Apr 1, 2024 - Things to Do

Indianapolis eclipse events guide

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Central Indiana is ready to host a big crowd for the historic solar eclipse. Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

We're just one week away from the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event that doubles as one of Indianapolis' biggest tourist attractions of 2024.

Why it matters: Indy's location in the path of totality for the April 8 solar eclipse has made it a top destination for travelers, prompting traffic warnings from local public safety leaders.

How it works: Next Monday, the moon's shadow will enter the state at 3:01pm and exit at 3:12pm, per GreatAmericanEclipse.com.

  • Totality in Indianapolis will begin at 3:06pm and last for roughly 3 minutes and 50 seconds.
  • Bloomington will get more than 4 minutes of totality, and Terre Haute and Evansville get about 3 minutes.

By the numbers: Tourism officials estimate Indiana getting more than 500,000 visitors for the eclipse.

  • In addition to the out-of-towners, there are more than 3.9 million Indiana residents living in the path.

Zoom in: All those people are going to need somewhere to go when the eclipse arrives.

Here are 12 options to get you started.

🌘 White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., will host the LUNACY! Event starting from 10am-5pm.

  • The free gathering features more than 20 food trucks, yoga classes, an Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance and more.

🏁 Indianapolis Motor Speedway is partnering with NASA for an event presented by Purdue University that combines a STEM symposium with IndyCar demo laps.

  • Tickets start at $20. Gates open at 9am.

🔭 Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave., is hosting a free eclipse experience from noon-4:30pm.

  • It will feature more than a dozen telescopes equipped with solar filters for safe observation.

ğŸŽµ Lawrence Community Park, 5301 N. Franklin Road in Lawrence, will host the Total Eclipse Fort Ben music festival featuring Queen Delphine & The Crown Jewels from noon-6pm.

  • The event is free and open to the public.

🦕 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., opens at 10am for a family-friendly day of eclipse events.

  • Tickets are $33 for adults and $28 for children between the ages of 2 and 17.

ğŸŽ¨ Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Road, will host Total Eclipse of the Art starting at 11am.

  • Tickets start at $34 for adults and $25 for children between the ages of 6 and 17.

ğŸŽ¥ Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., will throw a celebration that gives viewers the chance to watch an eclipse stream on IMAX from 10am-7pm.

  • Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children.

🧑‍🚀 Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, will feature a talk from Hoosier astronaut Mark Brown during an event that begins at 10am.

🥙 Carmel Civic Square, 1 Civic Square in Carmel, will have food vendors, music and live updates from eclipse experts from 10am-5pm.

  • The event is free and open to the public.

⛺ The Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., will open at 9am for a day of live music, eclipse-themed food trucks and camping opportunities at Solar Eclipse Campout 2024.

  • Tickets start at $10 if you don't need parking and $25 if you do.

ğŸŽ¸ Ruoff Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St. in Noblesville, presents Total Eclipse Tailgate from 10am-5pm featuring a NASA speaker and a dance party.

🛝 Indy Parks and Recreation has designated 12 Indianapolis parks as official eclipse viewing sites, requiring visitors to register in advance.

  • The parks are Eagle Creek, Garfield, Riverside, Brookside, Christian, Holliday, Indianapolis World Sports Park, Krannert, Perry, Southeastway, Thatcher and Washington Park.
  • Eagle Creek is the only watch site with a registration fee. It costs $6 per vehicle.

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