Williamson County Eclipse Events
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Check back here for local events happening in Williamson County leading up to and during the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017.
July 31, 2017 - August 21, 2017 * 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Enjoy this presentation about the upcoming Great American Eclipse. Learn the best way to view it and what you should expect.
Location: Marion Carnegie Library
Address: 206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 993-5935
STEM: Pinhole Projector
August 9, 2017 * 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Prepare for the extraordinary solar eclipse passing over Southern Illinois, and make your own pinhole projector. Free and open for ages 9 to 19.
Location: Marion Carnegie Library
Address: 206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 993-5935
Dr. Dave's Whiz Bang Science Show
August 17, 2017 * 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Come to the Freewill Baptist Church to see Dr. Dave presenting his Whiz Bang Science Show. He'll be putting on a fun and educational show teaching us all about the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse!
Location: Johnston City Public Library
Address: 609 Monroe Avenue- Johnston City, IL 62951
Phone: (618) 983-6359
August 18, 2017 - August 21, 2017 * 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This 4-day Music Festival will celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse at Walker’s Bluff, a picturesque vineyard located in beautiful Southern Illinois. On August 21, 2017 an estimated 200,000 tourists will travel to our region to observe the point of greatest duration. On that day, at 1:20 pm, you can experience light turn to darkness as Ozzy Osbourne kicks off his concert with Bark at the Moon.
Location: Walker's Bluff
Address: 14250 Meridian Road- Carterville, IL 62918
Phone: (618) 956-9900
Eclipse Festival at Honker Hill Winery
August 18, 2017 - August 21, 2017 * 7:00 pm
More details coming soon!
August 18th - 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
August 19th - 10:00 am - 12:00 am
August 20th - 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
August 21st - 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Lucas Bros. Honker Hill Winery
Address: 4861 Spillway Road- Carbondale, IL 62902
Phone: (618) 549-5517
Eclipse Art Show and Ribbon Cutting
August 18, 2017 * 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us at the Hartley Art Gallery & Event Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Reception as we celebrate the completion of the remodel of the lower level. Free and open to the public!
Location: Hartley Art Gallery and Event Center
Address: 100 South Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: (618) 967-8142
Solar Eclipse Yoga Class
August 19, 2017 * 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Marion native, Lawrene O'Neill is leading a Yoga Class to help raise funds for Artstarts, a non-profit community arts organization. O'Neill, an Artstarts Alum, is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor accredited through the National Yoga Alliance. He has taught Yoga at the People Studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the last few years. When he is home visiting Southern Illinois, he makes guest appearances teaching yoga at the HUB in Marion. Lawrence is a very popular instructor and offers a great session for any skill level. Participants may pre-register by confirming on the Artstarts Facebook Event Page. Payments may be made either at the door or online. Just indicate "Yoga Class" when making your donation.
Walk-In - $10
Pre-Register - $8
There is a 40-person capacity, so please consider pre-registering to help Artstarts plan accordingly. Come stretch while supporting a great community arts organization.
Location: Artstarts House
Address: 104 South Van Buren- Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 645-2787
SI Opry Eclipse Show
August 19, 2017 * 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The SI Opry will open with bluegrass music from Opry Members Cassie Andrews & Calico Creek. Members include: Cassie Andrews, banjo and vocals; Becky Peters, guitar and vocals; Ron Cobb, upright bass; and Danny Robinson, guitar, mandolin, and vocals.
Gospel group, Judah, will then take the stage. Judah is comprised of Lisa Knight on vocals and guitar; Lisa Miles, piano; Samantha Austin, rhythm guitar and vocals; Alex Bennet on drums; and Levi Bennett, guitar.
After intermission, Cassie Andrews will present a Tribute to Minnie Pearl. She will entertain you with all the current happenings in Grinder’s Switch.
Arview on Country will perform a country set. The musical heritage of the Arview family can trace its roots to patriarch Cecil Arview, who worked in Cook County during the late 1920s. When work became scarce, Cecil took a job as a musician for infamous gangster Alphonse “Al” Capone. After Capone’s conviction in 1931, Cecil – who had just become a father – moved his young family back home to Southern Illinois. In the years to come, nearly all of Cecil’s children would learn to play instruments and sing and it became common for the neighbors to come by to sit on the porch and listen to the Arview family play and sing into the evening hours. As each of the children of Cecil grew to adulthood and had children of their own, they would pass on the tradition until the name Arview became synonymous with musical talent. This heritage has now passed on into later generations and brings this family of talented individuals now to you. Joe Arview has performed at many venues, such as: the Illinois State Fair, the Du Quoin State Fair, the Troubadour Theatre in Nashville Tennessee, and many NASCAR events.
