2024/04/08 12:24:00

A Total Solar Eclipse

Mark your Calendars: Monday, April 8, 2024

Join us for an unforgettable Solar Eclipse Weekend on April 5-8! 🌑✨ Immerse yourself in the cosmic wonders of nature and witness this breathtaking celestial event.

-Tyler, Texas will be a premier viewing destination.

-The 2024 eclipse will be the first total eclipse that has been visible in Tyler since 1878.

-This will be the last total eclipse of the millennium visible in Tyler

 

Check out our Podcast for Totality Tyler– Join Cindy Smoak and co-host Sheridan Smith as they visit with Beau Hartweg, Director of the Tyler Junior College Earth and Space Science Center featuring Hudnall planetarium. Beau visits with the Rambling Roses about the partial eclipse happening in Tyler, October 14, 2023 and the total eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Eclipse glasses, posters, stickers, and t-shirts can be found in the Visit Tyler gift shop – 110 North College Ave.

Monday-Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-3

Your weekend ’til totality:

Downtown, Tyler

April 8th, 2024

Join us in the heart of beautiful downtown Tyler for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Downtown Tyler Total Eclipse Viewing Event!

We’ve prepared a unique and unforgettable celebration for you to enjoy this celestial wonder:

-Live Music

-Downtown Business Involvement: Many of our downtown businesses will be participating in the festivities. Explore the various shops, boutiques, and restaurants that line the charming streets of downtown Tyler. Special eclipse-themed promotions and unique offerings will be available, making this a perfect opportunity for shopping and dining.

TJC Earth & Space Science Center Planetarium Shows

April 6 “Star Party Saturday”

Telescopes will be available for viewing (weather permitting) and there will be astronomy buffs to help you navigate your way around the night sky.  Free live planetarium shows will be offered in our domed theater at 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00PM.  Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended.
*In the event of inclement weather, telescopes may not be available, but the planetarium shows will still be offered

Going on Now. Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 am-4:00 pm (Closed Sunday & Monday) Planetarium Shows

-Science Through Shadows

-Eclipse the Sun Revealed

East Texas Symphony Orchestra- Totality of the Sun

April 6, 2024 Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center at Tyler Junior College

Matinee 4:00 pm and Evening Performances 7:30 pm

To purchase tickets, use the link below.

Discovery Science Place

Saturday, Apr. 6 –
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Sunday, Apr. 7 –
Hourly Planetarium Shows
Monday, Apr. 8 –
Special Activities inside DSP, Hourly Planetarium Shows, & Viewing Location for the Eclipse!

Glasses available $3.00 at the front desk.

LIVE NASA Stream of Eclipse at Liberty Hall

Black Out Bingo 10:30-11:30am

NASA LIVE Stream & Live Music 11:30-3:30  with Various Bands & Musicians 

April 8

Liberty Hall, a charming and historic theatre nestled in the heart of Tyler, is your destination for an out-of-this-world experience during the Totality Tyler Solar Eclipse Event. Join us for a special screening of the NASA live coverage of the Total Solar Eclipse. Then join us outside to see total darkness.

Broadway Square Mall

April 8, 2024

Broadway Square will be set up in the JCPenney parking lot near Broadway Ave. The area will be barricaded off to through traffic for safety. Enjoy yard games like life size chess, Connect 4, Jenga, and cornhole. We will have face painting, balloon artists, and bounce houses. Take breaks by going inside to shop and eat before the period of totality. Order curbisde Chick-Fil-A through the Chick-Fil-A app. Special eclipse goodies include an Eclipse cookie from Great American Cookie or a moon pretzel from Auntie Anne’s pretzels. Don’t forget to bring your own chairs and blankets.

-Evan’s United Spring Carnival will be here April 4- 14 in the JCPenney parking lot. They will run special hours on April 8th for the Eclipse. Operation times will be 12pm- 10pm that day.

-Great American Cookies- Eclipse themed cookies

-Auntie Anne’s Pretzels- Moon pretzels

-Whataburger- Eclipse glasses and they will have a tent set up in our parking lot during the event

-Icing- Celestial memorabilia

-Earthbound Trading Company- Great astronomy, moon, eclipse merch, jewelry, and home decor

-Buckle- Starting Saturday, April 6th- Receive one pair of eclipse glasses free with any purchase. One per transaction per guest. While supplies last.

