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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.
The grave of cult leader Mirra Mita
Feb 21
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cults at Sphinx & Snakeskin: Philadelphia and Beyond

Surrender your individuality as we explore various cult movements peripherally and directly connected to Philadelphia.
Homeboy Electronics Recycling.
Feb 22
Los Angeles, California

Trash Transformation

Explore two places where waste is collected, then remade into treasures.
Bardahl sign and headquarters.
Feb 22
Seattle, Washington

Inside Bardahl: A Guided Tour

Explore the headquarters of this automotive empire and meet legendary race car driver Al Young.
Steve Ainsworth - expert in death investigation.
Feb 22
Boulder, Colorado

The Art of Solving a Cold Case

Indulge your inner detective and learn how cold cases are solved!
All partygoers are worthy of suspicion!
Feb 22
Chicago, Illinois

Murder Mystery Soiree

Whodunnit? A Prohibition-era murder mystery for the ages!
Art Deco architecture and sculpture adorn the local public elementary school.
Feb 23
Greenbelt, Maryland

Discover Greenbelt's Utopian Community of Tomorrow

An Art Deco dream to some, a hotbed of radical socialism to others.
Learning lock picking in Los Angeles.
Feb 23
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.
The ONE Archives main room.
Feb 23
Los Angeles, California

Sleuthing the Secret Life of Science Fiction

Mapping Queer Science Fiction with a talk and tour of the ONE Archive.
A lush section of the river.
Feb 24
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles River Adventure

Hop from Frogtown to Mallard Mound.
Rabkin and Hoppy the Psychic Wonder Bunny wowing the audience with magic and miracles.
Feb 24
Chicago, Illinois

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

Join Atlas Obscura for an exclusive evening of magic and sideshow at Trickery Chicago.
Amanda Scotese of Chicago Detours
Feb 27
Chicago, Illinois

Indoor Rooftop Bar Scavenger Hunt with Chicago Detours

Atlas Obscura is teaming up with local tour group Chicago Detours to explore our beloved skyline's hidden wonders and classic landmarks.
Challengers Comics.
Feb 28
Chicago, Illinois

An Interactive History of Comics

Explore the history of comics, zines, & more at Challengers Comics.
Explorer's Club.
Mar
1 - 2
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).
A 1907 postcard of the Conservatory's original building.
Mar 2
Chicago, Illinois

Discover and Draw: Garfield Park Conservatory

A private tour of Chicago’s “landscape art under glass,” followed by a quick lesson in drawing plantlife.
King cake.
Mar 2
Chicago, Illinois

Pączki vs. King Cake: Battle of the Mardi Gras Pastries

Indulge in these tasty treats as you learn about their religious, resourceful, and (really) unhealthy histories.
Chocolatier Aaron Barthel
Mar 2
Seattle, Washington

For The Love of Chocolate

Join us for a Gastro Obscura event exploring intriguing connections between heart, body, and mind in this fascinating talk and tasting focused on one of the most beloved foods of the world.
Harpsichord studio.
Mar 3
Los Angeles, California

It Doesn't Want to Sound Good

Hurdy-gurdies, harpsichords, and the craft of making an instrument sing.
Mar
3 - 9
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
John Gaughan's Turk.
Mar 6
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.
The library at PRS.
Mar 7
Los Angeles, California

Wisdom Literature and Esoterica at the Philosophical Research Society

Visit a repository of everything you're not supposed to know.
Built for the richest man in Italy and visited by the King, this villa was later occupied by Nazi and then American forces.  (2018)
Mar 8
London, United Kingdom

Lost Narratives: A Hidden World of Urbex Photography

Join us for a special lecture on urban exploration and what it takes to photograph some of Europe's greatest abandoned structures.
American Psychic.
Mar 8
New York, New York

'American Psychic' at the Illustrious Players

Witness a mind-bending performance from renowned mentalist Matt Cooper in the historic dining hall of New York's oldest and most theatrical private club.
The words on several gravestones are now barely visible.
Mar 9
London, England

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Tour

Take a stroll through one of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries as we examine the poisonous plants which reside there.
A barrel of Washington's rye whiskey.
Mar 9
Alexandria, Virginia

Taste George Washington's Whiskey

Join us for history and whiskey at George Washington’s distillery and gristmill at Mount Vernon.
24-inch telescope at Little Thompson Observatory.
Mar 9
Berthoud, Colorado

