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Eclipse Events in Erie

Monday Jan 22nd, 2024

Pack your bags, jump in the car, and make your plans to visit Erie for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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To celebrate the rare 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, many attractions in Erie are planning events and celebrations. Erie is the only major city in the path of totality, and has the privilege of nearly four minutes of complete darkness on April 8, 2024, with totality beginning at 3:16 p.m. If you want to witness totality among a community of fellow eclipse watchers, make plans now to be at one of these events!

This blog will be updated frequently as new events and details are finalized. Please be aware that large crowds are expected in Erie during the Total Solar Eclipse, and parking and space may be limited. Make your plans in advance, and give yourself ample time to arrive and park at your desired destination.

(Originally published November 2, 2023)

Eclipse events listed below are grouped by location. Click on one of the names below to view a specific region. 

City of Erie     North East     Upper Peach Street     West County

City of Erie

SeaWolves ‘Block’ Party

Enjoy howlin’ good fun with the Erie SeaWolves, the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, as they host a ‘Block’ Party on Monday, April 8 from 1-4 PM to celebrate the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. There will be live entertainment, a live NASA feed on the UPMC Park video board, kids activities, autograph stations featuring SeaWolves players, photo opportunities with the 2023 Eastern League Championship trophy and mascot C. Wolf, the chance to win prizes and game tickets, and outstanding views from the Bud Light Party Deck. This event will be the first public event for fans to meet this year’s team. Limited edition eclipse-inspired SeaWolves merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.  Themed concessions will also be available for purchase inside UPMC Park. More details here.

Tickets Required?: No
Capacity: 2,000
Parking: Metered street parking & Erie Parking Authority garages

Eclipse Within Our Gates - the Eclipse at Mercyhurst University

Experience the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse within the gates of Mercyhurst University, as they open their gates to the community with lectures and activities, plus a special viewing of the eclipse from campus. Activities will include educational talks, glasses and glow-ware giveaways, and a special viewing event at Saxon Stadium with music. 

Mercyhurst University has been designated by NASA as a "Sunspot Viewing Site" and will host events both day-of, and leading up to Erie's Total Solar Eclipse. Learn more here

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 1,000
Event Parking: Various surface lots available to public, once full, on street parking in neighborhood.

Zooclipse: Solar Safari

Enjoy a family friendly day at the Erie Zoo. The event will include different activities, entertainment, local food and beverage vendors, solar eclipse/solar system themed enrichment for animals, and some keepers will talk about the relationship between animals and the moon. This event is included for free with the price of admission or with an Erie Zoo membership. The event will go on rain or shine. More information here. 

Tickets Required?: Yes
Event Capacity: N/A
Event Parking: Surface lot on site with 400 total spaces (Zoo and Flo Fabrizio Ice Center), 15 handicapped ( 9 at the Zoo, 6 at the Ice Center)

Park Side of the Moon - Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Watch the natural phenomenon from the beautiful Frontier Park grounds, with music, poetry reading, food and beer vendors. There will be children's eclipse activities and free eclipse-viewing glasses for the first 1,000 guests.

Tickets Required?: No - admission is free
Event Capacity: 1,000
Event Parking: Metered street parking

More event details coming soon!

Eclipse Watch Party - Erie Land Lighthouse

Watch Erie's Total Solar Eclipse from the historic grounds of the Erie Land Lighthouse. There will be crafts, activities, and more! Parking is extremely limited. Information can be found here.

Event Capacity: 150
Event Parking: 5 on site. 2 of those 5 spots can be reserved as handicapped accessible. Street Parking is extremely limited. It is advised guests walk or take the bus.
Tickets Required?: No

Solar Eclipse Cruise on the Victorian Princess

Experience Erie's Total Solar Eclipse from the deck of the Victorian Princess on a once in a lifetime eclipse cruise! There will be local and eclipse themed food, drinks, merchandise, and a DJ playing music! The Victorian Princess will also provide viewing glasses. More details and tickets here.

Tickets required?: Yes
Event Capacity: 90
Event Parking: Metered street parking

Total Eclipse of the Art - Jay & Mona Kang Art Show and Sale

One of the region’s largest and most diverse art exhibits, the Barber National Institute Art Show features the creative works of youth and adult artists across a variety of media. The show is April 5-8 and will illuminate the talent of regional artists during the once-in-a-lifetime event where Erie is in the path of a total solar eclipse. Artwork is selected by a panel of judges for cash prizes for the artists, and a People’s Choice Award is determined by visitors to the show. Make Total Eclipse of the Art a part of your eclipse plans! Official eclipse viewing glasses will be available at the show! Artists have been encouraged to have fun with the theme: Total Eclipse of the Art. More details here.

