Oregon Solar Eclipse Festival: August 19-21, 2017
Total Eclipse Total Eclipse

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Festival of Science, Music, and Celestial Wonder.

Celebrate the eclipse August 19–21, 2017 in Eastern Oregon

in partnership with

On August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience the first total solar eclipse to span the entire country since 1918.

Atlas Obscura invites you to celebrate this rare astronomical event on a gorgeous, secluded farm nestled in Oregon's Snake River Valley.

For two days, you'll take part in an all-out festival of wonder featuring celebrated scientists, writers, musicians and explorers, plus an under-the-stars performance from the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra. At the end of it all, you'll experience the Total Eclipse itself—two minutes of midday darkness that you may never have the chance to see again.

featured presenters and performers

Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen

Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen

Listen →

Formed during the mid-’50s by experimental keyboarder and composer Sun Ra and inspired by ancient Egypt and outer space, Sun Ra Arkestra’s unique style of celestial free-jazz lives on under the leadership of legendary saxophonist Marshall Allen. This very special performance is not to be missed!

Psychic Ills

Psychic Ills

Listen →

When it comes to following the beat of their own drum, New York’s Psychic Ills have exemplified the phrase since their beginnings in 2003. Initially spawned from electronic-centered home recording experiments, they progressed into all-night full-band exploration in a neighborhood where noise wasn’t a problem. The Psychic Ills make sunburned psych pop, awash in warm tones and blues damaged songwriting.

Helado Negro

Helado Negro

Listen →

A South Florida native, born to Ecuadorian immigrants and based in Brooklyn, Roberto Carlos Lange's upbringing provides essential elements to his songwriting, including his consistently bilingual -- English and Spanish -- lyrics. Known for his craftsmanship, Lange has cultured his identity, ideology and musical dexterity with constant artistic and introspective development, pouring his heart and full sincerity into his music. His fourth LP Double Youth released in 2014 garnered acclaim with Pitchfork naming it "the boldest and most intricate Helado Negro work to date."

Clara Moskowitz

Clara Moskowitz

Visit →

Clara Moskowitz is Scientific American's senior editor covering astronomy and physics. A space geek from way back, she’s been to Space Camp, attended about a dozen rocket launches, and graduated from suborbital spaceflight training. She has a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University and a graduate degree in science journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining Scientific American, she worked for Space.com, Wired, Discover magazine and the American Museum of Natural History.

Paul O’Connor

Paul O’Connor

Visit →

Physicist Paul O'Connor (Brookhaven Laboratory) studies the micro-world of sub-atomic particles and the macro-world of dark matter and dark energy. He is currently involved in building the world's largest digital camera for astronomy, soon to start making a 100 PetaByte map of the sky from a remote mountain in the Chilean Andes.

Jorge Cham

Jorge Cham

Visit →

Jorge Cham is the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), the popular comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. Often called the "Dilbert of academia`, PHD Comics has appeared in many newspapers, and is published online where it is read by over 6 million visitors a year from over 1000 universities worldwide.

National Parks at Night

National Parks at Night

Visit →

America's National Parks are breathtaking in the daytime, but take on an otherworldly beauty at night. National Parks at Night hosts hand-crafted photography workshops with experienced and enthusiastic instructors. The result is a rich experience, full of adventure, where you get individual attention and awe-inspiring images of natural nocturnal splendor.

Science on Tap

Science on Tap

Visit →

Science on Tap is a lecture series that pairs learning about science with drinking beer. Held every month in Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA. Science on Tap helps make science fun and relevant for everyone. Join them by the beer garden to do hands-on activities and talk about space science!

More artists and presenters to be announced soon!
Ross Andersen

Ross Andersen

Visit →

Ross Andersen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the science, technology, and health sections. He was previously the deputy editor of Aeon Magazine, and before that, he was the science editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to his work as an editor, Andersen is known for his award-winning feature essays, which straddle philosophy, science, technology, history, and the arts.

Summer Ash

Summer Ash

Visit →

Summer Ash is the Director of Outreach for Columbia University’s Department of Astronomy. A self-professed space cadet, she grew up dragging friends and family out at all hours of the day or night to look up at the sky. Formally trained in both rocket scientist and radio astronomy, Summer is now harnessing her powers for science communication. Her written work has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Slate, Nautilus, Now.Space, and SyfyWire. She has appeared on The Nerdist and is a Star Talk All-Star.

