Solar eclipse totality is coming to Indiana and the best place to experience it is in Festival Country. Located just south of Indianapolis, Festival Country is home to fun celebrations, wide open spaces to view the eclipse, free eclipse glasses and the most totality. Here, you’ll be able to experience more than two and a half hours of the eclipse with more than four minutes of totality. To celebrate, we’re pulling out all the stops and hosting parties all over the county. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that won’t happen again in the area for 129 years. Make sure you experience it in a place that’s a little more festive.

Reason 1: The most Totality

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Situated directly in the middle of the path of totality, Festival Country will experience more than two and a half hours of the eclipse and more than four minutes of totality. The eclipse will be from 1:50 to 4:23 p.m. on Monday, April 8, with totality from approximately 3:06 to 3:10 p.m. EST. If you want to maximize your eclipse experience and see totality for one of the longest durations in the world, you want to be in Festival Country.

Reason 2: Free Eclipse Glasses

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Wearing certified eclipse glasses is essential to viewing the partial eclipse. You can remove them during totality, but without them for the partial eclipse, the sun is too powerful to view. Many destinations charge money for eclipse glasses or simply don’t offer them, but Festival Country is handing out free, certified eclipse glasses throughout our communities, ensuring all visitors can make the most of their experience. Many locations will have them available on-site on eclipse day, but if you’d like to get yours early, visit the Festival Country Indiana Visitor Center at 66 S. Water St. in Franklin for glasses and eclipse souvenirs.

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Reason 3: Open Spaces to View the Eclipse

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Not only will you find the most totality and free glasses in Festival Country, but you’ll also have unobstructed skies and wide open spaces to view the eclipse. For example, the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Franklin is opening its ample 80 acres for parking, live music, restrooms, food vendors and eclipse viewing. Several other spacious locations, like Kelsay Farms in Whiteland and Johnson County Park in Nineveh, will be doing the same. There are also more than a dozen locations offering reserved parking, so you can secure your spot now and beat the crowds on eclipse day. Click here to learn more.


Reason 4: Fun Events

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Celebrate the eclipse in style just south of Indy. Festival Country earned its name for the more than 1,000 festivals and events that happen within its borders every year, and Eclipse weekend is no exception. We’re going all out and hosting festivities throughout our communities. Visit downtown Franklin April 6-8 for live music, tethered hot air balloon rides, food trucks, an eclipse market and more. Drive or fly into the Greenwood Airport on April 8 for an eclipse party featuring food trucks, live music, airplanes on display and more. Experience the Total Eclipse of the Art in Edinburgh on April 8 with music, chalk art, vendors and a mural unveiling. If you’re interested in craft brew, Taxman Bargersville will be releasing two limited-edition beers in honor of the eclipse and will be bringing in telescopes for up-close eclipse viewing. These and dozens more events are happening just south of Indy. Make your eclipse plans by clicking here


With the most totality, free eclipse glasses, wide open spaces and fun events, Festival Country Indiana is the perfect place to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. Click here to find all the eclipse information, including parking, events, lodging, souvenirs, and more.