April 12, 2024
Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Friday, April 12, 2024
FREE EVENT at Carolina Beach State Park, 1010 State Park Road
Join Cape Fear Museum, Carolina Beach State Park, Cape Fear Astronomical Society and many other community partners for a fun-filled evening of stargazing and astronomy-themed activities! Sun & Moon is this year’s Star Party theme.
Location: Carolina Beach State Park, 1010 State Park Road
Join Cape Fear Museum, Carolina Beach State Park, Cape Fear Astronomical Society and many other community partners for a fun-filled evening of stargazing and astronomy-themed activities! Sun & Moon is this year’s Star Party theme, in honor of the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. Be part of an event that is happening statewide and bring a flashlight!
At this FREE event, visitors can:
- Go on a guided night-sky tour of the stars and planets.
- Get up-close views of the stars, planets and more using binoculars and telescopes.
- Cuddle up with loved ones and listen to star-themed stories at the Stellar Story Corner.
- Visit fun, hands-on activity stations to learn about (and celebrate!) the Sun and the Moon.
- Hear stargazing tips from the experts.
- Pose for an “out-of-this-world” picture with our giant glowing moon.
- Grab some giveaways and free event swag.
- Purchase and enjoy food & drink from several food vendors.
- And so much more!
Star Party community partners include:
- NC Science Festival
- Cape Fear Museum
- Cape Fear Museum Associates
- Carolina Beach State Park
- Friends of Pleasure Island State Park
- New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
- New Hanover County VIPR and Explorer Volunteer LE Groups
- Cape Fear Astronomical Society
- GLOW Academy
- Kevin Whaley Busing
- New Hanover County Senior Resource Center
- Chick-fil-A at Monkey Junction
- New Hanover County Public Library
- New Hanover County Public Schools
- University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
- University of North Carolina Wilmington Centro Hispano Embajadores
- National Weather Service—Wilmington Office
- NC Science Trail
- NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher
- Port City United
- NHC—Office of Diversity and Equity
- Carolina Beach Recreation Center
- Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church
- Town of Carolina Beach
- 501st Costumed Group
- Cape Fear Fandom Faire
- Nourish NC
The twelfth annual Statewide Star Party is made possible with the support of NC Space Grant and the NC Science Festival. Participating organizations and institutions across the state will host sky-watching parties to help people discover the wonders of their night skies.
Event parking is located at the back of the park. Parking is managed by New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and volunteers. Complimentary shuttle service is generously provided by GLOW Academy of Wilmington. Handicap transportation via golf cart is available upon request.
Star Party will happen rain or shine. However, some activities are weather dependent. In the event of cloudy/overcast skies, telescope viewings and guided night-sky tours will be cancelled. In the event of rain, all outdoor activity stations will be cancelled and only those inside the park’s visitor center will remain, however, space and parking will be limited. Check this website for weather and event updates right up until the event begins.
2024 Event Map
Use this link to see an enlarged version of the 2024 event map.