See The 2017 Solar Eclipse, Memphis-Style

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 2nd 2017 7926 0

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!

– Memphis Weather has a full guide to the eclipse, including safety and viewing info. Or you can read NASA’s.

– 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.

– A couple area libraries will host viewing parties/events:
Tipton County Public Library
B.J. Chain Public Library (Olive Branch)

If you have an eclipse event to add, please submit it to the calendar here.



Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. PatrickGSR94 says:

    Keep in mind that Memphis will not see a view like the animation above. Only those within the “path of totality” (path of the moon’s shadow) will see this, which includes parts of St. Louis and Nashville. During the couple of minutes within the moon’s shadow, you can actually look at the moon and see the sun’s corona safely, without glasses. But in the Memphis area, eclipse glasses MUST be worn at all times when viewing the moon eclipsing the sun.

  2. J Howard says:

    Why has no one told of the way to see the eclipse with a cardboard box like we did in the 70’s?? No danger involved,simple and costs nothing. Not all families can afford $4.oo per member.

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