Updated: The mega list of solar eclipse events in Kansas City area

What you need to know about August's solar eclipse

The U.S. is in for a rare astronomical treat on August 21, 2017 — that's the day of the "Great American Eclipse." It's the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire U.S. in 99 years, and more than 12 million Americans live in its path.
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The U.S. is in for a rare astronomical treat on August 21, 2017 — that's the day of the "Great American Eclipse." It's the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire U.S. in 99 years, and more than 12 million Americans live in its path.

The once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse is less than three weeks away, and if you haven’t made plans for viewing it, you’d better not wait much longer.

The No. 1 option for many people around the country and the world for the Aug. 21 event is St. Joseph. That’s because the city 50 miles north of Kansas City falls smack in the sweet spot of the 70-mile-wide swath across 14 states in which the moon will completely cover the sun.

St. Joseph is bracing for tens of thousands — perhaps hundreds of thousands — of visitors. The city previously best known as the starting point of the Pony Express and the ending point of outlaw Jesse James’ life will be doing it up big for the big event (see the list below).

But plenty of other places within a relatively short drive of Kansas City will be prime viewing areas, and many have multiple-day events planned. Lathrop and Excelsior Springs in Missouri and Atchison, Kan., are among them.

Even though Kansas City itself and its immediate suburbs won’t experience the eclipse as completely as places to the north, it will be easy to find local celebrations and viewing parties. Independence Square, Union Station and the City Market are likely to be popular places Aug. 21.

If nothing else, you can grab your protective glasses, go in the front yard and look up.

Or don’t even go outside. NASA Television will offer real-time coverage of the event from coast to coast. The program will include images of the eclipse from the International Space Station and other spacecraft, as well as from high-altitude aircraft and balloons, and ground observations.

Top eclipse events

St. Joseph

When: Aug. 19-21

Info: stjomo.com/eclipse2017, stjosepheclipse.com

▪ City-approved viewing locations:

Rosecrans Memorial Airport

East Hills Shopping Center

Trails West! Festival at Civic Center Park (trailswest.org)

Remington Nature Center, riverfront area (stjoenaturecenter.info)

Heritage Park Softball Complex

Tipple Hill Winery and Vineyard (tipplehillwinery.com)

▪ Other places with special events:

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (albrecht-kemper.org)

Coleman Hawkins Park at Felix Street Square

Missouri Western State University (missouriwestern.edu/eclipse2017)

Mount Mora Cemetery (mountmora.com)

Pony Express National Museum (ponyexpress.org)

St. Joseph Country Club, Solar Eclipse Golf Classic (solareclipsegolfclassic.com)

St. Joseph Museum/Wyeth-Tootle Museum (stjosephmuseum.org)

St. Joseph Public Library (sjpl.lib.mo.us)

Rolling Hills Library (rhcl.org)

The vacation rental market in St. Joseph is getting a boost from tourists expected to flock to the city for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Real estate agent Lynne Stover says rental are ranging from $500 to $5,000 per night. Stacy Smith has r

Lathrop, Mo.

What: Total Solar Eclipse/150 years festival including Hoedown dinner and dance, Wine and Dine, and Gospel Sing and Eclipse Viewing.

When: Aug. 18-21

Info: $8-$40. lathropeclipse.com

Atchison, Kan.

What: “Total Eclipse of the Heartland” at Benedictine College; Eclipse Aire Fest at Amelia Earhart Airport; “Eclipses, Einstein and the Fabric of Our Souls” retreat at Mount St. Scholastica Convent.

When: Aug. 18-21

Info: visitatchison.com/events/totality-eclipse

Excelsior Springs

What: BBQ Festival, Fly-in on the River with breakfast and barbecue lunch, and Solar Festival Presentation.

When: Aug. 18-21

Info: Hall of Waters, 201 E. Broadway. visitexcelsior.com/SolarFest

Smithville Lake

What: Activities will include Eclipse Horseback Weekend, Total Eclipse Boating Experience, Solar Beach Bash, Solar Trekker and Solar Spectators watch event.

