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Tilikum Crossing
Feb 25
Portland, Oregon

Bridge Photography and History Seminar

Walking tour and hands-on photography class of Portland's downtown bridges with enthusiast and engineer Andrew Hall.
Steelworkers playing pinball in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Feb 26
Washington, D.C.

Pinball's Dark and Sordid Past

Come learn the fraught history of a game once illegal and deemed a public menace. Plus, tips on becoming a pinball wizard!
Feb 26
Denver, Colorado

Obscure Sojourns: China's Craft Beer Industry

Join Atlas Obscura Society Denver to discuss China's growing craft beer industry and taste some unique samples.
Mar 2
Philadelphia

The Exhumation of Evil?

Go underground with Dr. Samantha Cox and her team as she sheds light on the exhumation and study of one of America's earliest and infamous serial killers.
The longest cascading fountain in North America
Mar 3
Washington, D.C.

The Secret History of Meridian Hill Park

Join us on a walking tour of an urban park unlike any other in the country.
Mar 3
Los Angeles, California

Uncovering Olvera Street

Explore centuries of history on LA’s oldest block.
A view of the Desert House in the late '90s.
Mar 3
Chicago, Illinois

Discover and Draw: Garfield Park Conservatory

A private tour of Chicago’s “landscape art under glass,” followed by a quick lesson in drawing plantlife.
Mar
3 - 9
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
Box of locally foraged wild mushrooms
Mar 3
Portland

Zymoglyphic Museum and Mushroom Tasting

An exploration of artifacts and art from the Zymoglyphic region, paired with a five-course mushroom sampler.
Comet Lodge Cemetery discarded headstones
Mar 4
Seattle, Washington

Flashlight Walking Tour of Comet Lodge Cemetery

Explore the tragic history and forgotten inhabitants of Seattle’s abandoned Comet Lodge Cemetery.
Our Hosts: Mike Caveney and Tina Lenert
Mar 7
Pasadena, California

Egyptian Hall Museum

A guided visit through the fascinating collection of the oldest private magic museum in America.
Fish specimens in jars
Mar 9
Seattle

Burke Museum Fish Collections Tour

Get behind the scenes of the ichthyology collections of The Burke Museum.
Mar
10 - 11
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Taxidermy Arts at The Convent Philly

Join us for a wondrous weekend of bone articulation, curio box creation, and wet specimen preparation with Beakers and Bones and other special guest taxidermists.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial looms over all of Old Town.
Mar 10
Alexandria, Virginia

Bizarre Alexandria

Join us for an exploration of Old Town like you've never seen it before.
The leafy green floor of Rosehill Cemetery
Mar 11
Chicago

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

Take a stroll through history in Chicago's largest cemetery.
Mar 11
Los Angeles, California

Phantasma Gloria

Discover a glorious glasswork homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe, hidden in Echo Park.
Easter bunny
Mar 11
Altadena, United States of America

The Bunny Museum After Hours

Bounce into spring with an after-hours visit to the world's largest bunny collection.
From "We Have No Idea"
Mar 14
New York, New York

We Have No Idea: Pi Day Special Edition

Celebrate all the unknowns of the universe with Jorge Cham, Daniel Whiteson, and a profusion of pies to try!
John Gaughan's Turk
Mar 14
Los Angeles, California

Meet the Turk, the Automaton Chess Player

An evening with one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century, and with the man who brought him back to life.
From The Project Gutenberg EBook of "Official Views Of The World's Columbian Exposition"
Mar 16
Chicago, Illinois

Glitz, Glamour…and Panic! A Hunt for the History of 1893 in Chicago

A "Google-proof," history-themed scavenger hunt in the Loop.
Ruins of Seneca Quarry Stone Cutting Mill
Mar 17
Poolesville, Maryland

The Ruins of Seneca Quarry

Join us for a guided hike through crumbling ruins with ties to the Smithsonian Castle and a presidential scandal.
Restoration project
Mar 17
Irwindale, California

A Home for Wayward Carousel Horses

Visit a menagerie of whimsical merry-go-round creatures in various stages of restoration.
Old Zoo
Mar 18
Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of L.A.'s old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
A photochrom postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Company
Mar 24
Los Angeles, California

