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Eclipse Events in Erie

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 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.

Eclipse events listed below are grouped by location. Click below to view a specific region. 

City of Erie     East County    Route 6 Corridor and South    Upper Peach Street    West County

City of Erie

Eclipse Day Downtown! - Children's Education Fair

Join the Erie Downtown Partnership, expERIEnce Children’s Museum, and others for an educational fair for the Total Solar Eclipse in Perry Square! The event feature children’s STEAM learning activities, the Erie County Library Bookmobile, a visit from several representatives from NASA, astrophysicists, and more. Penn State Behrend and Gannon University will be in East Perry Square with a special sunscreen window for small children to be able to safely view the eclipse without having to keep glasses on. More eclipse-themed children's events and Eclipse Day Downtown! info visit here.

Representatives from NASA will be on site to answer any questions and provide information on Erie’s Total Solar Eclipse.

Erie Downtown Partnership is encouraging attendees to keep traffic issues in mind and either walk or carpool to the event if possible.

Tickets Required?: No – Free to public.
Event Capacity: 500
Event Parking: Metered street parking.

Total Eclipse At The Park

Enjoy the Eclipse from Liberty Park-Highmark Amphitheater! Port of Erie is hosting a watch party with entertainment by DJ Bill from LECOM Radio and food from Lombardo Concessions. Liberty Park is a great waterfront location to view Presque Isle Bay!

Tickets Required?: No - admission to the park is free.
Capacity: 4,000
Parking: Various public surface lots are available and it is within walking distance from Bayfront hotels.

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. This memorable event will include live entertainment, headlined by Erie Native, Katie Linendoll. As well a live NASA feed on the giant 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. Gates will open at 12:30. More details here.

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 4,000
Event 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

Representatives from NASA will be on site to answer any questions and provide information on Erie’s Total Solar Eclipse.

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

Sloppy Duck Saloon Eclipse Party 

Watch the Total Solar Eclipse along Erie's Bayfront at Sloppy Duck Saloon! Sloppy Duck is offering Upper and Lower deck table packages, as well as Tiki Bar Hunt packages. Call (814) 452-6699 to make your reservations. Please leave a message, they will call you back ASAP! More details and info here

Tickets Required?: No, but reservations are encouraged.
Event Capacity: 450
Event Parking: Surface lot on site

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. More details here.

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

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

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 5-7 & 9 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. Please note dates: the show, and the location, are not open on Monday, April 8. 

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. 

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.

ECLIPSE at the Food Hall

Head to the Flagship City Food Hall for a once-in-a-lifetime event: Erie's Total Solar Eclipse!
Ippa Pizza will be transformed into a total eclipse party zone.
Special food and drinks at participating kitchens.
Eclipse viewing and glasses will be available at Perry Square.
*Follow the Flagship City District on Facebook to stay updated on future announcements and messages, including specific offerings and tips/tricks regarding Downtown Erie traffic expectations and crowd levels.

Tickets Required?: No - Free to public
Event Capacity: TBD
Event Parking: Metered Street Parking

Brewerie at Union Station Eclipse Watch Party

Join Brewerie at Union Station on April 8th to celebrate the eclipse with live acoustic music by Tomkat Black from 12-2:30pm, a special release of Black Out Berry Ale, free eclipse glasses for the first 250 customers, lunch features, and sweet eclipse merch!
Table reservations welcome but not required.

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 250
Event Parking: Metered street parking, 2 handicapped spots

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

Solar Eclipse Party at Voodoo Brewery

Voodoo will have a special cocktail and menu for the day of the eclipse. Join Voodoo out on their patio to watch this incredible event. Seating is limited and first come first serve so come early. The first 100 customers will also receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses. More details here.

Tickets Required?: No - Free to public
Event Capacity: 350
Event Parking: Street and ramp parking. No nearby handicap spots.

Eclipse Viewing Party at Erie Brewing Company

Erie Brewing Company is hosting an eclipse viewing party at their Knowledge Park and West Lake Road location!
Erie Brewing Company and Big Rail Brewing will have a collaborative eclipse-themed beer on tap named "Sunglasses Required" The first 100 guests at both locations will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses.
The Knowledge Park location will have the lake overlook upstairs bar open.
The West Lake Road location will have outdoor grilling near the Beachwood Grill.

Tickets Required?: No 
Event Capacity: TBD
Event Parking: Surface parking lots including lot behind West Lake Rd location.

Eclipse Watch Party at Shoreline Bar

The Shoreline Bar at the Courtyard Marriott Bayfront is hosting an eclipse watch party with mobile outdoor and indoor bars opening at 8:00am! Eclipse themed cocktails and eclipse glasses will be available to purchase. 

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 200 with additional space outside.
Event Parking: Parking is exclusive to hotel guests and employees with the Bayfront Connector being closed on April 8th.

Eclipse Watch Party at Julius Restaurant at the Mannerchor

Julius Restaurant at the Mannerchor is hosting an eclipse watch party with food and music! Julius will be serving Mexico City Street Food: Antojitos Mexicanos (Tacoyos, Sopes, Memelas, Huaraches, Gorditas, Quesadillas, Toastadas); Tacos de Guisados (Picadillo, Chicharron, Papas con Chorizo, Rajas con Papas, Huevos con Chorizo, Huevos con Salchicha, Salpicon); and Torta (Cochinta Pibil, Chilaquiles, Milanesa, Jamon y Queso, Huevos con Chorizo).

