Triangle Area Eclipse Events

We’re sure you’re planning to look at the sky on Monday, August 21st for a star-stellar show that is bound to impress, but have you decided just where you’ll celebrate this celestial event?

Your own backyard or a business parking lot will certainly do, but there are also some area events that may be right up your astrological alley.

Get a pair of safe, NASA-approved eclipse glasses and go!

Area Eclipse Events  

Total Eclipse of the Park
White Deer Park Nature Center
2400 Aversboro Road in Garner
Thursday, August 17 from 10 to 11 a.m.
$6 for residents, $8 for non-residents (children ages 2 to 6 years), pre-registration required

Excited for your little ones to see the solar eclipse? Expand their knowledge by signing them up to attend the Town of Garner’s Total Eclipse of the Park event at the White Deer Park Nature Center. At this pre-eclipse event, your children will learn about the science behind the special occurrence and sun safety tips.

Celebrate Outer Space: Solar Eclipse!
Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh
Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 per person, children under 1 and members free

Space-themed activities and movies await your children at Marbles Kids Museum this Sunday and Monday. A live stream of NASA’s coverage of the eclipse event will play at Marbles IMAX from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

2017 Solar Eclipse Celebration
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
250 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
Monday, August 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
$6 per person, includes solar eclipse glasses

We can’t think of a more appropriate place to watch this spectacular space event go down than the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. Purchase a ticket to take part in solar eclipse activities and games, watch a live stream of the path of totality, eat food-truck grub and more.

Solar Eclipse Celebration
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street in Durham
Monday, August 21 from noon to 5 p.m.
Free event, parking $2 per hour in Duke Garden lots

Sarah P. Duke Gardens will host a fun, outdoor celebration to mark the solar eclipse and “outer-space-sized science” behind it. Guests will find observation stations throughout the garden as well as experiments, crafts and activities in the Doris Duke Center.

Eclipse Day on Brickyard
N.C. State University College of Sciences
The Brickyard
2 Broughton Drive in Raleigh
Monday, August 21 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Meet at the Brickyard to have some eclipse-related fun and watch the moon pass between the sun and the Earth at telescope and pinhole camera stations. Free solar glasses, eclipse buttons and Moon Pies will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.

The Great American Eclipse
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh
Monday, August 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Free for all guests

Head to Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh to grab a free pair of eclipse glasses (while supplies last), discover solar eclipse facts and score a spot on the park’s green space to view the solar phenomenon.

Science of the Eclipse – Downtown Viewing Party
Black Wall Street Plaza
Corner of West Main Street and North Mangum Street in downtown Durham
Monday, August 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Free for all guests

The Museum of Life + Science in Durham will host a downtown eclipse viewing party at Black Wall Street Plaza, free for guests of all ages. Join in the solar science fun with DIY pinhole viewer crafts, snacks provided by Luna Rotisserie around the peak eclipse time, and more. Eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last. 

Eclipse Across America
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
SECU Daily Planet Theater
11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh
Monday, August 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Free general admission

View the total eclipse of the sun via live video from Sylva, N.C. in the Museum’s Daily Planet Theater. 

Area Library Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties
Local libraries throughout the Triangle region will host solar eclipse viewing parties. Find out if your local library will host an event:
Durham County Library Eclipse Events
Wake County Library Eclipse Events


Peak Viewing in the Triangle

While the entire event is expected to take a few hours, reports say that the peak viewing time for the solar eclipse in the Triangle is at 2:45 p.m. with approximately 93 percent of the sun covered by the moon.

Make sure you read up on the proper way to view the solar eclipse to ensure you protect your eyes.


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