Eclipse


Eclipse Festival 2024

Do you want to experience solar eclipse totality in the place with the longest duration of totality – and celebrate it at the place that’s a little more festive?

When the solar eclipse occurs on April 8, Festival Country Indiana, located just south of Indianapolis, will be smack dab in the middle of the path of totality. In Festival Country, you’ll get more than two and a half hours of the eclipse, including more than four minutes of totality.

The eclipse is from 1:50 to 4:23 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024, with totality from approximately 3:05:52 to 3:09:54 p.m. (all times are Eastern time)

We’re planning an epic bash to celebrate the eclipse with activities all weekend and into Monday. Get your FREE eclipse glasses at the Festival Country Indiana visitor center, located at 66 S. Water St., Franklin, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The center will be open Sunday and Monday of eclipse weekend as well.

Don't want to leave your house? Get your official eclipse merchandise (and a FREE pair of eclipse glasses with each item purchased) here.


Eclipse events

Franklin

Enjoy a presentation by Dr. Catherine Pilachowski, a distinguished professor of astronomy and co-chair of the Solar Task Force at Indiana University. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin, on March 9.

Visit Franklin College, 101 Branigin Blvd., Franklin, on April 4 to hear Associate Professor of Physics, Arbin Thapaliya, Ph.D. provide an overview of the total eclipse. Attendees can participate in various engaging activities, including space demonstrations, virtual reality experiences and the use of solar telescopes. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.

There will be live music, food trucks, a hot air balloon, and more April 6, 7 and 8 at the amphitheater at 237 W. Monroe St., Franklin. There will be eclipse posters and glasses at the visitor center at 66 S. Water St., Franklin. Click here for details. 

Join the race of the century, a 5K through scenic Franklin to celebrate the total solar eclipse. Click here to register.

The Legends Golf Club, 2555 Hurricane Road, is open to the public for viewing, golf, great food and more. Click here to reserve a spot.

Come to Patches Flower Farm in Franklin for a weekend of eclipse viewing, live music, camping and free eclipse glasses. This beautiful 36-acre property features trails, woods, a creek, a pond, and restrooms for you to use. Primitive campsites only at $200 total for two nights. There will be a Grateful Dead tribute band 6 to 10 p.m. April 7. Click here link to reserve a spot.

In addition, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church is inviting the public to park in their parking lot and view the eclipse from their field. The lot and field are along Jefferson Street, directly across from Johnson Memorial Health. This will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, April 8 only (no overnight parking) and will be on a first come, first served basis, with a $20 donation for parking. There will be food trucks and Porta-potties. Free eclipse glasses will be provided. Click here for details.

Also, First Mt Pleasant Baptist Church, 952 W. State Road 44, Franklin, is opening up its parking lot and lawn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 8 to host those who want to view the eclipse. Parking is $10. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Restrooms and free eclipse glasses are available. Cars only. No RVs. Click here for details.

Hurricane Community Church, 4592 N. Hurricane Road, is opening its parking lot for eclipse viewing. There will also be a food truck and an available playground. Click here for details.

Possibilities: Home Re-Imagined, 100 E. Jefferson St., Franklin, will be hosting a Total Eclipse Oasis event on April 8 with exclusive perks like merchandise, food, private restrooms, an eclipse photography class, a themed artisan market and more. Get your tickets here.

Turning Point Church, 3600 N. Morton St., is hosting an eclipse viewing site featuring free parking and lawn seating. 

Come to the more secluded Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Dr., or the closer-to-downtown Franklin Community Middle School, 625 Grizzly Cub Drive, for eclipse viewing, concessions and restroom facilities. The cost is $50 per vehicle. Click here to reserve your spot.

Johnson County Shrine Club has 110 parking spots which it will open up for eclipse viewing, and they plan to serve food, provide public restrooms, and provide free eclipse glasses as well.

Discover Downtown Franklin will be cooking out to provide eclipse viewers with some tasty grilled food 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 at City Hall, 70 E. Monroe St.

The Historic Artcraft Theatre will feature films focusing on sci-fi, space, and the eclipse on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of eclipse weekend. Click here for movie titles and show times.

Make the Franklin Elks your hangout during eclipse weekend. For $35 per day, you will receive a wristband so you can hang out on the second floor of the lodge, receive free eclipse glasses and have access to reasonably priced food and drinks. There will also be games for the kids and law enforcement onsite. Click here to register and prepay online to secure you spot when the ticket sales begin in late February.

Johnson County Museum is planning a weekend of activities, including displays about the eclipse, an eclipse speaker, and an exhibit from the time an eclipse was last in our area.

Main & Madison, 100 N. Main St., Franklin, will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with cool events each night and a watch party on Monday. More details will be announced when the plans are finalized.

Farm Girl Mercantile will have food from Enedinas Taco Truck, wine from Mallow Run Winery, and staff from Restorative Touch Massage, as well as eclipse glasses all weekend.