Vi Hart

Vi Hart

Visit →

Vi Hart is a mathemusician and philosopher known primarily for work in mathematical understanding, musical structure, and social justice. Hart is best known for the film series “Doodling in Math Class”, the stand-alone philosophical work “Twelve Tones,” and as co-creator of “Parable of the Polygons.” Current research focuses on how virtual reality technology can impact human understanding and the human experience.

Michael Lemonick

Michael Lemonick

Visit →

Michael D. Lemonick is Opinion Editor at Scientific American; he was previously Senior Writer at Time magazine, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories. He is the author of five books on space and the cosmos—the New York Times called him “one of astronomy's great popularizers”. He has also written major stories on space for National Geographic, Smithsonian and other publications. He teaches at Princeton University.

Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer

Science journalist Joshua Foer is the co-founder of Atlas Obscura and author of the international bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.

Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata

Visit →

Christopher Intagliata is senior producer for the public radio show Science Friday. In his decade with the show, he has shadowed NASA scientists simulating a Mars mission on an active Hawaiian volcano, gone hunting for rare bees in the California desert, and skated Olympic ice--in the name of science of course. Christopher also serves as the editor for Science Friday’s new documentary podcast Undiscovered, and regularly hosts Scientific American’s “60-Second Science” podcast.

Daniel Whiteson

Daniel Whiteson

Visit →

Daniel Whiteson is a professor of experimental particle physics at the University of California, Irvine, and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He conducts research using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Daniel is also the co-founder of the Webby-award winning cosmic-ray smartphone app Crayfis.

Science Friday

Science Friday

Visit →

Increasing the public's access to science and scientific information for over 25 years, public radio program and non-profit Science Friday will be presenting interactive and hands-on eclipse activities for attendees of all ages.

More artists and presenters to be announced soon!


sunday, august 20

Main Stage

12:00 p.m.
Summer Ash
A Brief History of Sunshine

1:00 p.m.
Vi Hart
Geometric Stars Are Made Of People

2:45 p.m.
Paul O'Connor
The Dark Side of the Universe

3:45 p.m.
Joshua Foer
A Minor History of Time Without Clocks

4:30 p.m.
Michael Lemonick
Cosmic Stuff Moving in Front of Other Cosmic Stuff—Eclipses are Just the Start

5:30 p.m.
Clara Moskowitz
Ghostly Particles from the Sun

6:25 p.m.
Daniel Whiteson & Jorge Cham
We Have No Idea

7:40 p.m.
Christopher Intagliata
A Relatively Important Eclipse

8:00 p.m.
Matt Hill, National Parks at Night
After Dark in National Parks

8:40 p.m.
Summer Ash
The Summer Sky

9:15 p.m.
Psychic Ills

10:20 p.m.
Helado Negro

11:25 p.m.
Sun Ra Arkestra

B&H Celestial Viewing Stage

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Solar Viewing and Photography
Hands-On Demonstrations with B&H

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Solar Viewing and Photography
Hands-On Demonstrations with B&H

9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Light Painting Party
With National Parks at Night and B&H

11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Stargazing with Summer Ash

Science Friday Booth

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Moon Cratering

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Send an Eclipse

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Music Doodle Time
With Vi Hart

Elysian Fields Elysian Brewing

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Track the Eclipse with Photosensitive Paper
Hosted by Science Friday

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Happy Hour
With Elysian Brewing’s Head Brewer, Josh Waldman

Science on Tap Booth

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Science on Tap

monday, august 21

Main Stage

9:30 a.m.
Ross Andersen
What It Means When the Sun Goes Dark

10:00 a.m.
Countdown to Totality with Atlas Obscura

B&H Celestial Viewing Stage

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Eclipse Viewing and Photography

admission and parking


Camping spots are first-come, first-serve. Admission tickets do not include Parking. Each vehicle at Total Eclipse must purchase a separate Parking Pass in advance. All kids 10 and under are included for free when attending Total Eclipse with a parent or legal guardian.

Total Eclipse General Admission Ticket: $250
A General Admission ticket includes entry for one person plus bring-your-own tent camping in the general camping area for the duration of the festival, starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 20.

Total Eclipse Early Arrival Ticket: $325
Make a full weekend out of celebrating the Total Eclipse and arrive early for first dibs on camping spaces! The Early Arrival ticket includes entry for one person plus bring-your-own tent camping in the general camping area starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.

