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39 upcoming events in 11 cities.

From Chicago, IL to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and beyond.

Roeser's staff.
Aug 19
Chicago, IL

108 Years of Flour, Sugar, And History

Get an exclusive look behind the scenes at Roeser's Bakery, one of the longest-serving family bakeries in Chicago.
What's the story behind this iconic image?
Aug 21
Seattle, Washington

Historic Murals of West Seattle

Take a guided tour of the larger-than-life artworks that contain a treasure trove of local history and cultural significance.
Resurrectionists in the process of digging up a fresh corpse.
Aug 22
Chicago, Illinois

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!
"Guest (A.F.)" by Christopher Bucklow, 1993.
Aug 22
Seattle, Washington

Artful Pairings: Creative Couples and Artistic Companions

Enjoy an intimate viewing of artworks from the collections of The Henry, while we examine the nature of creative connections among artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Prehistoric pottery shards and prehistoric lithics, ranging from 500 to 3,000 years of age.
Aug 24
Lothian, Maryland

Unearthing Lost Towns

Get your hands dirty in this excavation event rediscovering a centuries-old Native American village with the Lost Towns Project.
The monument to Perkins Bass, a local congressman who was fired from his job by President Andrew Johnson.
Aug 24
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

Hear tales of money, murder, and madness you won't hear on other tours as you tour the grounds of one of Chicago's oldest cemeteries.
Aerial class.
Aug 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Run Away With the Circus

Fly high in this afternoon of circus history and interactive aerial skills with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn
Aug 24
Chicago, Illinois

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Market by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn is coming to Chicago, and Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!
Wellington snow shed.
Aug 24
Skykomish, Washington

Hiking Washington's Railroad History

Discover the remnants of a train line and depot devastated by a record-breaking avalanche on a guided, mountainside tour.
The art of lock picking.
Aug 25
Los Angeles, California

Lock Picking at Greenbar Distillery

Pick the brain of a security expert in this mind-bending, hands-on workshop.
Guide Adam Selzer on a 2018 cruise.
Aug 27
Chicago, Illinois

The Astonishing Architecture Boat Tour

Atlas Obscura presents a very special twist on Chicago's beloved architecture boat tours, revealing the unknown tales hidden inside the city's most famous landmarks and locations.
Mysterious Chicago.
Aug 30
Chicago, Illinois

Architecture of Mysterious Chicago

Author Adam Selzer highlights the histories and unsolved mysteries of the city's landmarks.
Aug 31
Chicago, Illinois

Hyde Park Walking Tour

Travel through time on this 9-block walking tour, uncovering Bronze Age history all the way through the Atomic Age.
60-inch telescope.
Aug 31
Los Angeles, California

The Second Largest Public Telescope in the World

Step into the dome for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
Rmax Goodwin.
Aug 31
Los Angeles, California

A Night of Mystery at the Philosophical Research Society

Get to the heart of magic in a mystical Los Angeles enclave.
Rodney Stotts with a bird of prey.
Sep 1
Laurel, Maryland

The Raptors of the Nation's Capital

A one-of-a-kind adventure to meet and greet the raptors that stalk our city.
Mort Garson's 'Plantasia.'
Sep 7
Los Angeles, California

Mother Earth's Plantasia at The Getty Center

Celebrate California plant culture with a special program inspired by 1970s Los Angeles and Plantasia, the iconic album made for plants and the people who love them.
Flippers from the Williams pinball game 'Demolition Man.'
Sep 8
College Park, Maryland

How to Be a Pinball Wizard

Come learn the fraught history of a once illegal game, get tips from the pros, and enjoy a game or three at MOM's Organic Market in College Park.
Poet Janaka Stucky.
Sep 13
Los Angeles, California

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.
U Street Graffiti Art.
Sep 14
Washignton, District of Columbia

The Making of Black Broadway

Wind your way through theater, jazz, hip-hop, and go-go history as we go back in time to visit D.C.’s Black Broadway.
Janaka Stucky performs Ascend Ascend in New York.
Sep 20
Seattle, Washington

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky, featuring cellist and Stranger Genius Lori Goldston, then take home your own copy of Janaka’s newest collection of poems.
60-inch telescope.
Sep 21
Los Angeles, California

The Second Largest Public Telescope in the World

Step into the dome for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
Lacey Walker of Seance Perfumes
Sep
28 - 29
Los Angeles, California

Memento Mori: An Introduction to Victorian-inspired Perfumery 

Get a crash course in the art of scent creation and take home a perfume inspired by a loved one.
Ryan Matthew Cohn with cat skeleton.
Sep
28 - 29
Los Angeles, California

An Illumination of Wondrous Arts and Curious Crafts

Join us for a weekend of workshops, unique experiences, and a touch of the odd.
Time for cocktails anyone?
Sep 28
Los Angeles, California

Cocktail Party Mouse Taxidermy Workshop

Explore the sublime world of honoring expressive creatures with Amber Maykut.
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Maria Cohn.
Sep
28 - 29
Los Angeles, California

Portrait Sitting With Karen Jerzyk

Step inside a transformative custom scene created by artist Karen Jerzyk for your very own stunning photo shoot.
All the parts coming together.
Sep 28
Los Angeles, California

