Solar Fest Events

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Total Solar Eclipse Museum Display
The Excelsior Springs Historic Museum and Archives will be presenting a new display, the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse!, opening February 3. The display will include a replica of Galileo’s telescopes and a comparison of meteorites to earth rocks.

Friday, August 18 BBQ Festival
Gates Open, 4 p.m.
Band – Selle Brothers Band, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Band – Cherry Bomb Band, 7-11 p.m.
Fireworks, Dusk

Saturday, August 19 Fly-in On The River
Fly-in Breakfast and BBQ Lunch
Airplane Rides, Displays and Demonstrations, Young Eagle Flights, Inflatables for the Kids
Hours 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All events held at the Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport, 1203 E. Golf Hill Drive.

Saturday, August 19 BBQ Festival
Beer Garden, 1-4 p.m.
Band – TBA, 1-4 p.m.
Awards Ceremony, 4 p.m.
All events held downtown Excelsior Springs at Hall of Waters, 201 E. Broadway.

Sunday, August 20 Solar Festival Presentation
All of the following events take place in historic downtown.

Excelsior Springs artists at Hall of Waters, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Jackie Beucher, Vice President, Astronomical Society of Kansas City will be in Excelsior Springs to speak with the public about the eclipse, 12-1 p.m. For a copy of their brochure, click here.
• Joseph S. Wright, operations manager for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Warkoczewski Observatory will be at the Museum from 1-4 p.m., and solar display, see above
• Booths, Food Vendors, 12-8 p.m.
• Solar Festival Information Booth, 12-8 p.m., commemorative viewing glasses and T-shirts while they last
• U.S. Postal Service special commemorative cancellation event
• Downtown shops and restaurants open
• Solar Eclipse Movies at the Paradise Playhouse
• Trolley History Tours of Excelsior Springs, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
• Beer Garden, 1-8 p.m.
• Band – JD & the Chasers, 4-8 p.m.
Ghost Tour of the Hall of Waters, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Monday, August 21 Historical Solar Eclipse Day
• U.S. Postal Service special commemorative cancellation event
• Excelsior Springs Historical Museum open, solar display, see above
• Downtown shops and restaurants open
Excelsior Springs artists at Hall of Waters, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Trolley History Tour of Excelsior Springs, 11 a.m.

Area Events:

Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery
31010 W. 124th Street
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Monday, August 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Van Till Family Farm Winery
13986 Hwy. C
Rayville, MO 64084
Monday, August 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Solar Eclipse Watch Party. Member price $5; non-member $20

Historic Mt. Gilead School
15918 Plattsburg Road
Kearney, MO 64060
Monday, August 21, 12 to 3 p.m.
Teachers! Your school not within the eclipse viewing area? Create a fun educational experience for your classes. Come to historic Mt. Gilead, learn the history of solar eclipses and enjoy making a solar related craft. $5/person. Open to the public. Contact Clay County Historic Sites, 816-736-8502.