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October is Hill Country Night Sky Month!

The celebration is back for another month of proclamations, lighting renovations, contests, star parties, moon howls, and more. Join partners and communities from across the Hill Country as we pay tribute and our respects to one of our region’s most beloved features, the star-filled night sky. Tune in here for all the news, events, and updates on Night Sky Month 2021!

Looking for ways to get involved with Hill Country Night Sky Month?

There are so many ways to participate —from long running competitions and games to single day events and virtual star parties — scroll through our Master List below or search the Calendar to see what our partners have planned.

Looking for ways to get involved from your own home? We’ve compiled a list of things you can do on your own or with family and friends from the comfort of your own home. See the box to the right.

Events Calendar

Looking for inspiration? Click here to see the calendar of events from Oct. 2020

Oct 20

Full Moon Candlelight Dining
Various Locations – Hays County
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Wimberley Hill Country Howl
Wimberley, Texas
8:30 p.m.

Oct 23

McKinney Falls State Park Night Hike
McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, Texas
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Oct 27

Globe at Night Observations 
Online
Oct. 8:00 a.m. – Nov. 5 5:00 p.m.

Oct 30

McKinney Falls State Park Night Hike
McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, Texas
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Oct 1

Globe at Night Observations
Online
Sept. 27 8:00 a.m. – Oct. 6 5:00 p.m.

Hays County Friends of the Night Sky – Founders Circle Membership Drive
Online
Oct. 1 12:00 a.m. – Oct. 8 11:59 p.m.

Stargazing 101 – Cancelled Due to Weather
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area – Fredericksburg, Texas
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Oct 2

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Star Party – Cancelled due to Weather
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area – Fredericksburg, Texas
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Blue Hole Star Party
Blue Hole Regional Park – Wimberly, Texas
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

McKinney Falls State Park Night Hike
McKinney Falls Stae Park – Austin, Texas
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Oct 8

The Power of Light – Presented by Bettymaya Foott of the International Dark-Sky Association
Online
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Oct 9

Sunset Park Star Party
Sunset Park – Lago Vista, Texas
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Star Party at Hill Country State Natural Area
Hill Country State Natural Area – Bandera, Texas
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Llano County Friends of the Night Sky Star Party
Sting Softball Field – Llano, Texas
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Hill Country Night Sky Month Star Party 
Singing Water Vineyards – Comfort, Texas
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

McKinney Falls State Park Night Hike
McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, Texas
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Oct 16

“On Gathering” Exhibition and Night Sky Friendly Business Recognition
4th Street Gallery – Blanco, Texas
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

International Observe the Moon Night
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site – Stonewall, Texas
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Star and Moon Party
Boulder Trail Park – Austin, Texas
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Storytelling Under the Stars
Jones Brother’s Park – Jonestown, Texas
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

McKinney Falls State Park Star Party
McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, Texas
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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Things To Do from Home

Looking for ways to celebrate the night without attending an organized event? There will be lots of online events offered throughout the month. Read on for some suggested activities for things you can do to celebrate the night sky around your own home!

 

 

Interested in hosting an event?

Check out our resources for creating a community-led Hill Country Night Sky Month event and use our toolkit to spread the word! Click here to learn more and access helpful resources.

Hill Country Night Sky Month is a Hill Country Alliance event.

The Hill Country Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country.