Solar Eclipse 2024

The total solar eclipse is almost here! Here’s what’s going on locally on — and in the leadup to — the big day, Monday, April 8:

The state of Vermont has established an eclipse website that gives tips on viewing safety. Text VTECLIPSE to 888777 to sign up for text alerts regarding weather, traffic and other notable information leading up to the eclipse. Check out the list state parks open for eclipse viewing.

The Green Mountain Club cautions people who are planning on viewing the eclipse from a wilderness location that out-of-state visitors in particular might not be ready for dangerous winter at elevation and state emergency resources will be taxed. Hiking is discouraged during mud season.

The Starksboro Volunteer Fire Department is selling T-shirts, as a fundraiser, to commemorate the solar eclipse. Adult/child sizes: $15 each. For details email [email protected] or drop off your check and order at the Starksboro Town Clerk’s office.

Eclipse Day Timeline

2:14 PM:
Partial solar eclipse begins

3:20-3:30 PM:
The total eclipse blankets Vermont’s daytime sky in darkness, before gradually transitioning back to a partial eclipse until 4:37 PM. The length of totality depends on location.

Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7


10:00am – 5:00pm

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: 1 College Street, Burlington

Free with admission or membership

Solar Eclipse Festival

Join ECHO and fellow science lovers for a prelude to the total solar eclipse, featuring safe viewing methods like sun-oculars and telescope projections. Dive into hands-on family-friendly activities, explore the Mission Aerospace and eclipse pop-up exhibits, and don’t miss out on the chance to snag personal eclipse glasses with admission.

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Friday, April 5- Monday, April 8


6:00am Friday – 4:00pm Monday

Downtown Brandon

Brandon Eclipse Celebration

Celebrate the eclipse all weekend in downtown Brandon. Eclipse activities will culminate with “Eclipse Viewing Fun” from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at Estabrook Park, 760 Grove Street. Open to all, with plenty of parking and restrooms. The Brandon Recreation Department will have games to keep the kids busy leading up to the eclipse.

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Saturday, April 6


9:00am – 3:00pm

Lawrence Memorial Library: 40 North Street, Bristol

Eclipse Activities at LML

Visit the Library to pick up free solar eclipse glasses and enjoy some solar eclipse activities before the event! Want to reserve your glasses ahead of time? Register below to pick up your glasses on Monday, April 8th from 10AM-1PM.

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Congregational Church of Middlebury: 2 Main Street, Middlebury

Champlain Philharmonic Performs “In the Key of Spring”

This concert demonstrates not only how fun and entertaining classical music can be, but also showcases some of the most powerful and exhilarating music written that promises to be just as breathtaking and stratospheric as the eclipse itself. Tickets are $5-$15.

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Sunday, April 7


4:30pm – 6:00pm

Open Sky Studio: 1 Main Street, Bristol

Pre-clipse Astrology Meet-up

Join Open Sky Studio for journaling, a discussion about current events as they relate to the astro weather, and get your eclipse season + Mercury retrograde survival guides dusted off for the road ahead. $2 donation.

RSVP at [email protected]

Monday, April 8


12:30pm – 4:00pm

Middlebury Rec Park, Near Mary Hogan School

Middlebury Great Solar Eclipse Party

Enjoy food trucks, games, music, as well as the pump track, a disc golf course, and the mini ramp while you wait for totality!

Eclipse glasses will be available at this event. Ilsley Public Library will also have some glasses to distribute from the library beginning on April 5th.

This event is sponsored by Middlebury Dept. of Parks and Rec., Brandon Dept. of Parks and Rec. With partners: Ilsley Public Library, Brandon Public Library, BMP, MESA and ASCS.


1:00pm – 4:30pm

Monkton Town Hall: 280 Monkton Ridge Road, Monkton

Monkton Eclipse Viewing Party

Please RSVP to help organizers better plan for the party. Please make some time to get your solar eclipse glasses, the library and the town hall have a limited number to distribute. Check out this link from the American Astronomical Society to purchase safe eclipse glasses. The event will feature food vendors, including Queen Bee and ReMarcAble Bakery.


2:15pm – 4:30pm

Village Center: 2849 Route 116, Starksboro

Starksboro Solar Eclipse Party

Bring along your best eclipse pie, cookies, cupcakes, or cake to share with neighbors. Group photo at 2:15 p.m. Parking and bathrooms will also be available at Robinson School. After the eclipse is completed, a potluck supper will be hosted by library staff at the First Baptist Church of Starksboro. 


3:00pm – 4:00pm

Marbleworks, Middlebury

Solar Eclipse Viewing with MALT

Join MALT for this once-in-a-lifetime experience as we observe a total solar eclipse! MALT will be hosting a viewing of the solar eclipse at Marbleworks GreenSpace, right next to the waterfall. This event will feature an information table about the eclipse and the opportunity to be part of the Eclipse Soundscape Project, a citizen science endeavor focused on recording changes in the soundscape during the eclipse.

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All events are subject to change.
An eclipse viewing party at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is full. Pizza by the Pond at Goshen’s Blueberry Hill Inn has been canceled (but their grounds are still open to the public for partial eclipse viewing).