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The Star Party at Gorges State Park

  • Dates: April 24, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: FREE
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The Star Party at Gorges State Park is part of a Statewide Star Party Event. As part of the North Carolina Science Festival, our Star Party will allow future astronomers (kids + adults) and astronomy enthusiasts (amateurs + professionals) a chance to view constellations, planets and deep sky objects in one of the darkest settings in WNC.

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FREE Entry + Activities
The entire Star Party event boasts free parking, entry and activities. Everyone is sure to learn something about telescopes, the night sky or general astronomy!

Kids Activities
Arts + crafts, face-painting, hot chocolate and basic astronomy activities will greet the youngest stargazers! Kids will also love getting to know Kelvin the spokesbot!

Food + Drink
Food from the BBQ Shed Food Truck and hot drinks including hot chocolate will be on site, available for purchase and ready to keep you warm!

PARI Experts on Hand
Professional astronomers from our neighbors at the
Pisgah Astronomical
Research Institute
will be in attendance to share information and answer questions.

Provided Telescopes
We are providing telescopes so anyone can enjoy this event and stargaze! Please scroll down to register so we know how much equipment is needed.

Bring your own Telescope
There will be a designated area for astronomy enthusiasts in the parking lot so there will be no need to haul your equipment anywhere. Registration is required if you plan to bring your own telescope so we can save enough space!

Just like every event at Gorges State Park, this event is totally free! We are requiring registrations so we may plan accordingly. Whether you are planning to attend and would like to use the provided equipment or are planning to bring your own telescope and would like to secure your spot, please fill out the form below.


Date and time: April 24, 2020, 7-10:30 PM


Location: Gorges State Park Visitors Center

976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774
GPS: 35.0960, -82.9510

Contact Phone: 828.966.9099