The 5 Best Solar Eclipse Festivals

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Solar Eclipse Festivals in North America

On August 21, 2017, fourteen American states will experience a once-in-a-lifetime event: a total solar eclipse. The moon will briefly shield the sun’s path, leaving the few lucky viewers in a shadowy awe. While this cosmic event may take place quite frequently in a span of 70 years, it is rare for the eclipse to occur on such a highly populated path.

Planetary enthusiasts across the globe will tune in to experience this magical event. Festivals have begun to arise in the states lucky enough to experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse in person. If you want to see this rare event first hand, grab your protective eyewear and head to these ultimate Solar Eclipse Festivals across the United States.

1. Oregon Eclipse

When: August 17-23, 2017
Where: Big Summit Prairie, Oregon

Oregon Eclipse is a music festival focused, weeklong event held in the center of Ochoco National Forest. Participants will have the opportunity to dance at the seven stages, practice those sun salutations with any of the countless yoga instructors and workshops, and learn about sustainable living during the permaculture speaker events.

2. Eclipse Festival

When: August 3-7, 2017
Where: St-Therèse-De-La-Gatineau, Québec, Canada

While Eclipse Festival many not be in the direct path of the solar eclipse, the sun warriors that gather in Québec don’t seem to mind. The festival begins with a 24-hour reflection period, where no musical performances take place. Instead, participants are encouraged to reflect and connect with fellow festivalgoers and Mother Nature before the festivities and cosmic event begin.

3. Solar Eclipse Fest

When: August 21, 2017
Where: Long Creek, South Carolina

Chattooga Belle Farms & Distillery opens its unbelievably gorgeous grounds to eclipse enthusiasts for a night filled with live music, camping, distillery tours and astronomy talks. Chattooga Belle Farms is one of the lucky few that lies within the path of totality, giving viewers a full 2.5 minutes of darkness.

4. Oregon Solarfest

When: August 17-22, 2017
Where: Madras, Oregon

Oregon Solarfest has officially partnered with NASA to bring music, camping, and educational eclipse viewing to Madras, Oregon. Experience everything Oregon and the eclipse have to offer at this weeklong eclipse celebration.

5. Wyoming Eclipse Festival

When: August 18-21, 2017
Where: Casper, Wyoming

This jam-packed event is sure to have something for everyone. From educational talks to concerts, American dining to historic tours of the city, it’s safe to say the town of Casper, Wyoming is pulling out all the stops for this interstellar party.

Whether you’re lucky enough to live along the path of the eclipse or simply a cosmic enthusiast, these 5 solar eclipse events won’t disappoint. Is your city hosting a can’t miss event? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature image: Global Eclipse Gathering

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Ellie Herring

Ellie Herring is creative writer, chai tea addict, and unofficial dog whisperer. You can usually catch her at a funky Denver music venue or festival dancing near the front of the stage. When she’s not behind her computer (or embarrassing her friends at a show), you can find her hula hooping in the mountains.


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