Visit the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground St., for eclipse viewing, entertainment, food vendors and more from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8. Parking will be available for purchase.

Impact Christian Church is offering 74 paved spots that you can reserve in advance, indoor bathrooms, playground, yard games, security, food, free eclipse glasses and first aid stands. 

Enjoy a weekend of camping, paintball, eclipse viewing and more at MALC Training Center. There will also be live music and food trucks on Monday. Click here for details. 

Greenwood

Join 40 handmade vendors for a 2024 solar eclipse pre-celebration on April 6 and 7 at Take Root Country Store, 202 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood. Find some one-of-a-kind eclipse souvenirs and treats. Free parking and a shuttle will be available. Learn more here.

People can come to Craig Park, 10 E. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, from 5 to 9 p.m. April 7 to enjoy live music from My Yellow Rickshaw and Taste Like Chicken, food, drinks and tethered hot air balloon rides the day before the eclipse. Attendees can return the next day to watch the eclipse in the park. Details are here.

Fly in or drive in for this eclipse party April 8 at BOLDAviation at Indy South Greenwood Airport. There will be food trucks, music, entertainment, airplanes on display and more. Bold Aviation is located at 965 Airport Access Dr., Greenwood. Parking is limited. Click here for details.

New Hope Church, 5307 W. Fairview Road, Greenwood, is offering overnight and day sites for campers, recreational vehicles, cars and tents. Spots can be reserved in advance. Click here for details.

Vino Villa, 200 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood, will offer a themed menu on April 8, including blackout sangrias and a wine tasting from Midnight Cellars. Café Euclid, located next door, will be also have an eclipse-themed drink and guests can watch the eclipse from their property.

Calvary Baptist Church is opening its parking lot for reserved RV parking April 7 to 9, and the church has an open field for eclipse viewing. Refreshments will be available. Free eclipse glasses will be available. Details to follow.

Greenwood Christian Church, 2405 Averitt Road, Greenwood, is allowing people to park at their church from 1 to 4 p.m. April 8. They are offering free parking and free eclipse glasses, but donations will be accepted for the church mission program. No restrooms.

Johnson County Park

Come to Johnson County Park for three days of fun to celebrate the total solar eclipse. The event schedule includes a DJ, yard games, food and beer vendors and an adult Easter egg hunt on Saturday; a DJ, kids area, yard games and food and beer vendors on Sunday; and live music, food and beer vendors and an eclipse viewing party on Monday. In addition, the park is camping reservations. The park is located at 2949 E. North St., Nineveh. Click here for details.

Edinburgh

Come to the John R. Drybread Community Center, 100 East Main Cross St., Edinburgh from noon to 5 p.m. on April 8 for Total Eclipse of the Art, featuring eclipse viewing, chalk art, music, handcrafted items and a community mural event. Click here for details.

In addition, the town of Edinburgh is requesting proposals for an Edinburgh postcard-themed mural to celebrate the eclipse. Click here for details.

Whiteland

Enjoy the wide open space at Kelsay Farms, 6848 N. 250 East, for eclipse viewing and fun. Parking is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 8 (click the link to purchase a spot), and people can also reserve a primitive camping spot on April 7. Porta-potties, hand-washing stations, concessions, and charging stations will be available.Click here for details.

The Sycamore at Mallow Run

Come to The Sycamore at Mallow Run for live music from The Doo! from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., food truck eats from The Lonely Monkey, refreshments from The Sycamore Bar and up to four eclipse glasses per car. The early bird cost is $75 per parking spot. Click here to reserve a spot.

Mallow Run Winery is also planning an eclipse event. Stay tuned for details.

Taxman Bargersville

Taxman Bargersville is partnering with NASA and Southern Illinois University to a special eclipse viewing party complete with telescopes for up-close viewing, and free eclipse glasses. In addition to the eclipse viewing, Taxman Brewing Co. will launch two limited-edition beers – Totality and In the Black. The event is noon to 10 p.m. on April 8. 

Clark-Pleasant School lots

Clark-Pleasant Community Schools is opening up its school lots for eclipse viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 8, and people can reserve a spot ahead of time for their vehicle for RV. The parking lots will have food trucks, portable toilets, hand washing stations, and trash containers. Proceeds benefit the Clark-Pleasant Education Foundation. Click the link to see the locations in Whiteland and Greenwood and to reserve a spot.

Trafalgar

Experience the total eclipse at Indian Creek High School, where you can reserve a spot for a vehicle for $50 or an RV for $100, have access to restrooms, free eclipse glasses, trash cans, and food from food trucks. Click here to reserve a spot.

Johnson County Public Library Events

Dive into the eclipse excitement with presentations by eclipse experts, themed activities for kids, a VR experience and more.

