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High Point Market Garden
May 20
Seattle, Washington

High Point Market Garden Tour

Spend an afternoon exploring the High Point Market Garden—a community gathering space co-designed and built by the Pomegranate Center—a nonprofit that is renowned for bringing back the notion of the town square.
Will these hops be a hit?
May 21
Evanston, Illinois

Battle of the Bizarre Brews

Taste your way through a delightfully strange sampling of craft beers, along with a five-course meal, inside a former fire station.
Financial District Graveyard.
May 22
New York, New York

Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the Financial District's cemeteries and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th-century body snatcher—today!
Robert Cornelius' self portrait in daguerreotype, 1839.
May 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Daguerrotypes of Robert Cornelius

Learn about the past and present of photography in Philadelphia and the city's groundbreaking work to preserve its history.
New York Academy of Medicine Rare Book Room.
May 24
New York, New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Women and Medicine

Discover the fascinating history of women's health issues, medicine, and midwifery through an after-hours exploration of the Rare Book Room's incredible collection.
May 26
Pasadena, California

San Andreas Scavenger Hunt

Discover the signs of Southern California's most threatening earthquake fault, hidden in plain view.
May 26
Portland, Oregon

Seeing Inside XRAY.fm's Studio

Get behind the scenes of Portland’s best underground radio station.
May 27
New Lebanon, NY

Unearthing Utopia: A Hands-On Dig Into The Life of The Shakers

This Memorial Day weekend, set out on an archaeological expedition with DigVentures to excavate the ruins of America's biggest Shaker settlement.
Diorama #8 "God's Universal Form."
May 27
Los Angeles, California

The Dioramas and Animatronics of the Bhagavad-gita Museum

Get ready to experience Krishna's transcendental manifestations.
May 27
Oaks, Pennsylvania

Kitsch and Americana at the American Treasure Tour Museum

Enjoy exclusive access to delicate Wurlitzer organs, creepy clowns, and The Noid in this insane explosion of kitsch history.
Once a ferry, now a rusting hulk.
May 28
Nanjemoy, Maryland

In Search of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Join us for a kayak exploration of the Western Hemisphere's largest ship graveyard.
The Enigma machine, developed by Arthur Scherbius in 1923.
May 30
Annapolis Junction, Maryland

Secrets Revealed at NSA's National Cryptologic Museum

Travel through cryptologic history breaking some codes along the way.
The city's Main Pumping Station, circa 1905.
May 30
Washington, D.C.

From Waste to Water

During Infrastructure Week, get an inside look at the historic Main Pumping Station and D.C. Water's new yet-to-be-opened headquarters.
Resurrectionists in the process of digging up a fresh corpse.
May 30
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!
From the book "We Have No Idea."
May 31
Los Angeles, California

We Have No Idea

Celebrate all the unknowns of the universe with Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
The gardens and backdoor view of Tudor Place.
Jun 2
Washington, D.C., United States

Where They Lived, Where They Lie

The story of the lives and deaths of Georgetown's illustrious Peter family.
The Forgotten Garden Party 2017.
Jun 2
Yonkers, New York

The Great Forgotten Garden Party

Atlas Obscura's paramount summertime event: An extravagant outdoor gala celebrating the beauty, history, and mythos of America's Greatest Forgotten Garden.
The Wende Museum.
Jun 3
Culver City, California

The Wende Museum: Hot Topics on the Cold War

Located in an empty Cold War Armory in Culver City, the Wende Museum is one of the world's largest collections of Cold War-era ephemera, paraphernalia, artifacts, and archives.
The longest cascading fountain in North America.
Jun 9
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.
Chatsworth.
Jun 9
Los Angeles, California

Spahn Ranch: From Movies to Manson

Explore the remains of the infamous Spahn Ranch with a Manson Family expert.
Jun 9
Seattle, Washington

Studio Tour: Bespoke Shoemaking

Visit industrial designer and shoemaker Michael Barakat in his studio to learn about the art of shoemaking.
The Wilson Red Line stop, with Uptown in the background.
Jun 9
Chicago, Illinois