Wax Moth Workshop

Transform beeswax into a colorful creature of flight in this event from the Illumination of Wondrous Arts and Curious Crafts series.
Chipmunk Nun in action.
Sep 28
Los Angeles, California

Chipmunk Nun Taxidermy Workshop

Explore the sublime world of honoring expressive creatures with Amber Maykut.
Ryan with some of his collections.
Sep
28 - 29
Los Angeles, California

Cat Skeleton Articulation Workshop

Jump on this rare opportunity to learn all about the unique practice of skeleton art led by Ryan Matthew Cohn of Oddities Flea Market.
Mikayla of ScientificWoman.
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Octopus Taxidermy Workshop

Create your own unique cephalopod masterpiece with Mikayla from ScientificWoman.
A finished écorché snake head.
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Écorché Snake Workshop

Transform beeswax into the flayed head of a snake in this unique event from the Illumination of Wondrous Arts and Curious Crafts series.
The Squirrel astounds the audience.
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Magician Squirrel Taxidermy Workshop

Explore the sublime world of honoring expressive creatures with Amber Maykut.
Jackalope shoulder mount.
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Jackalope Shoulder Mount Taxidermy Workshop

Explore the sublime world of honoring expressive creatures with Amber Maykut.
Red Thread with Siegfried Tieber
Oct
3
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Nov
10
Los Angeles, California

Red Thread

Celebrated sleight of hand artist Siegfried Tieber takes us on an evening of magic and mystery in an unexpected location.
Curators Ryan and Regina Cohn.
Oct 5
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the lines and be first in the door for the legendary Oddities Flea Market's return to Los Angeles.
Deluxe special edition.
Oct 10
Chicago, Illinois

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.
100-inch telescope.
Nov 2
California

The Largest Public Telescope in the World

Gaze beyond our galactic borders with a groundbreaking telescope used by astronomy legends like Edwin Hubble.
Janaka Stucky performing Ascend Ascend.
Nov 8
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.
Deluxe special edition.
Nov 22
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.
Ethiopian Coffee.
Aug 18
Seattle, Washington

The Original Coffee Break: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Experience an elaborate and immersive Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Milen Medhane of Kaffa Coffee.
Old zoo and cage locations.
Aug 18
Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of L.A.'s long-lost city attraction, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
A photochrome postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Company.
Aug 17
Los Angeles, California

The Lost and Long-Gone Graveyards of Los Angeles

Explore the sites of L.A.'s forgotten burial grounds on this historical walking tour downtown.
Clint Eastwood as William Munny in 'Unforgiven.'
Aug 11
Los Angeles, California

Cinemyth Film Series: 'Unforgiven' and the Myth of the Man with No Name

Venture back in time and reckon with the unforgiving myths of truth, justice, and mercy in Clint Eastwood's watershed revisionist western.
Mort Garson's 'Plantasia.'
Aug
10 - 11
Los Angeles, California

'Plantasia' at the UCLA Botanical Garden

Experience the verdant grounds of the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden like never before with an evening of music and art created by and for plants.
Aug
7 - 11
Maine

Maine Under Sail: Coastal Towns of Penobscot Bay

Sail across the offshore townships of Maine, August 7–11, and discover the wonders and oddities that make up this beautiful, remote corner of the world.
Apollo Boiler Plate 12.
Aug 10
Downey, California

Cradle of the Cosmic Age

Are you ready for some seriously stellar stuff?
Eastern red bats populate the District, swooping in to snack on pests like gypsy moths.
Aug 8
Washington, D.C.

The Bats of Tudor Place

Join us in the gardens of Georgetown's 18th-century federal mansion as we search for these winged, nocturnal mammals.
'Posters for the People' book cover.
Aug 7
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Posters for the People: Rediscovering the Lost Art of the New Deal

Hear about a local initiative to track down and identify posters produced as part of the Works Progress Administration New Deal!
Union Station in the early 20th century.
Aug 4
Washington, D.C.

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
Fort Tryon Park.
Aug 2
New York City, New York

Medieval Herbs and Remedies: Foraging in the Shadow of the Cloisters

Learn to spot medicinal herbs and edible berries right in your own urban backyard with 'Wildman' Steve Brill.
Eastern red bats populate the District, swooping in to snack on pests like gypsy moths.
Aug 1
Washington, D.C.

The Bats of Tudor Place

Join us in the gardens of Georgetown's 18th-century federal mansion as we search for these winged, nocturnal mammals.
What's the story behind this iconic image?
Jul 30
Seattle, Washington

Historic Murals of West Seattle

Take a guided tour of the larger-than-life artworks that contain a treasure trove of local history and cultural significance.
Old Zoo and cage locations.
Jul 28
Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of L.A.'s old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
The Chapel at night.
Jul 28
Chicago, IL

The Chapel at Graceland Cemetery

Join us for the first of four Atlas Obscura events celebrating the lives and arts of modern Chicagoans and those resting at Graceland Cemetery.
The CIA Seal.
Jul 27
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

The Spies of Georgetown

Join us as former CIA clandestine operative Rosanna Minchew tells us the secret tales of the spies that populate Georgetown.