See The 2017 Solar Eclipse, Memphis-Style
On August 21, 2017, we’ll be able to witness a rare solar eclipse in almost totality (Memphis will have a 93%-ish obstruction).
Here’s a list of viewing parties and other ways to observe this scientific phenomenon. To be safe, be sure you get some special eclipse viewing glasses!
– The Pink Palace will host Solar Eclipse Day on the 21st from noon to 2 p.m. on their front lawn with safe viewing telescopes, a model solar system, activities and educators, a NASA-fed live feed of the eclipse and the world’s largest functioning solar eclipse glasses. It’s free. More.
– Gather with other Memphians on the Big River Crossing bridge to observe the eclipse together while standing above the river. Read more.
– The Brooks Museum will have a viewing party on the Plaza on Monday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; expected viewing of the 94% eclipse is 1:22 p.m. Free eclipse glasses while supplies last (you must have them to view). The Museum will not be open. Read more.
– The Dixon will have an Eclipse Viewing Lawn Party on the 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more.
– The Memphis Botanic Garden will host an Eclipse Viewing Party on the 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ll have certified viewing glasses for sale, an astronomer onsite for questions, and a craft for the kids. Read more.
– The Peabody will have an Eclipse Viewing Party on their roof on August 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry fee is a $5 donation to St. Jude and includes a pair of viewing glasses. They’ll have refreshments for sale; read more.
– The Memphis Redbirds have a home game on August 21 that begins at the exact same time as the eclipse: 11:52 a.m. They’ll have a limited number of eclipse glasses available for ticket holders. Read more.
– Wiseacre Taproom will host an Eclipse Watch Party on August 21 from noon to 3 p.m. They have lunch packages for sale (sandwich, chips, Moon Pie, beer or soda for the kids, a snifter, and Viewing Glasses) for $12, but you don’t have to buy the package to attend. Make your reservation by August 18. Read more.
– Ghost River Brewing will host an “I Survived The Solar Eclipse” viewing party at their taproom from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. on the 21st, followed by an “after party” at 5 p.m. Read more.
– Shelby Farms will host a viewing party on the 21st, with peak viewing time at 1:23 p.m. Ron Childers will be on hand, and special eclipse viewing glasses will be available for sale at the gift shop. Read more.
– Lyfe Kitchen downtown will host an exclusive lunch on the 21st from noon to 2 p.m. You need to buy tickets ahead of time. Read more.
– The Memphis Zoo will host a Solar Eclipse Day with observation stations to see how the animals react. They’ll have NASA’s megacast of the event live-streamed on two large screens in Teton Lodge, pus 1,000 free solar eclipse glasses. Use #MZSolarEclipse if you go! Cost is included in regular admission to the Zoo.
If you have an eclipse event to add, please submit it to the calendar here.