Some ideas for those who still need a place to go on April 8, 2024, to see the total solar eclipse.
It’s time to make a plan for totality. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from within a path some 100 miles wide across Mexico, 14 U.S. states, and southeastern Canada.
Some may have been planning this trip for years and have already made reservations in hotels a year or more ago. Others are looking at a more flexible scenario, driving to wherever the weather is predicted to be clear.
However, for those who haven’t made any reservations and would prefer to have at least a “Plan A” signed and sealed, all is not lost.
Prices for hotels close to the centerline, the line that runs through the center of the path of totality where totality is longest, are already sky-high. This is particularly true in U.S. states where there’s a higher chance of clear skies, such as Texas as well as Oklahoma and Arkansas. However, in recent months organizations have announced many dozens of events, many of which can be booked online. These events vary hugely in size and scope. Some are purely RV and camping events. Others are music festivals, which often include lodging of the camping variety. There is also a sprinkling of observation-only events with speakers, science activities, and even live NASA broadcasts.
The price range is just as large, with some festivals charging just $100 for five nights camping while RV spots can go for over $1,000 for the same timeframe. Book with caution, because “no refunds are available if mother nature does not cooperate” is a common stipulation for most of these events. For those who want to photograph the corona, do check if tripods are allowed (they tend to be banned at music festivals).
All of these events either have availability at the time of writing (in late July 2023) or are confirmed events that will soon begin selling tickets. And all of them are within the path of totality, though their distance to the centerline varies.
Portal Eclipse Festival, April 5–9, 2024
Ground Zero Music Festival, April 3–9, 2024
Event type: Music festival (camping/RV available separately)
Location: Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena, Bandera, Texas (Google map)
Local time and duration of totality: 13:31 CDT, 4 mins 9 secs
The Fredericksburg Hot Air Balloon Solar Eclipse Festival, April 8, 2024
Total Eclipse Viewing Party Pillar Bluff Vineyards, April 7–9, 2024
The Sun Festival, April 5–9, 2024
Pearl Texas Solar Eclipse RV & Camping, April 6–9, 2024
Happy Times Eclipse Family Funfest, April 5–9, 2024
Event type: Observation only (camping/RV available separately)
Location: Equine Fields, Pebble Mould Ranch, Pop Ranch and South Burnett, Burnet County, Texas
Local time and duration totality: varies (all are close to the centerline)
Texas Eclipse 2024, April 8, 2024
Stonehenge II, April 8, 2024
Kerrclipse 2024, April 5–8, 2024
Kerrville Eclipse Festival, April 8, 2024
Event type: Festival, including music and science presentations (free)
Location: Louise Hays Park, Kerrville, Texas (Google map)
Local time and duration of totality: 1:32 p.m. CDT, 4 mins 25 secs
Eclipse Over Texas, April 8, 2024
Event type: Observation only, includes science presentations and activities
Location: McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas (Google map)
Local time and duration of totality: 1:38 p.m. CDT, 4 mins 12 secs
McCurtain County Solar Eclipse 2024, April 4–9, 2024
2024 Solar Eclipse Festival, April 4–11, 2024
Event type: Festival with multiple activities (camping/RV included)
Location: Blue Zip Line & Farm, Mena, Arkansas (Google map)
Local time and duration of totality: 1:47 p.m. CDT, 4 mins 7 secs
2024 Solar Eclipse Camping, Arkansas, April 3–10, 2024
Campin’ in the Dark Eclipse 2024, April 3–9, 2024
Ecliptic Music Festival, April 5–9, 2024
Event type: Music and art festival (includes camping/RV), day passes also available
Location: Cedar Glades Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas (Google map)
Local time and duration of totality: 1:49 p.m. CDT, 3 mins 46 secs
Eclipse On The Farm, April 5 – 8, 2024
Bald Knob Cross of Peace, April 8, 2024
Willow Springs Awakening Eclipse Festival, April 3–8, 2024
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, April 8, 2024
2024 Indiana Solar Eclipse Festival, April 5–8, 2024
Total Eclipse Fest 2024, April 6-8, 2024
New York, U.S.
Totality in Tupper, April 7-8, 2024
Cosmologists Without Borders, Ontario
Editor's note (Aug. 28, 2023): The duration of totality in the Illinois location listed above has been corrected, it is 4 minutes, 9 seconds.
Jamie Carter is the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com and author of The Complete Guide To The Great North American Eclipse of April 8, 2024.