So you never found a pair of eclipse glasses, don’t despair. Head to a Solar Eclipse Party on Monday, August 21. We found more than a dozen, most of which will have a supply of solar eclipse glasses for distribution to participants. Even better, many events will have scientists on hand to explain exactly what’s going on. To snag a pair, be sure to arrive early. Worst case scenario, make a friend — hey, that’s what parties are for — and share glasses. After all, this is one of those almost once-in-a-lifetime moments. The last solar eclipse in the continental U.S. was 38 years ago and the next is 2045, so definitely worth your time.
Solar eclipse viewing parties:
Denver Museum of Nature & Science will host a solar eclipse viewing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both inside and outside the building. Both FREE solar eclipse glasses and pinhole viewers will be available and, a T-Rex Cafe pop up will sell food in the Science Atrium for guests participating in the eclipse viewing.
Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood Campus has a viewing party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the South Lawn. Eclipse peak time viewing is 11:47 a.m. FREE viewing glasses and pin hole projectors available. Enjoy snacks, music, telescope with solar filter, and presentations from Science Department. 13300 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood.
Red Rocks Community College – Arvada Campus has a viewing party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Patio. Eclipse peak time viewing is 11:47 a.m. FREE viewing glasses and pin hole projectors available. Enjoy snacks, music, telescope with solar filter, and presentations from Science Department. 5420 Miller St., Arvada.
Find a spot on the commons of Regis University’s main campus in northwestern Denver on the morning of the eclipse. The University’s physics and astronomy department will have its telescopes aimed at the eclipse and astronomers on hand to answer your questions. The school will have FREE eclipse glasses. Parking is free. 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver.
Denver International Airport will hand out 1,000 pairs of FREE glasses, along with Moon Pies, at 11 a.m. in the open-air plaza on the south end of the facility, an ideal spot to watch the eclipse.
Take the kiddos to Children’s Museum Denver Marsico Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Joy Park. Discover the phenomena of a solar eclipse with inflatable 3D models of the Earth and moon, and real sunshine. Then, borrow a pair of solar eclipse glasses to safely spend a few moments observing the moon pass between the sun and Earth. Children will also get to design their own solar system and eclipse using moon and Earth stamps and out-of-this-world space stickers.
Join Blue Moon RiNo & Alice 1059 starting at 10 a.m. Blue Moon will have FREE special eclipse viewing glasses. Buy any entrée and receive a free adult beverage. Enter to win prizes with Alice 1059. 3750 Chestnut Place, Denver.
Declaration Brewing has a watch party planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get two (2) pair of viewing glasses and a Crowler from its Signature Beer Series for $15. 2030 S. Cherokee St., Denver.
Broomfield Auditorium in Community Park hosts a FREE family-oriented viewing event beginning at 10 a.m. with a children’s storytime, followed by crafts and other activities from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Then there’s NASA’s live steam of this phenomenon. Solar glasses provided while supplies last. 3 Community Park Dr., Broomfield.
West Boulder Senior Center hosts a solar-eclipse watching party from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. FREE viewing glasses and treats will be available. You can also get lunch for $6 (kids are less) between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Live NASA stream of the event on a big screen. 909 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3907.
Outlets at Castle Rock holds a “Solar Savings” party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Head to the Under Armour courtyard for FREE solar eclipse glasses and the chance to win more than $500 in prizes during the peak “dark minutes” (that’s about five minutes) of the eclipse.5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock.
Charmed 33 and Erie Realtor Brie Fowler host a Solar Eclipse experience from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proper eyewear will be provided for FREE to the first 50 people. Enjoy plenty of drinks and snacks. 545 Briggs St., Erie.
Head to Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth for a viewing party from 10 a.m. to noon. This is sponsored by the Elizabeth Library and refreshments will be served.
The Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum in Berthod will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have pinhole projectors, a solar panel experiment, activities for young and old, and light refreshments. They have a limited number of solar eclipse glasses on hand.
Solar Eclipse Glasses
You also want to read this info about how to safely view a solar eclipse. If you don’t use special filters, you could damage your eyes.
If you want to see the total eclipse, the best advice is go north… to Casper, Wyoming. About a four-hour drive (277 miles), Casper is smack dab in what scientists call the “path of totality”.
There, the partial eclipse will start at 10:22 a.m. Totality begins at 11:42 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. The partial eclipse lasts until 1:09 p.m. Thinking of venturing up there? Casper plans to celebrate in a BIG way, staging a week-long Eclipse Festival. Its website gives you all the info about Casper, viewing sites, hotels, campgrounds, festival events and much more.
The American Astronomical Society has a website devoted to all things related to the solar eclipse. You’ll find maps of the totality path, a list of events across the country, tips on taking photos of the event, resources and much more.