Embrace the Darkness: Your Guide to the 2024 Solar Eclipse Extravaganza in Indianapolis

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Ross Clavano
March 27, 2024
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The cosmos is aligning for an extraordinary event in Indianapolis, and it's not just about astronomy—it's about embracing the wonders of the universe while immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of the city. Get ready to mark your calendars for the solar eclipse extravaganza happening from April 5 to April 8, 2024, as Indianapolis becomes the epicenter of cosmic celebrations. Let's delve into the stellar lineup of events tailored to make this celestial phenomenon an unforgettable experience.

Indy Solar Stroll:

Date: Fri, Apr 5, 2024 - Mon, Apr 8, 2024
Time: All day
Location: Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, 132 West Walnut Street

Embark on a journey through the solar system right in the heart of Indianapolis with the Indy Solar Stroll. From the Sun to Pluto, this immersive installation stretches along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick, inviting you to explore planets while discovering the Wholesale and Fountain Square Cultural Districts. Organized in collaboration with Visit Indy, this limited-time experience is your chance to walk, run, or bike through space along the picturesque Cultural Trail.

Solar Eclipse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds:

Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Time: All day
Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Prepare for an epic bash at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as the sun, moon, and earth align for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. This isn't just an eclipse viewing; it's a festival of cosmic proportions. Enjoy drinks, indulge in eclipse-themed eats from local food trucks, and immerse yourself in a blend of science, entertainment, and community spirit. Get ready to witness history unfold against the backdrop of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Pinewood Derby at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2024 - Mon, Apr 8, 2024
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, 650 West Washington Street

Experience the thrill of racing Pinewood Derby cars at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. Whether you're a seasoned racer or a newbie, this event promises adrenaline-pumping excitement as cars zip down the track towards victory. Plus, don't miss the special eclipse-themed racing on April 8, adding an extra layer of excitement to the festivities.

Glow and Flow Sunrise Yoga:

Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Time: 7am - 8am
Location: Downtown Canal, Canal Walk, Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Awaken your inner sun as you greet the sunrise on the morning of the total solar eclipse with a rejuvenating yoga session at the scenic Downtown Canal. Embrace the darkness with luminous orbs, glow sticks, and a beginner-friendly flow, celebrating the emerging light over the city skyline amidst the celestial energy of the day.

Eclipse Extravaganza 

Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Time: 10am - 3:30pm
Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian Street

Join in a full day of solar eclipse programming at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. From outdoor eclipse activities to arts and science experiences, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Witness the wonders of the eclipse while engaging in hands-on learning and exploration at one of the city's most beloved cultural institutions.

Eclipse-A-Palooza:

Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Time: 10am - 6pm
Location: Pedego Indy, 850 Massachusetts Ave

DETAILS Three options to experience the Eclipse-A-Palooza.

  • Go Your Own Way: Pick up a rental bike at Pedego Indy by 10:30 am and return the bike between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.
  • Join Our Group Ride: Leave Pedego Indy on one of our rental bikes at 1 pm for a group ride to an optimal viewing location. The group returns to Bottleworks by 4:30 pm. (25-mile roundtrip)
  • VIP Pedego Owners Group: Already own a Pedego? Meet us at the store for the group ride.

All participants will receive a gift bag, including eclipse glasses and a sampling of Indy's favorite snacks.

NOTE: Helmets are provided to all riders. Riders must be at least 18 years old, or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Individuals will need to sign a waiver and leave a credit card deposit for the use of a rental bike.

Lunacy! Solar Eclipse Festival at White River State Park:

Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: White River State Park, 801 West Washington Street

Experience the eclipse in all its glory at White River State Park, offering multiple viewing locations and a plethora of activities to enhance your eclipse experience. From food trucks to yoga classes and live performances, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate this celestial event against the stunning backdrop of the park.

Solarbration: VIP Eclipse Event at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, 650 West Washington Street

For an exclusive viewing experience, indulge in the Solarbration VIP Event at the Indiana State Museum. With balcony access, reserved parking, specialty drinks, eclipse-themed hors d'oeuvres, and more, this VIP experience promises luxury and unparalleled views of the total solar eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse Celebration:

  • Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
  • Time: 10am - 7pm
  • Location: Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, 650 West Washington Street

Join in a celebration of the total solar eclipse with a day full of hands-on activities, live demonstrations, fun facts, collaborative art, and science experiences at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. Receive complimentary solar viewing glasses (while supplies last) or purchase a pair from the Indiana Store. Learn about safe viewing practices and find a prime spot on the front lawn to witness the eclipse at its peak around 3:06 p.m. (subject to weather conditions). Indoors, enjoy a live stream of the eclipse in the IMAX® theater or the museum’s auditorium. After the eclipse, explore museum galleries, marvel at a genuine moon rock, and engage in earth, moon, and space-themed activities. Register by Friday, April 5, 2024.

Ticket Pricing:

  • $20 for adults
  • $18 for seniors
  • $14 for youth
  • $5 for college students
  • $2 for Access Pass members
  • $7 for BSA Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families
  • Children under 3 can enter for free

Don't miss this chance to experience the Total Solar Eclipse Celebration—an unforgettable day for all ages!

Blackout at the Biergarten:

Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Time: 11am - 4pm
Location: Rathskeller at the Athenaeum, 401 East Michigan Street

Raise a glass to the eclipse at the Biergarten, where live music, food, and drinks await under the open sky. Toast to this celestial event with a special beer crafted by Sun King Brewery and immerse yourself in the magic of the Great American Eclipse.

Sun King Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party:

Date: Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Time: 11am - 4pm
Location: Sun King Brewing Co., 135 North College Avenue

Join Sun King Brewery for a viewing party of cosmic proportions as darkness falls over Indianapolis during the Great American Eclipse. With free activities, special eclipse-themed beer, and a welcoming atmosphere for all ages, this event promises to be an unforgettable celebration of the cosmos.

Don't miss your chance to be part of history as Indianapolis becomes the center stage for the 2024 solar eclipse extravaganza. From immersive installations to VIP experiences and everything in between, there's something for everyone to enjoy as we embrace the darkness and celebrate the wonders of the universe. Mark your calendars and get ready for an astronomical adventure like no other!

 

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