On Aug. 21, a large swath of the Great River Road will go dark in the middle of the day. This year’s total solar eclipse is a remarkable natural phenomenon that’s drawing people from around the world to states along the Mississippi River, and events are planned for many communities on or near the Great River Road in the “path of totality”—that is, where a total solar eclipse is visible.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in some communities along the Great River Road and in nearby counties.
Waterloo: Solarbration, Monroe County Fairgrounds. Live music, food and more.
Carbondale: Variety of events planned; learn more here.
Chesterfield: Head to the Chesterfield Amphitheater for the TOTALITY Solar Eclipse event. Live music, food trucks, a micro brew village, vendors, games, educational sessions and more.
Arnold: The community of Arnold has a weekend of events planned at its Total Solar Eclipse Party on Aug. 19-21.
Festus: Travel to West City Park for a special eclipse event on Aug. 21, including informational presentations and more. More information here.
Cape Girardeau: Witness the first total eclipse visible in Cape Girardeau in more than 750 years (yes, really) from the Cape Sportsplex. Learn more here.
Perryville: Perryville welcomes visitors at its Solarfest event on Aug. 18-19 before the main event on Monday. Find more information here.
Kentucky Great River Road: Communities like Barlow, Wickliffe, and Columbus are offering events all weekend long leading up to the eclipse. Head to the Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site for a fun weekend of events. Find more events along the Kentucky Great River Road.