Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival

Visitors enjoy a star talk led by a ranger.
Stargazing is one of the many activities offered by the park during the festival.

September 7-9, 2018

Join astronomers, rangers, and historians as they come together for a three-day festival celebrating North Dakota's starry nights and rich heritage! Stand under the expansive night sky that influenced cultures of American Indian tribes, inspired modern space exploration, and is still yours to experience today!

Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora welcome you to evenings of star viewing,special presentations, rocket building and launching, children's activities, and much more as we celebrate Dakota Nights!

Most activities are included with your park entry fee, except when otherwise noted.


Daytime Activities - Saturday & Sunday

9:00am to 4:00pm Discovery Dome Theater
Immerse yourself in films about outer space, planets, stars, and black holes! Films are shown in the full-dome theater on the hour from 9:00am to 4:00 pm in the South Unit Visitor Center.

10:00am to 1:00pm Kids' Crafts and Activities
Join rangers at Chimney Park in Medora for FREE hands-on activities that help kids learn about astronomy.

1:00 to 3:00pm Rocket Building and Launching
Build, paint, and launch a rocket at Chimney Park in Medora. Rocket kits are $10.

1:00 to 4:00pm Solar Viewing
Have you ever seen a sunspot? Safely view the sun (and its spots!) through telescopes and by other means at the South Unit Visitor Center.

Featured Presentations

7:00pm in the Cottonwood Campground Amphitheater
Friday, Saturday, Sunday speakers to be announced.

Stargazing and Telescopes

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00pm
Peaceful Valley Ranch

Last updated: January 10, 2018

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