2024 Solar Eclipse

2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

View a total solar eclipse in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on April 8, 2024. Plan to visit the ideal place to experience this spectacular show in the sky.

Vermont offers some of the best locations for watching the 2024 solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. Stay in the Northeast Kingdom which is located in the solar eclipse path of totality. For a short period of time watch as the daytime sky will turn eerie and dark as if it were dusk or dawn.

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ABOUT THE SOLAR ECLIPSE

The solar eclipse in Vermont will take place in the early afternoon. The sky will begin to darken around 2:14 p.m., and at 3:26 p.m., a total eclipse will darken the sky, lasting for approximately 3 minutes.

This will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044 – so don’t miss your chance to enjoy this incredible moment in history!

WATCH THE LIVESTREAM

Tune in to the live stream at the Fairbanks Museum for extensive coverage and moment-by-moment commentary. Vermont Public’s Jane Lindholm and astronomy expert Mark Breen. Livestream on YouTube, watch on TV, or listen on the radio. Details here.

Northeast Kingdom Solar Eclipse Events

EASTERN TREK

St. Johnsbury
St. Johnsbury is hosting a series of events, before, during and after the eclipse. Check the Discover St. Johnsbury website for complete details, things to do, and lodging in the area. 

  • Celestial Ball: A Total Eclipse SoireeElks Lodge Fairbanks Mansion
    April 6 
    Spend the evening traveling through space and time at the Celestial Ball at the Fairbanks Mansion, a steampunk-themed solar eclipse event. Experience mystery, magic and worlds colliding. Click here for tickets.

  • Sun + Moon + You – Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium 
    April 8
    Vermont’s only public planetarium and premiere hub for astronomical and science education is hosting a full day of programming beginning at noon. Reserve your spot to experience free on-site activities outside the Museum including a NASA live stream, family crafts, and a viewing party to experience totality.

  • Eclipse AfterpartySt. Johnsbury Distillery
    April 8
    Grab a bite, sip on lunar cocktails & mocktails, and listen to live music at St. Johnsbury Distillery. More details coming soon, check their website.

Lakeside ParkIsland Pond
April 8
Head to Lakeside Park for an Eclipse Viewing Party. There will be a speaker on-site sharing their expertise and the first 1,000 guests will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. If capacity is reached, a second viewing location will be opened at the baseball field. Leading up to the eclipse viewing, Island Pond businesses will be hosting a weekend full of events (more details to come). 

FARM & FIELD

Total Eclipse Viewing Party – Craftsbury
April 8
Head to the Craftsbury Common for a Total Eclipse Viewing Party from 2- 4pm. Take a peek at the eclipse through a solar telescope and embark on a Storywalk of A Few Beautiful Minutes set up around the common. Eclipse glasses available for the first 500 guests.  Snacks and eclipse merchandise will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at Dustan Field or Auld Lang Syne Road. In the event of inclement weather, there will be a livestream of the eclipse inside the library.

Highland Lodge Totality Watch Party – Greensboro 
April 8
Enjoy fire pits, outdoor bar, live music, and tacos in Greensboro. Your ticket includes NASA Grade Viewing Glasses, two tacos from Caja, and a drink from the outdoor bar. Purchase tickets here.

MOUNTAIN & LAKE GETAWAY

The Whiteout – Jay Peak
April 7 – 8
Jay Peak is the closet major ski area in the United States to be in the path of totality – and they are taking advantage of this opportunity by offering special vacation packages and special events.

  • Sunday, April 7
    Learn about eclipse science at Clips & Reels with Meteorologist and Science Educator Christopher Kurdek. Afterwards, enjoy a concert with the Pink Talking Fish, who will perform a fusion of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish. Music starts at 8pm.
  • Monday, April 8
    Pink Talking Fish will be back to perform Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album in its entirety at Tramside lodge base leading up to totality (music begins around 2:30pm). Ski and snowboard lift services will stop at 2pm in anticipation of the main event – the total solar eclipse.

Visit our Events Calendar for a complete list of upcoming events in the Kingdom.

Gardner Park – Newport
April 8 
Watch the total solar eclipse at Gardner Park in Newport along the shores of Lake Memphremagog. William Vinton from the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation will be on-site sharing insights and expertise, and musician Kyle Chadburn will be performing as well to enhance your eclipse experience. The first 500 guests will receive free glasses.

SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING SPOTS

Eastern Trek

  • Fairbanks_Museum_SummerIsland Pond – Viewing Party (with free glasses) at Lakeside Park, 32 Mill Street
  • St. Johnsbury – Viewing party at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, 1302 Main Street (tickets required) 

Farm & Field

  • Barton – Crystal Lake State Park, located at 96 Bellwater Ave. Please note, VT State Parks are not typically open until Memorial Day, but an exception has been made for this occasion. We advise you to review the VT State Parks statement regarding safety and tips before visiting this location.

Mountain & Lake Getaway

  • Newport – A Viewing party will be held at Gardner Park. Free glasses available for the first 500 guests.  
  • Jay Peak Resort – Directly in the path of totality, Jay Peak is closer than any major ski area in the United States. Tickets are available for the VIP location for the outdoor show and eclipse viewing and must be purchased in advance. All lift service for skiing and snowboarding will stop at 2 p.m.

SOLAR ECLIPSE SAFETY TIPS

It is incredibly important to not look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection, known as “eclipse glasses.” Staring directly at the sun can permanently damage your vision. Several organizations across Vermont will be handing out eclipse glasses, including the Fairbanks Museum. Please stay tuned for more details on how to secure eclipse glasses.

ABOUT THE AREA

The Northeast Kingdom represents over 2,000 square miles of Vermont and is home to some of the state’s most scenic and remote locations. Bordered by Canada and northern New Hampshire, the Kingdom is a hub for outdoor recreation, arts and culture, and delicious local food options.

Extend your time in the Northeast Kingdom before or after the total solar eclipse by enjoying some of our many wonderful offerings and attractions.

We expect lodging in areas of the Kingdom, such as St. Johnsbury, to fill up quickly. Book overnight accommodations soon to guarantee your spot.