Music City Solar Eclipse
Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to your questions and everyone else's right here!
- What day is the eclipse?
It will be Monday, August 21, 2017. See more.
- What time will it be?
1:27 p.m. CDT will be the start of totality. See more.
- Where can I watch?
There are so many places to watch the eclipse in Music City. You can journey to a park or head to any of the attractions hosting parties for the occasion. Check out the list.
- Can I just park and watch?
Absolutely not. This is going to be a great moment and we encourage everyone to be safe. Parking on the interstate or any street during the event is prohibited. We highly recommend you plan ahead. Check out our list of places to watch.
- Can I look at the eclipse with no protection?
Nope! You must never look directly at the uneclipsed sun. This can cause serious damage. If you are within the path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe), remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases. Take a look at our safe eclipse viewing page for more information and see how to view the eclipse in the best way.
- Can I get an official event t-shirt?
YES! There are two official Music City Solar Eclipse T-Shirts. You can purchase online now or buy them at our Nashville Visitor Center.
- Didn’t I see a solar eclipse just a few years ago?
Depending on where you were living at the time, probably not a total eclipse. The last total eclipse to touch the continental US was in 1979 (northern tier states). Vacationers traveled to Baja Mexico and Hawaii in 1991, the last time any part of the US saw a total eclipse.
- When was the last total eclipse in Nashville?
The last total solar eclipse visible from Nashville happened July 29, 1478. It is on average almost 400 years between total eclipses for a given location. Partial eclipses are more common, but are often not noticed. Unless you know that a partial eclipse is in progress, the difference in light is not usually noticed by our eyes.
- Will it be awesome?
Yes! This is a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event and you can't miss it.
- Should I bring by children?
YES! Bring the kiddos and show them something truly outstanding in Nashville. Complete the trip after the eclipse by heading to any of our family friendly attractions.
- Can I access free WiFi?
But of course. Downtown Nashville has free WiFi year round. If you are there, we highly recommend you jump on the Nashville WiFi.
- Where should I park?
Downtown parking options can be found at parkitdowntown.com.
- Is there an official event hashtag?
YES! It's #MusicCityEclipse. Use it in all of your posts and follow along for the fun.
Want to discover more about the solar eclipse? Head to: visitmusiccity.com/learn.