Solar Eclipse Viewing Events in Kansas City

On Monday, April 8, portions of the U.S. will be plunged into darkness in the afternoon as we experience a total solar eclipse. The next one isn’t until 2044 so if you want to witness this phenomenon, take advantage of these events in Kansas City!

Because Kansas City isn’t in the path of totality, the metro area, the sun will be about 90% covered by the moon at the eclipse’s peak around 2 p.m.

Kansas Citians who want to experience totality will have to drive 5+ hours to Arkansas, Southeast Missouri or parts of Illinois. For those staying close to home, the sun will be about 90% covered by the moon at the eclipse’s peak around 2 p.m. Check out these events in the Kansas City area for a fun solar eclipse viewing afternoon!

Solar Eclipse Viewing Events in Kansas City Area

Astronomical Society of Kansas City Event

While we’re not directly in the path of totality, we’re still expecting 91%. Because of our relatively high percentage, ASKC will be opening the doors of Powell Observatory at 11 a.m. We will be giving tours of the facility, and will be planning educational content on the Sun. We will also have several telescopes with solar filters set up for viewing, and will have special ASKC Eclipse Glasses available for purchase.

The timing for the April 8th, 2024 Solar Eclipse is:

Partial begins – Apr 8 at 12:37:10 pm
Maximum – Apr 8 at 1:54:09 pm
Partial ends – Apr 8 at 3:10:49 pm

Gates will be open at 11 a.m., and we will remain open until 4 p.m. Please bring a blanket or chairs, as the event will take place on grass. Drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Eclipse Viewing at the Overland Park Arboretum

We’ve got the perfect spot for you to witness this celestial marvel – the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, included with admission.  Learn more.

The Legends Outlets Lawn Watch Party

Join your friends on the lawn at the Legends Outlet for a viewing event! Eclipse glasses will be provided for your safety and enjoyment. However, due to our limited quantity, glasses will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Additionally, we’ll be featuring NASA’s live feed on the big screen, offering views of the eclipse from multiple locations along its path. Joining us for this extraordinary event, NASA Ambassador Danielle Jones will also be on site to provide expert insights.

Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Chicken N Pickle Overland Park

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. until 3:15 p.m., Chicken N Pickle in Overland Park (is hosting a Solar Eclipse Watch Party. This event is not just about watching the eclipse; it’s about bringing people together to celebrate this rare occurrence in a way that’s both fun and accessible. Free admission, eclipses glasses provided (first come, first serve). Adult guests can enjoy a specially crafted margarita, aptly named “The Dark Side of the Moon,” alongside Happy Hour specials available throughout the day.

Events in the Path of Totality

Many state parks in the path of totality are sponsoring events. If you want to travel, check out these events. Most lodging is sold out so be sure to check before heading out!
Eclipse Festival in West Plains, Mo.
Eclipse events at Southeast Missouri State University
Poplar Bluff, Mo. weekend events
Sarah McGinnity
Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!


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