Mark your calendars and make your way to Nashville this August 21, because this year, the United States is lucky enough to experience a total solar eclipse. Why head to Nashville? Because Nashville is the largest city in the world to experience this eclipse. This is why tourists from all over are headed to Nashville and the surrounding area, already booking hotel rooms. The city is preparing for this rare event because for just about two minutes in the middle of the day, the sky will go dark as the moon completely blocks the sun. This is an event you do not want to miss, and we are here to share four quick things that you need to know.
1. The eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017.
In Nashville, the partial eclipse will begin at 11:58 a.m., and the start of totality is 1:27 p.m., ending at 1:29 p.m. The partial eclipse will end at 2:45 p.m.
2. Nashville is the largest city to experience the total solar eclipse.
Although other spots across the country will experience the eclipse for up to 2 minutes, 41.6 seconds, Nashville will experience the ninth longest totality and is the largest city wholly within the path of the total solar eclipse. On the grounds of the State Capitol, it is reported that there will be 1 minute, 54 seconds of total darkness. Everyone in the continental United States will see a partial eclipse, but viewing the total eclipse is a rare phenomenon that everyone should try to experience firsthand.
3. It has been awhile since the last total solar eclipse … and it’s a really long time until the next one!
This is the first total solar eclipse over the continental United States since 1979 (Hawaii experienced a total eclipse in 1991). In most parts of the country, you will have to wait until 2566 to experience the next one, and if you’re still around for that, well, enjoy!
4. Nashville welcomes you to watch.
Public viewing locations include Beaman Park, Bells Bend, Cedar Hill Park, Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, Fort Negley, Peeler Park and Shelby Bottoms. See a list of Tennessee State Park celebrations here. There will be celebrations all across this city. Visit visitmusiccity.com/eclipse for updated event listings.
Quick tip: Remember that during the eclipse you can’t stare at the sun! Your body’s natural tendencies to look away, squint and blink are inhibited and it’s quite possible to burn your retinas and have permanent eye damage, even blindness. Read up on how to view the eclipse here. So, be safe, enjoy the eclipse, and make your reservations NOW for hotels and airfare, unless you are one of our lucky readers actually in Nashville. If so, plan to take the day off of work!
Nashville Eclipse Events
Eclipse Nashville: Don’t Be Left In The Dark! at Acme Feed & Seed
Acme will be opening their rooftop for a day party during the solar eclipse. DJ Evido will be providing tunes and an MC will walk guests through the experience. This event comes with a high ticket price but for $200 you will be granted access to the rooftop, lunch buffet, swag bag including special eclipse viewing glasses, drink specials and commemorative poster. theacmenashville.com/solar-eclipse-2017
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Cheekwood
Typically closed to the public on Mondays, Cheekwood is making an exception and opening the gates for the solar eclipse. Get half-priced admission from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus live music, food trucks, cash bar and protective eyewear. cheekwood.org/calendar/solar-eclipse-viewing-party-cheekwood
Solar Eclipse 2017 Watch Party at L27
Head Westin Nashville’s rooftop bar at 11:30 a.m. for live entertainment, speciality cocktails, a la carte food menu items and a chance to see this spectacular event. West Nashville is also offering a room package, which includes two-night stay with in-room breakfast for two, a complimentary Rhapsody Spa welcome gift, access to a complimentary yoga class for two and two tickets to the watch party. starwoodhotels.com/westin
Eclipse Viewing Party at City Winery
City Winery has not one, but two second-story patios perfect for watching the solar eclipse. Slip on a pair of complimentary eclipse-watching glasses while toast with City Winery’s house-made wines paired with light bites from Executive Chef Garrett Pittler. citywinery.com/nashville
Eclipse Party at Elmington Park
West End Middle Prep PTSO is hosting a huge, once-in-a-lifetime eclipse party at Elmington Park on August 21, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests of all ages can enjoy games, slides, treats and food trucks, and sun goggles will be provided free of charge. Learn more here.
Eclipse Champagne Brunch at Union Station Hotel
This historic downtown hotel will host a brunch in honor of the eclipse. Brunch goers will be treated to an omelet station, Southern style Benedicts, Belgian waffles, shrimp po’boys and more, plus a viewing party on the hotel’s veranda. If you are a visitor to Nashville, book a two-night stay and receive special eclipse viewing glasses, access to the hotel’s exclusive viewing party, champagne to celebrate the event with commemorative champagne glasses, overnight valet parking and in-room Moon Pies and Astronaut Ice Cream. unionstationhotelnashville.com/nashville-hotel-specials/great-american-eclipse-package
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at First Tennessee Park
Head to the home of the Nashville Sounds for music from the Nashville Symphony, science demonstrations with fun, hands-on activities from the Adventure Science Center, total solar eclipse viewing and a separate Sounds baseball game to follow at 4:05 p.m. The gates will open at 10:30 a.m. and Mayor Barry will be on-site to welcome visitors at 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 each. ticketmaster.com/first-tennessee-park-eclipse-viewing-party
Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party at the Adventure Science Center
The Music City Solar Eclipse Festival will feature two days jam-packed with explorations into science and technology, fun activities and games with local organizations, live music from local musicians, chance to win great prizes, and awesome local food trucks, and the Viewing Party will cap off the fun with a chance to experience the total solar eclipse at Nashville’s premier science center. Tickets are $49 for adults and $29 for youth.
Trevecca Nazarene University’s SolarFest
Celebrate the eclipse with a family-friendly picnic on Trevecca’s Great Lawn! Learn more about the science behind the event from astronomers, Trevecca faculty members and student researches while indulging in food truck eats, live music, games and free ice cream. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. trevecca.edu/events/solarfest/2017/08/21
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Warby Parker
Starting August 1, Warby Parker stores are giving away free eclipse-viewing glasses that are designed specifically to safely view the total solar eclipse! On August 21, they’re celebrating with an all-out solar eclipse viewing party at the Nashville store. warbyparker.com
Make plans to visit Music City for this once-in-a-lifetime event, and stay tuned for more news and events taking place around town to celebrate the eclipse.