The Eclipse is coming ... Aug. 21, 2017



Lincoln offers entertainment opportunities for the entire family including six bowling alleys, several movie theatres, indoor ice skating rinks, Champions Fun Center, the Lincoln Children’s Museum, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Laser Tag, Lost in Fun and much more!  Check out all of Lincoln’s many attractions, shopping and dining options.

 Nebraska’s Capital City of Lincoln, which sits on the northern edge of the eclipse, will experience 1 minute, 24 seconds of totality and is only 43 miles to the north of the center of activity as it traverses our great state.

As a community, Lincoln features over 5,000 lodging rooms and is the home to state government and the University of Nebraska. “Lonely Planet”, the world’s largest publisher of travel guidebooks, has named Lincoln to its list of 10 top destinations to see in 2017. Lincoln ranked No. 3 on the publisher’s “Best in the U.S.” list. Our proud city makes it mark with bike trails, breweries, nightlife and a hip music scene under an enormous sky.

The Eclipse—Lincoln, Aug. 21, 2017 (CDT)

11:37:17 a.m., Partial eclipse begins

1:02:36 p.m., Total eclipse begins
Approximate length of totality: 1 minute, 24 seconds


Lincoln is conveniently located along the path of the
Eclipse and will enjoy just over a minute of totality.


Haymarket Park (403 Line Drive Circle), home of the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball team. A special Eclipse delay prompts a noon start when the Saltdogs take on the Gary, Indiana, SouthShore Railcats. The day includes interactive exhibits and presentations as well as event t-shirts and free Eclipse-viewing glasses. 

Haymarket Park Science Fair learn while you watch

Haymarket Park is a gathering point for the public and a venue for a Science and Engineering Expo to complement the solar eclipse!Held in the Salt Dogs parking lot, it is open to the public throughout the game. A video stream of live images from the UNL student observatory (atop the Memorial Stadium parking garage) and the UNL Minnich Solar Telescope (taken down from its perch atop the Physics building, and trucked to the fair) will be periodically available on the stadium big screens. The game will be interrupted starting about a half hour before totality for everyone to enjoy the displays at the fair, and witness the eclipse.

The Society of Physics Students (SPS-UNL Chapter) will have several tables of interactive demos at the Expo. The Department of Physics & Astronomy will have portable sun-viewing telescopes set up. The Minnich Solar Telescope mentioned above will be set up with a “beam-splitter” offering viewing directly through an eyepiece while a camera picks up the same image for streaming online and on the stadium screens. Professor David Harwood will also set up his “Antarctic Time Machine,” in an interactive exhibit focused on climate change.


Fun with learning in mind

Friday & Saturday, August 18-19, 2017, 11 a.m., “Earth, Moon, and Sky,” Mueller Planetarium Located in Morrill Hall at the University of Nebraska State Museum and geared for younger audiences, this show describes the relationship between our planet, its moon and sun; while addressing common misconceptions. (

Friday & Saturday, August 18-19, 2017, 12 p.m., “Eclipses & Phases of the Moon,” Mueller Planetarium For a more grown up audience, this show also describes how eclipses (and the phases of the moon occur). (  

The planetarium shows are followed by a short presentation on how to plan for the eclipse, with maps and safe-viewing advice.

Friday, August 18, 8-11 p.m., “Public Astronomical Viewing Night,” Behlen Observatory, Mead, Nebraska; with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 30-inch Cassegrain Reflector. (

Saturday, August 19, 2017, Sundown-11 p.m., Hyde Memorial Observatory at Holmes Lake Hyde Memorial Observatory was built, equipped and is operated entirely by donations. It is devoted exclusively to public viewing, completely free of admission charge, staffed by volunteers from the Prairie Astronomy Club. In addition to a presentation on the upcoming eclipse, the evening will feature views of the night skies through the observatory’s three telescopes including a new Celestron 14-inch OTA on a Mathis Instruments M-500 Mount!

