Date

Night Sky

Bonham State Park
Night sky viewing

April 2023

Apr 1
6:30p
End Date

Star Party with the San Antonio Astronomical Association

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for stargazing!
Apr 15
6:30p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
Marvel at the beauty of the night sky with Texas Master Naturalists
Apr 15
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Apr 22
6:00p
End Date

Airstrip Astronomy

Big Bend Ranch State Park
🎉 Join us for an exciting night of stargazing, astrophotography and astronomy-based oral history at the Sauceda Airstrip!
Apr 22
8:30p
End Date

Celebration under the Stars

Pedernales Falls State Park
🎉 Come Celebrate 100 years of State Parks with a party under the stars!
Apr 29 End Date

Goose Island Extravaganza!

Goose Island State Park
🎉 Join us in the celebration of 100 years in Texas State Parks! Activities include fishing, archery, kayaking, a star party, demonstrations, food, and much, much more!

May 2023

May 6
10:00a
End Date

Experience Caprock!

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
🎉Join us to learn all about Caprock! From beginner hiker tours to fishing clinics and more, you're sure to learn about and enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities and educational experiences that make Caprock Canyons State Park unique!
May 6
6:30p
End Date

Star Party with the San Antonio Astronomical Association

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for stargazing!
May 13
9:00a
End Date

Mile-High Mountains Fest

Davis Mountains State Park
🎉 Please join us for a special day of fun and celebration.
May 20
6:30p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
Marvel at the beauty of the night sky with Texas Master Naturalists
May 20
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!

June 2023

Jun 3
6:30p
End Date

Star Party with the San Antonio Astronomical Association

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for stargazing!
Jun 10
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!

July 2023

Jul 1
6:30p
End Date

Star Party with the San Antonio Astronomical Association

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for stargazing!
Jul 15
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!

August 2023

Aug 5
9:00p
End Date

The Stars at Night

Caddo Lake State Park
The stars at night, are big and bright, (clap, clap, clap, clap) deep in the heart of Texas! Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks with a night sky viewing, led by a park ranger and their telescope!
Aug 12
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!
Aug 19
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!

September 2023

Sep 2 End Date

Sync Yourself Where "Life’s Better Outside” ...at the Sinkhole!

Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
🎉 Celebrate 100-years in state parks with hikes, bats, and stars! What better way to enjoy the outdoors?!
Sep 9
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!

October 2023

Oct 7
9:00a
End Date

An "Un" Natural Halloween

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
🎉 Join us for An "Un" Natural Halloween! We will host morning and evening activities.
Oct 14 End Date

Welcome to the Dark Side of State Parks

Kickapoo Cavern State Park
🎉 Cavern tour, eclipse viewing, bat flight, and stargazing- experience darkness like you never have before at Kickapoo Cavern State Park! Watch the eclipse from the bat deck, maybe we will get to see some confused bats exiting midday!
Oct 14
10:00a
End Date

Annular Eclipse

Abilene State Park
Join us for this spectacle in the sky!
Oct 14
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!
Oct 14
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Oct 20 End Date

Find Your Trail

Big Bend Ranch State Park
🎉 Embark on you next great adventure at Big Bend Ranch State Park!
Oct 21
7:00p
End Date

International Observe the Moon

Colorado Bend State Park
Enjoy a fall evening of observing the moon at first quarter phase. We will have telescopes available.

November 2023

Nov 11
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!

December 2023

Dec 9
8:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Dec 9
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!