Many RASC Centres either sponsor or actively participate in Star Parties throughout the year. A Star Party is an overnight excursion to a suitable dark sky site where you will meet many other astronomers, have an opportunity to compare notes on equipment, listen to informative talks, and share a dark sky experience.

Confirmed events for 2018:

RASC Centre(s) Event Date
New Brunswick Kouchibouguac Spring Star Gaze ?
Calgary Alberta Star B-Q Jul 13–15  
New Brunswick Mt. Carleton Star Party July 13-15  


Mt. Kobau Star Party Aug 4–12  
Saskatchewan Sask. Summer Star Party Aug 8–13  
St. John's Butter Pot Star Party Aug 17–19  
Halifax Nova East Star Party Aug 10–13  
New Brunswick Camping & Observing Weekend Aug 10–12  
Yukon Yukon Star Party Aug 24–25  
Winnipeg Riding Mountain NP Dark Sky Weekend Aug 31–Sep 3  
New Brunswick Fundy Park Star Party Aug 31–Sep 1  
Kitchener-Waterloo Fall Equinox Star Party ?
Edmonton Northern Prairie Star Party Sep 4–9  
Winnipeg Spruce Woods Star Party Sep 6–9  
Victoria RASCals Star Party Sep 7–9  
Calgary Alberta Star Party Sep 7–9  
Vancouver Summer Star Quest Sep 8–16  
Kingston, Belleville Fall'n'Stars Sep 7–9  
New Brunswick Kouchibouguac Fall Star Gaze Sep 14–15  

Here is the detailed list of current star parties organized by RASC Centres:


RASC Belleville & Kingston Centres

Fall ‘n’ Stars

Date: Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Description:  Annual gathering of amateur astronomers in Thomasburg Ontario.  



RASC Calgary Centre

The Great Alberta Star-B-Q

Date: Jul 13 – 15, 2018

Description:  The RASC Calgary Centre beckons you West and North of light polluted urban skies to bask in hot summer days and gaze away warm quiet nights at The Great Alberta Star-B-Q.



The Alberta Star Party

Date: Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Description:  We look forward to you joining us for some good times and great viewing under wonderfully dark skies of the Starland.



RASC Edmonton Centre

Northern Prairie Star Party

Date: Tuesday, September 4 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Description: Join us for an unforgettable autumn weekend under the stars at the annual Northern Prairie Star Party at Black Nugget Lake Campground. Bring your telescope and your sense of wonder for stargazing under seriously dark skies (Bortle Scale 3).



RASC Halifax Centre

Nova East

Date: Friday, Friday, August 10 – Monday August 13, 2018

Description: Nova East was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre, and has grown to include participants from many other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States as well.



RASC Calgary Centre

2018 RASC General Assembly

Date: Friday, June 28th – Monday, July 3rd, 2018

Description: The Calgary Centre of the RASC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 59th General Assembly. Join us in Calgary.



RASC New Brunswick Centre

Kouchibouguac Spring Star Fest

Date: Friday, ?

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach at one of our Dark Sky Preserves.



Camping & Observing Weekend (COW) Summer Star Gaze

Date: Friday, August 10 – Sunday August 12, 2018

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach as well as a RASC group supper.



Mt. Carleton Star Party

Date:  Friday, July 13 - Saturday, July 14, 2018

Description: Member and public observing at one of our Dark Sky Preserves.



Fundy National Park Star Gaze

Date: Friday, August 31 – Saturday, September 1, 2018

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach as well as a RASC group supper.



Kouchibouguac Fall Star Gaze

Date: Friday, September 14 – Sunday September 16, 2018

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach at one of our Dark Sky Preserves.



RASC Saskatoon and Regina Centres

Saskatchewan Summer Star Party

Date: Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, August 13, 2018

Description: Join us for a wonderful weekend of observing and daytime events at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and Dark Sky Preserve in south-west Saskatchewan.



RASC Okanagan Centre

Mt. Kobau Star Party

Date: Saturday, August 4 – Saturday, August 12, 2018

Description: The 35th Annual MKSP runs 8 nights on the sage-and-fir scented summit of Mt. Kobau, near Osoyoos, BC. Dark sky observing, guest talks, a popular door prize draw and great astro-fellowshipping characterize this warm-spirited event. Last year’s wildfire on the mountain did not affect the star party site or any of our plans for the future, but affords a rare chance for attendees to get an up-close look at a recovering forest on the road to the summit.



RASC St. John’s Centre

Butter Pot Star Party

Date:  Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19, 2018

Description: The public is invited to joing the St. John’s Centre RASC and Butter Pot Provincial Park to meet under dark skies for the 2018 Butter Pot Star Party!

Website: Butter Pot Star Party


RASC Vancouver Centre

Summer Star Quest

Date: Saturday, September 8 – Sunday September 16, 2018

Description: Merritt, BC. Organized by the Merritt Astronomical Society with significant participation by RASC Vancouver Centre.



RASC Victoria Centre

RASCals Star Party Victoria Star Party Logo

Date: Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Description: Held in Central Saanich. A fun and easy-going camping and observing weekend which the whole family can enjoy.

Website (needs update):


RASC Winnipeg Centre

Riding Mountain NP Dark Sky Weekend

Date: Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3, 2018

Description: We’re turning off the lights for this event! Join Parks Canada and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a weekend full of activities under the star filled skies of Riding Mountain. Learn about the Milky Way from the pros, look up at Anishinabe constellations, view the sky with binoculars, and party under the stars.



Spruce Woods Star Party

Date: Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Description: Come enjoy the dark skies of Spruce Woods and spend a long weekend with
astronomy enthusiasts of all walks of life!



RASC Yukon Centre

Yukon Star Party

Date: Friday, August 24 – Saturday August 25, 2018

Description Grand Opening of Yukon's first astronomical observatory


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