The Lost and Long-Gone Graveyards of Los Angeles

Join writer and Field Agent Hadley Meares as we tour the sites of LA's forgotten burial grounds.
Mar 24
Los Angeles, California

The Moore Lab of Zoology

Extinct passenger pigeons, monkey-eating eagles, and the world's smallest bird (the bee hummingbird) are just a few of the amazing specimens hidden inside the ornithology collection at Occidental College.
Buckhorn Exchange
Mar 24
Denver, Colorado

Drinking History Tour of Denver

Join us for a historic bar crawl featuring three of Denver's most unusual and iconic locations.
Mar 24
Philadelphia

The Sentimental Art of Victorian Hair Work Jewelry

Join us for a special evening dedicated to the art, beauty, and mystery surrounding the historical practice of using human hair to create remembrance items.
Pillars Park
Mar 25
Seattle, Washington

Urban Arbortechture

Join artist Susan Robb on a tree trek that looks at social justice, city planning, and public and private space.
Cover of "Colonial Comics," Volume 2
Mar 28
Washington, D.C.

Making Comic History

Learn from award-winning artists and draw your very own historic comic book!
The London Plane
Mar 28
Seattle, Washington

All Consuming: Food in Art, History, Romance and Religion

A four-part series of talks on food by writer and radio producer Harriet Baskas in collaboration with The London Plane.
Circa 1987
Mar
30 - 31
Los Angeles, California

Bunk Up On the Battleship IOWA

An exclusive overnight on the historic USS Iowa under some big guns.
Famous authors have lived in homes like these in Wicker Park
Mar 30
Chicago, Illinois

Mansions, Merchants and Mystery: Hunting for the History of Wicker Park

Our newest “Google-proof” scavenger hunt, set in Chicago’s Wicker Park.
The Arctic Club
Mar 30
Seattle

Parlor Games at Polar Bar

Tour this Seattle landmark that's on the National Register of Historic Places, before retiring to the atmospheric Polar Bar, where you'll learn a vintage card game.
Diorama #8 "God's Universal Form"
Mar
31
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Apr
1
Los Angeles, California

The Dioramas and Animatronics of the Bhagavad-gita Museum

Get ready to experience Krishna's Transcendental Manifestations.
The aquaponic farm
Mar 31
Chicago, Illinois

A Former Meat-Packing Plant Turned Green: A Tour and Tasting

Explore the hidden networks inside The Plant, a retired pork factory from Chicago's meat- processing years.
Mar 31
Los Angeles, California

A Hidden Repository of Curious Craft

Where junk materials are reincarnated as wondrous sculptures.
Apr 5
Pico Rivera, California

Behind The Scenes at Kater-Crafts Bookbinders

The age-old craft of bookbinding survives in the era of e-books
Chicago Deep Dish: Via Chicago
Apr 5
Portland

Pizzas of the U.S.A.

A tasting and Power Point presentation about the different types of pizzas from various U.S. cities—and where they reside in Portland.
Miss Havisham Curiosities
Apr
7 - 8
Brooklyn, New York

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Market by Ryan and Regina Cohn is returning to the Brooklyn Bazaar for an extraordinary 2-day spring event!
The Hancock
Apr 7
Chicago

A (Totally Fake) Tour of Chicago

An April Fool's Reinvention of Chicago History.
The Gamble House
Apr 7
Pasadena, California

Extraordinary Estates

Explore two eccentric homes on 'Millionaire's Row' in Pasadena
Chizu (interior)
Apr 10
Portland

The Art of Fire & Fromage

Learn how to build and emblazon a cheeseboard at a top-shelf cheese-tasting.
The Schoenhofen Monument, with an Egyptian-style pyramid
Apr 14
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery: The Egyptomania Edition

Visit Egyptian Revival buildings and monuments in the midst of this famous Chicago cemetery.
Boathouse MicroCinema
Apr 14
Portland

Boathouse MicroCinema Filmmaker Sampler

Time travel in a mid-century boathouse to the '90s for Portland's fabled filmmaking scene.
Throwing a stone
Apr 15
Seattle, Washington

Throwing Stones at the Granite Curling Club

Join Atlas Obscura Society Seattle as to we take to the ice for some friendly curling competition.
The London Plane
Apr 17
Seattle, Washington

