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Anna Atkins Algae cyanotype print
Mar 23
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A World of Blue: Cyanotypes and Early Photography

Delve into the world of one of photography's earliest processes, then make one of your own.
One of the many entrances to the Pedway.
Mar 23
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Underground: The Pedway Scavenger Hunt

Let this weatherproof, indoor scavenger hunt take you down into the depths of the city.
Palisades and Movie Colony, Santa Monica, California.
Mar 23
Santa Monica, California

Hollywood's First Hidden Getaway

Discover Santa Monica's scandalous past during a beachfront tour of the Gold Coast.
Dice.
Mar 23
Denver, Colorado

The Secrets of Sleight of Hand

Enjoy an afternoon of mystery and walk away with a few tricks up your sleeve.
The International Printing Museum.
Mar 23
Carson, California

The International Printing Museum

The world's largest collection of vintage printing machinery.
Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square.
Mar 24
Washington, D.C.

Scandal, Assassination, and Spies in Lafayette Square

Join former White House speechwriter Ed Moser as we wade into the swamp in front of Washington’s most famous residence.
Charles Hull owned a tavern when he was 12 years old.
Mar 24
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

One of our most popular monthly events returns for the 2019 season!
Four teenage boys standing in front of brick and stone house, Philadelphia.
Mar 26
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Face-to-Face Photos of Keith's Philadelphians

Tour an archive showcasing Philadelphians working, playing, and living life on their stoops and streets as photographed nearly a century ago by John Frank Keith.
Aly Moore leading the way.
Mar 27
West Hollywood, California

Would You Like Bugs With That Wine?

A gastro-entomological adventure for your taste buds.
Book binding process.
Mar 28
Pico Rivera, California

Behind The Scenes at Kater-Crafts Bookbinders

The age-old craft of bookbinding survives in the era of e-books.
Construction of the Bloomingdale Line.
Mar 28
Chicago, Illinois

The 606: Immigrant Stories and Connections

Elevate your perspective on the historical origins of the people that built the former industrial rail line and helped shape the surrounding neighborhoods.
Skewered locust.
Mar 28
Seattle, Washington

An Insect Feast

Munch on crickets, locusts, and Chinese medicinal ants in an iconic 1960s dive bar.
Open Roof at "Greet the Light."
Mar 29
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sonic Seasonal at Skyspace With Laraaji

Take in sunset at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse with a James Turrell installation and celestial music improvisation by multi-instrumentalist Laraaji.
The largest arcade in the nation.
Mar 30
Brookfield, Illinois

History and High Scores at the Nation's Largest Arcade

Learn the history of arcade games and Chicago's special place as one of the centers of arcade game creation.
Knights in White Satan: The Trip
Mar 30
Los Angeles, California

The World's Weirdest Theme Park Rides

Take a virtual tour of exotic, forgotten, and just plain strange theme park rides from around the world.
The Tivoli Theatre, 1928
Mar 31
Downers Grove, Illinois

Tour The Tivoli, the Wonder Theatre of Suburban Chicago

Discover what separates this classic movie theatre from others in the Chicago area.
Chicago's Water Tower on a gloomy spring day.
Mar 31
Chicago, Illinois

A (Totally Fake) Tour of Chicago

An April Fool's Reinvention of Chicago History.
The cubed grave of Charles Fowler and Kenneth Dresser.
Mar 31
Washington, D.C.

Wine, Spirits, and Stories at Historic Congressional Cemetery

Join us for a drink and evening walk through one of D.C.'s most notable final resting places.
Financial District Graveyard.
Apr
2 - 3
New York, New York

Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the Financial District's cemeteries and learn everything you needed to know as an 18th-century body snatcher.
Dance into spring with tunes sure to put a spring in your step.
Apr 4
Chicago, Illinois

Spring Swing: Vintage Jazz at the International Museum of Surgical Science

Join us as we welcome warmer weather to Chicago with jazz star Dandy Wellington in this special after hours performance at the International Museum of Surgical Science.
Explorer's Club.
Apr 5
New York, New York

Excursion to the Explorers Club

Behind the closed doors of this legendary clubhouse awaits a treasure trove of artifacts collected over a century of expeditions to the far corners of the earth (and beyond).
Chilean and Smithsonian paleontologists study several fossil whale skeletons at Cerro Ballena, next to the Pan-American Highway in the Atacama Region of Chile, 2011.
Apr 5
Washington, D.C.

