Events - Atlas Obscura
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Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Sep 19
La Grange, Illinois

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.
Working the drop roller.
Sep 20
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Victorian Clear Toy and Cough Drop Workshop

Go behind-the-scenes at the oldest continuously operated confectionery in the United States for a hands-on workshop of a Pennsylvania-German tradition.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Sep 20
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.
Ripe paw-paws by a paw-paw tree.
Sep 22
Indian Head, Maryland

In Search of the Edible Treats of Mattawoman Creek

Join us for a kayak exploration down this freshwater marsh in search of everything edible.
Beekeeper Bob Redmond
Sep 22
Burien, Washington

Beekeeping 101

Meet a colony of bees with Bob Redmond of Urban Bee Company.
Buckhorn Exchange
Sep 22
Denver, Colorado

Drinking History Tour of Denver

Join us for a historic bar crawl featuring three of Denver's most unusual and iconic locations.
Sep 22
Chicago, Illinois

Into the Veil

Immersive experiences in Graceland Cemetery on the night of the autumnal equinox.
Sep 23
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.
Puppet.
Sep 23
Los Angeles, California

Puppet-Making Party

Unleash the creatures of your imagination in this magical making workshop.
The Fitzgerald's final resting place in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Sep 23
Rockville, Maryland

Remembering Literary Legend F. Scott Fitzgerald

Celebrate the famed American author's birthday by visiting his former final resting place and his current one in Rockville.
Rendering of Seattle Commons.
Sep 23
Seattle, Washington

Seattle's Central Park: What Could Have Been

Explore an alternate history walking tour of the Seattle Commons Project.
Phantasma Gloria.
Sep 23
Los Angeles, California

Phantasma Gloria

Discover a glorious glasswork homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe, hidden in Echo Park.
Sep 25
Chicago, Illinois

Architecture of Mysterious Chicago

Curious to know more about Chicago? Author of Mysterious Chicago Adam Selzer highlights the histories and unsolved mysteries of the city's landmarks.
Cradle Grave garden.
Sep 26
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sketchy Evening With Grave Gardens

Cradle Grave gardens, Shrub drinks, and sketching at The Woodlands.
Tao Tao in Xinjiang province
Sep 27
New York, New York

What She Said: Women in Exploration

Atlas Obscura is teaming up with the W New York – Times Square for an evening of conversation among modern-day women explorers.
Sunset at Kingsland Wildflowers.
Sep 27
Brooklyn, New York

Kingsland Wildflowers Sunset Tour and Pigeon Lecture

Toast to the sunset as you tour the thriving meadows spanning a rooftop in one of Brooklyn's most heavily industrialized neighborhoods and learn about local pigeons from resident expert Andrew Garn.
Shane Confectionery interior.
Sep 28
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.
Plant dye lab.
Sep 29
New York, New York

Natural/Botanical Dye Workshop with Swale on Governors Island

Join us at Swale's newest forest installation for a natural dye workshop, cocktails, and teas made on-site with flora you forage for yourself!
Team Oddities, Meagan Meli, Ryan Cohn, and Regina Cohn,
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Market by Ryan and Regina Cohn is coming to Los Angeles, and Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!
Team Oddities, Meagan Meli, Ryan Cohn, and Regina Cohn,
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: General Admission

The legendary Oddities Market by Ryan and Regina Cohn is coming to Los Angeles!
S.S. United States.
Sep 30
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

All Aboard the S.S. United States!

Join the S.S. United States Conservancy's curatorial team on a special, limited-access tour inside the S.S. United States to learn about the vibrant history of America’s Flagship.
Union Station in the early 20th century.
Sep 30
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Sep 30
Brooklyn

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.
Miradero Gates.
Sep 30
Glendale, California

The Strange Life of Glendale's First Family

Dive into the history of this eccentric Edwardian estate.
Greenpoint Sewer Plant.
Oct 1
New York, New York

Infrastructure Creek Walking Tour

Join us for a tour of the bridges, tunnels, and train yards surrounding the Newtown Creek Superfund site in Brooklyn and Queens.
CBD cocktail.
Oct 1
Boulder, Colorado