Movies, Mystery, and History in Uptown

Discover Chicago's fantastic past during a scavenger hunt through Uptown.
Schoenhofen Monument
Jun 10
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
Along The Astonishing Architecture Boat Tour.
Jun 10
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.
Peddler Brewing Company
Jun 15
Seattle, Washington

Trivia Obscura and Bingo Night

Test your knowledge of obscure Seattle at this free fun-filled event featuring Knute "Mossback" Berger and other local friends.
The L.A. River.
Jun 16
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles River Adventure

Hop from Frogtown to Mallard Mound.
The grave of Claus Lipsius.
Jun 16
Brooklyn, New York

Brewers’ Row: The Beer Barons of Bushwick at The Evergreens Cemetery

Come explore the unique brewing history and culture of Brooklyn’s German immigrant brewers at The Evergreens Cemetery, the final resting place of several notable beer barons.
Jun 16
Denver, Colorado

The Devil and D&D

Join Atlas Obscura Society Denver to discuss moral panics, board games, and the company that thought putting uranium in a children's toy was a good idea.
Art Deco architecture and sculpture adorn the local public elementary school.
Jun 16
Greenbelt, Maryland

Discover Greenbelt's Utopian Community of Tomorrow

An Art Deco dream to some and a hotbed of radical socialism to others.
100-inch telescope.
Jun 16
California

The 100-Inch Hooker Telescope

Gaze beyond our galactic borders with Edwin Hubble's telescope.
Courtesy of Science Friday.
Jun 18
Chicago, Illinois

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod Week with libations, live performances, and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures.
Giant Squid.
Jun 20
New York, New York

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange, tentacled creatures.
Jun 20
Denver, Colorado

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod Week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures.
Jun 20
San Francisco, California

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Join the Science Friday and KQED crew to celebrate Cephalopod Week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures.
Vampire Squid.
Jun 20
Los Angeles, California

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Celebrate Cephalopod Week with an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
Cuttlefish Feasting.
Jun 21
Washington, D.C., United States

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod Week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures.
Courtesy of Science Friday.
Jun 21
Seattle, Washington

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday

Join the Science Friday crew and local band The Mermen to celebrate Cephalopod week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange, tentacled creatures.
Evergreen Cemetery.
Jun 23
Los Angeles, California

Exploring Evergreen Cemetery

Get to know one of L.A.'s oldest and most diverse graveyards, tucked away in Boyle Heights.
Mayslake Hall's front door.
Jun 23
Oak Brook, Illinois

Peabody's Mansion

Tour the grounds of an incredible estate, featuring unparalleled architecture, murmurous monks, and tales of a curious corpse.
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.
"RUSH MORE" mural by Kerry James Marshall.
Jun 24
Chicago, Illinois

Bawdy Broads and Lady Legacies: A Women’s History of Chicago

A walking tour exploring the role of women in the formation, development, and history of Chicago.
49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic.
Jun 24
Secret Location, Los Angeles Area, California

49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic

An immersive experience at a secret location.
Ray Gun.
Jun 27
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Neon Philadelphia

A private studio tour and exhibit walk-through with Philadelphia's expert on all things neon!
Former assistant curator of collections and programming, Ben Levy.
Jun 28
Seattle, Washington

Masterworks From the Henry Art Gallery's Print Collection

Join print scholar Benjamin Levy for a private tour of the Henry's print collection.
Not for the faint of heart!
Jun 30
Chicago, Illinois

SCANDAL! A Pearl-Clutching Tour of Chicago’s Gilded Age Drama

Discover the shocking history of late 19th-century Chicago on this decidedly fabulous walking tour.
After image, side and coffee tables.
Jul 1
Seattle, Washington

Unlocking the Magic of Mid-Century Modern Design



Learn about design trends and furniture restoration from Karl Hackett of Jacob Willard Home.
La Mona statue and artist's home, 2009.
Jul 7
San Ysidro, California

Tijuana Trek

Journey across the border to explore strange statues, architectural oddities, and the city's oldest public cemetery.
60-inch telescope.
Jul 14
Los Angeles, California

60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
The leafy green floor of Rosehill Cemetery
Jul 15
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

