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Aug 27
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Preservationists vs. Developers

A 1.8 mile tour of the biggest battles in the century-long war to keep Chicago's lakefront "free, clear, and open."
Aug 27
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Atlas Obscura & Timberland Present: The Hour is at Hand

A hands-on exploration of the instruments that capture time with those who keep them ticking.
Bird of Prey
Aug 27
Washington, D.C.

Obscura Society DC: The Raptors of the Nation's Capital

Join us for a hands-on meeting with Master Falconer Rodney Stotts and his flock of raptors.
Aug 27
New York, New York

Obscura Society NY: The Crypts at St. John the Divine

Journey into the atmospheric crypts of this truly impressive Gothic Revival beauty
Wing Luke Museum, bachelor's hotel room
Aug 27
Seattle, Washington

Obscura Society Seattle: Chinatown-International District Tour

Explore the unique stories of Seattle's Chinatown-International District with a walking tour of this historic neighborhood. Learn about the rich history, cultural landmarks, open spaces, and resources of this vibrant and often overlooked community.
Diorama #8 "God's Universal Form"
Aug 27
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA: Bhagavad-gita Museum

Ready to experience Krishna's Transcendental Manifestations?
Aug 27
Hollywood, California

Obscura Society LA: Odd Hollywood

Uncover strange and unusual landmarks and history lurking beneath the surface of Hollywood's most popular tourist trap.
Aug 29
San Francisco, California

Obscura Society SF: Atlas Obscura Live!

Atlas Obscura brought to life with performances, storytelling, and more.
Aug 30
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Aug 31
Brooklyn, New York

NY Obscura Society: Atlas Obscura Live! RIVALS

We're bringing the wonder of Atlas Obscura to the stage with our very first variety show!
Sep 2
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Offsite Special Collections Tour

Explore and discover at the museums offsite collections facility
Sep 3
Fishkill, New York

Obscura Society NY: Earth, Sea & Sky at Bannerman Castle's Ruins

Explore the ruins of Bannerman Castle and discover the history of the land and the stories told in its sky.
Fire in a Tenement House
Sep 4
New York, NY

Obscura Society NY: Slums on the Lower East Side - Dystopia in America

Housing the Masses: The Colossal Failures of The Five Points, Mulberry Bend and the Historic Lower East Side
Sep 8
New York

Obscura Society NY: "Women's Medicine" after-hours at the Rare Book Room at New York Academy of Medicine

Discover the fascinating history of women's health issues, medicine, and midwifery through an exploration of the Rare Book Room's incredible archival collection.
Eden Palais Carousel
Sep 8
Barrington Hills

Obscura Society IL: The Sanfilippo Place de la Musique

An exclusive and rarely offered tour of the Place de la Musique, the world's largest collection of restored automatic musical instruments!
Sep 10
New York

Obscura Society New York: The Wildlife Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History

A talk and tour on the history and making of the captivating nature scenes.
Sep 10
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Atlas Obscura & Laurel Hill Cemetery Present: Into the Veil

 Life is eternal. Death is merely a change in condition…
Palisades and Movie Colony, Santa Monica, Calif.
Sep 11
Santa Monica, California

Obscura Society LA: Hollywood's First Hidden Getaway

Discover Santa Monica's scandalous past during a beachfront tour of the Gold Coast.
courtesy of Puppet Kitchen
Sep 13
New York

Obscura Society NY: Behind-the-Scenes at Puppet Kitchen

Get exclusive after-hours access to a Manhattan puppetry workshop!
Sep 17
Long Beach, California

Obscura Society LA: Fire & Air In the Shadow of LA

Explore the hidden histories of firefighting and aviation in Long Beach.
Photo Courtesy of Save Our Seminary
Sep 17
Silver Spring, Maryland

Obscura Society DC: Silver Spring's Fairy Tale Village

Join us as we glide across the glen to explore parts of National Park Seminary the public rarely sees
Joseph Pulitzer
Sep 17
New York

NY Obscura Society: "Printed Rivals" a 19th-century Murder Mystery Adventure

Immerse yourself in the intrigue of NYC journalistic history on this one-of-a-kind true crime adventure.
Sep 17
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Offsite Special Collections Tour

Explore and discover at the museums offsite collections facility
Animal Alley
Sep 17
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA & Cartwheel Art Tours: Belmont Tunnel & Animal Alley