When: Aug. 19-21

Info: Fees vary. visitclaymo.com/eclipse_smithville; 816-407-3400

Jowler Creek Winery

What: Kansas City Eclipse & Sips Festival. Wine, meals, stargazing and movie.

When: Aug. 17-21

Info: 16905 Jowler Creek Road, Platte City. Free-$50 for events. jowlercreek.com, 816-858-5528

Independence Square

What: The Dark Side of the Square: A Solar Eclipse Festival. Free outdoor showings of themed movies, Aug. 19; Wine, Brew and a Movie Too event, Aug. 20; block party/viewing party, Aug. 21.

When: Aug. 18-21

Info: Downtown Independence. visitindependence.com/events

Jen Winter of Daystar Filters describes the steps and planning involved with successful total eclipse photography like the one passing over the United States on August 21, 2017.

Celebrations in the city

Union Station

What: Experience the Eclipse 2017. Watch party with interactive, hands-on themed programming.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21

Info: Science City, $13.25; Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, $7. unionstation.org/sciencecity/events/experience-eclipse-2017

City Market

What: Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party with opening meditation followed by karaoke and aerial acrobatics troupe MoonDrop Circus.

When: 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21

Info: thecitymarket.org

Crossroads Arts District

What: Solanoir Street Art and Pre-Eclipse Festival.

When: Aug. 18-21

Info: solanoir.com

Kansas City Public Library-Central Library

What: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Up on the Roof. Lisa Pinsker, owner of Mindfulness Matters, will lead group meditation session; musical trio Tiny Escalators will give noon concert.

When: 10 a.m. Aug. 21

Info: 14 W. 10th. kclibrary.org, 816-701-3400

Local golf courses

What: GreatLifeKC Solar Eclipse Charity Golf Classic.

When: 7:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Aug. 21 shotgun starts

Info: Competition at 24 courses. solareclipsegolfclassic.com

John’s Big Deck

What: John’s “Black Out” Party

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21

Info: $25. 928 Wyandotte. eventbrite.com/event/36275002509

Other special events

Fat Boyz Grill & Bar

What: Pieces of My Art Solar Eclipse! paint party

When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21

Info: $25. 129 E. Washington, Kearney. eventbrite.com/event/36560989905

Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center

What: Fundraising event sponsored by Central and Midlands Mission Centers of Community of Christ

When: 2 p.m. Aug. 20-3 p.m. Aug. 21

Info: $150. 12856 Doniphan Lake Road, Excelsior Springs. lakedoniphan.com

Watch parties

Area libraries

Info: Kansas City, kclibrary.org; Kansas City, Kan., kckpl.org; Mid-Continent, mymcpl.org

Chicken N Pickle

Info: Free-$10. 1761 Burlington, North Kansas City. eventbrite.com/event/36320512631

CommunityAmerica Ballpark

Info: 1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. visitkansascityks.com/solareclipse2017

Downtown Liberty

Info: Glasses available while supplies last. historicdowntownliberty.org/join-downtown-liberty-solar-eclipse

Drunken Fish

Info: $30. 14 E. 14th. eventbrite.com/event/36417137639

The Farmer’s House

Info: $6. 23200 Missouri 273, Weston. thefarmershouse.org, 816-640-0133

Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery

Info: 31010 W. 124th, Excelsior Springs. fencestile.com, 816-500-6465

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Info: 101 E. 13th. beerknurd.com, 816-221-1900

Fountain Mortgage

Info: 8340 Mission, Suite 240, Prairie Village. eventbrite.com/event/36617865020

George Owens Nature Park

Info: 1601 S. Speck, Independence. visitindependence.com/events, 816-325-7115

Green Dirt Farm

Info: $85. 19935 Mount Bethel, Weston. greendirtfarm.com/event/eclipse, 816-386-2156

Historic Mount Gilead School

Info: $5. 15918 Plattsburg Road, Kearney. claycountymo.gov/Historic_Sites/Front_Page

Jesse James Park

Info: 3001 N. Missouri 33, Kearney. kearneychamber.org/2017/07/05/solar-eclipse-party

