2025 North Carolina Statewide Star Party -- save the dates!

The 2025 Star Party dates are Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, 2025. The theme will be "Your place in space."


2024 North Carolina Statewide Star Party

Thanks to generous grant support from the North Carolina Space Grant, the 2024 North Carolina Science Festival again featured the Statewide Star Party as a signature initiative.

During this 12th annual Statewide Star Party, 37 hosts offered public skywatching events across North Carolina from Friday, April 5th to Monday, April 8th, 2024. This year’s theme was “Sun & Moon” in honor of the April 8th solar eclipse. Star Party hosts included state and local parks, colleges and universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and libraries. Nearly 16,000 visitors participated in Star Party events this year.

2024 Statewide Star Party Locations

Map of North Carolina with Statewide Star Party locations

County City Organization
Alamance Greensboro Science Everywhere at UNC Greensboro
Bertie Windsor Bertie County Public Library
Cabarrus Harrisburg Cabarrus County Public Libraries
Camden South Mills Dismal Swamp State Park
Cumberland Fayetteville Fayetteville State University Planetarium
Cumberland Hope Mills Cumberland County Public Library
Dare Nags Head Jockey's Ridge State Park
Durham Durham City of Durham - Parks and Recreation
Forsyth Winston-Salem Forsyth County Public Library
Forsyth Winston-Salem Kaleideum
Gaston Gastonia Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Guilford Greensboro Greensboro Science Center
Guilford Jamestown Cline Observatory and Guilford Technical Community College
Iredell Troutman Lake Norman State Park
Lee Sanford Lee County Libraries
Macon Highlands Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust
Mecklenburg Charlotte UNC Charlotte Observatory
Moore Southern Pines Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
Nash Nashville Town of Nashville - Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
New Hanover Wilmington Cape Fear Museum
Onslow Swansboro Hammocks Beach State Park
Orange Chapel Hill Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Pasquotank Elizabeth City College of the Albemarle
Pender Rocky Point Science Alliance of Eastern NC
Pitt Grifton NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Contentnea Creek
Randolph Asheboro Asheboro Public Library
Rowan China Grove Rowan Public Library System
Surry Dobson Surry Community College
Vance Henderson Perry Memorial Library
Wake Durham Triangle Land Conservancy
Wake Garner Town of Garner - Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
Wake Apex The American Tobacco Trail
Wake Raleigh NC Museum of Natural Science
Warren Henderson Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Wilson Wilson Imagination Station Science and History Museum
Yancey Burnsville Yancey County Public Library
Yancey Spruce Pine Mayland Earth to Sky Park

Stay tuned for information on the 2025 NC Statewide Star Party!

For more information, please contact:
Amy Sayle
Coordinator, NC Statewide Star Party
Email: starparty@unc.edu 

The Statewide Star Party is made possible with the support of NC Space Grant and the NC Science Festival.

Click here for Star Party kit materials (including previous years)