Where & How to (Safely) See the Eclipse in Downtown Memphis

August 15th, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse - Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Map

In case you haven't heard - there's a solar eclipse on Monday. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, partially or totally obscuring the image of the Sun for viewers on Earth. What some folks will experience on Monday is a total solar eclipse, which happens when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun. In some areas (see map image), the moon will block all direct sunlight and turn daylight into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, with most of us experiencing a partial eclipse. (Nashville will get the total eclipse experience for a whopping 1 min 57 seconds.) 

This will be the first American eclipse to occur since February 26, 1979, and Downtown has a few fun ways to view the eclipse and join the party!

Ghost River Eclipse

I Survived the Solar Eclipse Party at Ghost River Brewing Co. Taproom

11:30 am - 2 pm; 5 pm after party

Guests are welcome hang out at Ghost River’s taproom during the Solar Eclipse. BYO chair, lawn chair, or blanket & get you a good spot! We’ll have Memphis Mojo Cafe & MemPOPS on site. Outdoor games will be set up, plus we’re family-friendly. Starting August 4th, we’ll be selling single custom-made Solar Eclipse viewing glasses for $3 in the taproom leading up to the event & day of. Don’t fret! The taproom will be open if you’re thirsty. We all know surviving something like this requires celebration, after all.

Want to pre-order a package? Come by the taproom to purchase these great deals, and you’ll have everything you need for the big day. Beer Tickets redeemable at both events.

Survivalist Package $30: 2 Beer Tickets, “I Survived” T-Shirt, Can Koozie + 2 Pairs of Custom-Made Solar Eclipse Glasses

Space Pilot Package $20: 1 Beer Ticket, + “I Survived” T-Shirt + 1 Pair of Custom-Made Solar Eclipse Glasses

Click here to purchase tickets, or order some of the viewing glasses for $3

“I Survived the Solar Eclipse” After-Party 5pm (Open to Public)

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Big Solar Crossing at Big River Crossing

11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Gather above the Mississippi to view the spectacular solar eclipse with an unobstructed view of the sky and horizon. This will be the first eclipse to go coast-to-coast in the US since 1918, and you won't want to miss it. Join others on the pedestrian bridge for a community observation of the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. Follow along via Facebook.

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Peabody Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at The Peabody 

11 am - 2 pm

Head up to the Peabody Rooftop & Skyway to view the 2017 solar eclipse where almost 94% of the sun will be covered.

Fee: $5 minimum donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, includes pair of Eclipse Viewing Glasses

Seating will be available.

Available For Purchase-Beverages: Ice Tea, Lemonade, Water, Soft Drinks + full bar availableEclipse Sun Cookies: $4Moon Pies: $3Novelty Ice Cream Bars: $4Boxed Lunch (choice of Capriccio Chicken Salad, Roast Turkey Breast, Ham & Cheese): $10

Click here for info

Lyfe Sign

Twilight Luncheon at LYFE Kitchen + Chisca Bar

12 - 2 pm

Celebrate Sa olar Phenomenon, at an Exclusive Twilight Luncheon to Celebrate the Great American Solar Eclipse over the Memphis area, on Monday, August 21, 2017, from 12:00noon until 2:00 p.m.!

RSVP ONLY EVENT + Limited Seating

$21 per person. Meal details and ticket info can be found here

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Southern College of Optometry Eclipse Day at AutoZone Park

Memphis' largest solar eclipse watch party is at AutoZone Park on Monday, Aug. 21 -- it's Southern College of Optometry Eclipse Day!

The game start at 11:52 a.m. (yes, 11:52 a.m.!), which is the exact time the eclipse begins, with Memphis near totality in the later innings of the game! The first 5,000 fans will receive free eclipse glasses!

Come experience the eclipse in the most unique setting -- while a baseball game is going on!

MORE INFO/PURCHASE TICKETS: http://atmilb.com/2vMIp6V

The Front Porch at Beale Street Landing will have be open for a special Monday experience!

The restaurant on the river will be open from 11AM til Sunset.
Eclipse Begins at 11:52 am
Maximum: at 1:22 pm
Ends: at 2:50 pm
They'll have eclipse glasses available for purchase.

Can't join one of the parties? Check out other spots that might be a good view of the eclipse:

The grassy lawn at Beale Street Landing, Mud Island River Park , Tom Lee Park, The Lookout at Bass Pro Outdoor World or any rooftop you can find!

Purchase Eclipse Glasses

It's much better to watch the event using specific glasses, otherwise you'll hurt your eyes. You can buy glasses for the event from Ghost River Brewing for $3 each, or via a Memphis-based company called Eclipse Glasses for $4 each. Buy quick because it's almost time!

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