Celebrate the Solar Eclipse in Indianapolis


Thousands of people from all over the country are making their way to Indianapolis to witness one thing – the solar eclipse. This natural phenomenon is when the moon goes between the Earth and the sun, putting us in total darkness. 

What's extra special about this eclipse is that Indianapolis lies in the "path of totality," which will not happen again until 2153, making history for the city. 

On April 8 at 3:06 p.m., the solar eclipse will be visible to viewers for a total of 3 minutes and 46 seconds. Ensure you take part in this incredible event by attending an eclipse celebration near you.

Student-led eclipse events

This year, the IU Solar Eclipse Task Force provided grants to on-campus student organizations for student-led events and initiatives celebrating the eclipse. 

Solar Eclipse Seminar: Sun, Space and Sight

Wednesday, April 3
Noon–2 p.m. |  Neuroscience Research Building, Room 101

The Medical Neuroscience Graduate Organization is hosting a trainee-led lecture in celebration of our university being in the path of totality. Lectures will cover the relationship between the sun and our ocular health while emphasizing safety during this solar eclipse.

LUNACY! Solar Eclipse Festival 

Monday, April 8
10 a.m. | White River State Park

IU Indianapolis and Visit Indy will be collaborating for an eclipse celebration that will feature over a dozen food trucks, exercise classes led by NIFS, paid opportunities to take canoe or kayak tours of the river and a special performance from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Free eclipse glasses will be provided by IU Indianapolis and can be picked up at the park’s Visitor Center.  

Celebrations Around the City

NASA at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Monday, April 8
3 p.m. | 4790 16th St. 
Admission: $20 per person

Join NASA experts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to witness the total solar eclipse while hearing the phenomenon explained by professionals from NASA. IMS was chosen to be a NASA broadcast location; one of few across the country. The ticket includes admission, parking and a limited-edition pair of solar eclipse glasses. Merchandise and educational opportunities available.

Eclipse Extravaganza

Monday, April 8
10 a.m. | 3000 N. Meridian St. 
Admission: $33 per person

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' eclipse event will have giveaways, festivities and activities. Add-on's for tickets include interactive activities for the whole family. Solar glasses will be available while supplies last; guests are encouraged to decorate their glasses upon arrival. 

Total Eclipse of the Art 

Monday, April 8
11 a.m. | 4000 N. Michigan Rd. 

Celebrate being in the path of totality at Newfields with a music festival, fire performers and more! Different ticket packages are available, but start out at $29.

Remember to bring eclipse glasses to protect yourself from the harmful rays! Visit the Campus Center Info Desk to pick up a free IU Indianapolis or IU custom pair. Limit one per person.