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 from NASA, live music from Judah and the Lion, children's programming, and 4 minutes and 25 seconds of totality. Space in the event area 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 for a fee. Please see "Parking" information below.
We are thrilled to announce that NASA will livestream 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.
See the sun, stay for the totality of our event!
Stick around for a stellar time! For the safety of both visitors and locals, Kerrville Eclipse Festival asks that attendees make plans to enjoy additional entertainment on the festival grounds after the eclipse. We have out-of-this-world acts lined up for the evening, so do your part by dancing a little longer as local officials keep traffic moving.
Visit our Facebook Event for more info!
*No smoking (including e-cigarettes), drones, unapproved merchandise sales, canopies / shade structures, and glass containers. No dogs are allowed in the event area. All park rules and City Ordinances apply.
Vending at Kerrville Eclipse Festival
Applications to be a food / product vendor at the Kerrville Eclipse Festival are now open! Make sure to apply by February 23!
The vendor application can be found here.
The Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department is eager to engage with dedicated volunteers to support this once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Kerrville Eclipse Festival.
Click here to view our Volunteer Application
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 Event Parking
Limited, free parking will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis in the Parking Garage at 201 Clay St. in Downtown Kerrville. The Parking Garage is open 24/7. Overnight camping inside the parking garage is strictly prohibited. The parking lot at the Butt Holdsworth Memorial Library, 505 Water St., will have limited free first-come-first-serve accessible parking spots available to the public. You must have a state-issued person with disabilities plate or placard to park in an accessible parking space. Parking along the road is not allowed.
Paid Event Parking
Off-site paid event parking for the Kerrville Eclipse Festival will be available at Tivy High School, 3250 TX-534 Loop, for $60 per vehicle. Registration for off-site event parking will open Feb 27, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. CST. At-the-gate sales will NOT occur on the day of the event. On March 11 at 8:30 a.m. CST, the cost of parking will increase to $100 per vehicle, so you are encouraged to secure your spot as soon as possible.
A shuttle will take attendees from Tivy High School to the Kerrville Eclipse Festival in Louise Hays Park. Parking at Tivy High School is exclusively for those wishing to attend the festival. Staying at Tivy High School to view the eclipse is prohibited. All guests must park and immediately board the next available shuttle. Shuttles will begin transporting event attendees at 8:00 a.m. to allow time for all guests to arrive at the festival before totality. The parking lot will open at 7:30 a.m. and it is recommended to arrive early to allow enough time for the shuttles to transport everyone to the event. The shuttles will cease operations from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Each individual will need to create an online account on our registration website to purchase your parking space. This can be done here. When creating your account, please make sure to scroll to the bottom and complete all required fields to complete the creation of your account. This will activate your account. Only active accounts will be able to purchase a parking space.
No ticket sales will be made at the gate. No refunds will be given for this registration - all purchases are final and non-transferable.
Telescope and Astro-Photographer Information
The Kerrville Eclipse Festival will feature a small, roped off area for telescopes and photographers. This area will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please know that electricity will not be available and that there will be no vehicular access to Louise Hays Park.
Visit kerrvilleeclipse.com for more information about viewing the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses in Kerrville.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Event Sponsorship Information
The success of the Kerrville Eclipse Festival relies upon the generous financial support of the community and various partners. Funds secured will be utilized to assist in paying the direct costs involved with programming, safety, entertainment, and more. Sponsors will have the opportunity to be included in marketing / promotional material and much more.
For questions about how to become a sponsor, reach out to the Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (830) 257-7300.
Click here: Kerrville Eclipse Festival Sponsorship Proposal
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.
Press Releases from the City of Kerrville:
For all media inquires, please email the City of Kerrville's PIO, Stuart Cunyus, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in covering the Kerrville Eclipse Festival live from Louise Hays Park, please fill out the Media Form below. Approved and selected media will gain limited vehicular access into Louis Hays Park on the day of the event.
Kerrville Eclipse Onsite Media Credential Information
Please read the following instructions in its entirety before proceeding with the application.
Thank you for your request for press credentials for Kerrville Eclipse Festival 2024! To be considered for a press/photo pass, please complete the short form here. You can request multiple passes in one application for multiple representatives from your organization.
NOT ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE APPROVED.
– Complimentary press tickets and press/photo passes are limited.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY March 28, 2024. Applications received after March 28, 2024, will not be considered.
– Applicants will be notified no later than April 1, 2024.
Please be as detailed as possible in the form. Applications with incomplete or insufficient information will be declined.
Contact details, including email address and mobile telephone number, must be provided for the representative(s).
You may be requested to send a sample of the publication, Information on the publication, including circulation, frequency, etc.
Photographers: You must be a photographer on assignment. No portfolio photography or personal website photography will be permitted for media credentials.
Only bona-fide journalists/photographers to be accredited as such. Other staff of the publication (marketing, sub-editors, assistants, etc.) cannot be accredited as media.
Freelance journalists must be affiliated with and assigned by a verified media outlet.
Web-Based Media: Online outlets will only be considered for press passes if their “unique viewers per month” exceeds 10,000 and can verify this with Google Analytics, Compete.com, or another reputable web traffic tracker.
Credentials are for journalists/reporters/photojournalists covering the event. Guests or family members traveling or attending with journalists do not qualify for media credentials.
Media credentials will be issued on-site and are non-transferrable.