All Consuming: Food in Art, History, Romance and Religion

A four-part series of talks on food by writer and radio producer Harriet Baskas in collaboration with The London Plane.
Frame handling
Apr 22
Chicago

Beekeeping 101

Celebrate Earth Day with an introduction to the wonderful world of beekeeping.
Pee Wee Herman on Broadway
Apr 29
Glendale, California

Creatures Under Construction

These fascinating characters aren't born—they're built.
The London Plane
May 1
Seattle, Washington

All Consuming: Food in Art, History, Romance and Religion

A four-part series of talks on food by writer and radio producer Harriet Baskas in collaboration with The London Plane.
The London Plane
May 16
Seattle, Washington

All Consuming: Food in Art, History, Romance and Religion

A four-part series of talks on food by writer and radio producer Harriet Baskas in collaboration with The London Plane.
Jun 23
Brooklyn, New York

Prospect Park Soiree

Atlas Obscura is excited to share our partner Prospect Park Alliance's event, a magical evening of dining and dancing under the stars in Prospect Park.
Ruins of the St. Francis Dam
Feb
11 - 24
Santa Clarita, California

The St. Francis Dam Disaster

Hike the ruins of the dam that took 400 lives and ended the career of William Mulholland and a private, family cemetery where several of the victims are buried.
Feb 24
Chatsworth, California

Vegan Food Factory

Discover how vegan mayonnaise is made on this exclusive factory tour of Follow Your Heart Restaurant.
RedBird Sports-Jeffmont Putter Bending Machine
Feb 24
Seattle, Washington

Jeffmont Golf Club Manufacturing Tour

Meet the founder and operators of RedBird Sports-Jeffmont for an in-depth discussion and private viewing of the artful craft of golf club fitting and manufacturing.
From an 1836 anti-slavery broadside, "Franklin & Armfield's Slave Prison"
Feb 24
Alexandria, Virginia

Inside Freedom House

Voices still echo in the holding pen of one of the largest slave trading firms in the United States.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center today
Feb 23
Alexandria, Virginia

Make Art, Not War at the Torpedo Factory

Explore the once-abandoned munitions plant in Old Town that now houses a thriving art community.
Feb 18
Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Step inside the private collection of fashion designer Peter Lai.
Pillars Park
Feb 18
Seattle, Washington

Urban Arbortechture

Join artist Susan Robb on a tree trek that looks at social justice, city planning, and public and private space.
Ruins of Seneca Quarry Stone Cutting Mill
Feb 17
Poolesville, Maryland

The Ruins of Seneca Quarry

Join us for a guided hike through crumbling ruins with ties to the Smithsonian Castle and a presidential scandal.
A night of decadence, dance, history, & music you won't soon forget.
Feb 16
Chicago, Illinois

Atlas Obscura Presents: The First Ward Ball

Join us for a night of music, history, burlesque, and more - all with an 1890s twist.
Scotch
Feb 12
Denver, Colorado

Obscure Sojourns: Scotch

Join Atlas Obscura Society Denver to discuss the history and science of Scotch.
Union Station in the early 20th century
Feb 11
Washington, D.C.

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public never sees.
Feb
5 - 11
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Unmasked: Cabaret, Cuisine, and Carnival

Catapult yourself into Barcelona's complicated and colorful past for a week filled with unique historic tours, private musical performances, and an extravagant Masquerade Ball.
Sleeping Beauty's castle, in Disneyland. Anaheim, CA
Feb 10
Anaheim, California

The Secret Life of Disneyland

Discover the hidden world inside the Magic Kingdom
Andrew Williams
Feb 8
New York, New York

Unraveling the Mysteries of Seneca Village

Atlas Obscura readers are invited to attend the story of a mysterious local discovery, hosted by Landmark West!
Oysters on the half-shell
Feb 7
Portland

Oyster Tasting and Maritime History

Learn about Portland’s boisterous and dangerous maritime history, in this talk with local authors paired with an oyster sampler prepared by celebrated chef Jaret Foster.
Diorama #8 "God's Universal Form"
Feb
3 - 4
Los Angeles, California

The Dioramas and Animatronics of the Bhagavad-gita Museum

Get ready to experience Krishna's Transcendental Manifestations.