Update — A nearly eight-hour solar eclipse party is happening in Stewart Park Monday beginning at noon.

The event is being local organized and will include music, dancing, yoga, food, arts and crafts. According to the Facebook event page, more than 400 people are interested in attending the event. The schedule for it is below:

  • 11 a.m. – noon : set up. Please come to help!
  • 1 p.m. – music mingling, food, arts and crafts
  • 1 p.m. – ceremony to mark the beginning of the eclipse
  • 1:22 p.m. – eclipse begins
  • 1:30-4 p.m. – Music yoga, acro yoga, etc (precise schedule TBA)
  • 2:44 p..m. – Eclipse apex
  • 4:00 p.m. – Eclipse end
  • 4:00-7:30 p.m. – Music and dancing

In addition, the Fuertes Observatory on Cornell’s north campus will host an event for the eclipse with solar viewing glasses available and volunteers taking questions about the eclipse, 14850.com reported. 

For more viewing locations, see the previously published story below:

ITHACA, N.Y. — If you are not lucky enough to get the chance to drive nearly 600 miles to see the total solar eclipse happening Monday, fear not! Here in Tompkins County, the moon will cover the sun about 70 percent, which will still be a sight to see.

The eclipse is happening locally from around 1:17 p.m. and peaking around 2:38 p.m. The eclipse will end around 3:55 p.m.

Related: Ithaca will get glimpse of partial solar eclipse; tips for viewing

If you’re looking for a place to attend an eclipse party, below are a few places where people will be gathered locally to watch the eclipse. Did we miss your event? Tell us in the comments!


Rain or shine, the Sciencenter will have learning activities related to the eclipse and will be live streaming NASA’s broadcast of the eclipse. The center will also have safety glasses on hand for viewing the eclipse.

Regular admission prices — children under 2-years-old are free, $8 for general admission, $7 for seniors — will be in place. The Sciencecenter is located at 601 First St.

Tompkins County Public Library

The library will be hosting  ‘Solar Eclipse Storytime’ from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Dewitt Park.

According the the library website, “This hour-long special for all ages will include crafts. Eclipse glasses will be provided through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and the National Science Foundation. In the case of inclement weather, Eclipse Storytime will be held in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.”

A library representative said the library will no longer be handing out solar eclipse glasses prior to the eclipse, but a limited number of glasses will be available for those attending storytime.

Candor Free Library

The Candor Library is hosting a Solar Eclipse Party from 1 – 3 p.m. Monday at 2 Bank St. in Candor.

The library website, “If you have solar eclipse glasses and viewers, bring them – or make some here. Decorate solar cookies, watch the eclipse, and do some hands-on science. If it rains, the party will move inside and we’ll watch the eclipse via a feed from NASA.”

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.