Events - Atlas Obscura
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Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 17
Beaverton, Oregon

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
Ravenmaster book cover.
Oct 17
Los Angeles, California

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

History, adventures, and tales of intrigue from the Ravenmaster of the Tower of London.
Discover hidden heroes.
Oct 19
Chicago, Illinois

Ghouls, Gargoyles and Ghost Signs: A Historic and Haunted Scavenger Hunt

Our newest Google-proof scavenger hunt isn’t for the faint of heart.
George Streeter and his lovely bride.
Oct 20
Chicago, Illinois

SCANDAL! A Pearl-Clutching Tour of Chicago's Historic Drama

Discover the juicy past of Chicago's high society on this decidedly fabulous walking tour.
A ghost ship peaceful on the water.
Oct 20
Nanjemoy, Maryland

In Search of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Maryland’s “Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay” is the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere. Join us by kayak as we venture through the nearly 200 vessels that lie there.
Schoenhofen Monument.
Oct 20
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
Steam plant signage.
Oct 20
Seattle, Washington

Steam Plant Tour

Explore this engineering landmark and remnant from the era of electrification in American cities.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 20
Seattle, Washington

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
Oct 20
Sylmar, California

Flashlight Tour of Pioneer Memorial Cemetery

Join us as we take a nighttime stroll around the mysterious and macabre Pioneer Memorial Cemetery.
Lemon Hill inset.
Oct 21
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

East Fairmount Park Hill Walk

Explore the landscape, genesis and distinctive, hidden features of East Fairmount Park, including the unknown topography of Lemon and Brewery Hills.
Tower of Memories.
Oct 21
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Immortal Monuments

Explore the newly renovated Tower of Memories' history and architecture.
Goats Rose, Ash, and Heather.
Oct 21
Poolesville, Maryland

If You Could Talk to the Animals

Walk and talk with the critters of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.
A lush section of the river.
Oct 21
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles River Adventure

Hop from Frogtown to Mallard Mound.
Fire codes all around the country can be attributed to the terrible theatre fire that engulfed a playhouse on this alley.
Oct 21
Chicago, Illinois

Horror History: Untimely Deaths from Vintage Chicago

Explore the gruesome and surprising ways Chicagoans have met their maker over the years.
The garden is a steep labyrinth where surprise waits around every corner.
Oct 21
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.
Ravenmaster book cover.
Oct 23
New York, NY

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

History, adventures, and tales of intrigue from the Ravenmaster of the Tower of London.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 23
Corte Madera, California

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
Sleeping Beauty's castle, in Disneyland. Anaheim, CA
Oct 24
Anaheim, California

The Secret Life of Disneyland

Discover the hidden world inside the Magic Kingdom.
Sludge return.
Oct 24
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Water, Water Everywhere

Get a behind-the-scenes look of D.C. Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest plant of its kind in the world.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 24
Austin, Texas

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
Oct 24
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Peek Behind the Crown Hill Cemetery Curtain

Visit with Crown Hill's funeral director to ask all of your burning questions about the business of death.
Stargazing at our future home, with telescopes provided by B&H Photo.
Oct 25
Brooklyn, New York

Watery Worlds with Scientific American

Where in the universe is the next home for our species? Join SciAm's experts for a night of stargazing and celestial debating in the fields of The Evergreens Cemetery, with telescopes provided by B&H.
Philosophical Research Society headquarters, exterior.
Oct 25
Los Angeles, California

Wisdom Literature and Esoterica at the Philosophical Research Society

Visit a repository of everything you're not supposed to know.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 25
Tempe, Arizona

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
Ukobach, a minor oil demon.
Oct 25
Denver, Colorado

Defy Your Demons

Sip wine while enjoying an evening with local horror authors discussing the demons that drive their work and those beyond their control.
Captivating sights await you on the river.
Oct 25
Chicago, Illinois

The Curious Cruise: Haunted History on the Chicago River

Enjoy a scenic yacht cruise along the Chicago River while listening to the strangest (yet true!) stories from the city's past.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 26
Los Angeles, California

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
Curator Nick Yulman.
Oct 27
Brooklyn, New York

Musical Oddities and Monstrosities

A strange symphony of unusual instruments.
Williams Stables exterior
Oct 27
Central City, Colorado

Unlocking Central City

Unprecedented access to off-limits and haunted history including the opera house, Belvidere Theater, and more.
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.
Charles Hull owned a tavern when he was 12 years old.
Oct 28
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

Take a stroll through history in Chicago's largest cemetery.
Old Mission Plaza Church.
Oct 28
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 Los Angeles' forgotten burial grounds.
Denver "Crib Girls."
Oct 28
Denver, Colorado

What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

A spooky October edition of our walking tour through Denver's Historic Sin District.
JBandfriends
Oct 28
Indian Hills, Colorado

The Tycoon of Jefferson County

Join us on Mount Falcon as we explore the ruins of Summer White, the unrealized dream of Jefferson County's wealthiest eccentric.
Civil War soldier with a guitar and one leg.
Oct 28
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Cut It Off! An Amputation Demonstration

Watch as a skilled medical historian amputates a (model) leg using Civil War-era surgical tools at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office.
American Psychic.
Oct 30
New York, New York

'American Psychic' at the Illustrious Players

Witness a rare performance from renowned mentalist Matt Cooper in the historic dining hall of New York's oldest and most theatrical private club.
Fire codes all around the country can be attributed to the terrible theatre fire that engulfed a playhouse on this alley.
Oct 31
Chicago, Illinois

Horror History: Untimely Deaths from Vintage Chicago

Explore the gruesome and surprising ways Chicagoans have met their maker over the years.
Nov 2
Denver, Colorado