Space Day will be on March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Johnson County Armory in Franklin. Enjoy activities like the SkyDome, eclipse demonstrations and presentations, Storytime from Space, a NASA artifact display and a VR experience.

On March 6, discover the science behind the eclipse at the Franklin branch. Franklin College Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Arbin Thapaliya will demonstrate hands-on science experiments for kids from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., then will share a presentation about space and eclipses for teens and adults from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Visit the White River branch on March 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for an eclipse presentation by the Indiana Astronomical Society and free eclipse glasses.

There are also several themed crafting classes and activities for kids and families leading up to the eclipse. Some examples include a moon lamp class, family story times, an eclipse-themed cooking class, a DIY eclipse viewer class and more.

Johnson County Public Library is also opening its library branch parking lots for free eclipse viewing and free internet on the day of the eclipse. Please note that the branches are closed, so there are no available restroom facilities or shelter. The branches are at 350 Clearwater Blvd., Whiteland; 401 State St., Franklin; 424 S. Tower St., Trafalgar; and 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood.

Click here for more details about upcoming library events.

Souvenirs

There are several local businesses offering eclipse merchandise like T-shirts, postcards, tumblers and more. Click here to learn more and find the perfect item to commemorate this historic event.

Lodging

See the FAQs for lodging information and other key information.

        Franklin, IN is right on the eclipse line, making it the perfect spot for eclipse viewing in Central Indiana. Surrounding communities like Greenwood, Bargersville, Edinburgh, Whiteland, Trafalgar, and New Whiteland also offer great viewing.


Eclipse FAQs

Q: When is the total solar eclipse coming to Indiana?

A: April 8, 2024. In the Franklin area, which is just south of Indianapolis, the partial eclipse begins at 1:50 p.m. ET and ends at 4:23 p.m. ET. In the middle of that time, from 3:05:52 ET to 3:09:54 ET, the total eclipse occurs.

Q: Do I need certified eclipse glasses to look up at the eclipse?

A: You do need to wear eclipse glasses during the partial eclipse. However, during the approximately four minutes of totality, it is safe to view the eclipse without glasses.

Q: Are Franklin, Greenwood, and the other communities just south of Indy good places to view the eclipse?

A: Yes, they are at the very center of the eclipse, meaning you’ll experience the longest period of totality. Don’t settle for a shortened eclipse experience at a location further away from the center.

Q: How often do total solar eclipses happen?

A: Total solar eclipses are a rare phenomenon. The last total solar eclipse visible in the United States was in 2017. After the one that is upcoming in 2024, the next one visible from North America will be in 2044.

Q: Many destinations are sold out. Is there capacity in the Franklin and Greenwood area?

A: Click here for our regular lodging listings. And read below for some more options.

While hotels and Airbnb homes are in high demand, we are working with various partners who plan to offer RV camping and primitive camping to accommodate eclipse enthusiasts. That information will be posted at eclipsefestival2024.com when it becomes available. And with events at various locations throughout our communities, it will be easier for people to come in for the day with relative ease. Here is the lodging info we have so far:

Johnson County Park is taking reservations for campsites during the eclipse. Click here for more information. Click here for a link to other camping and lodging. 

The 198 on Jefferson just released their lofts on Nov. 13, 2023. You must list April 5 as check-in date and April 9 as check-out date.

Fairfield Inn & Suites in Franklin just released their rooms for the April 8, 2024 eclipse. Prices range from $1,300 to $1,540 a night with a four-night minimum.

Ashley-Drake Inn is reserving rooms now for the solar eclipse. Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens is a full-service bed and breakfast with four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. A full menued breakfast is served each morning. Located six blocks from downtown Franklin and one block from Franklin College. There is a four-night minimum with check-in on or before April 5 and check-out on or after April 9.

Patches Flower Farm has 380 primitive camping sites available for reservation in Franklin.

Franklin’s GypsyInn is open for eclipse bookings with a three-night minimum. Click the link or call 317-775-7812.

In southern Johnson County, the farm at 7591 W. 600 South, Morgantown, has primitive camping for $100 a night, campsites with water, electric and a shared sewage dump for $300 a night, and an Airbnb-style grain bin apartment for $900 a night. Call or text 317-410-1451 for information.

Q: Will I be able to get in and out on the eclipse day?

A: While there will be an increase in traffic, we anticipate things will go smoothly if people plan to arrive early and then don’t all leave at once when the eclipse ends. Stay and enjoy a meal or a walk while the crowds make their way out.

Q: Where can I go to find out about all the events happening in Franklin, Greenwood and the surrounding communities?

A: They are listed on this page, or find individual listings at  festivalcountryindiana.com/festivals-and-events

To learn more about the eclipse in Franklin, including an eclipse simulator video, visit this website.

For additional eclipse information, visit this website. And check out this map, courtesy of NASA, Google and nationaleclipse.com. Stay tuned as we add more events and lodging options.