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Lunacy! Solar Eclipse Festival at White River State Park

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On April 8, 2024, at 3:06 p.m, a total solar eclipse will be completely visible throughout the continental United States. The sun, moon, and earth will align. This “syzygy” will put the sky into epic and unforgettable temporary darkness. Though the following solar eclipse will occur in the year 2044, Indianapolis will not be within the path of totality until the year 2153 – 129 years after 2024. So buckle up and plan your eclipse-viewing in Indy. This eclipse is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a total solar eclipse appear over the Circle City.

White River State Park is the best place in Indy to see the eclipse with multiple viewing locations and a full slate of activities to help you make the most of your day. Free solar eclipse glasses will be provided by IU Indianapolis and can be picked up at the park’s Visitor Center. These glasses are first come, first serve.

Visitors can check out the Old Washington Street Bridge for lunch and drinks. With over 20 food trucks and a signature food competition, you’ll have ample opportunities to fuel up and get ready for the main event.

Yoga and Tabata classes will be led by NIFS at 12 and 12:30 p.m. in Celebration Plaza Amphitheater and are the perfect opportunity to get your blood flowing.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will have a brass quintet performance at 2:30 p.m.

Guests that want to enjoy the river and view the eclipse from the water can set up a reservation with Frank’s Paddlesport Livery, who will be on site for a group launch. Spots will be limited so be sure to sign up early. This is a paid opportunity.