Lunar Lunch on the Lawn- Goodman Museum

April 8, 2024

Enjoy lunch on the lawn and watch the sky get dark. Tickets include lunch, lawn games, music and solar eclipse glasses.

To purchase call or visit the museum: (903) 531-1286

 

Rose City Artisan and Flower Market April 5-6, 2024

Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All things gardening for garden lovers.” Plants, herbs, bulbs, yard art, creative art and special presentations by the Smith Co. Master Gardeners and the City of Tyler Arborist both days.

*Also, this is the last weekend for Antique Quilt display in the home.

Caldwell Zoo

Explore one of the most surprising and lovely zoos in America. The Caldwell Zoo is a gem of East Texas and famous for its incredible diversity of wildlife and lush, flowering grounds. Tucked in the forest, just north of downtown Tyler, the zoo is the beautiful home to over 3000 of the most charismatic animals from around the globe. The naturalistic habitats deliver awesome views and incredible opportunities to engage with the magnificent animals. The café serves up treats for the whole family and provides the absolute best patio in all of Tyler.

Plus, the gift shop and café are offering super specials for the eclipse.

Tyler Berry Farm — Spring Festival

Join Tyler Berry Farm’s 2nd Annual Spring Festival, a celebration of 40 years of family fun and farm-fresh delights! Get ready for a day filled with U-pick strawberries, where you can pluck the juiciest berries straight from the vine. Hop aboard their charming hayrides for a leisurely tour around the farm, soaking in the scenic beauty of our lush fields and blooming orchards.

As you explore, browse through over 50 diverse vendors offering an array of unique goods and treasures. From handmade crafts to artisanal foods, there’s something for everyone to discover. Plus enjoy delicious treats, and plenty of activities for the whole family.

Total Solar Eclipse Festival

April 8, 2024 The Texas African Museum

Join us at the Empowerment Community Development Corporation as we witness the wonders of God’s creation.

Eclipse Art Show

Dacce Kidd & Cassie Edmonds Art Show

Details coming soon!

2024 Historic Tyler on Tour

Candlelight Party
Friday, April 5, 2024 (tickets available in March)

Historic Tyler on Tour
Saturday & Sunday, April 6-7, 2024 (tickets available in March)

Silent Disco

April 6, 2024 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Pollard Park

Get ready to dance the night away at the Let’s Glow Tyler – Silent Disco Party! Join us at Pollard Park on East Amherst Drive in Tyler, TX, USA for a night of music, fun, and glowing vibes. Put on your dancing shoes and grab a pair of wireless headphones as you groove to a wide variety of fun music. With an eclectic playlist of genres, you wil be sure to find yourself dancing the whole time! Wear your brightest and most colorful outfits to truly shine. Let’s light up the night together at the Let’s Glow Tyler – Silent Disco Party!

Tyler Azalea & Spring Flower Trail

March 22-April 8, 2024

Visit Tyler each spring when we celebrate the season with more than ten miles of residential gardens and historic home-sites covered with azaleas, tulips, wisteria, dogwood, and more. This annual spring event has been described as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise. The Azalea & Spring Flower Trail takes place in March and April each year. Springtime in Tyler is one of the best times of the year to stroll the brick streets and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Park Viewing Locations

April 8 at Lindsey & Faulkner Park

Visit Tyler each spring when we celebrate the season with more than ten miles of residential gardens and historic home-sites covered with azaleas, tulips, wisteria, dogwood, and more. This annual spring event has been described as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise. The Azalea & Spring Flower Trail takes place in March and April each year. Springtime in Tyler is one of the best times of the year to stroll the brick streets and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Tyler State Park

Come watch the moon completely hide the sun and the day turn to twilight! The moon’s shadow will traverse Texas from the Southwest to the Northeast and travel right over Tyler State Park! The main viewing location is the Northside Day-Use Swim Area for the best view of the sky. The best way to see the eclipse at Tyler State Park:

-Make a reservation. Reserve a Day Pass for the day and time of the eclipse. You can reserve a day pass up to one month prior to the day of your visit. We expect to reach capacity limits and your reservation guarantees entry.
-Arrive early. Traffic on the highways is expected to be heavy and lines for entry to the park may be long.
-Be prepared for delays on the roadways before and after the eclipse. Make sure to pack extra water and snacks. Make sure you have plenty of fuel, too.
-Park in designated areas only. The eclipse may cause communication problems. Cell phones, radios, and the internet may experience outages during the eclipse.

