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Where to Watch the 2024 Solar Eclipse

Get your glasses! Here's a look at some of the eclipse-related events planned in the area on Monday, April 8.

On Monday, April 8, the Nashville area will be in the path of 95 percent totality of the solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin at 12:45 p.m. with maximum at 2:03 p.m. and will end at 3:20 p.m.

Here’s a few spots around Middle Tennessee hosting watch parties to celebrate the event:

800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Enjoy specialized programming in the i2 Makerspce, as well as Solar Car Races, UV Bead Keychains, Solar Art and more. In addition, they will be streaming NASA’s live stream from the path of totality. This will be on the Cosmic Rays screen for visitors to view all day. Cost is included with general admission.

Linebaugh Public Library 

105 W Vine St, Murfreesboro
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Come out to Linebaugh Public Library for a special solar eclipse storytime. Kids and science enthusiasts of all ages will learn all about eclipses, have an eclipse-themed snack, play games and make solar eclipse artwork. Solar eclipse glasses will be available for event participants.

2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview
1 – 3 p.m.

Watch the NASA live-streaming program in the meeting room at the Fairview Library and then step out and view the eclipse right on time.

Middle Tennessee State University

12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Wiser Patton Science Hall, Old Main Circle, Murfreesboro

Professor Eric Klumpe said the observatory near Wiser-Patten Science Hall will be open from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m., weather permitting, for the eclipse. Scientists said Murfreesboro will have 93% totality compared to 100% totality hundreds of miles away, covering states from Texas to Maine.

People are welcome to come to campus with lawn chairs to witness the rare, natural phenomenon, department officials said. The Physics and Astronomy Department will provide eclipse glasses or people can bring their own protective eyewear. The observatory telescope has protective filters.

John Hall, assistant manager with MTSU Parking Services, said parking will be available in the Rutherford Lot without permits on a first-come, first-served basis, with bus transportation available.

12 – 4 p.m.
4060 Cane Ridge Parkway, Nashville

Guests can join the fun in The Green and receive a complimentary pair of solar eclipse glasses and space-themed snacks, while supplies last. Face painting, space-themed crafts, themed music and prizes will add to the festivities.

11:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
2812 Opryland Drive, Nashville

The General Jackson Showboat will welcomes guests aboard for the Tennessee Legends + Solar Eclipse Cruise. In addition to the showboat’s regularly scheduled lunch cruise featuring the Tennessee Legends show, guests will also experience the eclipse while cruising down the Cumberland River.

Stewart Williams Furniture, Springfield

801 Memorial Boulevard in Springfield
12 – 2:30 p.m.

Stewart Williams Furniture is hosting a solar eclipse viewing party on April 8. Stewart Williams Furniture is located at 801 Memorial Boulevard in Springfield. The event will also feature food trucks and educational stations.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

328 Cedar Forest Rd, Lebanon
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Join the Cedars of Lebanon State Park for an amazing experience of viewing the 94% partial solar eclipse! Stop by the Nature Center for fun eclipse activities and learn all about the science behind the Eclipse! Glasses will be available, so you don’t need to bring any.

Bavarian Bierhaus

121 Opry Mills Dr, Nashville
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Head to the Bier Garten to watch the partial solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 from 12:44 – 3:20 p.m. Limited Eclipse Glasses will be available for you viewing pleasure.

 

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.