Events - Atlas Obscura
Merz Apothecary.
Jul 18
Chicago, Illinois

The Stories Behind the Scents

Explore your senses with an evening of niche fragrances and perfumery at Chicago’s oldest apothecary.
Archie McPhee building.
Jul 19
Seattle, Washington

After Hours at Archie McPhee

Explore the whimsical world of a Seattle institution with Archie McPhee founder Mark Pahlow.
Old Joliet Prison.
Jul 20
Joliet, Illinois

Old Joliet Prison Tour: History and Hollywood

Trace the footsteps of inmates, guards, wardens, and, yes, movie stars on this tour of a 160-year-old suburban Chicago prison.
Historic photo of the Octagon House from the late 1880s.
Jul 20
Washington, D.C.

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

Step inside the iconic 19th century home to learn the truth behind the spooky legends.
Anatomical tools of yesteryear.
Jul 20
Philadelphia

The Return of Dissecting History at The Legacy Center

Spend an afternoon exploring the secretive and sometimes sordid world of 19th century anatomical dissection at two historic Philadelphia medical schools.
The gallery space.
Jul 20
Los Angeles, California

A Hidden Repository of Curious Craft

Gain access to a largely secret gallery where junk materials are reincarnated as wondrous sculptures.
Mysterious Chicago.
Jul 20
Chicago, Illinois

Architecture of Mysterious Chicago

Author Adam Selzer highlights the histories and unsolved mysteries of the city's landmarks.
The garden is a steep labyrinth where surprise waits around every corner.
Jul 20
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Hills Sculpture Garden

Located just below the Hollywood Sign, this hidden garden is filled with contemporary sculptures from artists around the world.
Palm fronds.
Jul 21
Golden, Colorado

Cretaceous Wonders of Colorado

Head west of Denver for a close-up view of the relics left behind by the dinos that once ruled the foothills.
Funeral Director Amy Cunningham.
Jul 21
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Pushing up Daisies: Green Death Salon

Learn about 'death positivity' and 'green' funerary practices in the historic West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
The monument to Perkins Bass, who was fired from his job by President Andrew Johnson.
Jul 21
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

A stroll through history and art, with heroes and villains whose stories are seldom told.
The Chapel of Radiance (mausoleum upstairs).
Jul 21
Altadena, California

Mountain View Cemetery's Famed Mausoleum

Discover the treasures and resting places of historic Californians behind the doors of the crypt you've likely seen in a movie or two.
Flektro Studios.
Jul 21
Van Nuys, California

Illuminating the Art of Neon

Go behind the scenes of this glass-bending (and mind-bending) form of art seeing a resurgence across Los Angeles.
The Great Forgotten Garden Party, 2018.
Jul 21
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.
Long Island Expressway.
Jul 24
Brooklyn, New York

New York's Infrastructure Creek

A behind-the-scenes and under-the-bridges tour of Brooklyn and Queens.
Mentalist Jacob Mayfield gazes into his crystal ball.
Jul 25
Chicago, Illinois

Psychic Speakeasy: An Evening of Mind Reading in Room 13

Join us for an intimate evening with a local mentalist inside a cozy, Prohibition-themed speakeasy.
Guide Adam Selzer on a 2018 cruise.
Jul 25
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.
Tombstones from West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Jul 26
Bala Cynwyd

Pandemics from the Past: Cemeteries and Infirmities

Learn about the dramatically different connotation of 'going viral' in the 20th century in a special collaboration between the Mütter Museum and West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Jul 26
Boulder, Colorado

Last Call in Boulder: The History of a Dry City

Sample local brews as we dive into the city's notable history with booze, from total Prohibition to homebrew haven.
IAO Director of Operations Minetta Rogers.
Jul 26
Los Angeles, California

L.A. Storytelling in Scent: 1960s Hollywood

Transport yourself back to the wild days of the Sunset Strip as you create your own custom perfume inspired by the decade of free love.
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.
Cornfield sunset.
Jul 27
Cabery, Illinois

Cosmic Cornfields

Immerse yourself in a world of ancient aliens, esoteric thought, and sustainability—all in the Illinois heartland.
Buckhorn Exchange
Jul 27
Denver, Colorado

Drinking History Tour of Denver

Join us for a historic bar crawl featuring three of Denver's most unusual and iconic locations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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!
The Franklin Fountain Exterior.
Aug 8
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

How Are You, Imposters?

