From coast to coast, people are preparing for the highly anticipated total solar eclipse! Hundreds of viewing parties, festivals, and events are about to start ramping up in honor of the celestial event of a lifetime. Here are 8 cities that are going big for the eclipse!
Casper, WY- Eclipse Camp Out
Looking for a fun place in the path of totality to enjoy the eclipse? Look no further! Join scientists, photographers, eclipse chasers and thousands of residents from across the globe in a march to the Line of Totality in Casper, Wyoming. While 2.5 minutes of eclipse rapture is worth the trip to Casper, there is a full schedule of special activities and programs scheduled for the whole week!
With an altitude over 5,000 feet and high probability of clear skies, this small but mighty Wyoming town will be one of the best places in the nation to view this wonderful event.
For more on the events in Casper, be sure to check out http://eclipsecasper.com/.
Idaho Falls, ID- Idaho Moonfest
Moonfest Music Festival is offering the ultimate, once-in a-lifetime experience viewing The Great American Solar Eclipse in the path of totality. You can enjoy a weekend of camping, delicious food, and good music! Over 15 bands from Nashville and across the United States will be performing.
Moonfest not only offers live music and camping, but you can also purchase unique eclipse merchandise, attend hypnotist shows, and even ride on a mechanical bull. With a music lineup including The Wayne Hoskins Band, John Michael Montgomery, and Locash, you don’t want to miss this awesome experience!
Visit http://eclipsemoonfest.com/ for more on the Moonfest Music Festival.
North Platte, NE- Eclipse Viewing Base Camp
The skies of the great Nebraska Sandhills will be the perfect location to experience eclipse! The Sandhills, which are located directly north of North Platte, will experience nearly two and a half minutes of totality during the total solar eclipse.
However, there’s more than just the eclipse happening. North Platte, with more than 1200 sleeping rooms, 60 restaurants, exciting attractions and great shopping, will be a great location for a total solar eclipse experience! Three communities are coming together to make this once in a lifetime opportunity unforgettable!
To find out more out the scheduled events, go to http://visitnorthplatte.com/events/2017-total-solar-eclipse/.
St. Joseph, MO- Front Page Science
People will also be gathering in St. Joseph, Missouri to view the eclipse! With painting classes, unique museum exhibits, and much more scheduled for the big events, it’s definitely going to be an epic party!
On the day of the eclipse, Rosecrans Memorial Airport will be hosting a viewing event. There will be a large camping and RV area for viewers to set up. For $20 per car, viewers can join amateur and professional astronomers with high-powered, safety-filtered telescopes, and enjoy detailed running commentaries by Michael Bakich from Astronomy Magazine.
For a detailed list of all of the events going on near St. Joseph, visit http://www.stjomo.com/events-during-eclipse-weekend/.
Hermann, MO- Annual Hermann Wine and Jazz Festival
Hermann, Missouri is another city that is in the path of totality and they are preparing for a huge celebration. Special events around this once-in-a-lifetime event include the city’s popular annual Wine & Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 19. They are also showing the movie Spaceballs at the Amphitheater on Sunday, August 20. Finally, there are having a major eclipse viewing party at Hermann Hill Village on the big day!
For more information about the Hermann viewing party, check out http://visithermann.com/event/2017-solar-eclipse/.
Nashville, TN- Howl at the Moon & Adventure Science Centre Events
The Music City Solar Eclipse Festival will feature two days jam-packed with explorations into science and technology, fun activities and games with local organizations, live music from local musicians, chance to win great prizes, and awesome local food trucks. The ultimate viewing party will cap off the fun with a chance to experience the total solar eclipse at Nashville’s premier science center!
The ‘Howl at the Moon’ Indie Music Festival in Nashville is an indie artist salute and countdown to the upcoming Solar Eclipse! Over 40 artists will perform from on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday leading up to the event. Festival goers will celebrate the cosmic event around the clock and enjoy an amazing array of global artists.
For all of the fun going on in Nashville, go to http://www.adventuresci.org/default.aspx?p=148771&evtid=589448:8/21/2017.
Otto, NC- The Mountain Valley Centre
For a viewing party with a unique twist, Otto Labyrinth Park in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina is doing something a bit different. On the day of the eclipse, there will be a gathering at the park where viewers will participate in workshops, where they can learn about Still Points and how to access them. A journal will be provided to each participant to use in preparation for releasing the old, negative energies prior to the eclipse event.
After a potluck lunch, viewers will head to Labyrinth to await the eclipse. Walking into the Labyrinth, there will be a gathering at the center to experience the combined energy of the Labyrinth and the Total Solar Eclipse. At the conclusion of the eclipse, there will be a debriefing and dedicated time for writing in the journals about the experience.
Check out http://www.mountainvalleycenter.com/2017-solar-eclipse-labyrinth-park.php for more information.
Long Creek, SC- Solar Eclipse Fest 2017
Chattooga Belle Farm, located in Long Creek, South Carolina, lies directly in the “path of totality”, the narrow region that will allow for a full two and a half minutes of darkness beginning around 2:35pm. The farm, with its already breathtaking vista views, will be the perfect place to witness this once in a lifetime event. With visitors coming from around the world, this viewing party will include a variety of food trucks, distillery tastings, music, and much more!
For more on all of the events going on in Long Creek, you can go to https://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/2017-solar-eclipse-fest.
Wherever you watch the celestial event of the decade, it is sure to be an amazing experience. Have your viewing glasses ready and enjoy the fun! Watch The Weather Channel all day long on Monday, August 21st to see coverage of the eclipse from 8 different locations across the country!