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Where to watch the April solar eclipse in Nashville

Music City isn’t in the path of totality this time (who remembers where they were on Aug. 21, 2017?), but the region will see 95% coverage at its peak.

View of the 2017 solar eclipse captured in Gordonsville, Tennessee on Aug. 21, 2017.

View of the 2017 solar eclipse captured in Gordonsville, Tennessee, on Aug. 21, 2017 | Photo via Todd Freestone/NASA

A total solar eclipse will cross the US on Monday, April 8 as the moon completely blocks out the sun for a period of time. Neighboring states Kentucky and Arkansas will be in the path of totality, as well as a small slice of the upper northwest corner of Tennessee.

Although Nashville was situated in the path of totality in 2017, the region will only see a partial eclipse this year. That doesn’t mean we can’t keep our eyes on the skies — with proper protection, of course.

How to watch

In Nashville, the partial solar eclipse will start at 12:44 p.m. and end at 3:20 p.m. The area will see maximum coverage, about 95%, at 2:03 p.m. Use NASA’s interactive map to find exact start, peak, and end times by zip code.

Pro tip: Invest in a pair of solar viewers to help you safely watch the event. Because Nashville isn’t in the path of totality, glasses will need to be worn during the entirety of the partial solar eclipse.

Hundreds of people wearing protective eyewear on a lawn during a solar eclipse event.

Centennial Park was the place to be on Aug. 21, 2017, when Nashville was in the path of totality. | Photo via Metro Parks

Where to watch

Choose your April 8 solar eclipse adventure from the viewing parties below. The availability of eclipse glasses varies by event.

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd. | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost of admission | Visit the science center for solar eclipse-themed indoor and outdoor activities, as well as a partial eclipse viewing.

Tennessee State Parks, Locations vary | Times vary | Free | Load up your crew for special park-hosted events across the state — locally, spots are still available at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Nashville Public Library, Main Branch | 1-3 p.m. | Free | Join the library across the street at Church Street Park for games, activities, and eclipse glasses while supplies last.

General Jackson Showboat, 2812 Opryland Dr. | 12 p.m. | $45+ | View the eclipse while cruising down the Cumberland River + enjoy a three-course meal and live performances.

Tanger Outlets Nashville, 4060 Cane Ridge Pkwy. | 12-4 p.m. | Free | Bring a lawn chair or blanket to this event featuring space-themed arts and crafts, face painting, and giveaways — complimentary glasses will be provided to the first 100 guests.

The Black Abbey Brewing Company, 2952 Sidco Dr. | 12-8 p.m. | Cost of purchase | Visit the brewery for a viewing party, a limited beer release, and a 5:30 p.m. screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

1 Hotel Nashville, 710 Demonbreun St. | Monday, April 8 | 12-2 p.m. | $25 | Head up to Harriet’s Rooftop for a guided meditation and breath work class before the eclipse — viewing glasses will be provided.

Framework, 436 E. Iris Dr. | 1-3 p.m. | $25 | “Eclipse Harmony: A Sonic Journey of Fire and Ice” features a sound bath and breathwork, as well as guided cold and hot exposure.

W Nashville’s PROOF, 300 12th Ave. S. | 12-3:30 p.m. | Free | Sip a speciality cocktail at the hotel’s rooftop bar — glasses included with each purchase.

Thistle & Rye, 1620 West End Ave. | 1-3 p.m. | $55 | Tickets include a glass of champagne, bites, and solar glasses.

Scoreboard Bar and Grill, 2408 Music Valley Dr. | 12:45 p.m. | Cost of purchase | Scoreboard is serving up a tequilla sunrise special + $1 off Blue Moon.

Know of any other viewing parties? Let us know so we can add them to our events calendar.