Total Solar Eclipse
April 8 @ 1:58 pm - 2:01 pm CDT
Just seven years after we aligned with the path of totality for one of earth’s rarest events, we find ourselves in line for another on Monday, April 8, 2024. We think everyone had a great time in 2017 as well, since our lodging is close to full. Act fast to reserve your stay! This year, we’re planning a two-day event surrounding the eclipse. On Sunday, April 7th, bands will play from 12pm to 8pm at Valle Catholic Dessert in the heart of Downtown for our “Dancin’ in the Dark” jam fest. We’re providing everything but lawn chairs, so be prepared for a day of food and fun. A biergarten will be open on site, and bounce houses will be set up for kids. Keep an eye on this page as we will update the lineup for Sunday soon. That same day, our N. Main St. shops are inviting people to dress up in eclipse-themed costumes to walk our “Little Bohemia” district where you can enjoy art, street-side fire pits, and more food. They’re serving up a different flavor, there.
On the big day, the focus will turn to the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center where the public can set up their own personal tailgates on the grounds to take in an unobstructed view of the eclipse. The Community Center is much more developed than it was during the last eclipse, and facilities will be open from restrooms to refuge from inclement weather. Parking is first come, first serve, but don’t feel bad if you’re not an early riser. The Ste. Gen Trolly will run between downtown and the Community Center all day, from 9am to 5pm. Pickup/Dropoff points can be found at the Museum Learning Center, the Welcome Center, Audubon’s, and Valle Catholic Dessert parking lots. The National Park Service, the Museum Learning Center, and the Ste. Genevieve County Library will be working together to provide fun activities for kids throughout the day. One of the more interesting offerings will be NPS’s debut of Harvard’s LightSound device for the visually impaired. The device will translate the eclipse into an auditory experience for onlookers. While this is for people who will have limited vision of the event, it’s something that can please any scientific mind.
This page will continually update with notes leading up to the event. If you have any direct questions, feel free to email [email protected] for more.