Cannabis 101

Explore Colorado's cannabis industry with historians, budtenders, and entrepreneurs at the Museum of Boulder.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 3
Takoma Park, Maryland

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.
Skyscrapers on the river's edge stand upon some of Chicago's earliest history.
Oct 5
Chicago, Illinois

The Hunt for Disaster

A scavenger hunt to find the locations of Chicago's worst downtown disasters.
Oct 6
Los Angeles, California

Two Bit Circus Bemusement Park Tour

Amuse yourself at a technological micro-amusement park complete with re-invented, old-school carnival games and epic gaming technology.
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.
Oct 6
Denver, Colorado

Cleaning Up The Crime Scene

Discover what happens to a crime scene after the police and forensic team leave.
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.
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.
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.
Schoenhofen Monument.
Oct 13
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
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.
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.
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.
60-inch telescope.
Oct 13
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.
Theosophical Society garden.
Oct 14
Wheaton, IL

The Theosophical Society in America

Explore an oasis of esoteric wisdom in Wheaton, Illinois.
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.
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.
Ravenmaster book cover.
Oct 17
Los Angeles, CA

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Captivating sights await you on the river.
Oct 25
Chicago, Illinois

The Curious Cruise: Haunted History on the Chicago River 2018

Enjoy a scenic yacht cruise along the Chicago River while listening to the strangest (yet true!) stories from the city's past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sep
13 - 19
Ukraine

Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night

Explore Ukraine's complicated past and fascinating present through hidden passages, towering monuments, lively meals, and living history.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Sep 18
Greenfield, Wisconsin

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.
Flippers from the Williams pinball game "Demolition Man".
Sep 16
College Park, Maryland

How to Be a Pinball Wizard

Come learn the fraught history of a game once illegal and deemed a public menace. Plus, tips from the pros and time to play at MOM's Organic Market in College Park.
Sep 16
Denver, Colorado

The History of Disaster Tourism

Journey into the complex history of dark tourism with Kari Bergen of Ephemera Obscura.
Palisades and Movie Colony, Santa Monica, California.
Sep 16
Santa Monica, California

Hollywood's First Hidden Getaway

Discover Santa Monica's scandalous past during a beachfront tour of the Gold Coast.
1943 Mummers Francis Palamida as Cleopatra.
Sep 16
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ghetto to Gayborhood

Explore and learn about the evolution of Philadelphia's 'Gayborhood' with an expert in local LGBT history.
60-inch telescope.
Sep 15
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.
Sculpture by Robin Cohen.
Sep 15
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Hills Sculpture Garden

Located just below the Hollywood Sign is a garden filled with over 60 contemporary sculptures. Join us for an exclusive sunset stroll of this private art collection with founder and artist, Dr. Robby Gordon.
Sep 15
Edmonds, Washington

Atlas Obscura Brews With You: DIY Craft Beers

Join us on an exclusive Seattle-area brewery tour where we'll create our own unique brew in homage to the local craft beer industry.
Follow Your Heart.
Sep 15
Chatsworth, California

Vegan Food Factory

Discover how vegan mayonnaise is made on this exclusive factory tour of Follow Your Heart Market & Restaurant.
Archaeologists are storing the ship in tanks of water to halt deterioration.
Sep 15
Alexandria, Virginia

Preserving Alexandria's 18th-Century Ships

Help the Alexandria Archaeology Museum document, preserve, and save recently-discovered, centuries-old ships from being lost to time.
Automatic press.
Sep 13
Los Angeles, California

Screen Time at The Print Lab

A custom garment printing demonstration and workshop.
Sep
5 - 10
Hungary

Sagas and Spas of Budapest

Explore the birthplace of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before setting into the countryside to soak in thermal baths, wander through countryside vineyards, and row boats in subterranean caves.
Jul
27
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Sep
9
Brooklyn, New York

See/Saw

An Immersion into a Magician's Mind.
Sep 9
Chicago, Illinois

Hyde Park Walking Tour

Time travel through Bronze Age history to the Atomic Age in nine blocks.
A lush section of the river.
Sep 9
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles River Adventure

Hop from Frogtown to Mallard Mound.