Tracing and tasting the origins of the ice cream soda.
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.
Apollo Boiler Plate 12.
Aug 10
Downey, California

Cradle of the Cosmic Age

Are you ready for some seriously stellar stuff?
Mort Garson's 'Plantasia.'
Aug 10
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.
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.
Father and Son
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.
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.
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.
Sep
10 - 16
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
Poet Janaka Stucky.
Sep 13
Los Angeles, California

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.
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.
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
Denver, 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.
International Museum of Surgical Science.
Jul 16
Chicago

Empty Bottle Presents Music for The Never Quartet at the International Museum of Surgical Science

Join legendary Chicago producers Empty Bottle for an evening of Michael Morley's unusual instruments in a most unusual location.
Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda on the road in 'Easy Rider.'
Jul 14
Los Angeles, California

Cinemyth Film Series: 'Easy Rider' and the Search for Freedom

Cruise through the mythic landscape of 1969 for the 50th anniversary of Dennis Hopper's legendary revisionist western.
Outside Erato Gallery.
Jul 14
Seattle, Washington

A Very Wicked City Walking Tour

Take a tour of Seattle's libidinal landscape and history with artist Susan Robb.
Abandoned greenhouse.
Jul 14
Los Angeles, California

Griffith Park's Abandoned Commonwealth Nursery

Get the dirt on the history of the park's long-lost greenhouse and contribute in planting new seeds for its comeback.
 F. M. Munch Brewery
Jul 14
Brooklyn, New York

The Evergreens Cemetery Brewer's Row: Tour and Tasting

Discover the fascinating stories of Bushwick's legendary beer barons resting at The Evergreens Cemetery, then toast to their legacy with a guided beer tasting.
Palisades and Movie Colony, Santa Monica, California.
Jul 13
Santa Monica, California

Hollywood's First Hidden Getaway

Discover Santa Monica's scandalous past during a beachfront tour of the fabled and star-studded 'Gold Coast.'
Look at my coat!
Jul 13
Reseda, California

Homeward Bound: Pigeon Navigation

Meet a flock of homing pigeons who have mastered bird navigation and get the opportunity to hold and release a dove.
Dung Beetle.
Jul 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.
Inside The Tivoli.
Jul 13
Downers Grove, Illinois

Tour the Tivoli, the Wonder Theatre of Suburban Chicago

Discover what separates this classic cinema from others in the Chicago area.
'Bring Out Your Dead' tour at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Jul 13
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bring Out Your Dead: A Walk Through Plagues, Madness, and Medicine in Philadelphia

Join health and science journalist Elana Gordon on a fascinating journey through the rise of modern medicine and psychiatry in America.
1940s movie star Jane Russell sitting on top of an Ercoupe.
Jul 13
College Park, Maryland

The Plane That Anyone Could Fly

Learn all about the Ercoupe, the revolutionary "plane of tomorrow," before catching a glimpse of one of the few left in action.
Albert C. Barnes and his wife, Laura Barnes, on board a steamer to Europe (1925).
Jul 11
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Behind the Barnes

Explore the complicated history of art collector Albert Barnes through his renowned Barnes Foundation archives.
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Mongolia

Wander Mongolia: Blue Skies and Endless Steppe

Adventure across the vast Mongolian landscape, riding horseback on the steppe and hiking into the taiga. Spend your nights in ger camps and witness the country's liveliest national festival.
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Romania

Opulence and Decay: Photographing Romania's Palaces and Ruins

Explore and photograph Romania's grandiose structures, past and present—from palaces and former prisons to abandoned casinos and penitentiaries.
60-inch telescope.
Jul 6
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.
The art of lock picking.
Jul 6
Los Angeles, California

Lock Picking at Greenbar Distillery

Pick the brain of a security expert over drinks at this mind-bending, hands-on workshop.