Where Should I Watch The Epic 2024 Solar Eclipse? | Indianapolis Eclipse Events

The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, has been highlighted in my planner for a few years. The entire state of Indiana will either be in 90 – 100% path of totality. This total solar eclipse is going to be phenomenal. We are so fortunate to live right in the path of totality.

Millions of tourists will flock to our lovely state to take in the views and participate in the events of the day. The cities and towns within that path have been hard at work preparing events for the whole day for your family to enjoy; not just the 3 min 46 seconds that the sun will be completely blocked by the moon, leading to an eerie darkness in the middle of the day.

Indianapolis, along with the rest of the state, is hosting a bevy of weekend-long events, including concerts, films, games, lectures, and other special performances. Check out these fantastic opportunities in the Indy area and beyond.

This list is being updated as new events are announced. If you know of an event that is not on this list, please leave a comment or email katy@indywithkids.com.

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Events in Indianapolis

NASA at the IMS

4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis
April 8, 2024

NASA will broadcast LIVE from the IMS on April 8, 2024. They will have experts on hand to answer questions about this phenomenon and viewers from around the Earth will watch the LIVE broadcast from our very own “yard of bricks.” General admission to the grounds is $20 per person and children 18 and under are free with a paying adult.

Eclipse Extravaganza at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
April 8, 2024, 10 am-3:30 pm

Come enjoy giveaways, activities, and festivities to celebrate this historic event. The world’s largest children’s museum will have solar viewing glasses available (limit one per person while supplies last). The Eclipse Extravaganza is included with regular admission.

LUNACY! Solar Eclipse Festival

Celebration Plaza 801 West Washington St, Indianapolis
April 8, 2024, 11 am-5 pm

The perfect spot for viewing the eclipse, the greenspaces at White River State Park will have a weekend full of activities. With 40 food trucks lining the Old Washington Street Bridge, you’ll have ample opportunities to fuel up and get ready for the main event.

A Total Eclipse of the Art at Newfields

4000 N. Michigan Rd. Indianapolis
April 8, 2024, 11 am

Bask in the moon’s shadow during the celestial event of a lifetime in The Garden at Newfields. Not to be shadowed by any other venue in the path of totality for the #SolarEclipse2024. Spend the day shining bright, celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience with multiple DJs, light and fire shows, yoga, food, and festivities in a historic and memorable locale. Newfields is the best destination to experience the Total Eclipse of the Art.

Member tickets start at $29
Public tickets start at $34

Total Solar Eclipse Celebration at the Indiana State Museum

650 W Washington St, Indianapolis
April 8, 2024, 10 am-7 pm

Celebrate the total solar eclipse at the Indiana State Museum with a day full of hands-on activities, live demonstrations, fun facts, and more. Receive a free pair of solar viewing glasses, while supplies last, or purchase a pair in the Indiana Store, then learn how to safely view this rare celestial phenomenon. Find your spot on the front lawn to watch the eclipse at approximately 3:06 p.m., weather dependent. Or enjoy a live stream of the eclipse in the indoor comfort of the museum’s auditorium. Afterward, visit the museum galleries to see a real moon rock. This will be a stellar experience you won’t want to miss! Register prior to ensuring your spot.

Price: Included with admission; $2/Access Pass members

IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum

650 West Washington St., Indianapolis

In the days and weeks leading up to the eclipse, visitors can expect space-themed documentaries and box office hits on the State Museum Imax Theater’s 6-story screen.

Solar Eclipse 2024

Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th Street, Indianapolis
April 8, 9 am

Gates open at 9 am and all guests receive a complimentary pair of eclipse glasses. You can count on a few of your favorite State Fair food items with eclipse flair: Try a Lunar Lemonade Shake Up, a Cosmic Corn Dog, or an Eclipse Elephant Ear. Adults can partake in themed drinks from the bar. This event is free, but parking is $25 per vehicle of up to 5 people. The fairgrounds are also open to campers from April 7 until April 9, but be sure to book your site early.

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Events in Central Indiana

Total Eclipse at the Park

Mulberry Fields Park, 9645 Whitestown Rd, Zionsville
April 8, 2024, 1-5 pm

Total Eclipse of the Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Zionsville community members and neighbors within Boone County, Indiana. The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department will host a viewing party along with STEAM activities to educate and excite on different topics related to the solar eclipse. Activities include an accessible eclipse walk, a family bike ride to the park, eclipse crafts, science facts, found art experiments, music, and more.

City of Lawrence Total Eclipse Weekend

5301 N Franklin Road, Lawrence
April 6 – 8, 2024

On Indy’s eastside, the city of Lawrence will host eclipse events all weekend long. Start off with a phenomenal display of visual art at the Arts for Lawrence. Participate in the Total Eclipse of the Sun 5K Run on April 6, 2024. Then, on Sunday join in for a pickleball tournament. The festivities all culminate on Eclipse Day with a Music Festival at the Community Park. Bands, food trucks, and activities in partnership with the Benjamin Harrison YMCA will give you a great spot to see the eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse at Grand Park

19000 Grand Park Blvd, Westfield
April 8, 2024, 10 am-6 pm

While the historic total solar eclipse will only last for 3 minutes and 18 seconds, the celebration at Grand Park Sports Campus continues until 6 pm. Attendees can enjoy food and drinks from food trucks, a concert with the 1985 band, attractions, and inflatables. NASA’s Dr. Mark SubbaRao will be on-site and representatives from Grand Universe, Westfield’s future space center, will provide telescopes and education about the eclipse.

Tickets are available in advance only and sold by the vehicle. Guests can purchase an overnight RV or camper pass valid from Sunday to Tuesday.