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 12:30-3 p.m., SciPop Talks! Where Science Intersect Pop Culture  Free public talks will be offered in rooms 110 and 136, Jorgensen Hall, on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Campus, co-sponsored by the UNL University Libraries, Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy Departments, and Doane College. The slate of speakers is still being finalized, but already scheduled are Tim Gay’s “Football Physics” and Dan Claes’ “Comic Book Physics 101.” Other, tentative talks include “Harry Potter and the Magic of Science” and “Out of this World Rocket Science.” 

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 8-11 p.m., UNL Campus Student Observatory (atop the Memorial Stadium parking garage).      


  • The Discovery Gift Ship inside Morrill Hall (645 N 14th Street)


  • Great viewing in the wide open expanses of Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (11700 SW 100th St., Denton, Nebraska). Just 20 minutes southwest of Lincoln, Spring Creek Prairie offers an 850 acre native tallgrass prairie preserve with miles of walking trails.
  • Hyde Memorial Observatory (3701 S 70th Street) is devoted exclusively to public viewing. The observatory is located on the south side of Holmes Lake.
  • Pioneers Park Nature Center (2740 A Street) is a great place to view the eclipse.  The park features 668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream. Miles and miles of trails allow you to pick your best view spot!


Capital City Ribfest (August 17-19) Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena Festival Space hosts this annual Nebraska Pork Producers event featuring award-winning barbecue from around the country. Come for the food … stay for the entertainment. A great family event that is sure to please, more at

Lincoln Children’s Museum presents

Tractors, Trucks, Trains, & Planes (August 19) An experience kids will never forget as they get up close and personal with the real machines. Kids learn about all of the important jobs that go with these vehicles. For more information visit

The Haymarket Farmer’s Market (August 19) From 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Lincoln’s Haymarket district transforms into the Farmer’s Market. You can find everything from local entertainers, farm-fresh produce, baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, hand-crafted items and more.

SouthPointe Pavilions Friday Nights Live Concert Series (August 18) Friday, August 18, D*Funk is scheduled to take the stage. Bring a lawn chair or sit on the ground and enjoy the atmosphere and the fun.


  • Make a fun pottery item or stained glass gift for you or someone special at Paint Yourself Silly (701 P Street and 4101 Pioneer Woods Dr., Ste 106). 
  • Try a unique ice cream flavor at Ivanna Cone  (701 P Street)
  • Take a step back in history with a self-guided historical tour at Wyuka (3600 O Street)
  • Try out a real life adventure solving puzzles and finding clues to escape from one of Lincoln’s three escape rooms:  Escape Lincoln (140 N 8th Street, Suite 60), Lincoln Escape Room (3700 S 9th Street, Suite D), and Smart Rooms (134 N 13th Street).


  • The Coffee House (1324 P Street)
  • The Mill (800 P Street)      
  • Mo Java (2649 N 48th)
  • Crescent Moon (140 N 8th)
  • La Mars (1601 Q Street)
  • Indigo Books (701 P Street)


  • Backswing (500 W South Street)
  • Blue Blood Brewing (925 Robbers Cave Road)
  • Boiler Brewing (129 N 10th Street)
  • Empyrean Brewing Company (729 Q Street)
  • Modern Monks (200 N 11th Street)
  • Ploughshare Brewing Company (1630 P Street)
  • Schilling Bridge Cork & Tap House (575 Fallbrook Blvd. Suite 109)
  • White Elm Brewing Co. (2717 S 8th Street)
  • Zipline Brewing Co. (2100 Magnum Circle)


  • Bin 105 (105 N 8th Street)
  • Bluestem Tree Farm & Vineyard (5895 West Sprague Rd.)
  • Capitol View Winery (2361 Wittstruck Rd.)
  • Deer Springs Winery (16255 Adams Street)
  • James Arthur Vineyards (2001 W Raymond Rd.)
  • Prime Country Winery (12120 SW 142nd)
  • Windcrest Winery (3110 W Branched Oak Rd., Raymond)


  • Find the very quiet, no-cell-phones-allowed speakeasy in town
  • The Other Room (824 P Street)


Additional event information is added frequently. For information on lodging, or for a personal itinerary, please contact Tracie Simpson at or 402-434-5339.