Travel to Bloomington to experience this once in a lifetime event. After the 4 minutes and 3 seconds of totality, don’t rush off, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Here are a few ideas to help you avoid the rush out of town.  For more events and viewing locations, visit our 2024 Solar Eclipse website.


There Goes the Sun

Switchyard June 15

Date: Sunday, April 7

Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Switchyard Park - 1601 S. Rogers Street

Visit the park for crafts, games and educational opportunities and then enjoy the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra on the main stage. Bring your own seating.


Admission is free.


Solar Eclipse Celebration Concert

Auer Hall

Date: Sunday, April 7

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 pm

Location: Auer Hall, located inside the Simon Music Center - 200 Eagleson Avenue

Come listen to eclipse and other celestial-themed music. The program will include music from a variety of historical time periods as well as two world premieres of pieces written just for the occasion! This event invites audiences to think about the ways in which humans have represented their conceptions of and relationships to the cosmos in music.


Admission is free.


Celestial Spectacle Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Switchyard Park

Date: Monday, April 8 

Time: Noon – 4:00 pm

Location: Switchyard Park - 1601 S. Rogers Street

Live music by Moon Buggy and Comfortably Phree (covering “Dark Side of the Moon), food trucks, beer garden and pick your spot to view the eclipse. 


Admission is free.


Hoosier Cosmic Celebration featuring: Janelle Monae, William Shatner, Mae Jemison & more

Entrance to the Memorial Stadium Indiana Hoosiers

Photo by Dylan Erwin

Date: Monday, April 8

Time: 1:00-5:00 pm

Location: Memorial Stadium - 1001 W. 17th Street

Hoosier Cosmic Celebration is a four-hour Celebration of the 2024 total eclipse. The event features dancing, singing, and other forms of artistic expression culminating in a lecture by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, a spoken word piece/musical presentation on the history of the universe by cultural icon William Shatner, and a full musical set by acclaimed actress, recording artist, and Grammy Award nominee Janelle Monae. The event welcomes students, faculty, staff, and community members over the duration of the eclipse as it culminates with four minutes of totality at 3:04-3:08 pm. Admission charged.


For ticket information, click here.


Solar Eclipse Street Party at WonderLab Museum

Wonderlab Grape

Date: Monday, April 8

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: WonderLab Museum - 308 W. 4th Street

Watch the Total Solar Eclipse outside at WonderLab. Free activities for all ages. Be in the path of totality at a science museum, where you can learn all about eclipses, view the Total Solar Eclipse safely, and more! The museum will be closed, and all activities will take place outside. 


Admission is free.
2001: A Space Odyssey (film) – Total Eclipse Screening

Exterior of Waldron Arts Center

Date: Monday, April 8

Time: 7:30 pm & 9:59 pm

Location: Waldron Arts Center - 122 S. Walnut Street

Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece, widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, 2001 is a quintessential mind-bending marriage of sight and sound; an experience so exquisitely and expertly crafted that some people believe, to this day, that Kubrick helped fake the Apollo moon landing! 


$8.00 advance, $12.00 at the door


Jacobs School of Music presents: The Planets – An HD Odyssey

iu auditorium

Date: Monday April 8

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: IU Auditorium - 1211 E. 7th Street

Experience The Planets – An HD Odyssey performed by the IU Jacobs School of Music Concert Orchestra conducted by Jeffery Meyer along with special guest Dr. Mae Jemison, America's first woman of color to travel to space. Dr. Jemison, a former astronaut, will narrate this mesmerizing, multimedia spectacle that combines the latest images from modern space exploration with Holst's beloved and celestial music. The concert will also feature the Jacobs School of Music Violin Concerto Competition winner performing Samuel Barber’s brilliant and romantic Violin Concerto.


For ticket information, click here.


NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Game

A packed bar room at Nick's English Hut

Date: Monday April 8

Time: 9:20 pm (eastern time)

What does basketball have to do with the eclipse.....nothing really, but why not miss the rush and enjoy the big game in a basketball mecca town!  Click here to check out where to enjoy the game.




If you want to park your car for the duration, and head out on foot from your hotel, check out these locationsWhatever your lodging needs you’ll find many different options in Bloomington here.



Dining will be busy, so checkout the extensive list of restaurants, call ahead to check hours, and be prepared for longer than normal wait times.