Hidden history, street art, graffiti, and murals in Echo Park.
Old LA Zoo
Sep 17
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA: Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Join writer Hadley Meares as we discover the history of the animals and trainers who called this famed abandon zoo home.
Sep 18
Long Island City, Queens, New York

Obscura Society NY: 13 Steps Around Dutch Kills

Join us for an intense exploration of one of Newtown Creek's least known tributaries - Dutch Kills
After rain
Sep 18
Seattle, Washington

Obscura Society Seattle: The Beacon Food Forest and a Utopian Vision

Tour a 7-acre edible food forest with permaculture designer Jackie Cramer
Harvesting coffee cherries
Sep 24
Goleta, California

Obscura Society LA: Coffee Harvest

Day trip to Goleta! Harvest coffee cherries at an exotic fruit farm, visit a train museum, and explore a fabulous doll collection.
Linocut by Dave Lefner
Sep 24
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA & Cartwheel Art Tours: Lincoln Heights Studios

Discover an enclave of artists in Lincoln Heights' North Industrial District.
Sep 24
Thousand Oaks, California

Obscura Society LA: Chumash Cave Hike

Trek through a lush oak grove to a sacred Chumash cave.
Sep 25
Llano, California

Obscura Society LA: The Remnants of a Failed Desert Utopia

Explore the site of an optimistic vision of the future, now in ruins in the Mojave Desert.
Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy
Sep 25
Brooklyn

Obscura Society NY: Chipmunk Taxidermy Workshop

Learn the principles and techniques of contemporary ethically-sourced taxidermy practice, as you complete your own beautiful piece of taxidermy.
Sep 27
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Sep 29
Washington, D.C.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorers Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Join Atlas Obscura founders Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras, co-author Ella Morton and CEO David Plotz for our DC book launch at Sixth & I!
Sep 30
Chicago, IL

Obscura Society IL: The Art of Lockpicking

Join Atlas Obscura for a celebration of lock picking, drinking and the illusion of security.
Graceland's Obelisks
Oct 1
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour with Adam Selzer

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
During the Iroquois Theatre fire of 1904, students and workers at nearby Northwestern University extended ladders and boards across the alley between the university and the theater, enabling some theatergoers to crawl across to safety.
Oct 1
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society IL: DISASTER STRIKES!

Explore the Downtown Disasters that helped shape Chicago
60-inch telescope
Oct 1
Pasadena, California

Obscura Society LA: 60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mt. Wilson Observatory.
Oct 4
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Abraham Lincoln
Oct 6
New York, NY

Obscura Society NY: "Tales from the Battlefield" An Intimate Look at the Battle of Gettysburg

An examination of original documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection
Oct 7
Sleepy Hollow

Obscura Society NY: Murder and Mayhem Nighttime Tour at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Join us for an adventure into the heart of darkness on the Hudson, through one of its most historic cemeteries.
Oct 8
Washington, D.C.

Obscura Society DC: The Tunnels and Trapdoors of Tudor Place

Join us for an unprecedented underground look into a Tudor Place the public never sees
Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian & jack of all trades
Oct 8
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society IL: DISASTER STRIKES!

Explore the Downtown Disasters that helped shape Chicago
Oct 8
Seattle, Washington

Atlas Obscura Presents: A Subterranean Soirée

Celebrate with Atlas Obscura in the ruins of a historic city buried deep beneath the streets of Seattle.
Oct 11
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Oct 13
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Ghosts: Myths and Mysteries Walking Tour

From Mysterious Chicago and Dead in Chicago
The Getty Tomb
Oct 15
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour with Adam Selzer

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
Oct 15
Brooklyn, New York

Atlas Obscura & Green-Wood Cemetery Present: Into the Veil

Make your way through Green-Wood Cemetery's elaborate gates for live music and libations as we explore a liminal world between the land of the living and the realm of the dead.
Oct 18
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Leyla I. Royale on tour
Oct 21
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Dead in Chicago: Terrible Tales of Death in the Loop

Gruesome and true stories of the unfortunate ways people have met their maker in downtown Chicago.
Oct 25
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Oct 26
Havana, Cuba

Explore Cuba with Atlas Obscura, Oct. 26-30

Experience the fascinating history and culture of Cuba before the island opens to general tourism.
Death Alley
Oct 27
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Dead in Chicago: Terrible Tales of Death in the Loop

Gruesome and true stories of the unfortunate ways people have met their maker in downtown Chicago.
Graceland's Obelisks
Oct 29
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour with Adam Selzer

