Nashville is the largest city in the path of the solar eclipse, which is happening on Monday, August 21, 2017. It’s the first total star eclipse to take place in the United States in 99 years. Thousands of people will make their way to Music City to see the spectacle in person. To accommodate, many places are hosting special viewing parties for the once-in-a lifetime event.
The full eclipse will occur at approximately 1:27pm in the Nashville area. The partial eclipse will take place from approximately noon to 3pm.
Hopefully you have your certified solar eclipse viewing glasses because they are selling like hot cakes. And if you don’t have them by now, you probably are out of luck. But, a lot of the eclipse hosting areas will supply them for you—and if not, maybe someone will share their shield. Warning: do not look directly at the Sun during the partial eclipse phase, when he Sun is not completely blocked by the moon.
Here are some of the best places to watch.
1) Italian Lights Festival
A four-day Italian focused festival and one of the best places to watch August 21.
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
2) Adventure Science Center
A scientific and fun eclipse festival.
Price: Outdoor festival: Free, Indoor Festival: $29-$49
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Rooftop viewing, lunch buffet, drink specials, eclipse viewing glasses, swag bag, and a commemorative poster.
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
4) First Tennessee Park/Nashville Sounds Stadium
Mayor Megan Barry speaking, a large crowd to enjoy the spectacle and viewing glasses.
Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Live music, food trucks, cash bars, protective eyewear
Although there are plenty of other viewing locations, we recommend these top 5. Depending on where you live, you may be able to catch a glimpse form were you live. Aren’t we so lucky to live in a place like Nashville!? For the full list, click HERE.