Public Events

Jupiter Night

Saturday May 6, from 9-11pm

The king of the solar system is back!   Giant Jupiter has returned to the evening skies and you can make a date with the largest planet in the solar system. Learn about Jupiter, its blustery hurricanes, its shrinking red spot, and its 67 moons.  Then view Jupiter’s cloud tops and largest moons through our historic telescope and marvel at the craters of our Moon (weather permitting).

Admission is $10/adult, $5/child, $5/Observatory members

No reservations required.  Great for all ages.
For more info, call 513-321-5186.

See Jupiter while it's close.

"Wurst" Date Night Ever

With the Wurst Bar and Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesday, May 17 from 8:30-11pm

This ‘Wurst’ Date Night is going to be the best!  

Start your evening at the Wurst Bar in Mount Lookout Square at 8:30pm, then take a complimentary shuttle up the hill to the Cincinnati Observatory for a program beginning at 9pm. Enjoy viewing of Jupiter (weather permitting) and a tour of the Observatory. Afterwards, grab the shuttle back to the Wurst Bar to enjoy Happy Hour pricing the rest of the night! 

Attendees also receive 20% off coupon for future visit to the Wurst Bar. 

Tickets are $25 each and benefit the Cincinnati Observatory’s youth outreach programs. 

Must be 21 or over. Reservations required. To RSVP, call 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online

Topics in Astronomy

Classes at the Cincinnati Observatory

These fun and laid-back classes for beginners focus on a variety of topics and will surely keep you looking up!  

Tuesday May 23:                  The Outer Solar System      (8-10pm)
            Travel farther from the Sun to see Jupiter and beyond

Tuesday June 13:                The Sun and the Summer Sky  (7-9pm)
             Tour the Sun and then learn the constellations of summer

Tuesday July 25:                  Preparing for the Eclipse       (7-9pm)
              Less than a month before the solar eclipse, we'll get you ready  

Tuesday August 8:               Exoplanets                              (8-10pm)
               Wild wonderful worlds around other stars like Trappist-1

Astronomer Dean Regas leads these classes and will also be your guide to the stars and planets of the season and point them out with you in the real sky with the Observatory telescopes (weather permitting).

   Cost per class:      $15 per person
                                   $12 for Observatory members

Sign Up Online or Call 513-321-5186.

Celestial Sips

Beer Tasting at the Observatory
Saturday June 17, from 8:00-11:00pm

Celebrate the Summer Solstice by enjoying a cool beverage and (weather permitting) viewing starry skies. Celestial Sips, one of the Observatory’s most popular events, will this year feature beer and cider from Rhinegeist Brewery in addition to tours of our historic buildings and telescopes!

Each participant will receive a custom etched pint glass. There’ll also be a silent auction, photo booth, and valet parking. All proceeds from the event benefit the Observatory’s programs.

Cost:    $50 before May 15 and for Observatory members

            $60 per person after May 15,

Space is limited and reservations are required, so please call (513) 321-5186 or Sign Up Online

21 or older, please.

Cosmic Kids

Family Classes
Saturdays April 15, and May 20  

-- SOLD OUT --

The Cincinnati Observatory will be hosting classes for the entire family. Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary class which helps grades 1st-6th learn and discover topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world. This astronomy class is open to students with a curiosity about space, and their families. There will be safe solar viewing with the telescopes, tours of the buildings, and hands-on classroom activities to build confidence and knowledge in science.

Cosmic Kids will return with new programs on the third Saturday between July and November.

July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18.

9:30am-10:30am 1st- 3rd Grade Students
11:00am-12:00pm  4th- 6th Grade Students

Registration for those dates will be available starting in April.

Summer Camps

At the Cincinnati Observatory

We're partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center again to bring you some out-of-this-world summer camps. First:

From June 5-9 it's Space Adventure 
For grades K-1 and 2-6

Blast off into an awesome camp! Join the Cincinnati Observatory and the Cincinnati Museum Center as we look through telescopes, observe the mysteries of the universe and test our astronaut skills.

Then from June 12-16
For grades K-1 it's Galaxy Explorers

Travel to galaxies far away and discover the science and technology of living in space. Take a field trip to visit the special exhibit Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Cincinnati Museum Center. This camp is sure to be out of this world!

And also June12-16 for grades 2–3 and 4-6 we have LEGO: Movie Magic

Lights, camera, action! Join us as we discover how movies take us to galaxies far away! Learn how to make a storyboard, create a stop-motion animation movie with LEGO mini-figures and bricks and take a field trip to visit the special exhibit Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Cincinnati Museum Center.

For more info and to register please go to: Cincinnati Museum Center

2017 Special Events

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Have a favorite planet?  Looking for the coolest events for 2017?
Astronomers always look to the future, and if you're a planner too, add these events on your calendar.  Call us for details: 513-321-5186.

May 6:           Jupiter Night

June 17:       Celestial Sips

June 25:        Sunday Sun-day Sundae

July 16:         Sunday Sun-day Sundae 2

July 29:          Saturnday (best time to see Saturn)

Aug 5:            Saturnday 2 (just in case it's cloudy on July 29)

Aug 21:           Total Solar Eclipse (not in Cincinnati, however)

Sept 23:         ScopeOut/Great Outdoor Weekend

Oct 28:           International Observe the Moon Night

Dec 2:            Supermoon 2017