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Eclipse Events

Western Kentucky is the place to be during the August 21, 2017 Great American Eclipse - with great viewing opportunities and special events.  However, the rest of Kentucky is getting in on the fun and planning events designed to highlight this magical, once in a lifetime event. See below for Eclipse related events listed by date:

The Louisville Slugger Museum - Louisville 
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory welcomes the Solar Eclipse with an exhibit running through August 2017.  The exhibit will feature items and photos from the famous eclipses in baseball, including the 2004 World Series Lunar Eclipse, and Louisville’s 19th Century Major League Baseball team called the Eclipse, including rare scorebooks from the era.  

Not in the path of totality? You can still view the eclipse from the fun of the Kentucky State Fair at a solar eclipse viewing party at 1:30 in the North Wing Lobby.  WDRB and the UofL Planetarium have partnered with the state fair for a day of fun and education.  WDRB will be on the Performing Arts Stage discussing the science and history behind solar eclipses, and the planetarium will have their Portable Planetarium in the North Wing Lobby for an 8 minute guided tour through our galaxy.  WDRB will be handing out solar eclipse viewing glasses too! Fairgoers are asked to wear their protective eyewear if viewing the eclipse, however, if it is cloudy Fairgoers can still watch the eclipse as it happens on the North Wing Super Screen from the NASA live stream!! 

Watch the partial eclipse from the infield at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby Museum is offering a Solar Eclipse Viewing Tour on Monday, August 21st from 1-3p.m. Guests will receive free eclipse viewing glasses and an ideal location for one of the best views of the eclipse in Louisville at the optimal viewing time. For more information and to secure your spot, visit

Also, the city of Owensboro, outside the path of totality but still within range of the partial eclipse has lots of great activities for the weekend.  View the full list here

Full List of Events Happening in the Following Locations Along the KY Eclipse Path of Totality:

Kentucky State Parks

Bowling Green 

Central City, download these list of events 


Dawson Springs
download this list of events

Franklin Simpson, download this list of events


Hopkinsville/Christian County area 

, download this brochure


In Paducah, a weekend (August 19-20) of celebratory eclipse events are being planned as a prelude to the Monday afternoon eclipse including:

August 17 - Kentucky Bourbon Mashoree at MB Roland Distillery, Hopkinsville
11:00 am - August 21 @ 9:00 pm
MB Roland Distillery, 137 Barkers Mill Road 
Pembroke, KY 42266
Kentucky Bourbon Mashoree is a celebration of Kentucky Bourbon & Distillers featuring various Kentucky distilleries and their products.  Various evening events will feature live music, on site food, drinks.  

August 18 - August 20
- Summer Salute Festival 
9th & Main Street 
Hopkinsville, KY

This 3-day festival will kick-off the Official Eclipse Party in Hopkinsville and will feature a variety of live music acts, fun and games for the kids and a ton of great food options! You don't want to miss this incredible festival to start you Eclipse weekend off right!

August 18 - Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival
 8:00 am - August 21 @ 5:00 pm
Kelly, KY 

The Kelly “Little Green Men” Days Festival is focused on family fun and community fellowship. The festival is held yearly on the third weekend of August and commemorates the alleged landing of the ‘little green men’ on August 21, 1955 in Kelly, KY. On the main music stage you will hear national and local artists performing music of all genres appropriate for all ages. Keep posted to find out who each years Headlining Artist will be. Visit the various vendor booths to locate arts and crafts, souvenirs, jewelry, books and other trinkets. There will also be non-profit booths offering a variety of community information about churches, clubs and organizations.

Don’t forget the food vendors! Each year you may find BBQ, burgers, pizza, ice cream and other delicious treats offered by our local restaurants.

Under the main Kelly Community Organization tent, you will find your community souvenirs such as Kelly “Little Green Men” Days T-shirts and buttons just to name a few. Here you may also find tickets for rides or bouncers. Be sure to visit the silent auction table for great items.

For more information contact Frank Brown at 270-885-1530 or Joann Smithey at 270-881-8843.

August 18 - 21st -Bluegrass Bash at Burdoc
Burdoc Farms, 1655 Pleasant Grove Rd. 
Crofton, KY 42217 

The following is a list of activities that will be available at Burdoc Farms for the Total Solar Eclipse. In order to make reservations for any of these activities please contact Sara Shepherd by phone 270-348-1483 or email
*Primitive camp sites are availble for tents and RVs. Spaces are limited so you should call to book as soon as your party is ready. Spaces are being sold for the entire weekend August 18th-August 21st.

August 19 - Lights Out at Casey Jones Distillery
6-9 p.m. (CST) Casey Jones Distillery, 2815 Witty Lane 
Hopkinsville, KY 42240 United States 

Music at the Distillery and hot air balloon tethered rides during music.  Starting at 6 pm and continuing till after dark! Can take 6 adults per ride.