Kids Under 10
Entry for kids 10 and under is free when attending Total Eclipse with a parent or legal guardian.


All vehicles must have a pre-purchased Parking Pass in order to enter the property.

Total Eclipse Vehicle Parking Pass: $45
This parking pass is for cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles. RVs, oversized vehicles and vehicles with trailers will need to purchase an RV Parking Pass instead.

Total Eclipse RV Parking Pass: $85
This parking pass is for RVs, Pop-Ups, Trailers, etc. and includes a space up to 30 feet long and 15 feet wide. These parking spaces are located in a grassy field without any hook ups.

All sales are final. We cannot provide refunds. Please use caution if you’re thinking of buying a ticket from an individual or third party. We will not honor tickets that have been duplicated or forged."

tent rentals

Have a campsite and camping gear pre-set and ready for you when you arrive! We have a variety of options available for attendees who would prefer not to bring in their own gear or who desire more luxurious accommodations. Tent pricing is the same whether you stay one or two nights, so consider maximizing your experience with an Early Arrival ticket.

Please note that Furnished Camping & Glamping Packages do not include admission to the festival or parking. Those items must be purchased separately. Once you arrive at Total Eclipse, you’ll check in at our host station and be guided directly to your campsite.

When you check in, a credit card or cash must be provided to keep on file for the $250/unit security deposit, which will be refunded upon check-out. This deposit protects from possible damages to property; should the unit(s) be in unacceptable condition upon check-out, the reservation holder is responsible for costs related to extra cleaning, damage repairs, replacement of missing or damaged contents, expenses resulting from violations such as smoking in the units, etc.

Bring Your Own Tent
Included with all admission tickets.

Basic Camping Tent for 2 People: $500

  • 1 large (9' × 7') camping dome tent
  • 2 thick sleeping pads
  • 2 extra large (80in × 40in) sleeping bags
  • 2 pillows
  • 2 battery powered lanterns, including red for optimal stargazing
  • water
  • 1 outdoor mat
Basic Camping Tent Photos

Deluxe Canvas Bell Tent Suite for 2 People: $1500

  • 1 large (5 meter) lockable canvas bell tent
  • 1 outdoor mat
  • 2 pairs of slippers
  • 2 indoor/outdoor lounge chairs
  • 2 donut floats for the creek
  • 2 battery powered lanterns, including red for optimal stargazing
  • 1 large and 2 small indoor mats
  • Complimentary cooler bag with beer courtesy of Elysian Brewing Company
  • Welcome package
  • 1 vanity with mirror, shelf and hooks
  • 2 glasses and 2 hangers
  • 2 towels and 2 washcloths
  • Toilet paper, tissues and water
  • 2 crate tables
  • 2 side tables
  • 1 trash can
  • Air bed(s), 4 pillows, linens, comforter(s), and 2 blankets.
  • 1 queen air bed or 2 twin air beds
Deluxe Canvas Bell Tent Suite Photos

Deluxe Dorm Style Canvas Bell Tent for 4 People: $1750

  • 1 large (5 meter) lockable canvas bell tent
  • 1 outdoor mat
  • 4 battery powered lanterns, including red for optimal stargazing
  • 1 large and 2 small indoor mats
  • Complimentary cooler bag with beer courtesy of Elysian Brewing Company
  • 4 welcome packages
  • 1 vanity with mirror, shelf and hooks
  • 4 glasses and 4 hangers
  • 4 towels and 4 washcloths
  • Toilet paper, tissues and water
  • 4 crate tables
  • 2 trash cans
  • 4 twin air beds, 8 pillows, linens, comforters, and 4 blankets.
Deluxe Dorm Style Canvas Bell Tent Suite Photos



What is the Total Eclipse Festival?

Atlas Obscura’s Total Eclipse Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza of science, live music, and celestial wonder. For two days, attendees of all ages will camp out in beautiful Eastern Oregon with hundreds of fellow Atlas Obscura explorers.

Why are you doing this?

We’re so glad you asked.
In the late morning of August 21, 2017, a rare total solar eclipse will cut a narrow 70-mile swath across the entire continental United States, starting in northwestern Oregon and making its way southeast through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The lucky few in this Path of Totality will be plunged into darkness for a little over two minutes.