Brew & View at True Vine & Sola Bread

Join True Vine Brewing & Sola Bread to watch the Solar Eclipse

April 8, 2024 – Open at 11:00
Eclipse: 12:24-3:04
Totality 1:43-1:45

Ride Tyler – Electric Bike Tours

They plan to do multiple 1-hour tours throughout the weekend and be doing an exclusive eclipse tour during the actual event (first 10 people to sign up) with it ending on the top of the parking garage downtown to view the eclipse.

903 Rave Squad Concert

April 7, 2024 Time TBA

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of 903 Rave Squad as they light up Bricks Bar & Grill with a concert unlike any other. This isn’t your typical rave; it’s a fusion of eclectic sounds that defy categorization, creating an atmosphere of pulsating energy and vibrant visuals.

As the neon lights dance across the venue, the diverse crowd comes together for a night of shared musical exploration. The curated playlist, blending electronic beats and live instrumentation, takes the audience on a journey of sonic bliss, fostering connections and transforming strangers into dance partners.

Totality @ One Eleven

View the Solar Eclipse, in Downtown Tyler, from the rooftop of the venue! Totality @ One Eleven Join us for this incredible event happening at One Eleven, Downtown on the Square . This “Once Every Hundred Years” event will look even better from our rooftop. Totality @ One Eleven promises to be the highlight event of your year! Each ticket includes:

-Admittance to the Event
-Viewing Glasses
-Tote Bag
-T-Shirt*
-Lunch provided by Azalea Catering (TheAzaleaCateringCompany.com)
-Commemorative Snack (Cookie)
-Souvenir Photo – Purchase at Check Out or On Site (Optional)
*Be sure to buy your tickets before March 18th to select your t-shirt size. After that date we do not guarantee your t-shirt size.

Themed food & drinks:

Lunar Lager

True Vine Brewing

Fly Me to the Moon Cocktail

The Thomas Hotel

Eclipse Cologne

Aeropostale is gearing up for the Total Solar Eclipse 2024 with their Eclipse cologne. Your path to totality is here!

Eclipse Cookies at Great American Cookie

Tot-ALE-ity Pale Ale

Full Shade Black IPA

 

ETX Brewing Co.

FAQ

A total solar eclipse produces a 360-degree sunset, dark enough to see planets, bright stars and the sun’s corona.

You must be in the “path of totality” which includes Tyler, Texas. **Important note. Not all of Tyler is in the path. See the map.

Total Eclipse in April 2024 – Approximately 2.5 hours with 2 minutes of totality.

Partial Eclipse in October 2023 – Approximately 3 hours from start to finish.

Stay tuned. Lots of planning in action!

The only safe way of looking directly at the sun, whether during a solar
eclipse or otherwise, is through certified solar filters. These special filters are used in “eclipse glasses.”

This does NOT include sun glasses.

Extra Special for a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
During a total solar eclipse, you can take your glasses off and
look directly at the sun during the short time when the moon
completely obscures the sun -known as the “period of totality.”

But, remember to put your glasses back on to protect your eyes as the period of totality
ends and the event returns to a partial eclipse phase.

Stay tuned for a list of places to purchases glasses.

-BINOCULARS/TELESCOPE Safe to use when paired with solar filters, or when projecting on to white cardboard.

-Make a safe sun projector to watch solar eclipses: Materials: Binoculars or a telescope, tripod, duct tape, sheet of white paper, cardboard.

-Pinhole Projection

For a total eclipse to occur, the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line.

A total solar eclipse is visible from a small area on earth. The moon covers up the
sun, causing the sky to become very dark as if it were night.

In order to see the full effect of the total solar eclipse, you must be in the “Path of Totality.” If you are outside of that path, you will see a partial eclipse.

There is a complete listing of restaurants available at the Visitor’s Center (315 North Broadway) or here on our site.

You can locate a hotel, bed and breakfast, or RV/campground here on our site.

We are planning a number of activities working up to the eclipse and on the day of the event. We will be updating this page with a calendar, as our plans come into place.

Visit our online calendar for details or the Experience Tyler page for more ideas.

Yay, we are so excited. Please submit your business to Sheridan at ssmith@tylertexas.com.

Information courtesy of Tyler Junior College, The Earth and Space Science Center.
Totality Tyler branding courtesy of Trey Cobb.