Tickets for the Opry are $15 and available at the Herrin Civic Center, the Pawn Mart in Herrin, or at the door the night of the event. Special ticket prices for groups of 10 or more. Doors open at 6pm. Food, refreshments, and adult beverages from the bar will be available. The SI Opry is presented at the Herrin Civic Center the third Saturday of every month, except December. The next show will be on September 16th, 2017.
Location: Herrin Civic Center
Address: 101 South 16th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: (618) 942-6115
SI Junk Fest
August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017 * 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
If you haven't already heard, this is the weekend of the Total Solar Eclipse! Southern Illinois is the best place in the "WORLD" to see it. It is estimated that over 300,000 people will be coming to experience this event. Pickers Outlet Mall wants to give travelers fun things to do while they are here visiting so, we decided to have a Big Flea Market. We have 10 acres of flat grassy land to set-up and have convenient parking for our customers. There will be porta potties, music and one of Southern Illinois' Finest, Big Blues Que Barbecue! Please let us know ASAP if you would like to set-up so we have an idea how many are coming.
Location: Pickers Outlet Mall
Address: 9764 Herrin Road- Johnston City, IL 62951
Phone: (618) 983-5151
Don't Be Left Alone in the Dark
August 19, 2017 - August 21, 2017 * 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Come on down to Cambria Park! Concessions will be open daily. Hamburgers, dogs, cold drinks and daily meal specials including pulled pork on Saturday, spaghetti dinners on Sunday and ultimate nachos on Monday. August 19th is the Flea Market from 9am-3pm and Live music by Dale Myers and Friends from 1pm-4pm. If you are interested in being a vendor, 10x10 spaces are $30 -space is limited! On August 21st, bring your chair, cameras and find a spot in the park for great viewing of the Total Solar Eclipse!
Location: James Mohan Memorial Park
Address: 535 South Maple Street- Cambria, IL 62915
Phone: (618) 579-3659
Native American Indian Festival
August 19, 2017 - August 21, 2017 * 12:00 pm - 11:00 am
Little Grassy United Methodist Camp (LGC), 8 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois, is located very near the center line of the Total Solar Eclipse that will be over Southern Illinois August 21, 2017. In celebration of this event, LGC is hosting a weekend-long Native American Indian Festival with ceremonies of both traditional and religious nature, some of which have been performed for centuries surrounding celestial events such as this eclipse. There will be drums, flute players, storytellers, a spirit fire, free crafts for the kids, and a Native American craft fair. At times there will be two different stages going at the same time with varying experiences.
The event takes place Saturday, August 19th, Noon to Dark, Sunday, August 20th, 9am to Dark, and Monday, August 21st, 8am to 11am. Single day tickets for adults are $20; children ages 5-10 are $10, children under 5 are Free. Weekend passes are $45 for adults and $20 for children. Those purchasing Monday tickets and weekend passes will be given free eclipse viewing glasses. Limited tent camping is available for those purchasing weekend passes on a first-come-first-serve basis. The festival will take place on the northside of our camp, 189 Campground Road, Makanda, IL 62958.
To purchase tickets for the festival, go to www.igrc.org/Festival or go to www.littlegrassycamp.org and follow the links. To make arrangements for tent camping, call the camp office at 618-457-6030 between 9:30am & Noon, Monday-Friday.
If you are not interested in the festival but still want to come and observe the eclipse, space is available on the southside of camp. There will be plenty of space to set up chairs or spread out a blanket. Registration to view the eclipse is required by August 7, 2017. The $15 fee includes parking, a box lunch, and viewing glasses. To sign-up for this option, again go to www.littlegrassycamp.org.
Illinois Great Rivers Conference pastors who are involved in the planning of the festival itself include Rev. Danira Para, pastor of Dayspring UMC in Peoria, retired pastors Rev. Ken Hayden, Rev. Danny Lybarger, and Rev. Gary Billiot.
Location: Little Grassy United Methodist Camp
Address: 189 Camp Ground Road- Makanda, IL 62958
Phone: (618) 525-4278 or (619) 457-6030
Solar Eclipse Party at Black Diamond
August 19, 2017 - August 21, 2017 * 7:00 pm
The Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour will be performing 3 shows a day for the Eclipse weekend! Free admission on August 19th- 20th. More information to come for August 21st Eclipse Day!
Busted Knuckles is a V-Twin Thrill Show performed solely on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. These American Daredevils perform stunts like you have never seen. Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour is a premiere V-Twin entertainment company with Harley-Davidson being the bike of choice. Their goal is to bring the best V-Twin Stunt Riders together to perform the very best stunt show possible.
