Star Party

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Friday, April 12, 2019
7-10 PM
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!


This year’s theme, The Moon and Beyond, includes laser-guided constellation tours, planetarium shows, telescope viewings, stargazing tips and more. Be part of an event that is happening statewide and bring a flashlight.

At this FREE event, visitors can:

  • Go on a laser-guided, night-sky tour of the stars and planets.
  • Get up close views of the Moon, stars, planets and more using a variety of telescopes.
  • Enjoy a planetarium show for a fun orientation to the night skies.
  • Cuddle up with loved ones and listen to star-themed stories at the Stellar Story Corner.
  • Enter raffles to win prizes and passes to local attractions.

Star Party community partners include:

  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • Cape Fear Museum Associates
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks
  • Cape Fear Astronomical Society
  • Children’s Museum of Wilmington
  • New Hanover County Schools
  • UNC-Wilmington Centro Hispano Embajadores
  • National Weather Service—Wilmington Office
  • New Hanover County Library
  • New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office VIPR and Explorer Groups
  • Town of Carolina Beach
  • UNC Wilmington Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • UNC Wilmington Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
  • Wilmington Trolley Company
  • Sun Fun Rental

The seventh 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 be hosting sky-watching parties to help people discover the wonders of their night skies.


Event parking is at the marina, located at the back of the park. Complimentary shuttle service is generously provided by the Wilmington Trolley Company.  Handicap transportation via golf cart is available upon request.

Event Map

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382