Mid-Mo Communities to host eclipse events
COLUMBIA - Cities across mid-Missouri are scheduled to host different events in celebration of the solar eclipse occurring on Aug. 21. If you would like to add your event to this page, please email or message Kenton Gewecke. If your venue has television, be sure to request KOMU 8 for full Show Me Eclipse coverage!
Official viewing sites:
Several events will take place throughout the weekend and Monday of the solar eclipse at several locations within Columbia.
- Cosmo Park: Throughout the weekend, family-friendly activities including a movie in the park, live music, a bike trail ride and more will be hosted in celebration for the eclipse viewing on Monday. The park will be open for guests to watch the solar eclipse.
- Gans Creek Recreational Area: Gans Creek will be a site for viewers to set up astronomical equipment and watch the eclipse.
- Totality Run: In celebration for the total solar eclipse the next day, a 5k will be held at 9 a.m. The 5k will be at Cosmo Park and participants will walk/run along the Bear Creek Trail. Registration fees increase by $5 starting August 1st. Admission includes solar eclipse glasses, a Totality Run t-shirt, Shakespeare's pizza and more. Register HERE.
- Totality Ride: In addition to a 5k, a bike ride along the Bear Creek Trail will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Cosmo Park. Riders will travel from Cosmo Park to Oakland Park and back for a distance of almost 10 miles. Similar to the 5k, registration fees increase by $5 starting August 1st. Register HERE.
- 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Foodstock - Located at Corporate Lake (near Rock Bridge High School) this event will have live music, food trucks, restaurants, beer tents, games, hot air balloons, kids area, fireworks (at 8 p.m.) and contests amoung other activities. Find more information HERE.
The Capital Eclipse Celebration will host several events the weekend of the solar eclipse.
- 9 a.m. - noon: The 6th annual Hotter n Hell 5k Fun Run will be held at the Jefferson City Fire Department Training Facility. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. but register by August 7th to guarantee a spot. Registration fee is $30 including a t-shirt and eclipse glasses. Activities for all ages will be provided, including face paint, bounce house, etc.
- 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Downtown Jefferson City will be hosting a family friendly live music event called Saturday Night Live. Admission is free, however, $2 over 21 wristbands will be available in order to purchase alcoholic beverages.
- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: The Scholastic Education Series will offer different classes and lectures based upon interest and education level at the Missouri State Capitol, Missouri River Regional Library and other locations. These are designed to enhance your solar eclipse experience. Admission for classes should be free, however, some classese may require a fee. This event is sponsored by Scholastic.
- 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Riverside Park will be hosting Total Eclipse of the Park where families can come and enjoy various activities ranging from SyFy movies to art in the artist village. Several food vendors will be present. Admission to this event is free, however, additional costs like admission to the Ellis Porter Riverside pool opening from noon to 5 p.m. will vary.
- 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Pink Floyd tribute band, Interstellar Overdrive, will be performing the full version of the album "Dark Side of the Moon" on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol. Admission is free.
Missouri State Penitentiary Tours will be open both Saturday and Sunday on the weekend of the solar eclipse. Ticketing prices start at $12 and hours will vary.
- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Capital Eclipse Village is hosting a festival in North Jefferson City filled with live music, kid's activities, vendors and more. Parking is $10 per car and a free shuttle is available to transport visitors to and from the festival area.
- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Capital Eclipse is also hosting a viewing at the Missouri State Capitol. Several activities including educational demonstrations and eclipse coverage will be available. Viewing is free, however parking in North Jefferson City for $10 per car is suggested as parking near the capitol is limited.
- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Eastside Business Association will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing and a cookout at Riverside Park. Viewing is free but there will be a cost for the cookout. The cost has yet to be set.
The Boonville Chamber of Commerce as well as the City of Boonville are working to schedule more activities on the lead up to the solar eclipse.
- Blackout in Boonville - A block party at the Depot District (First Street) will be held including music, food, a car museum, games and more. You can register HERE.
- Golf tournament at Hail Ridge Golf Course, for more informaiton or to register to play, please call (660) 882-2223
- Bike ride along the KATY trail
- BBQ at State Fair Community College
Official viewing sites
- Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport, 20044 Pearre Lane (I-70 Exit 106)
- Kemper Park, Third Street
- Total Eclipse of the Trail event will feature a two hour horseback ride along the Katy Trail during the time of the eclipse. Other activities including Cow Patty Bingo will be available. The trail ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. The registration fee for the event is $20.17 and includes solar eclipse safety glasses, a beverage ticket and more.
Covenant Point Camp and Retreat Center will be hosting a Quilt Auction and Luncheon to celebrate 20 years of summer camp along with viewing for the solar eclipse on August 21st.
- 10 a.m.: Quilt Auction begins as well as other silent auction tables.
- 11 a.m.: Quilt Auction will end and the Convenant Point Camp and Retreat Center's luncheon begins as they celebrate 20 years of summer camp.
- 1 p.m.: Luncheon will end and guests are expected to find a space on their 160 acres land to view the eclipse.
Purchase Adult Admission tickets through the camp's summer registration site before August 12th. Wristbands will be given out once checked in and must be worn during the solar eclipse viewing. The tickets will include the luncheon, bidding for the silent auction, solar viewing glasses and other camp activities.
Lodging and Tent Reservations are also available and can be accessed through the same summer camp registration site listed above.
Multiple events are planned around Marshall through the weekend. Multiple opportunites exist at the Saline County Fairgrounds.
- Nite & Day 5K
- 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Shoping Under the Sun- Saline County Courthouse Square. Arts, crafts, food and commemorative buys. Admission is free.
- 4-10 p.m.: The Cosmic Concert - Saline County Fairgrounds, $10 for lawn, $20 reserved seating. Get tickets HERE.
- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Shoping Under the Sun- Saline County Courthouse Square. Arts, crafts, food and commemorative buys. Admission is free.
- Fun-Tastic Fly-In: Fly into the Marshall Municipal Airport and camp overnight to view the eclipse. More information can be found HERE.
More information can be found on the city of Marshall's eclipse website.
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