Solar Eclipse Events – MO & IL

Where will you be on August 21st, 2017? Don’t worry, you have PLENTY of options. See a detailed list of events across Missouri and Illinois that will ensure optimal viewing of the rare solar eclipse!

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MISSOURI EVENTS

Total Eclipse at the Arch
Venue: Luther Ely Square in Downtown St. Louis
Schnucks is proud to partner with the Gateway Arch Park Foundation to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. Join us on Monday, August 21 and you’ll have the Gateway Arch as a backdrop! There will be a variety of food trucks so grab your lunch and settle in for this spectacular event. Plus, we’ll be giving away special Solar Eclipse Cookies – baked fresh at Schnucks Bakery!

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 co-host the Great American Eclipse Viewing
Venue: Jefferson Barracks Park, south St. Louis County
FREE Eclipse Glasses from FOX 2/KPLR 11 (while supplies last)
Food trucks and more! Due to the angle of the eclipse, only the southern half of St. Louis will experience the total solar eclipse. The northern half of the County will only see a partial eclipse. Because of this, thousands of people will be heading south that day to see this amazing event. St. Louis County’s Jefferson Barracks Park will be hosting an free eclipse viewing event.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Venue: The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum
Get ready for an event that is sure to eclipse all others! Identified as one of the best places under the sun (and moon) for viewing the solar eclipse, The Magic House is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in the Museum’s front garden. Solar eclipse enthusiasts will have it made in the shade as they safely watch the moon pass between the sun and earth with a special pair of viewing glasses. The celebration will include a variety of sun-sational activities including an out-of-this-world dance party! Free with Museum admission.

Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip
Venue: Schlafly Tap Room to Bloomsdale, MO and Back
Schlafly Beer announces plans to commemorate this summer’s solar eclipse in a big way with a special Path of Totality pack for its Helles-style lager. In addition, the largest, locally owned brewery in Missouri will bring the party to the epicenter of the eclipse with the “Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip” at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, MO. Eclipse watchers are invited to join Schlafly at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, Missouri for the optimal eclipse experience as well as a BBQ, beers, lawn games and live music. For the ultimate excursion, Schlafly will provide an all-inclusive pass including transportation from the Tap Room and back for $45. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.schlafly.com eclipse starting on July 1.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Venue: Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall
View this year’s total solar eclipse at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. on August 21st! Join us on the east lawn at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall (4465 Manchester Ave) from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. to experience the first total solar eclipse in St. Louis in over 500 years!

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Venue: Chesterfield Amphitheater
Enjoy this solar eclipse viewing party in Chesterfield. All tickets include: a guaranteed safe unobstructed viewing location of the 2017 Great American Eclipse and it’s totality, concert admission, solar eclipse glasses, a totality swag bag, admission into, tailgate and experiential zone, food truck row, micro brew village, and vendor row.

Four Seasons St. Louis Solar Eclipse Escape
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
The Four Seasons St. Louis Hotel is offering accommodations and gourmet picnic baskets to-go for guests to enjoy while viewing the eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse – Picnic on the Hill 
Venue: Stone Hill Winery
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the hill while having a front row seat watching this rare solar eclipse take place.

Jefferson College Solar Eclipse Viewing
Venue: Jefferson College Hillsboro Campus
Experience 2 minutes and 38 seconds of totality! Jefferson College will host a solar eclipse viewing event and a variety of family-friendly educational activities on Monday, August 21, at the Hillsboro campus. The campus will open at 8 a.m. and themed events will begin at 9 a.m. There will be a parking fee of $5 (cash only) per vehicle entering the campus.

Washington, Mo Celebrates the Total Solar Eclipse
Venue: Downtown Washington & Washington Fairgrounds
Enjoy three days of activities to celebrate the total solar eclipse.

Perryville, MO and the Total Solar Eclipse
For those wanting to experience the solar eclipse at its longest, visit Perryville, MO, where the eclipse will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Total Eclipse in the Park Celebrations in St. Charles County
Venues: Klondike Park, Augusta, Broemmelsiek Park, Defiance, and Quail Ridge Par,  Wentzville.
Viewing events are free but will be limited to 1,000 guests per park.Each guest will receive a pair of commemorative eclipse glasses for safe viewing.
Klondike Park will have the longest duration of total darkness with 2 min. 14 secs. Broemmelsiek Park will have 1 min. 35 secs. of totality and Quail Ridge Park will have 1 min. 1 sec. total darkness.
Must register before hand.

Brookdale Farms – Total Eclipse Viewing
$10 per car includes glasses
Dustin James Clarke is performing, food trucks and more!

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
Venue:  West City Park , Festus, MO
Acres of open viewing space for visitors to come see the eclipse.  Parking will be at the ballfield complex parking lot, so there may be a little walking to find a perfect spot.

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
Venue: Veterans Memorial Park, Union, MO
Union is located right smack in the middle of this narrow strip, allowing viewers here to see 100% total solar eclipse for a duration of 2 minutes and 37 seconds.   The eclipse event will begin at 11:48 a.m.  with a partial eclipse, and reaching totality at 1:15:34 p.m., then remaining in total eclipse until 1:18:11 p.m.

Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce Eclipse Viewing Party
Venue: Hermann Hill
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and stay for lunch, hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill.

Solar Eclipse Showdown
Venue: Washington State Park, De Soto, MO
Pre-eclipse viewing events included crafts for kids and solar energy demonstrations. All events will take place at the petroglyph site.  Eclipse sunglasses and viewers will be available for purchase while supplies last.

Celebrate The Total Eclipse
Venue: Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood, MO
Enjoy a park open house, be part of a human sundial, then view the eclipse. Events will take place at the River Hills Visitor Center and in the monument field. The park will have eclipse viewers available for sale for $1.

Solar Eclipse Celebration
Venue: St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre, MO
First learn about the astonishing event of a total eclipse of the sun and how to watch it safely. Then enjoy the eclipse. Events will take place at Shelter #2. The park’s telescope with sun filter and eclipse sunglasses/viewers will be available to share with other guests to look at the sun safely.

Ring Of Fire
Venue: Meramec State Park, Sullivan, MO
Events take place at the Meramec River canoe launch area. This “Ring of Fire” will last for 2 minutes and 32 seconds with its peak around 1:17 p.m. Viewing will require proper safe solar sunglasses/viewers. Items will be available on the day of the event for $1.

Whispering Eclipse
Venue: Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve, MO
On Monday, listen to find out if the pines whisper during the total eclipse. A tent will be set up in the field at the park entrance for shade, but bring your own lawn chair for seating. The eclipse begins at 11:50 a.m., with total eclipse starting at 1:17p.m.

Total Eclipse Of The Park
Venue: Robertsville State Park, Robertsville, MO
Learn about astronomy and the astonishing event of a total solar eclipse at interpretive stations then enjoy viewing the eclipse. The partial eclipse will start at 11:49am with the total eclipse occurring at approximately 1:16pm.

Solar Eclipse Viewing
Venue: Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial, MO
Events will be in the special-use camping area. There will be stations where you can learn about the way eclipses were interpreted throughout history by different cultures, where you can make your own pinhole viewer and learn about safety for viewing solar events, and an activity where you may try your hand at lining up a model sun, moon and Earth to understand how an eclipse actually works. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available. Staff will be available after the total eclipse ends to answer questions.

Como Eclipse: Show Me Totality
Venue: Cosmo Park, Columbia, MO
Columbia will be in the direct path of totality for a total solar eclipse! This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States since February 26th, 1979. Columbia, MO will see 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality, starting at 1:12 PM. At the viewing, there will be food, music, activities, and more.
http://www.comoeclipse.com/

ILLINOIS EVENTS

Fort Kaskaskia Solar Eclipse Viewing
Fort Kaskaskia, IL
You’re encouraged to bring your own chair and supplies for the eclipse viewing event. Eclipse duration: 2 minutes 37 seconds. Partial phase begins at 11:50 a.m. and totality will begin at 1:18 p.m. in Fort Kaskaskia. For your safety, please view the eclipse by using solar eclipse glasses with an optical density of 5 or greater.

Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium
Venue: Southern Illinois University- Carbondale Campus
Tickets (10,000 available): $25/person
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is in the path of totality for the first total solar eclipse over the U.S. since 1979 will reach its point of greatest duration just a few miles south of Carbondale. There will be several events the day of the eclipse along with the public viewing at the football stadium. There will also be eclipse tailgating, indoor viewing, talks and presentations, and an area dedicated to eclipse citizen science.

Southern Illinois Miners Eclipse Viewing
Rent One Park, Marion, IL
The Miners have partnered with 4-H for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Experience the Solar Eclipse with activities for the whole family.

Solarbration
Monroe County Fairgrounds, Waterloo, IL
Watch the eclipse with experts, enjoy live music, shop local artists

Total Eclipse in the Park
Venue: Bolm-Schuhkraft Park. Columbia, IL
Enjoy live music by Gypsy Jones Band and grab a delicious lunch at one of the food trucks that will be on site. Official Rainbow Symphony Solar Eclipse Viewing glasses will be on sale at the event while supplies last.

Total Solar Eclipse On The Mighty Mississippi
Venue: Various venues in Chester, IL
Multiple viewing events are planned in Chester. Visit the website for more information

Eclipse Viewing at the point of longest duration
Venue: Makanda, Illinois
Makanda, IL is location of the official point of longest duration of this solar eclipse. For 2 minutes, 40 seconds, it will be like nighttime with bright stars visible in the sky and street lights lit. Time of totality will be around 1:21pm. Thousands of people are expected in and around Makanda to view the eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse Field Trip
Venue: Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults, IL
Hosted by Clifftop, attendees will be seated in a field of wildflowers. Dr. Michael J. Krawczynski, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, will be on hand to guide us through the eclipse. Numbers are limited to 200. Bring a picnic lunch, lawn chair, and an umbrella to shield you from the rays of the August sun. Water and viewing glasses will be provided. Event is free but reservations are required by calling (618)935-2542 or email [email protected] by August 19. Tickets will be emailed two weeks prior to the event.

Lists can also be found be viewing: https://explorestlouis.com/discover/2017-total-solar-eclipse/ and http://fox2now.com/2017/07/11/total-solar-eclipse-viewing-events-in-mo-and-il/

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