Kerrville Eclipse Festival
The Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department invites you to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the 2024 total solar eclipse in Kerrville, Texas! The Kerrville Eclipse Festival will occur in Louise Hays Park on Monday, April 8, 2024. Join us in the heart of the Hill Country to view and celebrate the 2024 total solar eclipse - just a few miles from the center line of totality. This FREE event will include scientific speakers, live music, children's programming, and 4 minutes and 25 seconds of totality. Space in the event cannot be reserved and you will not need a ticket to enter. Limited off-site parking will be available to reserve ahead of the eclipse. Please see "Parking" information below.
We are thrilled to announce that NASA will live stream the eclipse with us in the park. NASA chose only three cities in the United States to livestream the eclipse, and we are honored to be one of them. Totality starts at 1:32 p.m. and grounds will open Monday morning. Get Outdoors. Be Active. Play.
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*No outside alcoholic beverages or glass containers. No dogs are allowed in the event area.
Vending at Kerrville Eclipse Festival
Applications to be a food / product vendor at Kerrville Eclipse Festival have not yet opened. If you would like to get added to our potential vendor list, please fill out this form, and we will reach out as soon as applications open.
Kerrville is a wonderful place filled with unique places to visit and stay. Book your stay early and see what Kerrville can offer you. Come for the sun - stay for the stars. Please keep in mind that many hotels have yet to open reservations for the 2024 eclipse. Please see the link below for more information.
Free first come, first serve parking will be available in the Downtown Parking Garage, Downtown Kerrville, and the small grassy lot behind H-E-B. Other parking locations will be available to reserve in advance for a fee and will include shuttle service to the event. More detailed information about parking and reserving a paid spot will be announced in the coming months.
Visit kerrvilleeclipse.com for more information about viewing the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses in Kerrville.
A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.
Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.
When watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse directly with your eyes, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times. You can also use an indirect viewing method, such as a pinhole projector.