Friday Night Shows

The Friday Night Show highlights a special topic every 4-6 weeks. Shows last about an hour. Past Friday Night Shows are available here.

Our shows start promptly at 7:00pm, so please try to be here 20 – 25 minutes early to purchase tickets and find a good seat.


Lei Under the Stars

March 15th – March 17th
7 – 8pm
Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building
Tickets $5

Want to escape to the breathtaking beaches, rainforests and volcanoes of Hawaii for spring break without leaving home? Then head to our special event, Lei Under the Stars: A Hawaiian Escape. Explore the rich culture and geography of the islands through music, tropical flowers, multimedia, indoor stargazing, and non-alcoholic drinks.


Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun

Fridays, March 24th – May 5th
7 – 8pm
Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building
Tickets $4

Say konnichiwa to our Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun show. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking imagery of Japan through all four seasons as you learn about festivals and Japanese mythology. Then enjoy a view of the stars above Japan through indoor stargazing. The show will be held in the planetarium Fridays at 7 p.m. from March 24 to May 5, 2017.

Join us for the free Spring Festival at 6 p.m. before each show. Each week offers a new set of activities from Japanese students, faculty and members of the Japanese Culture Association including calligraphy practice, traditional Japanese games, and video skit presentations as well as Japanese food.

For more information, contact Jean Creighton, UWM Planetarium: 414-229-4961 / jcreight@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM Planetarium, the Japanese Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, the UWM Center for International Education, the UWM Language Resource Center, the UWM Honors College, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers Grant.