Star Stuff

Gaze through the Little Thompson Observatory telescope, indulge in cosmos and moon pies, and compete to win at space trivia!
Karen Centerfold and Johnny Stunodi live on stage.
Mar 9
Los Angeles, California

Public Access Talent Show

A screening of Public Access TV’s greatest performances.
The interior of the London Coliseum in the 1980s.
Mar 10
London, United Kingdom

Silent Cinema Houses of the West End

Take a tour through cinematic history as we follow the trail of silent movie theatres in the West End.
Rodney Stotts with a bird of prey
Mar 10
Laurel, Maryland

The Raptors of the Nation's Capital

A one-of-a-kind adventure to meet and greet the raptors that stalk our city.
Swazzle's work on "Kidding"
Mar 10
Glendale, California

Creatures Under Construction

These fascinating characters aren't born—they're built.
Roller Skates.
Mar 10
Summit, Illinois

Roller Skating in the Movies

Learn about Hollywood's history of roller skating, and then lace up a pair of skates for a few loops around the rink yourself.
The Wende Museum.
Mar 10
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 with Keith's Philadelphian's

Tour an archive showcasing Philadelphians at work, play, and living life on their stoops and streets—seen nearly a century ago by photographer 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.
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.
A walk through the past, towards the future.
Mar 30
Seattle, Washington

Making A Memorial

Get an inside sneak-peek at a major public art installation in the process of being created.
Open Roof at "Greet the Light."
Mar 30
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.
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 library awaits you.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Virginia V.
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.
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!
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.
Buckhorn Exchange
Feb 16
Denver, Colorado

Drinking History Tour of Denver

Join us for a historic bar crawl featuring three of Denver's most unusual and iconic locations.
Miscellaneous Gemstones.
Feb 16
Elmhurst, Illinois

Under Pressure: Volcanoes and the Birth of the World’s Most Precious Stones

Join us for an interactive lecture on volcanoes led by a geologist from the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art.
Robert Cornelius' self portrait in daguerreotype, 1839.
Feb 12
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Daguerreotypes of Robert Cornelius

Learn about the past and present of photography in Philadelphia and the city's groundbreaking work to preserve its history.
Stereoscopic views of the U.S. Capitol.
Feb 10
Washington, D.C.

Looking Through Time: The Past in 3D

Take a gander through the lens as we look at the history of stereoscopy.
Union Station in the early 20th century.
Feb 10
Washington, D.C.

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
New inside view of the Museum.
Feb 9
Lake Balboa, California

Valley Relics Museum

Explore a treasure trove of SoCal history and artifacts at the Valley Relics Museum in the SF Valley.
A basket of sea salt
Feb 9
Washington, D.C.

History Worth Its Salt

Common table salt has an incredible history – join us as we learn and taste its salty past!
Sign at Paul Kaufman's Store and Workshop
Feb 9
Los Angeles, California

Paul Kaufman Shoe Design Masterclass

An in-depth workshop exploring the foundational elements of shoe design with a legendary shoe designer.
One of the many entrances to the Pedway.
Feb 9
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Underground: The Pedway Scavenger Hunt

Let this weatherproof, indoor scavenger hunt take you down into the depths of the city.
Jim Holstein with Rock Samples
Feb 3
Chicago, Illinois

Rocks that Rock! An Afternoon With a Field Museum Geologist

An exclusive opportunity to handle rock samples from the geology department of The Field Museum in a unique rock climbing gym in the West Loop.
Restoration project
Feb 3
Irwindale, California

A Home for Wayward Carousel Horses

Visit a menagerie of whimsical merry-go-round creatures in various stages of restoration.
Samples of Victorian hair work.
Feb 2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Interwoven Sentiments

Learn about one of the Victorian era's most fascinating mourning practices while creating an eternal keepsake.
Villa Narcissa
Jan 27
Palos Verdes, California

Tea at the Villa Narcissa

Join artist Katrina Vanderlip on an exclusive tour of her legendary family's seaside estate in Palos Verdes.
Dice
Jan 27
Denver, Colorado

The Secrets of Sleight of Hand

Enjoy an afternoon of mystery and walk away with a few tricks up your sleeve.
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.
Jan 27
Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Take a rare opportunity to step inside the hidden world of L.A.-based fashion designer Peter Lai, with an incredible private tour led by the artist himself.