Eclipse Guide 2017: Where to Watch the Eclipse in St. Louis

Watch parties throughout South St. Louis County, Jefferson County


By Gloria Lloyd

Where will you be when the sky goes dark Monday, Aug. 21?

Event locations in south county and Jefferson County range from restaurants to parks to libraries. If you’re still searching for glasses, we’ve noted which events are handing out free glasses while they last. We’ve also noted how much totality you can expect at each site.

1 minute, 36 seconds of totality starting at 1:18 p.m.

Free. Gates open at 9 a.m. No admissions after 12:45 p.m.

Seven food trucks on site and museums open free of charge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

County Executive Steve Stenger sings the national anthem at 10:40 a.m.

County officials are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to the county’s biggest eclipse event.

1 minute, 52 seconds of totality starting at 1:18 p.m.

The South County Y will open its ballfields and pavilion to anyone in the community who would like to witness this historic event. We invite you to bring a blanket and pack a lunch to enjoy a picnic with your family while waiting for the eclipse to occur. Informational flyers and craft projects will be available.

An ice cream truck will be selling treats from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A limited supply of viewing glasses will be available for $4* 

RSVP to attend the event at or call 314-849-9622.

*Viewing glasses are non-refundable.

1 minute, 32 seconds of totality, starting at 1:18 p.m.

1 minute, 53 seconds of totality, starting at 1:18 p.m.

Activities start at 12:30 p.m., Free. Total Eclipse 1:16 to 1:18 p.m.

The Parks and Recreation Department will host interactive activities showing just how difficult and how rare the odds are for this astronomical event to occur. Activities will include making your own model of a solar eclipse, constructing a sundial, and building a pinhole viewer. These activities are friendly to all ages.  There is no cost to participate. There will be eclipse viewing glasses available for purchase for $1.

1 minute, 40 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

Starts at 11:30 a.m. on the patio

First 200 people get a free pair of glasses

1 minute, 32 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

Bring blanket or lawn chairs.

Noon to 2 p.m.

Call for reservations for $15 box lunch. Alcoholic beverages also available for sale.

1 minute, 41 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

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1 minute, 34 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

1 to 2 p.m.                       



12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

1 minute, 51 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

1 minute, 31 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

1 minute, 23 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

1 minute, 45 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

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2 minutes, 13 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

Free viewing glasses for guests present during eclipse!

The park has totality ranging from 2 minutes, 2 seconds to 2 minutes, 9 seconds starting at 1:17 p.m.

3 day event! On Monday, the event will feature food boots and food trucks, along with “Mad About Science” Fun Booths.

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We have T-shirts to commemorate this event available at the Arnold Recreation Center front desk. T-shirts are $10 each for all sizes through XL. Size 2x is $14, 3x and 4x are $16, and 5x is $18.  Get your “I Blacked Out in Arnold, Missouri” gear early before it sells out!

Join us at Arnold City Park and like us on Facebook at SolarEclipseArnoldMo! Visit this page or our Facebook page (ArnoldParksandRecreation) in the coming weeks for more information!

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

2 minutes and 8 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

Free eclipse glasses until they run out.

Live music by Steve Chosich 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Giant games, MoJo food truck, bring blankets and chairs.

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10 a.m. – 3p.m.

Totality ranging from 2 minutes, 10 seconds to 2 minutes, 13 seconds starting at 1:17 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music, great food and lots of fun.

Free entry and free glasses – limited quantity.

There will be live music, food trucks, an artisan fair and we are working on having a science expert to MC the event. We also have glow-in-the-dark t-shirts for sale and free solar eclipse viewing glasses available.

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10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate the eclipse at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium on Aug. 21. Our planetarium educators will narrate the events in the sky and provide fun activities for all ages outside the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. The Science Center is in the path of partiality meaning we will see over 99 percent of the eclipse. 

Event highlights include:

Live music from Johnny Chase

Food and Drinks

Clementine’s Ice Cream

Fun educational activities, including making pinhole viewers


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Free glasses given out to first participants.

1 minute and 13 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

Academic lectures start at 11 a.m. at East Academic Building, Rooms 253/262

Live video streaming of this program is also available in designated rooms at the East Academic Building, and at the following website:

Children’s Activities:

East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons

Build a shadow tube, make a sundial, determine earth-sun distance, shadow shifting, draw the solar system

12:30 p.m. – Gather for Outdoor Viewing

1 p.m. – Welcome by President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Provost Julian Schuster, and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Tony Wallner

 1:17 p.m. – The Solar Eclipse in Totality


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2 minutes, 36 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

West City Park will be the gathering spot to view the 2017 Eclipse in Festus.  We have acres and acres of open viewing space for visitors to come see the eclipse.  Parking will be at the ballfield complex parking lot, so there may be a little walking to find a perfect spot.  Join us at the West City Park stage Aug. 21 for informational presentations and the countdown to the eclipse.  Activities will be planned for the whole weekend at West City Park.  Eclipse activities are sponsored by the Festus Tourism Commission and in cooperation with the Festus Public Library.

2 minutes, 38 seconds of totality

8 a.m. to 3 p.m., themed events begin 9 a.m.

Parking $5 cash only per car entering, first come, first served

Glasses, concessions, T-shirts and souvenirs available for purchase

Bring lawn chairs and blankets

Activities include telescope viewing stations through Safe Solar telescopes

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2 minutes, 20 seconds of totality, starting at 1:17 p.m.

All of our wonderful and quaint shops and restaurants will be open for business for the day. Usually the shops and restaurants in Kimmswick are closed on Mondays, but not on Monday August 21st. Our shops will be welcoming our guests and the restaurants will have indoor and outdoor seating available for all.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. breakfast and lunch