2019 N.C. Science Festival — Statewide Star Party

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00pm

During the evenings of April 12 and April 13, a handful of our TRACK Trail locations in North Carolina will be hosting Star Parties as part of celebrating this year's North Carolina Science Festival! Visit N.C. Science Festival's website for the full list of Star Party events and their locations.


The 2019 North Carolina Science Festival will feature the Statewide Star Party as a signature event, thanks to generous grant support from the North Carolina Space Grant.

During this 7th annual Statewide Star Party, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and libraries will host public skywatching sessions at more than 50 sites across North Carolina on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, 2019. About 5,000 visitors and 200 STEM professionals and volunteers are expected to participate.

This year’s Star Party theme is “The Moon and Beyond” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon. Hosts will lead moon observing and hands-on activities from the Star Party kit to help visitors explore all things lunar.


KIP Partner Locations for Star Parties:

Click the location name to visit their event page for more information.


Friday, April 12

Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach, NC — 7 pm - 10 pm

McDowell Nature Center, Charlotte, NC — 8 pm - 10 pm

Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, NC — 7:30 pm - 10 pm

Prairie Ridge Ecosystem, Raleigh, NC — 8:30 pm - 11 pm 

Dismal Swamp State Park, South Mills, NC — 6 pm - 9:30 pm

Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro, NC — 7 pm - 9 pm


Saturday, April 13

Morrow Mountain State Park, Albemarle, NC — 7 pm - 9 pm

Pettigrew State Park, Creswell, NC — 6:30pm - 10pm

Lake James State Park, Nebo, NC — 7:30 pm - 10 pm

Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle, NC — 7 pm - 10:30 pm