Lick Observatory Summer Series of Events are on for 2022! Tickets go on sale on April 13th, 2022 at Noon.
Event Information

Evening with the Stars. Photo (c) Laurie Hatch.

2022 Summer Series

Music of the Spheres and Evening with the Stars events are resuming in 2022, with ticket sales starting at noon on April 13, 2022 at  Join our mailing list for event news and updates.  In 2022 we are also increasing the number Public Evening Tours and Photography Nights, for more opportunities to experience the Observatory at night.

Overview of the 42nd Annual Summer Series

Experience a night to remember at Lick Observatory: Visit us for exceptional music, lectures by renowned scientists, viewings through the historical 36″ Great Refractor and the 40″ Nickel Reflector telescopes and more! Our 2022 line-up:

June 3rd, 8:30pm Evening with the Stars Raja GuhaThakurta
June 4th, 8:30pm Music of the Spheres White Album Ensemble

Shelley Wright

June 24th, 8:30pm Evening with the Stars Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
June 25th, 8:30pm Music of the Spheres Oscar Reynolds and Karumanta

Matthew Shetrone

July 8th, 8:30pm Evening with the Stars Brad Hansen
July 9th, 8:30pm Music of the Spheres Tod Dickow with Charged Particles

Steph Sallum

July 22nd, 8:30pm Evening with the Stars Garth Illingworth
July 23rd, 8:30pm Music of the Spheres Golden Bough

Jessica Lu

August 5th, 8:00pm Evening with the Stars Brian Day
August 6th, 8:00pm Music of the Spheres Fire and Grace

Sarah Loebman

August 19th, 8:00pm Evening with the Stars X. Prochaska
August 20th, 8:00pm Music of the Spheres The Black Cedar Trio

Charli Sakari

Ticket Information

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 at noon through Please email if you have any questions.

Due to safety regulations, children must be at least 8 years of age for admission and accompanied by an adult. Due to late program hours, the programs may be difficult for children under 12.  The concert evenings (“Music of the Spheres”) are for visitors 12 and older.  All events will take place rain or shine.

Become a Friend of Lick and Get Tickets Early

The deadline for becoming a FoLO member to enjoy this member benefit is March 1st, 2022 for the 2022 Summer Series. As a thank you for supporting the observatory, members get special access to purchase tickets for the Summer Series one week before the general public. To receive updates and news from us, join our mailing list.

Our upcoming events will have the following COVID-19 safety protocols:

  • Starting April 10th, wearing a mask while indoors at Lick Observatory is no longer required, but is strongly recommended.
  • All guests must fill out our UC Santa Cruz COVID Daily Symptom Check either online before arrival at the observatory or via a paper form upon arrival and before the start of the event. You will receive more information regarding this COVID-19 requirement in a separate communication prior to the event.
  • All attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours.
  • By purchasing a ticket, you agree to abide by these policies.

Blast from the Past

Check out this program from 1984!  Our marketing materials may have changed, but the program is still a classic.

1984 Music of the Spheres program