Public Events

Late Night Date Night

Saturday May 5 from 10:30pm-Midnight


But instead, you should join us for Celestial Sips, our wine tasting event on June 16

(See Below)

Celestial Sips

Featuring the Wine Merchant

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday June 16, from 8:00-11:00pm

Celebrate the Summer Solstice by enjoying a beverage under the starry skies. Celestial Sips, one of the Observatory’s most popular events, will this year feature wines hand selected by the experts at The Wine Merchant, located in Hyde Park, in addition to tours of our historic buildings and viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting).

Each participant will receive 4 drink tickets to sample the evening’s wine offerings. There’ll also be a silent auction, photo booth, and valet parking. All proceeds from the event benefit the Observatory’s programs.

Cost:    $60 per person
            $50 for Observatory members

Ages 21 or older only, please.

Space is limited and reservations are required, so please 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!  

Best Astronomy Hoaxes
   May 15 from 8-10pm
      Martians, astrology, the Moon Landing
      and many more will be revealed

Uncovering the Sun
   June 19 or 20 from 7-9pm (two options)
      Explore our nearest star 
      Includes safe solar viewing (weather permitting)

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.

Jupiter Night

Saturday May 26, 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 four largest moons through our historic telescope and marvel at the craters of our Moon (weather permitting).

Great for all ages. No reservations required

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

For more info, call 513-321-5186.

Summer Camps

At the Cincinnati Observatory

We're partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center again this year to bring four weeks of Out-Of-This-World Summer Camps.  We have new and exciting themes for the weeks and best of all, it happens at the Observatory!  

June 4-8 & July 23-27

  •          Grades K–2: Spectacular Solar System -We’re kicking into hyper-drive to travel to all eight planets in our solar system! Learn about the many moons that orbit the planets and discover facts about our amazing sun. This camp is sure to be out of this world!
  •          Grades 3–7: Mission to Mars - Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to figure out how to take astronauts to Mars for the very first time. Once humans arrive on the Red Planet, you’ll work with your fellow space campers to build a Mars habitat and solve problems through challenge-based projects. 

June 11-15 & July 30-August 3

  •          Grades K–2: Space Explorers - 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.
  •          Grades 3–7: Rocket Science (Premium Camp) - All systems are go for launch! As part of our crew, you’ll learn about the science behind rockets, rovers and more! Design your own bottle rocket, learn about NASA’s space program and take a field trip to the National Museum of the US Air Force.

For more information or to register, call the Cincinnati Museum Center at (513) 287-7001 
Or... Sign Up Online By Date

2018 Special Events

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Have a favorite planet?  Looking for the coolest events coming up?
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.

Mar 31:          Blue Moon on a Saturday

Apr 14:           First Light Night

May 26:          Jupiter Night

June 16:          Celestial Sips

July 1:           Sunday, Sun-Day, Sundae

July 21:          Saturnday

July 27 and 28:   Marsapalooza!

August 5:         Sunday, Sun-Day Sundae 2