The Explorers' Salon

Join us as we dig and dive into history with our inaugural Explorers' Salon.
Outside of the museum
Apr 6
Claremont, California

Cretaceous Claremont: Dinosaurs & Paleontology

Experience the history of ancient life at a high school's own Paleontology Museum.
Stone projectile points from the Katcef site, near Polly Place. The varieties of projectiles points show repeated visits to Katcef from 13,000-1,000 years ago.
Apr 6
Gambrills, Maryland

Unearthing Lost Towns

Dig, sift, and time travel centuries into the past with the Lost Towns Project.
Karen Krivit, director of the Philly Goat Project, kissing Bebito
Apr 6
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Goats in the Hood

Go beyond the locked gates of Northwest Philly's oldest cemetery with the grazing goats of the Philly Goat Project.
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Maria Cohn
Apr
6 - 7
Brooklyn, New York

Portrait Sitting With Karen Jerzyk at The Oddities Flea Market

Step inside a transformative custom scene created by artist Karen Jerzyk for your very own stunning photo shoot.
Milwaukee Hotel.
Apr 6
Seattle, Washington

Hotel History: SROs in the Chinatown-International District

Walk the paths of Seattle's early Asian residents with professor and author Marie Wong.
MotoArt facade.
Apr 6
Torrance, California

Aviation Creation

From desert discovery to reclaimed materials, explore MotoArt—a company that transforms decommissioned airplanes into fashionable, functional art.
Hollywood Boulevard West.
Apr 6
Los Angeles, California

Stumbling on a Star: Jazz in 20th-Century Hollywood

Legends, intrigue, and lore of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene.
Easier to escape than it looks.
Apr 6
Chicago, Illinois

Lions, Tigers, & Bears! A Lincoln Park Scavenger Hunt

Our newest "Google-proof" scavenger hunt, located in and around the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Ryan and Regina Cohn
Apr
6 - 7
Brooklyn, New York

Oddities Flea Market's Rites of Spring: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

This spring, Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early in this extended shopping session!
Phantasma Gloria.
Apr 6
Los Angeles, California

Phantasma Gloria

Discover a glorious glasswork homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe, hidden in Echo Park.
A preview of the spirit photography booth.
Apr 6
Brooklyn, New York

Live Spirit Photography by Rarebit Productions

Immortalize your Oddities After Party experience with a one-of-a-kind custom portrait!
The Oddities Flea Market's Ryan and Regina Cohn.
Apr 6
Brooklyn, New York

Oddities Flea Market Official After-Party

A private after-hours Oddities experience featuring bands and the bizarre.
Carlson and Blair's Studio for the Hunting Accident.
Apr 7
Chicago, Illinois

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

A private studio tour and conversation with the creators of Chicago’s great graphic novel.
Entrance to 3-D SPACE.
Apr 7
Los Angeles, California

Exploring the Third Dimension

An evening of 3-D and Holography Exploration at 3-D SPACE and Echo Park Film Center.
Nutella Babka.
Apr 10
Chicago, Illinois

A New Way to Babka

A cultural baking exploration with the talented pastry duo behind the popular online bakery Masa Madre.
Dung Beetle.
Apr 13
Denver, Colorado

Discover the Fascinating World of Beetles

See the largest dung beetle collection in the country! Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The Plant.
Apr 13
Chicago, Illinois

Sweet, Savory and Sour Sips: A Drinking Tour at The Plant

Go behind the scenes at the historic Plant building, and sample a range of fermented brews made on site.
Sunrise over the Port of LA
Apr
13 - 14
Los Angeles, California

Bunk Up On the Battleship IOWA

An exclusive overnight on the historic USS Iowa under some big guns.
Tiny Tim performing.
Apr 13
Los Angeles, California

Difficult Listening: Outsider Music Video Night

A one-of-a-kind movie night of independent music, nontraditional music videos and eclectic interviews, curated by Adam Papagan.
The cross from afar.
Apr 14
Morrison, Colorado

Mount Lindo Cemetery Tour

The country's largest illuminated cross is a lightning-rod (pun intended) for controversy.
"Not my president" Rally
Apr 16
Culver City, California

Celebrating the Art of Protest

Explore a unique collection of graphic activism.
"The Ale-House Door," by Henry Singleton, c. 1790.
Apr 20
Alexandria, Virginia

On the Trail of D.C.'s First Brewmaster

Walk in the footsteps of the District's first brewer, Andrew Wales.
Historic photo of the Octagon House from the late 1880s.
Apr 20
Washington, D.C.

