For the first time since 1869, Missourians will experience a total solar eclipse where the sun's brilliant disk is fully covered by the moon. The sky will turn dark and the brightest planets and stars will become visible. Animals become quiet, birds roost, and the temperature drops noticeably.
This astronomical event will be celebrated in Jefferson City with a festival beginning Friday, August 18, 2017 and ending with a viewing party of the eclipse on Monday, August 21. Totality will occur near solar noon on Monday at 1:14:19 pm CDT and last approximately two minutes and 29 seconds.
The Capital Eclipse Moon River Festival will include three days of great entertainment, art and astronomy. There will be an eclectic offering of both paid and free events ranging from a giant drum circle to big name concerts and lectures from astronomy experts. Accommodations include hotels or camping at ground zero with details to be released in the coming months.
A tentative schedule of events as well as additional eclipse information, including lodging, can be found on the Capital Eclipse website, or you can check the Capital Eclipse Facebook page for updates. If you are interested in contributing ideas, resources or talents for the festival, please call Jill Snodgrass at (573) 680-5468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional events taking place in Jefferson City, visit our event calendar or call the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau at (573) 632-2820.