Tickets on Sale for the Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party at Adventure Science Center
Two-day science & technology festival with a special viewing party celebrating the total solar eclipse
Nashville, Tenn., April 21, 2017—On a seemingly normal Monday afternoon this August, at exactly 1:27 p.m., the Sun above Nashville will disappear from view. The sky will go completely dark. Normally invisible constellations of stars will suddenly appear. The temperature will drop by a degree or two, and nocturnal creatures will emerge from sleep. The bustle of the city will come to a halt as Nashvillians and visitors from across the globe stop and look to the skies to witness the first total solar eclipse to hit the city since the year 1478.
Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” by the press, it’s the first total solar eclipse to sweep from coast to coast since 1918. The path of totality is only 70 miles wide, touches no land outside the U.S., and Nashville is the largest city within that path.
“With Nashville’s reputation as the ‘It City’ and at least 200,000 people within a day’s drive, we’re anticipating enormous crowds in the hundreds of thousands to pour into our city for this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Tiffany Farmer, Ph.D., ASC’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. “It’s Nashville’s time to shine as more than just an amazing place to enjoy live music, but also to position ourselves as a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We at Adventure Science Center want to help pave that path.”
To celebrate this momentous occasion, an unforgettable three-day Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party at Adventure Science Center is currently being planned for Aug. 19–21.
Outside the building, festival goers will enter a universe of exciting, interactive science and technology exploration with more than 100 booths arranged in “worlds” to explore everything from “Sci-Fi Science” to the “Tech of Tomorrow.”
The FREE outdoor festival component will also feature live music performances, live science demonstrations, solar telescope viewing stations, science-themed games, contests, and prizes, local food trucks, and even a splash pad to keep cool in the peak summer heat.
A one-of-a-kind, exclusive eclipse experience awaits inside Adventure Science Center! Alongside the many new exhibits opened within the last few months, ticketholders will have the opportunity to explore Nature Unleashed – a traveling exhibition focused on extreme weather events, enjoy exciting hands-on science activities and demonstrations, attend discussions with special guest speakers, learn about 3D printing and other technology in the Innovation Incubator, and see ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed in the Sudekum Planetarium to prepare for the big event. Indoor festival ticketholders will also have access to all of the outdoor festival activities, while still being able to escape the Nashville summer heat in the comforts of an air conditioned building.
For the Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21, the outdoor festival will transform into a large viewing area with a giant screen broadcasting footage from NASA of the eclipse from space, live music performances and special speakers, live science demonstrations, solar telescope viewing stations, science-themed games, contests, and prizes, food trucks and a splash pad.
Tickets for the indoor festival are now on sale at www.adventuresci.org/eclipse.
The nitty gritty…
- Saturday, August 19 | 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, August 20 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday, August 21 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
INDOOR FESTIVAL COST (PER DAY):
- Adults/Teens (ages 13+): $49
- Youth (ages 2-12): $29
- Children under 2: Free
OUTDOOR FESTIVAL “WORLDS”:
- Sci-Fi Science
From mobile phones to virtual reality, learn about real-life innovations inspired by movies, TV, and books.
- Tech of Tomorrow
Discover futuristic gadgets, gizmos, and giant machines and the science that will make them possible.
- Music City Science
Check out the science used to shape sound and instruments, make music, and learn to record it.
- Journey to Space
Learn to be a spaceman or woman from real astronauts, build a rocket, and watch rocket teams race.
Explore biotechnology from nanotech to ferrafluids and build some life-size DNA.
The Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party is sponsored by Celestron and Twice Daily. Sponsorship packages are still available for this once-in-a-lifetime event. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 401-5067.
Please note: General Admission tickets to Adventure Science Center will not be available August 19, 20 & 21. People wishing to visit the Center or the Sudekum Planetarium will need to purchase indoor festival tickets.
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 70 years, Adventure Science Center has been bringing science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee and across the U.S. The Science Center offers engaging learning experiences and science fun through hands-on, interactive exhibits; innovative programs; and fulldome productions in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium. Adventure Science Center strives to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville.
For more information about the event, visit www.adventuresci.org/eclipse or call Alexis McCoy, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (615) 401-5059.