A Skeptic’s Guide to D.C.’s "Haunted" Octagon House

Step inside this 19th century home to learn the truth behind the spooky legends.
Apollo Boiler Plate 12.
Apr 20
Downey, California

Cradle of the Cosmic Age

Are you ready for some seriously stellar stuff?
Apr 21
Los Angeles, California

Bohemian Cristal Instrument at Hotel Figueroa

A unique sound experience at a lovely, historic hotel.
Apr 22
New York, New York

Earth Day Mystery Green Tour

Hop on a 5k tour of four incredible green locations in Manhattan, presented by the Earth Day Initiative.
Elkins Room.
Apr 23
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bibliomancy with Shakespeare at The Free Library

We'll employ a magician's wisdom to explore a unique collection of rare Shakespearean texts.
Pamela Colman Smith in the early 1910s and eight cards from a 1st edition Rider-Waite deck, originally published in 1909.
Apr 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tarot Gardens

Demystify an occultist tool while enjoying one of Philadelphia's most magical folk art venues.
Racquet Club, 1908.
Apr 25
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Members Only: Philadelphia’s Exclusive Sports Clubs

Uncover the history of Philadelphia’s sports clubs, then explore a century-old Racquet Club located in the heart of Rittenhouse.
From The Project Gutenberg EBook of "Official Views Of The World's Columbian Exposition"
Apr 26
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.
Steamboats at Colman Dock circa 1912.
Apr 26
Seattle, Washington

Steamships and Sternwheelers on the S.S. Virginia V

Journey back to the age of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet.
Apr
27
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May
7
Morocco

Morocco’s Mountains, Medinas, and Desert Oases

Explore ancient desert fortresses, wander maze-like medinas, and spend your nights in traditional riads and palm-grove oases. Join Atlas Obscura for a week of adventure across Morocco’s spectacular and sprawling terrain.
Horn Speakers
Apr 27
Chicago, Illinois

Sound and Beauty: A Tour of Specimen Products

Join us for a one-of-a-kind visit to Ian Schneller’s magical workshop teeming with his finely tuned creations.
Old Zoo and cage locations.
Apr 27
Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of L.A.'s old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
Georgetown sign by Kathryn Rathke.
Apr 27
Seattle, Washington

Exploring the Hidden Histories of Georgetown

Enjoy stories from the birthplace of Boeing, King County, and Rainier Beer on this neighborhood walking tour.
Learning lock picking in Los Angeles.
May 4
Los Angeles, California

Lock Picking and Spirit Tasting

A tasting of locally distilled liquors, followed by a hands-on workshop on the fascinating art of lock picking.
May 4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eating Globally on North 5th Street

Enjoy the company of fellow food adventurers as we discover diverse, hidden culinary treasures.
The garden is a steep labyrinth where surprise waits around every corner.
May 4
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Hills Sculpture Garden

Located just below the Hollywood Sign is a garden filled with contemporary sculptures. Join us for an exclusive sunset stroll of this private art collection with founder and artist, Dr. Robby Gordon.
Madame Lou Graham.
May 5
Seattle, Washington

A Very Wicked City Walking Tour

Take a tour of Seattle's libidinal landscape and history with artist Susan Robb.
Rendering of Seattle Commons.
May 5
Seattle, Washington

Seattle's Central Park: What Could Have Been

Explore an alternate history walking tour of the Seattle Commons Project.
Mike Caveney and Tina Lenert.
May 8
Pasadena, California

Egyptian Hall Museum

A guided visit through the fascinating collection of the oldest private magic museum in America.
Challengers Comics.
May 9
Chicago, Illinois

An Interactive History of Comics

Explore the history of comics, zines, & more at Challengers Comics.
View over the Dino Hall.
May 11
Los Angeles, California

Jurassic Soiree at the Natural History Museum

Dinosaurs, gemstones, and a behind-the-scenes, after-hours adventure with Atlas Obscura and the New York Times.
Amber teaching a class in New York.
May 16
Los Angeles, California

Fortune Teller Mouse Taxidermy Workshop

The sublime world of expressive creatures with Amber Maykut.
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Maria Cohn
May 16
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.
Portrait Sitting with Karen Jerzyk.
May 16
Los Angeles, California

An Illumination of Wondrous Arts and Curious Crafts

Join us for a day of workshops, unique experiences and a touch of the odd.
Ryan with some of his collections.
May 16
Los Angeles, California

Cat Skeleton Articulation Workshop

A rare opportunity to learn an unique practice led by Ryan Matthew Cohn of Oddities Flea Market.
Samples of Victorian hair work.
May 16
Los Angeles, California

Weaving Memories the Victorian Way

Learn about one of the Victorian era's most fascinating mourning practices while creating an eternal keepsake.
Amber teaching a class in New York.
May 16
Los Angeles, California

