On August 21st Oregon is going to flood with eager visitors from all of the country looking to catch the solar eclipse. Oregon lies in the path of totally and promises some of the best viewing opportunities. Has your family decided where they will be fore the spectacular, astronomical event? If you haven’t made plans yet, you don’t have to go far with these nearby events perfect for locals. Read on to find out where you and your little science lovers can witness this once (or twice) in a life time.

photo: Motjettom via flickr


Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Grab a front row seat to this incredible solar events. Catch science lectures, hang our with astronomy-related community groups and witness the dramatic sounds of drummers ringing in each stage of the eclipse. The team at OMSI strives to make sure this experience will be even more special and memorable than expected.

Science lectures and activities will be put on by local astronomy experts, including the Rose City Astronomers, the Oregon Observatory, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Your little space enthusiasts will also have a chcne to meet a real astronaut when Don Pettit, Ph.D. delivers a talk about his experience with eclipses on the International Space Station.

Your ticket to this event includes more than just viewing fun. You will get a a seat in the L.B. Day Amphitheater, a solar eclipse viewer, and a ticket to the 2017 Oregon State Fair.

Location: L.B. Day Amphitheatre at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem
When: Aug. 21, 6 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $8/adult, $6 youth and seniors, Members receive 15% off all tickets
online: omsi.edu/eclipse-2017

photo: courtesy of Oregon Garden

Oregon Garden Announces Total Eclipse of the Garden Festival
This weekend-long event runs from Aug. 19 through Aug. 21 and gives your family plenty of time to cram in tons of eclipse fun. Guests are welcome to purchase a camping spot and stay for the whole event or attend for a day.

On Aug. 19 and 20, the garden will have extended hours that last from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m so you and your little adventurers can explore the gardens and attend one of the educations programs. Tours will be available and there will be workshops and yoga classes created for every member of your clan. In the evening you can relax on the garden green and catch a double feature movie before heading home or to bed.

The Oregon Garden will be hosting a ticked eclipse celebration with designated viewing areas throughout the 80-acre botanical garden on Aug. 21. Attendees will receive eclipse-viewing glasses, and mom and dad can enjoy an adult drink at one of the several outdoor bars which will be featuring mimosas and coffee drinks. After the eclipse, the whole family can enjoy grooving to live music and noshing on local eats and sips. The night will wind down with a movie on the green.

Insider tip: If you plan on staying the whole weekend, consider catching the Silverton Arts Festival. The event will be taking place Aug.19 through Aug. 20 at the historic Coolidge-McClaine Park in the heart of Silverton. There your family will enjoy local and regional art, food, family activities and more. Visit the Silverton Arts Festival website for more information.

Oregon Garden eclipse Festival
Location: 879 W. Main St. Silverton
When: Aug. 19-22, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-Sundown
Cost: Tickets for the Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21st are $30/person.The three night camping package is available for $225 per site and allows for six people per site. Extend your stay to include Friday night for an additional $35.
online: oregongarden.org

photo: Nasa HQ Photo via flickr

Hawks View Cellars Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Just 30 minutes from Portland, this party invites the entire family, including pets to enjoy relax in the vineyard and enjoy a yummy brunch during the once in a lifetime celestial event. Families are encouraged to bring kids, pets and picnic supplies too. There’s tons of room for running and roaming on the spacious lawn and every entry includes one glass of wine, brunch, a commemorative Hawks View Solar Eclipse wine glass and protective eclipse-viewing glasses.

Hawks View Cellars
Location:
When: Aug 21., 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $25/person
online: hawksviewcellars.com

Important Notice: Wherever you choose to watch the eclipse, it’s important to remember to protect big and little eyes with eclipse viewing glasses. Looking directly at the eclipse without eye protection can damage your sight.

Where will you be when the eclipse takes place. Share with us in the comments belwo.

—Annette Benedetti