The Dark Sky Festival will inspire stargazers from Aug. 23 to 25
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS – Sequoia Parks Conservancy, in partnership with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Lake Kaweah, is excited to announce the event dates for the sixth annual Dark Sky Festival: Aug. 23, 24, and 25.
The Dark Sky Festival is the largest night sky festival in Central California and takes place in various locations throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks including the Foothills, Mineral King, Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, as well as Lake Kaweah in Three Rivers. Over 50 programs will be offered this year including tours, stargazing, guest speakers, movies, musical performances, and more.
Festival attendance has steadily grown each year, with over 5,000 attendees in 2018. We strongly encourage planning overnight accommodations well in advance at www.recreation.gov or www.visitsequoia.com.
The night sky of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is nationally recognized. The darkness not only adds to the beauty of its natural landscapes, but also contributes to the health of wildlife. As most of the world is faced with the effects of artificial light pollution, the Dark Sky Festival aims to educate people about the importance of preserving natural darkness and inspire them to take action in their own communities.
We hope you join us for the sixth annual Dark Sky Festival and share your passion for the night sky and astronomy.
Sequoia Parks Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Lake Kaweah, working hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to support projects including trail improvements, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat. To learn more, visit www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.