Momento Mori Squirrel Taxidermy Workshop

The sublime world of expressive creatures with Amber Maykut.
Ryan and Regina Cohn
May 18
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: General Admission Tickets Pre-Sale

The legendary Oddities Flea Market curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn. This is for the General Admission Tickets.
Ryan and Regina Cohn
May 18
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Flea Market curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn is returning to Los Angeles! TWO DAYS this time. Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!
Roller Skates.
May 19
Summit, Illinois

For Goodness' Sake, Roller Skate! An Evening of Skating, Trivia, and Hollywood History

As part of our 2019 Focus on Film Series, skate one of Chicagoland's oldest roller rinks, and then test your knowledge of skating in the movies.
A common site to all Chicagoans...and film buffs.
May 31
Chicago, Illinois

Location, Location, Location! A Scavenger Hunt for Movie Magic

Race to discover the Chicago locales featured in famous Hollywood films as we act as location scouts and travel to places near, far, and in-between during this thrilling, star-studded scavenger hunt.
Skewered locust.
Jun 16
Seattle, Washington

An Insect Feast with The Bug Chef

Munch on crickets, locusts, and Chinese medicinal ants in an iconic 1960s dive bar at this Gastro Obscura event.
Sep
10 - 16
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
Oct
16 - 26
Morocco

Morocco’s Mountains, Medinas, and Desert Oases

Explore ancient desert fortresses, wander maze-like medinas, and spend your nights in traditional riads and palm-grove oases. Join Atlas Obscura for a week of adventure across Morocco’s spectacular and sprawling terrain.
Ruins of the St. Francis Dam.
Mar 17
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.
Resurrectionists in the process of digging up a fresh corpse.
Mar 16
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!
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Mar 16
Seattle, Washington

Exploring the Tragedies of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Join us for a walking tour of Seattle’s Mt. Pleasant Cemetery to learn the unique stories of the victims of some of Washington’s most infamous tragedies.
Ruins of Seneca Quarry Stonecutting Mill.
Mar 16
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.
Table levitating during a seance in 1898
Mar 15
Chicago, Illinois

Seances of the Victorian Era Unveiled

Experience an original stage show that will take us through the history of seance, with a special nod to Harry Houdini's spiritual busting tricks.
Arthur Benjamin during a TED Talk.
Mar 15
Los Angeles, Califorina

Magical Pi Day Pie Party

Celebrate a Mathematic Cornerstone with Magic, Cartoons and Pie!
North Pacific right whale
Mar 14
Seattle, Washington

Searching for the North Pacific Right Whale

Discover the history of this rare species and meet one filmmaker on a mission to save them.
Mar
13 - 14
Austin, Texas

In the Element

Explore more this SXSW with Atlas Obscura, GORE-TEX Brands and Ghostly International.
Ghostly 20 @ In the Element.
Mar
13 - 14
Austin, TX

Ghostly 20 @ In the Element

Celebrate Ghostly International's 20th Anniversary with two nights of music on Lady Bird Lake.
In the Element presented by Atlas Obscura & GORE-TEX Brands.
Mar 14
Austin, Texas

Bike Ride to Barton Springs

Explore Austin's hidden wonders and natural gems by bike!
In the Element presented by Atlas Obscura & GORE-TEX Brands.
Mar 14
Austin, Texas

Kayak Excursion to Barton Springs

Take a journey along Austin's waterways to reach the natural pools of Barton Springs.
Explore the Elements at In The Element.
Mar 14
Austin, Texas

Exploring the Elements: A Salon-Style Dialogue

Join Atlas Obscura & GORE-TEX Brands for a spirited lakeside discussion featuring incredible humans pushing the boundaries of innovation and exploration.
In the Element presented by Atlas Obscura & GORE-TEX Brands.
Mar 14
Austin, Texas

Open Kayak, Paddle Board & Drop-In Ecology Hours

Stop by in the morning to paddle out on Lady Bird Lake and get closer to the natural world with our on-site local ecologists.
In the Element presented by Atlas Obscura & GORE-TEX Brands.
Mar 14
Austin, Texas

All-Paces Trail Run at Lady Bird Lake

Get going on a 5k or 10k jaunt along waterside trailways, outfitted in the latest GORE-TEX Brand gear.
Photo by Susurrus Din
Mar 13
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Devil Inside Me at Tattooed Mom

A dark history of serial and mass murder in Philadelphia.
In the Element presented by Atlas Obscura & GORE-TEX Brands.
Mar 13
Austin, Texas

Sunset Bat Ecology Kayak

Paddle out to the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the legendary bat migration, accompanied by the world's most famous bat conservationist.