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
Moveable type
Oct 29
Kingston, Washington

Obscura Society Seattle: Expedition Press Tour & Printing Demo

Tour a working letterpress studio and experience a printing demonstration with antique presses and moveable type
Oct 29
Chicago, IL

Devil in the White City: Myth and Mystery bus tour

Trace the career of Chicago’s most fascinating villain.
Oct 30
Chicago, IL

Devil in the White City: Myth and Mystery bus tour

Trace the career of Chicago’s most fascinating villain.
Nov 2
Havana, Cuba

Explore Cuba with Atlas Obscura, Nov. 2-6

Experience the fascinating history and culture of Cuba before the island opens to general tourism.
Nov 8
New York, NY

Obscura Society NY: After-Hours at a Bookbinding Workshop

Go behind the scenes of a long-time Manhattan bookbinder's workshop with this special access tour
Nov 9
Havana, Cuba

Explore Cuba with Atlas Obscura, Nov. 9-13

Experience the fascinating history and culture of Cuba before the island opens to general tourism.
Jan 25
Sofia, Bulgaria

Journey Into Bulgaria with Atlas Obscura, Jan. 25-30

Explore ancient ruins and communist-era relics while immersed in the fascinating history, landscape, and culture of Bulgaria.
Bug Nursery
Aug 26
Santa Paula, California

Obscura Society LA: Inside the Insectary

An up close encounter with battling bugs at the oldest commercial insectary in the United States.
60-inch telescope
Aug 21
Pasadena, California

Obscura Society LA: 60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mt. Wilson Observatory
Aug 21
Thousand Oaks, California

Obscura Society LA: Chumash Cave Hike

Trek through a lush oak grove to a sacred Chumash cave.
Remains of Riverside Hospital on North Brother Island
Aug 21
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Society NY: Islands of the Undesirables Boat Cruise

Discover the dark and fascinating history of New York City's penal, quarantine and asylum islands aboard the Water Table on this one-of-a-kind Obscura cruise
courtesy of Mitch Waxman
Aug 21
Brooklyn

Obscura Society NY: The Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek

Explore the hellish waste transfer and petroleum districts of North Brooklyn on this daring walk along the Newtown Creek.
Aug 14
Venice

Obscura Society LA & Cartwheel Art Tours: Dogtown

Explore the radical roots of skate, surf, and street art culture in Venice Beach.
photo courtesy of Mitch Waxman
Aug 14
Queens

Obscura Society NY: Calvary Cemetery Tour

Explore the sculptural monuments, mafioso gravesites, green infrastructure and iconic views of Long Island City's Calvary Cemetery on this afternoon walking tour.
Building
Aug 13
Downey

Obscura Society LA: Cradle of the Cosmic Age

Are you ready for some seriously stellar stuff?
Explore Chicago's renovated architecture
Aug 13
Chicago, Illinois

Atlas Obscura & Timberland Present: Rebuilding Chicago

Hands-on adaptive reuse & salvage in one of America's great architectural cities
Aug 7
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Society NY: Dead Horse Bay Excursion - RAIN DATE!

From vintage glass to horse bones, Dead Horse Bay is a treasure trove of wonder.
Did you know there is a waterfall here in Chicago?
Aug 6
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: A Land-Based Exploration of the Chicago River's North Branch

A walking tour covering the history of the Chicago River, focusing on the North Branch.
Aug 6
Alexandria, Virginia

Obscura Society DC: Taste George Washington’s Whiskey

Join us for history and whiskey at George Washington’s distillery and gristmill at Mount Vernon
Aug 6
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA: Exploring Evergreen Cemetery

Join us as we explore one of LA's oldest and most diverse graveyards, tucked away in Boyle Heights
Jul 31
Palos Verdes Estates, California

Obscura Society LA: Sunken Ship Hike

Investigate the rusty ruin of a wrecked freighter.
Adam Ayala (Smile South Central founder) in front of a mural by Artist Zina @illuzina
Jul 31
Los Angeles

Obscura Society LA & Cartwheel Art Tours: Murals of South Central

An immersive, urban art exploration lead by Cartwheel Art Tours founder, Cindy Schwarzstein.
Jul 30
Fishkill, New York

Obscura Society NY: Earth, Sea & Sky at Bannerman Castle's Ruins

Explore the ruins of Bannerman Castle and discover the history of the land and the stories told in its sky.