Just how rare is this? Well to start, this will be the first total solar eclipse of any kind in the continental U.S. in 38 years. But in fact, there hasn’t been a total solar eclipse quite like this, where the Path of Totality has spanned the entire country from end to end, since 1918.

Pretty exciting, right? So obviously, we decided to throw a huge party.

Can't I view the eclipse anywhere? Why should I do it with Atlas Obscura in Oregon?

The Path of Totality—where you can experience the eclipse in full—is quite narrow, and our campsite in Eastern Oregon's high desert is one of the few places in the country with a history of clear weather and where full viewing is anticipated. As a result, existing lodging in this desirable region is already scarce.

Plus, Atlas Obscura is one of the few organizations offering an eclipse-viewing festival of this scale, and the only one with our unique combination of science-based programming and spectacular live music.

Where exactly will the festival take place?

To ensure privacy, our exact location will be released exclusively to ticket holders. Confirmed guests will receive directions to the festival site along with a detailed information packet several weeks prior to the event. We’ve selected one of the best locations inside the Path of Totality, so you’ll be within the full two-minute total eclipse range.

Should I purchase a ticket now even if I’m not sure I can make it?

We expect this festival to sell out very quickly, so we encourage you to buy your tickets as early as possible. That said, due to the nature of this very special event, we’re unable to offer any refunds or exchanges.

How much does it cost?

Ticket prices vary depending on when you purchase them, and what level of experience you choose. Scroll up the page for more details.

What if it rains, or it’s too cloudy to see the eclipse?

We picked this location because Eastern Oregon tends to have dry, cloudless weather in August. In terms of the odds of good visibility, it’s one of the best possible places to be inside the Path of Totality for the eclipse. That said, we obviously can’t guarantee the weather, and no refunds or exchanges will be possible under any conditions. All scheduled festival events will proceed Rain or Shine.

Can I leave and return?

Re-entry is allowed, but coming and going is not recommended. The nearest town is Baker City, roughly 30 minutes away by car. We anticipate heavy traffic along the interstate leading up to the eclipse, which may make travel slow-going and getting back to the festival grounds a challenge. We highly encourage attendees to bring all the supplies they anticipate needing when they first arrive for check-in.

What’s the wildlife situation likely to be on the festival grounds?

Deer, hawks, and other birdlife are common and likely to be seen, and bighorn sheep can be found in the nearby mountain ranges. While rattlesnakes are native to Eastern Oregon, they have not been seen on this property. As is always the case when in nature, attendees should be cognizant of their surroundings and maintain a respectful distance from wildlife.

Is this a kid-friendly event?

Families are welcome! Children under 10 are free when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

What is your refund policy?

All ticket sales are final. We cannot provide ticket refunds. Please use caution if you’re thinking of buying a ticket from an individual or third party. We will not honor tickets that have been duplicated or forged.

I have more questions, who can I ask?

Feel free to contact us with any additional questions.


Can I bring an RV or a camper?

Yes. RVs, Pop-Ups and Trailers are welcome. Simply purchase an RV Parking Pass in advance. RV parking spaces can accommodate larger vehicles up to 30 feet long and 15 feet wide. Please be aware that these spaces will be located in a grassy field without any hook ups.

Can I bring my own camping equipment?

Absolutely! We highly encourage attendees to bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and supplies. General admission camping sites will be available upon arrival on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there’s plenty of room for everyone.

What if I don’t have camping equipment?

We have several options available for those who don’t plan to camp with their own equipment or who desire more luxurious accommodation. Deluxe furnished bell tents are available for rent in individual and group sizes, as are simple pre-pitched camping tents.

Will there be bathrooms and showers on-site?

Port-a-potties and hand-washing stations will be available at a variety of locations, both in the camping areas and on the festival grounds. Showers will not be available on-site, but a lovely creek runs through the property. Attendees are welcome to take a dip!

How large will my campsite be?

There’s no formal maximum or minimum in terms of campsite space. We’ve got plenty of land to go around, but the larger your group, the earlier you'll want to arrive to claim your space and set up. Please be mindful of other campers and respect their individual spaces.

Food & Beverage

Is cooking allowed?

To minimize the risk of fire or harm to the property, the use of grills or stovetops of any kind—gas, electric, or charcoal—is prohibited. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own food, but it needs to be pre-made or able to be consumed without heating. Ice will also be available for purchase on-site if needed, to refill coolers.

What if I don’t want to bring my own food?

A variety of food and snacks will be available for purchase, including vegetarian options.