Johnson County parks

Info: Antioch Park (Shelter 2), Shawnee Mission Park (Theatre in the Park) and Heritage Park (Shelter 1). exploremerriam.com

Leavenworth Landing

Info: Riverfront, Leavenworth. visitleavenworthks.com/solar-eclipse-august-21-2017.html

Linden Square

Info: 602 N. 70th, Gladstone. gladstone.mo.us, 816-423-4194

Missouri Department of Conservation areas

Info: nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/activities/nature-viewing/2017-solar-eclipse

Missouri state parks

Info: Includes Watkins Mill State Park and Weston Bend State Park. mostateparks.com/2017eclipse

Paddy O’Quigley’s Pub & Grille

Info: 5317 W. 151st, Leawood. oquigleys.com, 913-601-3511

Park University

Info: Julian Field stadium, Parkville. park.edu/eclipse

Riverwood Winery

Info: 22200 Missouri 45 N., Rushville. riverwoodwinery.com, 816-579-9797

Roots, Fruits & Greens Farm

Info: $2.50-$10. 21350 Springdale Road, Easton, Kan. eventbrite.com/event/36659780390

Rowe Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Info: 11255 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. roweridge.com, 913-721-9776

Sailboard Cove, Smithville Lake

Info: Aquarian Organization of Astrologers. $20. astrologykansasacity-aoa.com

Shatto Milk Co.

Info: $40 per car. 9406 N. Missouri 33, Osborn. shattomilk.com, 816-930-3862

Shenk Sports Complex

Info: Clinton Parkway and Iowa Street, Lawrence. physics.ku.edu/theeclipseatku

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Info: Hodge Park, 7000 N.E. Barry. shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com, 816-792-2655

Vox Vineyards

Info: $45-$75 (sold out). 19310 N.W. Farley Hampton. eventbrite.com/event/31691816075

Weston Red Barn Farm

Info: $75; includes brunch. 16300 Wilkerson, Weston. eventbrite.com/event/36217834518, 816-386-5437

Zip KC

Info: 12829 Loring, Bonner Springs. zipkc.com, 913-214-9478

A local eye doctor says that if you're planning to view the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, make sure you're wearing a certified pair of eclipse glasses to avoid retinal damage.

Pre-eclipse programs

Johnson County Library

What: Solar Eclipse Drop-In

When: 9 a.m. Aug. 15, Gardner Branch; 10 a.m. Aug. 17, Central Resource Library.

Info: jocolibrary.org, 913-826-4600

Bonner Springs City Library

What: “Darkness at Mid-Day — A Total Eclipse of the Sun” with Jackie Beucher of Astronomical Society of Kansas City

When: 6 p.m. Aug. 16

Info: 201 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs. bonnerlibrary.org, 913-441-2665

Mid-Continent Public Library-Blue Springs South Branch

What: Kids Lab: Solar Eclipse

When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17

Info: 2220 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. mymcpl.org, 816-229-3571

Powell Observatory

What: Astronomy Society of Kansas City.

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19

Info: Lewis-Young Park, 26500 Melrose, Louisburg. askc.org/events/solar-eclipse-2017

George Owens Nature Park

What: What to Expect When You Are Expecting the 2017 Solar Eclipse

When: 10 a.m. Aug. 19

Info: 1601 S. Speck, Independence. visitindependence.com/events, 816-325-7115

Park University

What: Eclipsing Park University with Lynn Bondurant, retired NASA educational programs officer

When: 4 p.m. Aug. 20

Info: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, Parkville. park.edu/eclipse

Lawrence Public Library

What: The Great American Eclipse of 2017 with KU physics and astronomy professors

When: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 20

Info: 707 Vermont, Lawrence. lawrence.lib.ks.us, 785-843-3833

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Other celebrations in the region

Carrollton, Mo.: eclipse2017carolltonmo.com

Doniphan County, Kan.: dpcountyks.com/events/2017-eclipse

Lexington, Mo.: dayofthedark.com

Marshall, Mo.: marshallmosolareclipse.com