Conner Prairie

13400 Allisonville Rd. Fishers
April 8, 2024, 10 am-5 pm

The Conner Prairie festival grounds will transform into a haven of wonder and delight. Indulge your senses as you take in live performances from musical acts and dance companies, and enlightened talks from renowned experts who will shed light on the science behind this mesmerizing event.

Learn about what life was like living and working in space from Hoosier astronaut Mark Brown and immerse yourself in experiences only Conner Prairie can offer. At the same time, we watch history in the making together.

Total Solar Eclipse at Dull’s Tree Farm

1765 West Blubaugh Avenue, Thorntown
April 6-8, 2024, times TBA

The farm will be open during the weekend prior to the big event on Monday, April 8. Experience the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse at Dull’s beautiful property. The kids can stay busy playing on the big slides, zip lines, tire mountain, trike-tor speedway, and more while you wait for the big moment around 3 pm. Fill up with some of Dull’s famous apple cider donuts or grab a meal from a food truck on site. Children 2 and under are free and viewing glasses are included in admission on Monday only.

Eclipse Watch Party at Kelsay Farms

6848 N. Country Road 250 E, Whiteland
April 8, 2024, 10 am-6 pm

What better place than the wide open spaces of a farm to view the 2024 total solar eclipse? Kelsay Farms is hosting a “watch party” you won’t want to miss. Grab your viewing glasses and head to the farm for themed snacks, games, music, and more. Tickets go on sale in December 2023.

Race to the Eclipse

10267 US Highway 136, Indianapolis
April 8, 2024, 1-5 pm

The Town of Brownsburg and Visit Hendricks County are excited to host guests for the county’s biggest eclipse event. Register for the 5k or just join the fun at the otherwise free event. Indianapolis band GrooveSmash will perform and during the day’s 3 minutes of darkness, two dragsters will race down the track. You’ll also find food trucks, family activities, and a beer garden. Free eclipse glasses are available for the first 5,000 people to arrive and primitive camping is available for just $25 for April 7-9.

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Beasley’s Orchard

2304 E Main St, Danville
April 8, 2024, 10 am-5 pm

Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and spread out across the farm at Beasley’s Orchard to watch the big event. Admission is just $7 per person and includes a complimentary pair of eclipse glasses. Beasley’s will provide games, music, food trucks, and more fun to keep the excitement up while awaiting totality. You must pre-register for this event.

Eclipse 2024

1101 Indianapolis Road, Mooresville
April 6-8, 2024

Mooresville has planned three days of festivities to celebrate the eclipse event. Planned activities currently include camping, concerts, and a special kid’s zone in Pioneer Park. Register online for tent or RV camping spots. You’ll also want to snag a $5 all-day parking pass for the main event on April 8.

Total Eclipse of the Parks

Depot Street Park, 251 Depot St, Greenfield
April 8, 2024, 12-6 pm

Depot Street Park serves as the hub for a collection of events at parks throughout Greenfield. Bring your eclipse glasses and grab lunch from food trucks, dance to music from a live DJ, hear from a panel of planetary science experts, and more. In addition to Depot Street Park, you can find festivities at Beckenholdt Park, Brandywine Park, and Riley Park.

Eclipse @ BPL

Brownsburg Public Library, 420 S Jefferson St, Brownsburg
April 8, 10:30 am

Await the eclipse at the Brownsburg Public Library. View a live stream of the eclipse, purchase food from Baire’s Burgers, HotBox Pizza, or Brewlab Canteen, and enjoy a variety of kids’ activities. Bring your own glasses!

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Events Throughout the State

Indiana State Parks

54 properties in Indiana
April 8, 2024

The Indiana DNR looks forward to providing you with outdoor places to gather to watch the eclipse, great programs in the days before and during the event, and options for lodging so you can be ready and in place to enjoy it. Check online to see what eclipse-focused events are planned for an Indiana State Park near you.

Solar Eclipse Street Party

Wonderlab 308 W. 4th Street, Bloomington
April 6 & 8, 2024

Get a sneak peek at the Wonderlab’s preview event on the 6th. Come check out eclipse toys and scientific tools in the WonderGarden and in the museum. Learn how to safely view the sun during an eclipse. It will be your last chance to purchase Solar Viewer Glasses, make your own pinhole viewer, and more. Then come back on April 8 from 2 – 4 for a FREE Solar Eclipse Street Party on 4th Street to view the epic event.

Eclipse at Angel Mounds State Historic Site

8215 Pollack Ave, Evansville
April 8, 12:30-3:30 pm **Time listed is CST

Everything you need to view the eclipse in style will be at Angel Mounds Historic Site’s eclipse event – including the glasses and the view! Be sure to join us for a talk (1 p.m. and again immediately following the eclipse) to learn how the mounds were engineered to align with the sun and moon.

Price: $5/adult, $3/youth (ages 3-17); $4/seniors; 25% discount for ISM members.

Stay tuned for where to buy the safest eclipse viewing glasses and how to DIY an at-home option.

 

This is the last solar eclipse in North America until March 2044 and the only states at that point to see totality will be a few far Northern States and Alaska. Considering the weather in March and the proximity to the majority of the American population, the 2044 eclipse will be a challenge to witness. In Indiana, the next total solar eclipse will be in 2153, truly making the 2024 eclipse a can’t-miss event.

Indiana has the nickname the “Crossroads of America” thanks to the major interstate highways that meet and run through Indianapolis. Expect these roads to be a little busy in the days leading up to April 8, at a standstill on April 8, and congested after the event as our visitors head home. Hoosier hospitality will welcome visitors from near and far for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Where will you witness history on April 8, 2024?

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