Star parties are an important part of the amateur-astronomy scene. Offering dark skies and astronomical fellowship, these events often attract hundreds of enthusiasts. Here is a list of several star parties in and around the Mid-Atlantic area.
Contact Us to add one!  This list was updated  10/09/2017

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Almost Heaven Star Party

September  7 – 11, 2018

The 14th annual Almost Heaven Star Party is sponsored by NOVAC will be held at the Mountain Institute in Spruce Knob, WV.  Spruce Knob is one of the premier dark sky sites in the East! The Mountain Institute provides an outstanding observing location as well as civilized amenities like hot showers, meal service and internet access.

Registration is available on-line and there will be no on-site registration. http://www.AHSP.org

 


Staunton River Star Party
Spring, March 14 -18, 2018
Fall, October 16 -22, 2017

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Now a very good Star Party with two events each year and the location is a IDA Dark Sky Site as well as of 2015, We have heard good things from NOVAC members and others while at AHSP 2012. Here is a review that was done from one of our members!


April 27-30 2017

This year event will be held at Tuckahoe State Park near Queen Anne, MD. The registration fee includes camping fee for the observing area. ALL NIGHT STARGAZER COFFEE, as always, will be free. Sodas and hot dogs will be available at minimal cost. Campers will be permitted to park and set up by their scopes, but there are no hookups or electricity in the observation area.
Tip: This star party has great food. The crab chowder is wonderful.

 



June 14 -17, 2018
The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg will host the Cherry Springs Star Party or CSSP to be held at Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, PA. Cherry Springs State Park is well known for nice dark skies and we hope you’ll enjoy them with us at the Cherry Springs Star Party!

June 11 – 14, 2018

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masondThe York County Star Party (replacing the Mason Dixon Star Party)

2017 dates – YCSP star party begins Wednesday, May  24 noon and ends Sunday, July 28 at noon.

The York County Astronomical Society will host it at the Shreveport Airport / Footlight Ranch, York County, Pennsylvania. This telescope and star party will be held in one of the more remote areas in southern York County, situated on a very scenic hill. Thus, with weather permitting, there will be dark skies for observing on Friday and Saturday evenings. All events (except evening viewing) will take place rain or shine!

The York County Star Party (YCSP) is an annual dark-sky amateur astronomy observing event. Held every year around July and it lasts four fun filled days and nights.

http://yorkcountystarparty.org/


Stellafane since 1926
August 9 – 12, 2018
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While not exactly a Mid-Atlantic SP, no list would be complete with out it. Stellafane, Latin for “Shrine to the Stars”, is the name of the clubhouse of the Springfield Telescope Makers on Breezy Hill in Springfield, VT. Built in 1923 by Russell Porter and the founding members of the Springfield Telescope Makers, Stellafane was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Due to it’s unique color and the fact that the name Stellafane has come to be know as the amateur telescope making convention held every summer at Breezy Hill, the home of the Springfield Telescope Makers is also affectionately referred to as The Pink Clubhouse.

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The Rappahannock Astronomy Club is hosts star parties in the area located in Virginia.  http://raclub.org/v2/star-parties/

 


 September 22 – 24, 2017
The Central Pennsylvania Observers will host this star party. People are encouraged to come along to listen to speakers and take a look through the telescopes of star enthusiasts. Pre-registration is limited and there is no registration at the event. http://bfsp.org

The Annual NOVAC Star Gaze

October 21  2018

novacstargazeNOVAC invites you to the largest public star gaze in the Washington DC area. This year NOVAC will also host the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies annual meeting. Learn about astronomy while enjoying the night sky with hundreds of telescopes, binoculars and homemade projects. Many experienced astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge. Easy access, lots of equipment and a dark sky make for a good night under the stars.

Please join us! 

Astro-tip: Arrive early and stay late.



Nothing listed for 2017 
This year event will be held at Tuckahoe State Park near Queen Anne, MD. The registration fee includes camping fee for the observing area. ALL NIGHT STARGAZER COFFEE, as always, will be free. Sodas and hot dogs will be available at minimal cost. Campers will be permitted to park and set up by their scopes, but there are no hookups or electricity in the observation area. http://www.delmarvastargazers.org/


September 12 – 17 2017
ASTROBLAST is an annual event, first held in June 1994, by the Oil Region Astronomical Society. Our organization is blessed with a remote “dark sky” site located far from the light pollution of large urban areas. The event is held in a large field surrounding our observatory in the Lockwood Campground at Venango County’s Two Mile Run Park, near Franklin, Pennsylvania. http://www.oras.org/

September 15 – 17 2017
Held in West Virginia, KVAS co-sponsors the Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend with Blackwater Falls State Park each fall. A Friday night star party kicks off the weekend and is followed by classes and round table discussions on such topics as Astronomy Myths, Astrophotography, Radio Astronomy, Telescope Basics, etc. A Keynote Speaker kicks off the Saturday night activities with drawings for door prizes to follow. A “Star Party” is always planned where, weather permitting, telescopes of all sizes and types, factory and home made, are set up for public viewing. A Flea Market for bartering astronomical paraphernalia is also held. http://www.kvas.org/

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Stella Della not run since 2010

Stella Della Valley offers you a chance to gather with astronomers and families under some of the most pleasant dark skies in Eastern Pennsylvania, at Camp Onas in Ottsville, PA. http://www.bma2.org