On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will travel across the entire United States for the first time since 1979. Astronomically, it’s one of the biggest events of the decade, and lucky for us, Oregon is included in the ‘path of totality.’
With a 99-100 percent viewing rate throughout the Portland and Salem area, Oregonians are in for an unforgettable solar experience. Not sure where to watch the eclipse? Whether you’re in the Portland metro or south in Salem, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots to watch those glorious two minutes of darkness.
1. OMSI - Join the free partial eclipse viewing party hosted on OMSI’s front plaza, complete with sun printing, sunflower dissection, and refreshments.
2. Eclipse Experience - Share a unique opportunity to view the eclipse at Portland’s Waterfront Park! With special special programming from a real guy named Professor E.Clipse and a partnership with All Classical Portland, this is sure to be a musical blast.
3. Fort Vancouver - Everyone’s favorite Fourth of July spot is hosting a viewing event in the large parking lot across from Grant House. This is perfect if you don’t want to drive out of town, but still want be part of the action. At no cost, this is a great family friendly event!
4. Solar Eclipse Festival - Starting at 5 AM, Salem vineyard Coria Estates is hosting an all-day festival to celebrate the incredible phenomena. Complete with food trucks, live music, wine, and 100 percent totality viewing, there really isn’t a better way to watch the eclipse.
5. Solar Eclipse Breakfast Picnic - Yamhill Valley Vineyards located in McMinnville, Oregon, is throwing the ultimate Instagrammable breakfast picnic (yes, complete with charcuterie boards) for the solar eclipse. Partnered with beautiful scenery and a glass of wine, count us in!
Don’t forget to bring a pair of solar glasses to your viewing of The Great American Eclipse. Have fun!