Women's Suffrage: 125th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us at the historic Evans School to celebrate female leaders, past and present.
Mallows Bay is nominated to be a Marine National Sanctuary.
Nov 3
Nanjemoy, Maryland

In Search of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Maryland’s “Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay” is the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere. Join us by kayak as we venture through the nearly 200 vessels that lie there.
The meeting location for the scavenger hunt, the legendary Uptown Theatre.
Nov 3
Chicago, Illinois

Movies, Mystery, and History in Uptown

Discover the fantastic past of Uptown through a scavenger hunt.
The Gamble House.
Nov 3
Pasadena, California

Extraordinary Estates

Explore two eccentric homes on 'Millionaire's Row' in Pasadena: The Gamble House and Fenyes Mansion.
NVC membership.
Nov 3
Seattle, Washington

Nisei Veterans Hall Tour

Get a glimpse into the WWII experiences of the local Japanese American community though this personal and moving exhibit.
Beekeeper Marvin Jordana.
Nov 4
Los Angeles, California

Urban Beekeeping 101

Suit up and learn the basics of beekeeping with urban backyard beekeeper, Marvin Jordana, at Elysian Valley Community Garden.
Shane Confectionery interior.
Nov 6
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Sweet Peek Inside Shane Confectionery

A tour and hands-on dig through the archives of the oldest continuously run confectionery in the United States.
The USS Iowa
Nov
9 - 10
Los Angeles, California

Bunk Up On the Battleship Iowa

Join us in Los Angeles for an exclusive overnight aboard the historic USS Iowa. Gathering on the permanently docked ship in the late afternoon, we'll experience an evening of exclusive tours, mess hall meals, and a good night's sleep aboard the celebrated vessel.
A bottle of white whiskey, only available at Mount Vernon.
Nov 10
Alexandria, Virginia

Taste George Washington's Whiskey

Join us for history and whiskey at George Washington’s distillery and gristmill at Mount Vernon.
Flektro Studios.
Nov 10
Van Nuys, California

Illuminating the Art of Neon

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour and glass-bending demonstration at Flektro Studios, the private workshop of neon artist Michael Flechtner.
60-inch telescope.
Nov 10
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.
Cricket popcorn.
Nov 11
Denver, Colorado

Microranching on the Range

Join us for a Gastro Obscura event: tour an edible insect farm and enjoy cricket popcorn, cider, and “cricket song” from Emily Wilson and Orange Peel Moses.
Applewhite addressing the audience in an initiation video for Heaven's Gate.
Nov 16
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cults at The Convent: Philadelphia and Beyond

Surrender your individuality as we explore various cult movements peripherally and directly connected to Philadelphia.
Nov 17
Pasadena, California

San Andreas Scavenger Hunt

Discover the signs of Southern California's most threatening earthquake fault, hidden in plain view.
Nov 17
Columbia City, Washington

Studio Tour: Bespoke Shoemaking

Visit industrial designer and shoemaker Michael Barakat in his studio to learn about the art of shoemaking.
 Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Nov 17
Los Angeles, California

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

A celebration of life, death, architecture, and the patron saint of Los Angeles.
Ryan Matthew Cohn
Dec
1 - 2
Brooklyn, New York

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

Atlas Obscura has your VIP tickets has your ticket to skip the line and get in early in this extended shopping session!
Crab Nebula
Dec 6
Seattle, Washington

Life and Death of Stars

Join astrophysicist Anand Thirumalai in the Henry Art Gallery's Skyspace, Light Reign, to explore how stars are born, evolve, and die.
Mar
3 - 9
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
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.
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.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 16
Salt Lake City, Utah

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
Our hosts, Mike Caveney and Tina Lenert.
Oct 14
Pasadena, California

Egyptian Hall Museum

A guided visit through the fascinating collection of the oldest private magic museum in America.
The Wende Museum.
Oct 14
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.
Theosophical Society garden.
Oct 14
Wheaton, Illinois

The Theosophical Society in America

Explore an oasis of esoteric wisdom in Wheaton, Illinois.
Oct
5 - 14
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.
A still from the 2001 horror film "Donnie Darko."
Oct 13
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

D.C. Legends and Lore: Fairfax County's Bunnyman

Learn the truth behind the legend that terrified generations of area high schoolers and watch the 2001 cult classic "Donnie Darko" in an old underground trolley station.
Open Roof at "Greet the Light."
Oct 13
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sonic Seasonal at Skyspace With Steve Gunn

Take in sunset at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse with a James Turrell installation and improvised set by guitar player Steve Gunn.
Chatsworth.
Oct 13
Los Angeles, California

Spahn Ranch: From Movies to Manson

Explore the remains of the infamous Spahn Ranch with a Manson Family expert.
Schoenhofen Monument.
Oct 13
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
John Gaughan's Turk.
Oct 11
Los Angeles, California

Meet the Chess-Playing Mechanical Turk

An evening with one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century and the man who brought him back to life.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 11
Denver, Colorado

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
Architecture of Mysterious Chicago.
Oct 10
Chicago, Illinois

Architecture of Mysterious Chicago

Author of Mysterious Chicago Adam Selzer highlights the histories and unsolved mysteries of the city's landmarks.
In the 50s and 60s, reporters – and spies – smoked cigars, drank whiskey and played poker at the National Press Club.
Oct 9
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Spies Among Us

Follow in the footsteps of secret agents who hid in plain sight.
Oct 7
Morrison, Colorado

Mount Lindo Cemetery Tour

The country's largest illuminated cross is a lightning-rod (pun intended) for controversy.
Oct 6
Denver, Colorado

Cleaning Up The Crime Scene

Discover what happens to a crime scene after the police and forensic team leave.
Oct 6
Columbia City, Washington

Studio Tour: Bespoke Shoemaking

Visit industrial designer and shoemaker Michael Barakat in his studio to learn about the art of shoemaking.