What will you be doing during the eclipse? If you are unsure of where to go or don’t have plans, we’ve put together a list of places where you can have some fun while you watch this epic moment.
1. Kings Bowl Dining & Entertainment
1910 Galleria Boulevard, Franklin
Kings Bowl will be hosting a Total Eclipse Watch party on August 21st complete with games, free glasses, and great times for The Total Eclipse starting at 10:30 am.
Signature Cocktails will also be a part of the event with Kings accenting its Umbra Calór – *Spicy, Smoky Margarita* with Sombra Mezcal, Pineapple Juice, Agave, Goslings Rum, Pineapple Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Chili Salt Rim. Garnished with a Fresh Serrano Pepper. Bacon in the Shade – *Bacon-Infused Bloody Mary* Bakon Vodka, Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix, Splash of Miller Lite, Salt and Pepper Rim. Served in a Mason Jar with Bacon, Pickle Spear & Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives. Totality – “Sweet & Fruity with a Punch – Goslings Dark Rum, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine, layered in Whiskey Glass & garnished with Orange-Cherry Flag.
2. Timberland Park
Natchez Trace Parkway at mile marker 437.2
The free party starts at noon with guided hikes, a bounce house, snow cones, moon rock painting and more. The total eclipse will peak at 1:27 pm and the event will conclude at 3:00 pm. Safety glasses will be provided for eclipse viewing but they are on a first-come first-served basis and supplies are limited. Please feel free to bring your own eclipse viewing glasses. Parking inside the gates of Timberland Park is limited. Parking will not be allowed on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Space is limited, so registration is encouraged at www.wcparksandrec.com.Timberland Park is located at mile marker 437.2 on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, south of the Highway 96 entrance and iconic bridge.
3. Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203
To celebrate this momentous occasion, an unforgettable three-day Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party at Adventure Science Center is currently being planned for Aug. 19–21. See the complete schedule here.
For the Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21, the outdoor festival will transform into a large viewing area with a giant screen broadcasting footage from NASA of the eclipse from space, live music performances and special speakers, live science demonstrations, solar telescope viewing stations, science-themed games, contests, and prizes, food trucks and a splash pad.
4. Green Door Gourmet
7011 River Road Pike, Nashville
Green Door Gourmet, a 350-acre organic working farm located in West Nashville, is celebrating the once-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse with a viewing party on August 21 from 9 am to 3 pm at 7011 River Road Pike in Nashville.
Admission is $5 per person and children under 5 are free. Parking is complimentary, however, visitors are encouraged to carpool and bring lawn chairs or blankets. Viewing glasses will be available for the first 500 people, but guests are welcome to bring their own glasses.
The viewing party will feature Hattie B’s, brunch food from Califarmia, and Jeni’s Ice Cream food trucks, adult beverages, music, educational activities, lawn games and more.
Green Door Gourmet is selling a limited number of eclipse t-shirts to commemorate the event for $15 each. They are now available first come, first serve for pre-order here, and can be picked up at the viewing party.
5. First Tennessee Park
19 Jr Gilliam Way, Nashville
Gates to First Tennessee Park open at 10:30 am, Mayor Barry will welcome the crowd at 11:00, with astronomy demonstrations and audience participation. Everybody in attendance will receive special solar glasses that will allow for safe viewing of the eclipse. Seating for the viewing party will be on a first-come, first-served basis (excluding club level and group areas). Tickets are $5 for the event, purchase them online here.
6. Westin Nashville
807 Clark Place, Nashville
Nashville locals and visitors taking advantage of this rare experience may have the opportunity to also attend Westin Nashville’s Solar Eclipse 2017 Watch Party on Monday, August 21st. This event at L27 Rooftop Bar will be open to guests of the hotel starting at 11:30 am, with eclipse progression beginning around 11:58 am and will end at 2:00 pm. Access for the general public is not guaranteed, but will open at 1:00 p.m. pending available space. Party attendees will be treated to live entertainment and complimentary solar glasses for viewing. There will also be beverages, including a specialty cocktail, and a la carte food menu items available for purchase. In the interest of safety, the pool will be closed for the duration of the event.
7. Howl at the Moon Festival
Thompson Place, 3453 W. Hamilton, Nashville
The inaugural Howl at the Moon Music Festival promises an unforgettable kick off with three days of non-stop music, food, plenty of activities and the only total solar eclipse to be seen in this country since 1979. Slated for August 19-21, this indie artist salute and countdown to the Great American Solar Eclipse will feature over 40 bands, representing a variety of musical genres. Performers include Jenn Bostic, The Young Fables, Karen Waldrup and Alyssa Trahan, to name a few. Monday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, tickets (festival and watch party) – $35.00.
8. Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville
Total Eclipse Plaza Party Presented by AT&T combining the signature sounds of Nashville with the historic visuals of the total eclipse. Guests can expect live music on the Plaza stage, commemorative gifts and eclipse glasses, and an array of themed food and drink, including BBQ and specialty eclipse cocktails. The Opry will feature a one-of-a-kind Nashville Total Eclipse soundtrack to accompany the approximately two minutes of eclipse totality.
Also marking the total eclipse, Opry House Backstage Tours including an August 20 post-show tour and tours throughout the day August 21 recognizing Opry artists whose career achievements have eclipsed all others in the field.
9. Mellow Mushroom on Broadway
423 Broadway, Nashville
Join Mellow Mushroom for the once-in-a-lifetime Solar Eclipse event, sponsored by Fireball. Celebrate this day at the Highest Roof Top on Broadway. Tickets are $200 and will include a buffet, (2) drink tickets for domestic beer, house liquor or house wine, a shot of Fireball during the Eclipse, live music, souveniers and more. First come, first serve. Live Music from Jutt Huffman, Rock n’ Roll, Reggae Country.
Buffet includes Stoned-Baked Pizza, Munchies, Salad and more. Gluten-Free Pizza available as well. Drink Specials from our friends at Fireball. Glasses will be provided for eye protection in viewing this event.
10. Nashville Shores
4001 Bell Road, Hermitage
The wave pool will be open from 12 pm to 4 pm. Admission is just $9.99 plus tax per person and season pass holders are free. The first 1,000 guests will receive FREE solar eclipse glasses.
11. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
Cheekwood will host a viewing party for the solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, August 21. The rare celestial event is the first total solar eclipse to sweep the United States in 99 years, with Nashville serving as the largest U.S. city in its path. Typically closed to the public on Mondays, Cheekwood will open from 11 am – 4 ppm to host the event and will offer half-price admission. The eclipse is set to occur at 1:25 pm.
12. Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee (GSMIDTN) is offering girls a morning of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and fun leading up to the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.
Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts will get the chance to join thousands across the United States in viewing the solar eclipse, but with a Girl Scout twist.
Research shows women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields and exposing girls to these subjects at a young age is vital to ignite their curiosity and close this gap. In response, together with five partners—SETI Institute, Girl Scouts of Northern California, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the University of Arizona, and ARIES Scientific—GSUSA and GSMIDTN are equipping girls as young as five years old with the confidence and skills they need to take their STEM interest to the next level.
Furnished with learning and activity kits provided by these five partners and modified by GSMIDTN, girls will gather at Camp Holloway in Goodletsville, Tenn. the morning of August 21 to learn how and why solar eclipses occur, screen print T-shirts, make model eclipses and participate in various hands-on, science-focused activities. Lunch will be provided, and girls will receive solar eclipse viewing glasses, a special solar eclipse patch and make solar cookies.
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee will be one of at least 90 other Girl Scout Councils across the United States that will provide solar eclipse programming for girls. Registration is closed due to limited space on Camp Holloway’s grounds.
13. Wilson County Fair
945 E Baddour Parkway, Lebanon
Willson County Fair will open at 10 am on Monday offering guest half-price admission. Free eclipse glasses will be given out to attendees while supplies last. You can register to win one of the 48 spots on the Ferris Wheel during the eclipse.
14. Fontanel Nashville
4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville
Join with 102.9 The Buzz, at The Back Porch at Fontanel, from 10 am until 3 pm. sQueeGee from The Buzz will be broadcasting live from the Back Porch Stage and playing the entire Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon album during the eclipse. There will be food and beverage bars on-site, as well as lawn games. Free viewing glasses to attendees while supplies last. RSVP on their Facebook page.
15. Solar Eclipse Party– “Eclipse Me! The Legion is Where I’ll Be!”
1140 S Water Ave., Gallatin, TN 37066
The American Legion Post 17 will be hosting an exclusive eclipse party for those who wish to have a phenomenal view of the event. The venue is located right near the heart of Gallatin, one of the BEST spots in the country and conveniently located right off of 109 (easy access and easy exit). Parking will be $20 for a car of 4 and each additional person will be $5. Glasses are provided. Space will be limited so please call 615-452-0590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot today