Public Events

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.

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 per Observatory member

Ages 21 or older only, please.

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

Pride Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday, June 9 from 9-11pm

The Cincinnati Observatory is celebrating Pride Month with a special event in conjunction with NKY Pride weekend festivities! Come out June 9 from 9-11pm for tours of the Observatory and viewing through our historic telescopes of the King of Planets, Jupiter! (weather permitting, though the event will be held rain or shine.)  

This event is family friendly and all are welcome!

This event is free ($5 donation is appreciated to support our Youth Outreach work)

No reservations needed.

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!  

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

To Mars and Beyond!
   Wednesday July 11 from 8-10pm
      Bravely go where no one has gone before and
      see what it takes to get to the Red Planet

The Planets of Summer
Wednesday August 15 from 8-10pm
      This summer we can show you around the solar
      system - Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars

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.

First Star - A New Book by Will Hillenbrand

Book signing at the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesday June 27 at 7pm

Beloved characters Bear and Mole return in First Star, the new picture book for young children by Cincinnati author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand.  In this beautiful and imaginative story, Hillenbrand spins an enchanting tale of friendship, storytelling, and starry nights.

Join Hillenbrand for an evening at the Cincinnati Observatory.  You can meet the author, learn about the story-making process, and get your favorite books signed.  Copies of First Star will be available for sale or you can bring your own Hillenbrand favorites. 

No reservations needed.

Admission: Free

For more information please 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 (SOLD OUT!)

  •          Grades K–2: Spectacular Solar System -
  •          Grades 3–7: Mission to Mars - 

June 11-15 & July 30-August 3 (Only a few spots open)

  •          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.

May 26:          Jupiter Night - see the biggest planet

June 16:          Celestial Sips - Wine Tasting

June 23:         Jupiter Night 2 - an encore 

June 27:         Will Hillenbrand book signing

July 1:           Sunday, Sun-Day, Sundae

July 21:          Saturnday - Rings at their best

July 27 and 28:   Marsapalooza!

August 5:           Sunday, Sun-Day Sundae 2

September 15:   ScopeOut - Telescope Fest

September 29:   Great Outdoor Weekend