It’s SOLARbration Time!

On April 8, 2024, Miami County will be in the path of totality of a solar eclipse! Join us to experience this extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In preparation for the solar eclipse, here is a guide for you of things to do.

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is nature’s grand celestial spectacle where the Moon aligns perfectly between the Earth and the Sun, casting its shadow on our planet. During a solar eclipse, the Moon’s shadow falls on Earth, obscuring the Sun partially or, in the case of a total solar eclipse, completely.

Safety tip: DO NOT look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun with the naked eye or through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. DO NOT look at the Sun through an optical device using eclipse glasses or viewers – the concentrated solar rays damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious and potentially permanent injury.

Events during Ohio’s Solar Eclipse

While you are in Ohio for the solar eclipse, enjoy some of the events offered in the heart of Miami County.

An extended weekend SOLARbration at the Fairgrounds

Get ready for an exciting weekend at the Miami County Fairgrounds filled with camping, food trucks, entertainment, and weekend activities. And mark your calendars for Saturday, April 6, for a double feature movie night.

Solar Eclipse Block Party in Tipp City

Fill the streets of Tipp City at the Solar Eclipse Block Party. The evening will be filled with live entertainment, activities for the kids, extra evening hours at the downtown shops, and fantastic dining. Celebrate this cosmic event in Tipp City! This event is free on Saturday, April 6, from 10 am to 10 pm.

A Night in the Stars in Troy

Spend your evening under the stars, jamming to music on the square in downtown Troy. With a variety of delicious food and drink options, exciting activities, and endless fun, you’re sure to have a great time all night long. Plus, the solar eclipse excitement will surely add a special touch to the evening.

A Night in the Stars is on the square in Downtown Troy (the rain location is Hobart Arena). This event is free Sunday, April 7, 4:30-9:30 pm.

The Sun Will Rise Music Festival and Campout

Get ready to witness the mesmerizing solar eclipse at Harmony Farm’s breathtaking 70 acres in Tipp City, Ohio, during The Sun Will Rise Music Festival. You will enjoy live music, bonfires, a lantern glow, a vendor marketplace, food trucks, exploring, and more. Begins Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Eclipse on the Square in Downtown Troy

Get ready to witness the breathtaking eclipse in the heart of downtown Troy! Join Eclipse on the Square for an unforgettable experience as Party Punch rocks the stage with its electrifying performance. At the same time, Ranger Vic creates stunning balloon art right in front of your eyes. And that’s not all! It is on the square in Downtown Troy (the rain location is Hobart Arena). This event is free Monday, April 8, Noon-3:00 pm.

Solar Eclipse Party in the Park

The Solar Eclipse Party in the Park in West Milton is the perfect place to enjoy live music, food, and local shopping while waiting to view the solar eclipse. There will be bounce houses and face painting onsite. Play BINGO with The Lions Club while enjoying the sounds of Mark and Laura Sauers. This event is free Monday, April 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Lost Creek Eclipse Experience

We’re thrilled to invite you to the Lost Creek Reserve Experience, where you can enjoy abundant open space for viewing, free eclipse glasses (while supplies last), entertainment, educational children’s crafts, delicious snacks, and exciting activities. This event is free with a charge for parking on Monday, April 8, 12:00-5:00 pm.

Tip: Most events will have glasses available; check before you go. Click here to learn about more events and viewing areas in Miami County.

Places to Stay in Troy, Tipp City, and Piqua, Ohio, during the Solar Eclipse

Miami County, Ohio, offers many places to stay, catering to different budgets and preferences. If you’re looking for comfort and convenience, there are several hotels and motels in the area, including national chains like Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Comfort Inn. If you’re traveling with a group or on a budget, there are also several campgrounds and RV parks in Miami County, such as the Miami County Fairgrounds and WACO Air Museum. Whatever your needs and preferences, you will find a suitable place to stay in Miami County, Ohio.

Click here to learn about all the overnight options for the solar eclipse in Miami County.

Things to Do in Ohio while Visiting during the Solar Eclipse

Visit the WACO Air Museum and Airfield, where innovation and history collide. Tour the buildings filled with WACO memorabilia and a rich history that will engage you! Find yourself at Indian Creek Distillery, an Ohio century farm with an interesting story to tell, all aboard the railroad history at Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum and BF Interlocking Tower, where you can learn about the tracks that once ran through this town. Rev up your engine for a walk through the Gale Halderman Museum, filled with the Ford Mustang story, by appointment only. Get outside for a walk in the park and see the nature center at Brukner Nature Center, stop at the bird displays, and reconnect with the outdoors. Spend the evening inside at Duckpin Bowling at Tipp City Pizza for dinner and a game; check for reservations on this busy weekend.

Miami County Eclipse apparel, stickers, and posters can be found here.

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