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Austin's Eclipse Extravaganza: Where to Catch the Cosmic Show

Paige DeChausse

Paige DeChausse is a dynamic force in both the music and real estate industries, bringing her expertise and passion to each endeavor...

Paige DeChausse is a dynamic force in both the music and real estate industries, bringing her expertise and passion to each endeavor...

Apr 2 6 minutes read

Austin is the place to be on April 8th.

On that day, a total solar eclipse will pass almost directly through our city, enveloping it in darkness for precious minutes as the moon's trajectory intersects with the sun's.

We've noticed people are already buzzing with excitement, making plans for their ideal viewing spots and even throwing parties to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. With so much anticipation building up, we understand the need to stay informed. That's why we've compiled a list of things to know, places to be and how to safely see this solar eclipse. 

Once in a Blue Moon: Why This Eclipse is a Must-See

Experiencing a total solar eclipse is like winning the cosmic lottery. Unlike partial eclipses, where the Moon only partially covers the Sun, this event plunges you into daytime darkness, revealing the Sun's ethereal corona. The 2024 eclipse is particularly special for Austinites – the city sits in the path of totality, offering an unobstructed view of this celestial marvel. Don't miss your chance to witness the sky's dramatic transformation! 

Setting the Mood: The Ultimate Eclipse Playlist 

No celestial event is complete without the perfect soundtrack. That's why we've curated a playlist that's out of this world! From classic hits to modern jams, our eclipse playlist will have you grooving under the shadow of the moon. And what better way to begin than Bonnie Tyler's unofficial anthem of celestial phenomena,  "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 🌙🌑

prime spots for viewing

Austin is blessed with numerous vantage points for eclipse viewing. Whether you're lounging in Zilker Park, perched atop Mount Bonnell, or boating on Lady Bird Lake, you'll have a fantastic view. Just remember, the key to a stellar eclipse experience is finding a spot with a clear, unobstructed view of the sky. So pack your picnic, grab your friends, and stake out your spot early!

Safety First: Protect Your Peepers

Looking directly at the Sun can be harmful to your eyes, even during an eclipse. Be sure to snag a pair of certified eclipse glasses. These aren't your average sunglasses; they're specially made to protect your eyes from the Sun's intense rays. You can find these at local museums, science centers, or astronomy clubs in Austin. Remember, safety is cool! 

Get your glasses here!

hotel viata's vip celestial experience

Hill  Country hideaway is the premier destination to experience the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Witness true cosmic alignment with our Total Eclipse Package, and enjoy our additional eclipse-themed events, such as a New Moon Sound Bath on April 9th (additional fees apply for events). Book now through April 12, 2024, for stay dates between April 1-12, 2024.

Total Eclipse Package: Overnight accommodations, custom viewing glasses, gourmet picnic for two with blanket, map of recommended eclipse viewing spots and two signature cocktails. Available for booking from April 1-12.

Moon Dipped Bliss Spa Package: Three-hour spa experience with a bottle of sparkling wine. Available for booking from April 1-12.

Eclipse Pool Party: Pre-eclipse bash from 5-7 p.m. April 7 with small bites, an eclipse cocktail, live music and more. Tickets are $57 per person.

New Moon Yoga Flow and Sound Bath: Post-eclipse experience from 8-10 a.m. April 9. Tickets are $25 per person.

Book Your Celestial Stay!

eclipse utopia

The Four Sisters Ranch in Utopia, Texas, will be in the epicenter of the ‘Great Texas Twoclipse’, where the paths of totality for the Annual Eclipse of October ’23 and Total Eclipse of April ’24 will form an ‘X’.  An intimate campout with unparalleled views in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, and an incredible  eclectic musical lineup for the Total Eclipse this April. 

Eclipse UTOPiA: Total – April 5-9, 2024

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texas eclipse

Eclipse Texas, nestled in Burnet, is not just a festival; it's a cosmic convergence of music, art, space, and technology. Produced by the renowned promoter Disco Presents HQ and experiential event producers Probably Nothing, this once-in-a-lifetime event will welcome 40,000 attendees from April 5th to 9th. 

With its unique blend of solar spectacle and creative expression, Eclipse Texas is essentially Burning Man meets Art Basel meets SXSW meets TEDTalks, promising an unforgettable experience for all who dare to journey into its cosmic realm  

As the countdown to April 8th begins, the excitement in Austin is palpable. Whether you're planning a rooftop gathering, heading to one of the city's beautiful parks, or simply stepping outside to witness this cosmic marvel, one thing is certain: the solar eclipse promises to be an unforgettable experience for all. So, mark your calendars, gather your eclipse glasses, and prepare to be awed by the wonders of the universe right here in our own backyard.

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