The event will be held 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., with dinner service beginning inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Tickets Required?: No, but $10 minimum food and beverage purchase is required for free parking.
Event Capacity: 100
Event Parking: Surface lot on site with two handicapped accessible spaces

Solar Sips Eclipse Party at Oliver's Beer Garden

Watch the eclipse from Oliver’s Beer Garden for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! View the Solar Eclipse from the best spot in Erie. Monday, April 8 -Beer Garden will open at 11 a.m.! Come out and enjoy brews on the bay while watching the Eclipse! The event will include

- DJ Josh spinning tunes all day long
- Eclipse glasses available while supplies last
- Bayfront Mini Golf!
- Enjoy a limited food menu from Oliver’s Food Truck

Tickets Required?: $20 Entry Fee at the Door
Event Capacity: NA
Event Parking: Limited surface parking lot on site

Solar Eclipse Cruise on the Victorian Princess - SOLD OUT
Black Out Over the Bay - Bicentennial Tower Eclipse - SOLD OUT

East County

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

Representatives from NASA will be on site to answer any questions and provide information on Erie’s Total Solar Eclipse.

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.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party At Peek'n Peak

Get ready to experience this phenomenon at The Peak! Peek’n Peak is opening the Resort to the PUBLIC on Monday, April 8, to enjoy the Total Eclipse!
The Peak will be hosting a Viewing Party on the Lodge Deck starting at 12 PM. Visitors can enjoy fire pits, music, and drinks from the J Bar while observing the Eclipse. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit any of the SIX Viewing Stations for the ultimate experience! More details can be found here. After the Total Eclipse, stop in Bistro 210 for the Blue Moon After Party! 
Browse Overnight Stay packages here.

Tickets Required?: No - Free to public.
Event Capacity: 2,000
Event Parking: 3,000 spaces but if dry weather, grass parking also available, 25 designated handicapped spots.

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: 1,000

Event Parking: 150 surface lot spaces

Eclipse Viewing at Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend will be open for visitors looking to view the eclipse.  Dr. Darren Williams, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, will be giving live play-by-play during the eclipse and totality via WJET TV.

JET meteorologist Tom Atkins will be present as well.  The athletics department will have outdoor concession stands around campus open for food and bathroom facilities will be available at designated viewing locations.

Tickets Required?: No - Free to public (private lectures are exclusive to those invited)
Event Parking: Multiple surface lots across campus with several handicap accessible spots will be available.  No permit required for designated parking lots.

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.

The following wineries are open for ticket sales during Eclipse weekend (until sold out):

  • 6 Mile Cellars
  • 21 Brix Winery
  • Arrowhead Wine Cellars
  • Arundel Cellars and Brewing Co. 
  • Cellar '54
  • Courtyard Winery
  • Heritage Wine Cellars
  • Kingview Meadhouse & Winery
  • Liberty Vineyards & Winery
  • Penn Shore Vineyards
  • Presque Isle Wine Cellars
  • Sparkling Ponds Winery
  • Willow Creek Winery
  • Yori Wine Cellars & Brewing Co. 

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

Plan to be in Downtown Corry for the Dancing in the Streets Eclipse Party! The event will feature DJs and dance instructors, and many Corry establishments will be open for business, including event host, Painted Finch Gallery. Corry Corner Bar and Grillz will be serving great food outdoors (weather permitting).

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: 600
Event Parking: Various surface lot and street parking 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.

Total Solar Eclipse at Sunview Golf

Sunview Golf invites you to come, play, and see the Solar Eclipse!
Mother Nature has a show in store for us. Come by and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Solar Eclipse at Sunview! Stop by to 'Sweet Memories' Candy Shop and challenge your friends to some arcade fun! The candy shop and the arcade will be open no matter the weather. Enjoy Mini Golf, the Driving Range, and Go-Karts that will all be open for fun, weather permitting. More details here.
Call or Email to order special solar eclipse shirts. 

Tickets Required?: No - Pay to play/ride
Event Capacity: 300
Event Parking: 300 space lot with handicap accessible 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

Eclipse Party at the Hotel

Edinboro Hotel Bar will be celebrating the eclipse with free glasses, themed specials, live music featuring Jim and Scott Acoustic, and fun giveaways! More information here.

Tickets Required?: No
Event Capacity: TBD
Event Parking: Street parking with 2 handicap spaces.

Edinboro Eclipse Fest at Goodell Gardens

This event is sold out.

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!

Representatives from NASA will be on site to answer any questions and provide information on Erie’s Total Solar Eclipse.

Tickets Required?: No - admission is free ($10 Parking Fee)
Event Capacity: 5,000
Event Parking: Surface lot for 300 on site, $10 Fee.

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)

Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Church of the Cross

Church of the Cross is hosting a viewing party for the Total Solar Eclipse. Starting at 10 a.m., the parking lot will be open.  Glasses available for purchase for $5. Church of the Cross is a prime viewing location with it situated on a hill with clear viewing of the northern horizon towards Lake Erie. Learn more here

Tickets Required?: $20 per car and $40 for oversized vehicles
Event Capacity: 1000+
Event Parking: 300 parking spots

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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