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Asheville's Solar Eclipse Festival


Join the Asheville Museum of Science, UNC Asheville, Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, the828.com, and Mix 96.5 for Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival! Bring the whole family and witness a spectacular solar eclipse while enjoying music, food, fun activities, Splashville, and more! This festival is one of 30 eclipse parties hosted across North and South Carolina as part of the Carolina Solar Eclipse Party initiative.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Carolina Optometric of Arden | Publix Charities | Asheville Pizza & Brewing | Sundance Power Systems | Coldwell Banker King | Sugar Hollow Solar | Sunshine Chevrolet


On August 21st, those living and visiting western North Carolina will have the opportunity to witness a truly spectacular event- a total solar eclipse! Asheville falls just on the edge of this path and will experience a 99% total solar eclipse! To learn more check out the Great American Eclipse!


We will be hosting Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Join us for an afternoon of fun and a great space to watch the eclipse! We will be handing out solar eclipse glasses the day of the event (while supplies last), free of charge, to ensure everyone can observe the eclipse safely.

Are you uncertain about venturing downtown on the day of the eclipse? No problem! We’ve teamed up with Buncombe County Schools to host three additional eclipse viewing parties at Owen High School, North Buncombe High School, and TC Roberson High School.


Monday, August 21st- the Solar Eclipse Festival will start at 12pm and run through 3pm. The moon will begin its traverse across the sun at 1pm, covering 99% of the sun at 2:37pm. By 4:00pm the last sliver of moon will pass across the sun, bathing Asheville in full sunlight once again!

Please Note

When gazing up at the solar eclipse, it’s important to wear solar eclipse glasses. Because Asheville does not fall on the path of totality, the sun will never be fully covered by the moon. We will be handing out solar eclipse glasses at the event to ensure everyone will have the opportunity to view the eclipse safely.