Utah has more International Dark Sky locations than any other state, province or region in the world, and now is the time to celebrate! Mark your calendars for September 22-23 to join a regional celebration of astronomy and our glittering dark skies.

The inagural Southwest Astronomy Festival will take place throughout Southwestern Utah and beyond at various times and locations including Cedar City, St. George, Springdale, Ivins, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, Red Cliffs Recreation Area, and Pipe Spring National Monument.

Over 25 day and nighttime activities for all ages will be available during the two-day celebration, including solar telescope viewing, family art projects, nocturnal night hikes, star gazing parties, constellation storytelling, night photography workshops, astronomy exhibits, presentations, and more!

For a detailed schedule of activities in your area, download the Southwest Astronomy Festival Schedule Brochure at https://www.nps.gov/cebr/planyourvisit/southwest-astronomy-festival.htm.

All activities are open to the public and most are free; however, some have limited seating or registration may be required.  

These events are sponsored by Cedar Breaks National Monument and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, along with the support of the Southern Utah Space Foundation, the St. George Astronomy Group and many other participating organizations.