Take a stroll through history in Chicago's largest cemetery.
Jul 19
Barrington Hills, Illinois

Place de la Musique Tour

Explore a secret wonderland of musical automatons, Victorian ephemera, steam engines, and French carousels.
Jul 21
Brooklyn, New York

A Mid-Summer Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The Oddities Flea Market is returning for a mid-summer celebration, and Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!
From Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Jul 24
Seattle, Washington

Supernatural Cats and the Meowtropolitan

Enjoy tales of supernatural cats with Japanese folklorist Zack Davisson at Seattle's first cat cafe.
Comet Lodge Cemetery discarded headstones
Jul 27
Seattle, Washington

Flashlight Walking Tour of Comet Lodge Cemetery

Explore the tragic history and forgotten inhabitants of Seattle’s abandoned Comet Lodge Cemetery.
Comet Lodge Cemetery discarded headstones
Oct 27
Seattle, Washington

Flashlight Walking Tour of Comet Lodge Cemetery

Explore the tragic history and forgotten inhabitants of Seattle’s abandoned Comet Lodge Cemetery.
Inside the Japanese Village.
May 20
Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Step inside the private collection of fashion designer Peter Lai.
Murphy Ranch.
May 20
Los Angeles, California

Murphy Ranch Hike

Recent discoveries have only deepened the mystery of Murphy Ranch, the alleged National Socialist commune deep in the wilds of Rustic Canyon.
Union Station's main hall, circa 1921.
May 20
Washington, D.C.

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
Tillman Administration building and Japanese Garden
May 19
Van Nuys, CA

Sci-Fi Sewage Sanctuary

Take part in National Infrastructure week! Tour a water recycling plant better known as Starfleet Academy, and the Japanese garden it irrigates with toilet water.
May 19
Chicago, Illinois

Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium Tour

WBEZ’s Curious City takes you inside Chicago's Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium.
Main staircase, Hotel Marqueen
May 18
Seattle, Washington

MarQueen of Cups: Cartomancy at Marqueen Hotel

Enjoy a night of brain teasers and Tarot reading with Atlas Obscura Society Seattle at a historic Queen Anne hotel.
What terrible things have these buildings witnessed?
May 18
Chicago, Illinois

The Hunt for Disaster

Solve the clues to find the locations of Chicago's deadliest disasters.
Homeboy Electronics Recycling.
May 18
Los Angeles, California

Trash Transformation

Take part in National Infrastructure week! Explore two places where waste is collected and transformed into treasure: Homeboy Electronics Recycling and Calder's Rad Pad.
Sixth and Callowhill Streets.
May 17
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tenderloin at the Trestle

Learn about the history of Philadelphia's "Tenderloin District" while enjoying drinks at the Trestle Inn.
Pope Ladies - ceremonial yeast buns with currant eyes, possibly representing the Virgin and Child
May 16
Seattle, Washington

All Consuming: Food, Faith, and Fare Made by Religious Orders

A four-part series of talks on food by writer and radio producer Harriet Baskas in collaboration with The London Plane.
Kosciuszko Bridge and Oil Depots.
May 16
New York, New York

Infrastructure Creek Walking Tour

Presented in partnership with Infrastructure Week, join us for a tour of the bridges, tunnels, and train yards surrounding the Newtown Creek Superfund site in Brooklyn and Queens.
May 14
Denver, Colorado

Obscure Sojourns: Strange Brews

Travel, classical archaeology, and...garlic beer?
May
10 - 13
Borrego Springs, California

Dark Skies, Desert Beasts: A Night Photography Workshop in Borrego Springs, California

Journey deep into the desert of Southern California to explore and photograph the Dark Sky Sculptural Oasis of Borrego Springs.
Old Zoo.
May 13
Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of L.A.'s old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
The Chapel of Radiance.
May 13
Altadena, California

Mountain View Cemetery

Wind your way though a labyrinth of crypts and niches, a corridor with ceilings depicting scenes from the Bible, and hallways illuminated by beautiful stained glass.
May
4 - 13
Romania

Myth and Mystery in Medieval Romania

Take in towering gothic churches, stunning palaces and monasteries, and an underground tour of a former salt mine while exploring hundreds of years of history.