Location: Black Diamond Harley-Davidson
Address: 2400 Williamson County Parkway- Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 997-4577
Eclipse at Johnston City Amphitheater
August 19, 2017 - August 21, 2017 * 8:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Come celebrate the 2017 Solar Eclipse at the Johnston City Amphitheater. There will be a full weekend of activities for the whole family including live bands, Live DJ, bouncy houses, children's activities, food vendors, corn-hole tournament, silent auction, Saturday night movie night, and more!
Eclipse glasses are $1 and can be bought at City Hall or the Water Department drive-up.
Saturday, August 19th
6pm-8pm - Music "The Good Ole Boys"
9pm - Family Movie Night: Chicken Little
Sunday, August 20th
1pm-5pm - Car Show
2pm - Southern Illinois Concert Band
5pm-6pm - Terry Brooks Live DJ
6pm-7pm - Venture Worship Band
7pm-8pm - Terry Brooks Live DJ
8pm-10pm - Music: "Savannah Rose"
Monday, August 21st
8am - Corn-hole Tournament
10:30am-2:30pm - Terry Brooks Live DJ
Partial Eclipse will start at 11:52am, Total Eclipse at 1:20pm and will last approximately 2 minutes and 14 seconds. The Eclipse will end at 2:14pm.
Location: Arrowhead Lake Campground
Address: 1600 Petersen Avenue- Johnston City, IL 62951
Phone: (618) 983-3535
Eclipse at Stardust Golf Course
August 21, 2017 * 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
If you're looking for a place to watch the 2017 Eclipse, come out and join us on Monday, August 21st at the Stardust Golf Course in Johnston City, IL. We have a great viewing location for the 2 minutes and 14 seconds of totality! Eclipse glasses will be available and you can golf all day for only $25 per person.
Location: Stardust Golf Course
Address: 14756 Stardust Road- Johnston City, IL 62951
Phone: (618) 983-8822
The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017
August 21, 2017 * 8:00 am
The entire Refuge will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The Refuge is not planning any organized public events; however, visitors may view the eclipse from several recreation areas on the refuge on their own. A list of all the best viewing areas on the Refuge is available now. Pick your spot today! Due to the influx of eclipse viewers during the already-busy season, the refuge may need to close certain areas for visitor safety.
Things you should know while you are on the Refuge:
- All entrance and boat launching fees will be waived on August 21st, 2017.
- Camping is only permitted in designated campgrounds.
- Please do not litter. Take trash (including pet waste) with you and dispose of it properly.
- Fires are allowed only in designated areas where controlled structures are provided.
- Motorized vehicle are prohibited on grassy lawn areas adjacent to the parking lots.
- All pets must be on a leash.
- Commercial photography, videography, and other special uses will require a special permit. Please apply for these early to allow time to process them prior to the event.
- As a courtesy to other visitors please do not set up viewing equipment or chairs in the parking lots.
Location: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 997-3344
Solar Eclipse 2017 at Rent One Park
August 21, 2017 * 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Miners have partnered with 4-H for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Experience the Solar Eclipse with activities for the whole family at Rent One Park, Home of the Miners, on August 21st 10am-3pm.
Activities will include: 4-H Virtual Reality, Create in 4H's Makey-Makey Computer Science Lab, meet with University Astrologists for the latest Eclipse news, as well as look through the large telescope, laser tag and mini golf.
For more information on ticket pricing or to purchase t-shirts, please visit our Miners ticket page for more information.
Location: Rent One Park
Address: 1000 Miners Drive- Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 998-8499
Customer Appreciation Day
August 21, 2017 * 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join South Porte Bank for for barbeque and drinks. Be sure to bring a chair to view one of nature's most stunning displays. South Porte Bank has a limited supply of viewing glasses as well.
Location: South Porte Bank
Address: 701 North Court Street- Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 998-0098
Eclipse at Katy-Lynn Vineyard & Winery
August 21, 2017 * 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
There will be Live music and a variety of beverages including water, tea, slushy's, sangria, wine and beer. Parking is Free and you may bring your own lunch.
Location: Katy-Lynn Vineyard & Winery
Address: 1801 Sneed Road- Carbondale, IL 62902
Phone: (618) 713-5239
Eclipse Party in the Garden
August 21, 2017 * 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eclipse Party in the Garden! DJ Von will be bringing the tunes! There will be specials on beer and drinks featuring Saint Nicholas Black Sun, Big Muddy Dark Moon beer and Walker's Bluff Solar Red Wine. Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available. Free admission!
Location: The Frenchman's Widow
Address: 201 North 16th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: (618) 942-6088