What about alcohol?

No outside alcohol of any kind will be allowed in the camping areas or on the festival grounds.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase in the Elysian Fields Beer Garden. Please drink responsibly, hydrate properly, and be mindful of the heat!

In order to be served alcohol you must have an “Over 21” wristband. You can get a wristband after your ID has been checked by one of our alcohol monitors, who will be stationed outside the designated areas.

Alcohol can only be served to Oregon Liquor Control Commission-approved enjoyers. OLCC approval requires one of the following:

  • Valid United States State-issued Driver’s License
  • Valid United States State-issued ID Card
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid United States Military-issued ID

No other form of identification will be accepted for legal purposes. Expired documents are invalid.

We reserve the right to refuse to serve alcohol to anyone.

Travel Information

How should I plan to get there?

The festival site is located in a rural area in Baker County, Oregon, approximately 100 miles northwest of Boise, Idaho. We recommend that travelers fly in and out of Boise Airport. Alternatively, the drive time from Portland, Oregon, is approximately 5.5 hours, and from Seattle, Washington, it’s approximately 6.5 hours. Festival attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event location. No public transportation options are available in this area.

Note, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event and local authorities expect heavy traffic in the viewing path. Please allow ample driving time to arrive at the grounds and consider buying an Early Arrival ticket to give yourself extra time. Finally, if you're flying, we recommend booking your return flight for late Monday or early Tuesday due to heavy traffic after the event.

When does the festival start, and when does it end?

General Admission ticket holders should plan to arrive any time after 9 a.m. PDT on Sunday, August 20. Those who would like extra time to settle in should purchase Early Arrival tickets, which allow guests access to the festival site starting at 3 p.m. PDT on Saturday, August 19.

The festival will end Monday, August 21 at 12 p.m. PDT, shortly after the eclipse is complete.

When is checkout?

Check out will be at 2 p.m. PDT on Monday, August 21. Programming will end at noon Monday following our Eclipse viewing ceremony.

In what timezone is the festival being held?

The festival will take place in the Pacific Time Zone. For those flying into Boise, however, please note that you will be crossing from the Mountain Time Zone, meaning you will lose an hour when driving back to the airport after the event. Please plan your flight times accordingly.


What’s the deal with parking?

Ample parking is available on-site. There is a per-vehicle parking fee, and all parking passes must be purchased in advance. Carpooling and shared rides are highly encouraged.

The designated parking area is a short walk from the camping areas and festival grounds. By order of the Baker County Sheriff's Department, there can be absolutely no parking on county roads or on private property leading to, or adjacent to, the venue.

Leave No Trace

What’s the Leave No Trace principle?

If you were ever a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, you no doubt remember. This event will operate under a strict Pack It In, Pack It Out policy. That means you’ll need to take all your own trash with you when you leave. It also means you should never feed any wildlife you happen to encounter, and you shouldn’t take anything with you that belongs to nature. The motto of the weekend is: "Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints."

Bring This, Not That

What should I pack?

In mid-August, high temperatures in Baker County average in the upper-70s to upper-80s. Overnight lows can dip down into the 40s. We recommend that you plan for direct sunlight during the day and bring a warm jacket for the evening. Don’t forget to pack:

  • Tent and tent stakes (unless you’re renting that equipment from us)
  • Shade structure (optional)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight
  • Beach towel (in case you take a dip in the creek)
  • Trash bag for your campsite
  • Toiletries
  • Appropriate shoes: We recommend one pair of sneakers or hiking boots, and one pair of sandals
  • Both warm and cold weather clothing (shorts, pants, sweatshirt, jacket, tank top, etc.)
  • Valid ID
  • Cash/credit card
  • Non-perishable food
  • Low-back lawn chair (optional)
  • Blanket to sit on

Do I need to bring my own eclipse-viewing glasses?

Nope. Commemorative Total Eclipse viewing glasses are included in your ticket price and will be distributed to all attendees upon arrival.

Is there a list of prohibited items?

Thanks so much for asking! Here it is:

  • Outside alcohol (beer and wine will be available for purchase on-site)
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Laser pointers
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Gas-powered generators (Personal solar-powered generators are allowed in the camping area)
  • Charcoal/gas/electric grills of any kind
  • Flammable items of any kind, including candles and fireworks

sponsors & partners

Lead Sponsor

Elysian Brewing


Science Friday My Music Rx