August 19-20 - Eclipse Con
August 19 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 7:00 pm
James E. Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Drive 
Hopkinsville, KY 42240 United States 

The inaugural Eclipse Con event will take place August 19-20, 2017 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. With nationally recognized celebrities and vendors in the genres of cartoons, comics, anime, cosplay, sci-fi and superheroes, this con will certainly offer something for everyone. 

August 19 - SonFest
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Heritage Christian Academy, 8349 Eagle Way Bypass 
Hopkinsville, KY 42240 United States

SonFest Presented by Heritage Christian Academy 8349 Eagle Way Bypass Hopkinsville, KY 42240 Contact: Jennifer Blanchard 270-885-2417 Join us Saturday, August 19, 2017 to celebrate the 2017 Solar Eclipse.  There will be Live Christian music, food, and fun for the whole family.

August 19 - The Solar Eclipse Experience in Oak Grove
11:00 am - August 21 @ 5:00 pm
Valor Hall Conference & Event Center, 101 Walter Garrett lane 
Oak Grove, KY 42262 

You don't want to miss this 3 day free, family fun filled festival…Concert, Movie, Kid Zone etc. 101 Walter Garrett lane, Oak Grove, KY 42262 Date(s) of Event: August 19th through 21st 2017 (3 day) Times: 11:00am – 10:00 pm on Saturday, August 19th with concert starting at 7:30pm 11:00am –  9:00 pm on Sunday, August 20th with movie starting at 7:00pm 11:00am –  5:00 pm on Monday, August 21st.

August 20 -Telescope Making Workshop– 4:00pm – 8:00pm
430 South College Street., Franklin, KY 42134

Make your own telescope workshop (materials and hands-on instructions provided).  Located at The Exploratorium on the Franklin-Simpson High School Campus.  Cost $100  Pre-registration is required at least three weeks in advance (limit 15 participants per workshop) 270-586-3040.  Led by Western Kentucky University Professor and Astronomer Rico Tyler. View the night time sky using your telescope from the workshop.  Bring your new telescope to view the sky during total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st at the Franklin Drive In.  
Viewing the Nighttime Sky - 8:00pm -  430 South College Street., Franklin, KY 42134

Free event led by Western Kentucky University Astronomer Rico Tyler.  Located at the Exploratorium on the Franklin-Simpson High School Campus.

August 21 -The 2017 Solar Eclipse at Madisonville Community College
NASA Consultant Billy Hix will guide sky watchers through the total solar eclipse. Parking lots open at 8 am; eclipse begins at 11:56 am. Carpooling is recommended. Eclipse glasses are required to safely view the eclipse. A limited number will be distributed during the event. Eclipse viewers are encouraged to bring chairs and sunscreen. Vending machines are available and the MCC Bookstore will offer refreshments for purchase.

August 21- Ballpark Blackout at the Bowling Green Ballpark
game starts 10:35 a.m.

Head to the ballpark where you will be able to see the solar eclipse during the game! The Hot Rods and West Michigan Whitecaps will wear specialty jerseys that will be available to bid on with proceeds benefiting Norton Children's Hospital. Free eclipse glasses to the first 2,000 fans.

August 21 - Solar Express at the Historic Railpark & Train Museum, Bowling Green
The L&N Depot and Museum will host a once in a lifetime viewing opportunity of the Solar Eclipse.  Activities, viewing and much more to be announced!  This event is open to the public and will require an advance ticket purchase.

August 21 - Totality Eclipse Viewing Party, Caseyville 
There will be a viewing party at the recreational area and boat dock starting at 10 a.m. CDT. Bring a picnic lunch and the first 100 guests will receive free certified eclipse viewing glasses and informational flyers. 

August 21 - Night at Noon, Paducah
Eclipse party at the Challenger Learning Center and West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Night at Noon features fun food, music and free science demonstrations. Former astronaut, Terry Willcutt, will speak at the event and amcee the eclipse. See the NASA High Altitude Balloon Launch and enjoy vendors including Paducah's own Dippin' Dots. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. . This event is not recommended for children 4 years and younger.

August 21 - Great American Eclipse Viewing Party at the McCracken County Library, Paducah 
Join us in the library garden for a viewing party for the Great American Solar Eclipse. We'll have free solar viewing glasses available, as well as moon pies and sun tea!

August 21 - Sun Drop and Moon Pie Party, Paducah
On the lawn of the Carson center, enjoy BBQ, Moonpie and a Sundrop along with tunes by Captain Freddie and the River Cats. To benefit the educational programs of the River Discovery Center.

August 21 - Total Solar Eclipse at Silent Brigade, Paducah 
Come out to Silent Brigade Distillery and prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017!! Join the fun,"we will be giving away free Solar viewing glasses with drink specials.

August 21 - Eclipse viewing at Chaney's Dairy, Bowling Green