Tickets required?: Yes
Event Capacity: N/A
Event Parking: Surface lot on site 

Eclipse at the Maritime

Join the Erie Maritime Museum for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! View a total solar eclipse in the plaza of the Maritime Museum. There will be several family-friendly activities that will focus solely on the skies. Discover the art of celestial navigation using techniques from cultures around the globe, create star charts, and so much more! This family-friendly event will be free to the public. Other details can be found here.

Tickets required?: No
Event Capacity: 500
Event Parking: Limited parking at Blasco Memorial Library, Erie Intermodal Transportation Center, and street parking.

Eclipse Viewing Party with FEED

Join FEED for trivia, music, a science talk, art projects AND the eclipse at Griswold Park. Eclipse glasses–and some other surprises–will be provided! Find more details here.

2 p.m. -Trivia, science talk, music in Griswold Park
3:16 p.m. -Total Solar Eclipse Begins. Viewing will take place a few blocks from FEED in Griswold Park.
4 p.m. - Live performances at FEED

Tickets Required?: No 
Event Capacity: 300
Event Parking: Metered Street Parking

Eclipsing Stars

This immersive multimedia exhibit by artist Alex "Ionesav" Staley and astrophysicist and folklorist Dr. Moiya McTier will open in February 2024, with the aim to inspire community members to think differently about science in the lead-up to the total solar eclipse. The exhibit will consist of floor-to-ceiling 3D-animated projections and multichannel audio, including a real-time interactive component that allows users to engage directly with the material. 

The piece will be available for public viewing at FEED Media Center in February 2024, and will remain in place through Memorial Day. FEED is located at 1307 State Street, Erie.

Black Hole Sun at Erie Ale Works

Join Erie Ale Works to celebrate and witness this once-in-a-lifetime event right in their parking lot. Beers will be flowing, along with cocktails and mocktails, and an appearance by Erie's own Taqueria Montes Mexican-style food truck. More details here.

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 50-60
Event Parking: Limited parking in surface lot behind Erie Ale Works

Elle Taylor Album Release Party at 1020 Collective

Pre-game the eclipse on Saturday, April 6 by experiencing the Elle Taylor Album Release Party featuring opening acts: Doc Proto, Nancy Boys, Frogs I Like, followed by Elle Taylor Band performing the new album "See The Sun" (Band: Dave Tamulonis, Peter Hohman, Nick Warren, and Eric Sandberg). Doors open at 7 p.m. CDs, vinyl and clothing will be available. Event is BYOB. Purchase Tickets Here.

Tickets Required?: Yes
Event Capacity: 200
Event Parking: Metered Street Parking

North East

Total Eclipse Festival at Lake Erie Speedway

Experience totality at Lake Erie Speedway! The Total Eclipse Festival will include rides and inflatables from Crazy Monkey, Inc., food and beverages, live music from Dan Baney & Stone Quarry Road and The Breeze Band, drifting and monster truck rides! Music will break for the eclipse. Gates open at 10 a.m. Event will be held rain, cloudy or shine. Rides and inflatables will not operate in the event of inclement weather. Purchase tickets here

Tickets Required?: Yes
Event Capacity: 5,000
Event Parking: 1,400 parking spaces including handicapped accessible. Parking fee is $10 pre-sale and $10 day-of.

Burch Farms Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Experience the solar eclipse at Burch Farms on their three acre field with lunches, wine, snacks, and desserts from the Burch Farms Country Market and Winery! More details and tickets here.

Tickets Required?: Yes
Event Capacity: 300

Event Parking: 150 surface lot spaces

Lights Out! in Lake Erie Wine Country

Lake Erie Wine Country spans across fifty miles in two states from Silver Creek N.Y. to Harborcreek with twenty wineries spread throughout the area. With a "Lights Out" ticket, visitors will sample food and wine pairings at each Lake Erie Wine Country winery from April 5-7, then return to their host winery to witness the event on Monday, April 8. Attendees will be given a pair of eclipse glasses on Monday when returning to the host winery. Tickets are $50, and available until sold out. Details and tickets here.

Tickets Required?: Yes - 1,000 tickets are available
Event Capacity: Varies by winery

Event Parking: Surface parking lots at each winery

Route 6 Corridor and South

Eclipse On The Farm at Port Farms

Join Port Farms for an OUT OF THIS WORLD celestial event! Enjoy a day of live music, food, eclipse-themed  beverages by Poverty Knob, campfires, and acres of open land for a beautiful backdrop and unobstructed view of Erie's Total Solar Eclipse. Solar glasses will be available to the first 1,000 guests. Overnight accommodations can also be made available. Learn more here.

Tickets Required?: Yes
Event Capacity: 1,000
Event Parking: 520 surface parking spots + 68 overnight RV spots

PennWest Edinboro Eclipse Watch Party

Join PennWest Edinboro in celebrating Erie's Total Solar Eclipse! Guests are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the eclipse around Mallory Lake, in the heart of Edinboro’s campus. There will also be food trucks and eclipse themed educational events being hosted around campus. Free PennWest Edinboro branded eclipse safety glasses will be available at the event, while supplies last. Learn more here.

