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Ethiopian coffee.
Dec 29
Seattle, Washington

The Original Coffee Break: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Experience an elaborate and immersive Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Milen Medhane of Kaffa Coffee.
Jan 9
Seattle, Washington

Preserving History at the UW Conservation Center

Visit with conservators at the University of Washington's Conservation Center to learn about the technologies involved in preserving rare objects.
Drew Lobenstein's private home in Reseda.
Jan 12
Reseda, California

Homeward Bound: Pigeon Navigation

Meet a flock of homing pigeons and explore the mystery of bird navigation with the L.A. Pigeon Club.
Jan 12
Columbia City, Washington

Studio Tour: Bespoke Shoemaking

Visit industrial designer and shoemaker Michael Barakat in his studio to learn about the art of shoemaking.
Examining store items with Smitha.
Jan 12
Artesia, California

Global Gastro, Local Tastes

Step up your Indian cooking skills with an expert home cook from League of Kitchens.
Flippers from the Williams pinball game "Demolition Man."
Jan 12
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 time to play at MOM's Organic Market in College Park.
Union Station in the early 20th century.
Jan 13
Washington, D.C.

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
A set of magic ball and cup used in Rabkin's performances.
Jan 13
Chicago, Illinois

Sideshow and Sleight of Hand: A Showcase of Intrigue and Illusions

Join Atlas Obscura for an exclusive show of magic and sideshow at Trickery Chicago.
Grizzly River Run
Jan 16
Anaheim, California

Altered State: Disney California Adventure

Discover a unique and changing vision of California, all with the Disney twist.
Sleeping Beauty's castle, in Disneyland.
Jan 16
Anaheim, California

The Secret Life of Disneyland

Discover the hidden world inside the Magic Kingdom.
Design by Jeff Cornell.
Jan 18
Seattle, Washington

Embodying Ritual: The Art of the Tattoo

Go beyond the surface and stereotype of tattoos to explore the history and artistry behind this contemporary practice.
Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.
Jan 19
Van Nuys, California

Sci-Fi Sewage Sanctuary

Tour a water recycling plant better known as Starfleet Academy, and the Japanese garden it irrigates with sewage water.
Graves of Bruce and Brandon Lee.
Jan 19
Seattle, Washington

Lake View Cemetery Walking Tour

Join us for a walking tour of Lake View Cemetery. Learn about the history of the cemetery, the stories of our city's founders and famous residents, and other Seattle legends as we visit various monuments.
Murphy Ranch.
Jan 20
Los Angeles, California

Murphy Ranch Hike

Investigate the mysteries of Murphy Ranch, the alleged National Socialist commune deep in the wilds of Rustic Canyon.
Mike Caveney and Tina Lenert.
Jan 23
Pasadena, California

Egyptian Hall Museum

A guided visit through the fascinating collection of the oldest private magic museum in America.
The organist at work.
Jan 24
Chicago, Illinois

The Mighty Wurlitzer: A History of the Theatre Organ

Join us for a rare demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at the Chicago Theatre as part of the 2019 Movie Palace Series.
Steve Ainsworth.
Jan 25
Boulder, Colorado

The Art of Solving a Cold Case

Indulge your inner detective and learn how cold cases are solved!
The Chicago Coliseum, original home of the First Ward Ball.
Jan 25
Chicago, Illinois

Atlas Obscura Presents: The First Ward Ball

Party like it's 1890 with a night of music, vice district history, burlesque performances, casino games, and more!
Nelson Algren.
Jan 26
Chicago, Illinois

The Life and Death of Nelson Algren

A performance in honor of the underappreciated writer, Nelson Algren, alongside a seance in the neighborhood in which he spent his final years.
Archie McPhee building.
Jan 26
Seattle, Washington

After Hours at Archie McPhee

Explore the whimsical world of a Seattle institution with Archie McPhee founder Mark Pahlow.
Harpsichord studio.
Jan 27
Los Angeles, California

It Doesn't Want to Sound Good

Hurdy-gurdies, harpsichords, and the craft of making an instrument sing.
Ruins of the St. Francis Dam.
Feb
17 - 23
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.
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.
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!
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.
A dream of Christmas.
Dec 16
Chicago

A Silent Christmas

An afternoon of early silent films and an exploration of Chicago's role in the movie business.
The Chapel of Radiance (mausoleum upstairs)
Dec 16
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.
Bollards.
Dec 15
Los Angeles, California

Hunting Bollards in the Wild

Discover a distinctive feature of car culture in a walking tour guided by the 'World's foremost bollard photographer.'
Chicago Cultural Center.
Dec 15
Chicago, Illinois

Breakfast With Tiffany’s…Mosaics

A walking tour of Chicago's Loop, highlighting its brilliant mosaic works.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933.
Dec 15
Washington, D.C., United States

A Personal Look Into Eleanor Roosevelt's D.C.

Tour the nation's capital through the eyes of the pioneering First Lady.
Dec 14
Washington, D.C.

The Tunnels and Trapdoors of Tudor Place by Candlelight

Stroll through the elegant entertaining spaces of a Federal Era mansion, decked with historic Christmas decor, and then explore the tunnels hidden underneath.
Northern Lights Dome.
Dec 13
Seattle, Washington

Parlor Games at Polar Bar

Tour this Seattle landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, before retiring to the atmospheric Polar Bar, where you'll learn a vintage card game.
Dec
5 - 9
Death Valley National Park, California

Death Valley After Dark: Astronomy and Photography in the Backcountry

In the otherworldly landscapes of Death Valley, practice your night photography skills under some of the world's clearest, starriest skies.
Dec 8
Los Angeles, California

Public Access Christmas

Holiday magic from the public access dimension.
Comet Lodge Cemetery discarded headstones.
Dec 8
Seattle, Washington

Walking Tour of Comet Lodge Cemetery

Explore the tragic history and forgotten inhabitants of Seattle’s abandoned Comet Lodge Cemetery.
Evergreen Cemetery.
Dec 8
Los Angeles, California

Exploring Evergreen Cemetery

Get to know one of the city's oldest and most diverse graveyards, tucked away in Boyle Heights.
Dung Beetle.
Dec 8
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.
Art Deco architecture and sculpture adorn the local public elementary school.
Dec 8
Greenbelt, Maryland

Discover Greenbelt's Utopian Community of Tomorrow

An Art Deco dream to some and a hotbed of radical socialism to others.
A vintage view of the famous department store.
Dec 7
Chicago, Illinois

Give the Lady What She Wants: A Scavenger Hunt in Marshall Field’s

Explore Chicago's historic State Street department store on this unique scavenger hunt.
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.
Elkins Room
Dec 4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Geomancy for Bibliophiles!

An event where a magician's wisdom and an utterly unique collection of rare magical texts become one.