Solar eclipse events in Asheville

While we may not be in the path of totality, Ashevillians will still see ~87% coverage during the upcoming solar eclipse.

A map of the US showing the paths of totality for the 2023 and 2024 Total Solar Ecplipses, with description text by NASA. The yellow 2023 line crosses from Oregon through Texas, while the blue 2024 line crosses up from Texas through Maine.

These calculations are heavy duty — you’re looking for the blue line.

Photo via NASA

A total solar eclipse — which happens when the moon completely blocks the face of the sun as it passes between the sun and earth — will take place on Monday, April 8. And while we’re not in the path of totality, Asheville is expected to see ~87% coverage.

The partial eclipse will begin at approximately 1:52 p.m., reach maximum coverage at 3:09 p.m., and end at about 4:26 p.m.

Out-of-this-world events

Solar Eclipse Backpacking Trip | Monday, April 8-Tuesday, April 9 | 8 a.m. | Appalachian Trail-er Bunkhouse, 200 Lance Ave., Hot Springs | $530 | Set up camp along the Appalachian Trail for this two-day excursion before heading to Max Patch to view the eclipse.

Great American Eclipse | Monday, April 8 | 1-4 p.m. | The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville | Free, parking fees apply | The Arboretum is partnering with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies for special eclipse activities — plus, NASA eclipse glasses will be given out for safe viewing.

Solar Eclipse Observing Event | Monday, April 8 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | UNC Asheville, Parking lot P34, 276 Edgewood Rd., Asheville | Free | Join the Astronomy Club of Asheville to view the eclipse with safe solar telescopes.

Eclipse Viewing Party | Monday, April 8 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | The Whale, 507 Haywood Rd., #10, Asheville | Free | View the solar event from the patio, complete with eclipse glasses and beer specials available for purchase.

Rooftop Eclipse Viewing Party | Monday, April 8 | 2-8 p.m. | Rooftop at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Ste. 200, Asheville | Free | The rooftop will be open to the public, and eclipse glasses will be available to the first 100 guests.

Pro tip: Whether you’re attending one of the viewing parties or observing on your own time, eye safety is key. Learn how to safely view the celestial event and make sure you’re equipped with a pair of eclipse glasses.