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 1,000+
Event Parking: 2,000 surface lot spaces including handicap accessible parking and bus parking.

Dancing in the Streets Eclipse Party

Join the Painted Finch Gallery in downtown Corry to celebrate Erie's Total Solar Eclipse with music and dancing lessons! DJs and dance instructors will be giving lessons and celebrating through several blocks of the street. Participants are welcome to bring chairs to sit and view the eclipse. 

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 600
Event Parking: 600 spaces available, including handicap accessible parking.

Riverside Brewing Company - Eclipse Watch Party

Experience Erie's Total Solar Eclipse with Riverside Brewing Company! The company is hosting a viewing party that includes live music by Juvenile Characteristics, a post-eclipse buffet by Chef Ryan, and a special beer can release, "Celestial Energy." Celestial Energy shirts will be made available for purchase and solar glasses will be provided for everyone attending. More details can be found here.

Tickets Required?: Yes
Event Capacity: 300 with additional outdoor seating.
Event Parking: 150 Surface lot spaces with additional handicap spaces.

Eclipse with Us at Mound Grove Golf Course

Eclipse with Us at Mound Grove! The golf course is the perfect viewing spot for this once in a lifetime natural phenomenon. Mound Grove having an overnight celebration that comes with a complimentary welcome bag which includes your viewing glasses. The event also includes a BBQ dinner, a bonfire, breakfast, games, and a buffet lunch. This event is reservation only, so call today! More details here.

Tickets Required?: Yes - Reservations must be made
Event Capacity: 250
Event Parking: Surface parking lot with 100+ spaces, 10 handicap spaces, and 25 RV spots

Edinboro Eclipse Fest at Goodell Gardens

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Gardens and on the Grounds at the beautiful Goodell Gardens & Homestead! Featuring an art show by Astrophotographer and Amateur Astronomer Jackson Froman, who will also live-stream his astrophotography process during the eclipse, vendors and exhibitors, food trucks, and more! More details and tickets here.

Tickets Required?: Yes
Event Capacity: 300
Event Parking: Surface parking on site with handicap accommodations.

Upper Peach Street

Erie News Now's Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Join Erie News Now at Erie Sports Center to experience Erie's Total Solar Eclipse!

A DJ will be spinning fun tunes from out of this world with Amy Sass. John Stehlin, and lots of Erie News Now talent will be there to meet you and discuss fun facts and myths about the eclipse. Fun food and drinks are available at the restaurants and viewing glasses will be provided while supplies last!

Tickets Required?: No - admission is free
Event Capacity: 5,000
Event Parking: Surface lot with 300 spaces

Solar Eclipse Party at Presque Isle Downs and Casino

Presque Isle Downs and Casino is hosting an Eclipse party with food trucks, free solar eclipse glasses, free play giveaways, and a Chris Higbee concert starting at 1 PM! More details here.

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 5,000
Event Parking: Surface parking lot

Holiday Inn Eclipse Watch Party

Enjoy an afternoon with Holiday Inn celebrating Erie's Total Solar Eclipse! The restaurant will be open with Eclipse themed food and drinks. Guests staying at the hotel will receive eclipse themed snacks and goodie bags! Learn more here.

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 300
Event Parking: 200 Surface lot spaces

West County

Eclipse Camp at Camp Fitch

Eclipse Camp - April 7-9

Experience the Eclipse at Camp Fitch - the centerline is just 20 miles off of the Camp's private Lake Erie Beach! From April 7-9, be treated to Chef Scott's delicious meals, traditional camp activities, and front row seats to the Solar Eclipse. Programs start Sunday afternoon. Booking includes camp activities (including rock climbing, mountain bikes, the farm, archery and more), five hot meals in the dining hall overlooking Lake Erie, a "Solar Bear" plunge in Lake Erie during the eclipse, and lodging in either the Indoor Lodge or Open Air Cabins. Book Here!

Eclipse Camp Day Program - Monday Only

Program includes views of the eclipse from the shore of Lake Erie at Camp Fitch, hot lunch, parking, a day-of program, and "Solar Bear" plunge in Lake Erie during the Eclipse. Purchase your day pass here. 

Tickets Required?: Yes, reservations are required
Event Capacity: 400
Event Parking: Surface parking lot on site, including handicapped accessible

Solar "Elk" lipse Party at Twisted Elk Brewery

Twisted Elk Brewery is hosting a Solar "Elk"lipse Party. There will have live music starting at 12:30 p.m. Try a special, new beer release. Food and beer will be available. Free special viewing glasses (limited supply). Learn more here

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 100
Event Parking: 50 Surface lot spaces with 1 handicap space (for customers only)

This blog will be updated frequently as new eclipse events are confirmed. Please check back for more details and new events as they are added. For more information on Erie's total solar eclipse click here. 

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