We know you are coming to Darkening of the Sun to witness a beautiful total solar eclipse and the magic & fun will not stop there. There will be enough activities and opportunities to learn & participate to fill your entire weekend with us at Darkening of the Sun. Below is a list of what we have planned thus far, please check back often as we will be adding more as the festival date draws nearer.
The headliner of the weekend is the total eclipse, however we are also featuring local, regional, and national musical artists on our brand new stage. The stage will be alive from 12PM – 11PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Join us at the Bonfire Sessions for storytelling, acoustic music, and quiet meditations.
We will feature multiple live artists from the St. Louis and the surrounding region. They will be scattered throughout the festival grounds painting and creating “live” during the event. If you’ve never seen the creation of a piece of artwork this will be your opportunity to witness as blank canvas get transformed into a stunning piece of artwork. If you like what you see, most of the artists will have their works for sale upon completion. Check back soon for a complete listing of our live artists.
At one of the highest points on the land there will be a special area designated for an unobscured view of the eclipse and a pristine view of the horizon. Each patron of Darkening of the Sun will receive a pair of glasses designed to safely view the eclipse – DO NOT try to view the eclipse with the naked eye OR without the proper type of glasses. Additionally, you are encouraged and welcomed to bring your own telescope OR take a view through ours which is 12’ long at 24” in diameter. Click HERE for images of the Eclipse Observatory and our telescope.
Little Observers Area
Coordinated by Mama’s and Papa’s the Little Observers Area is a kid-friendly zone where parents can join their children for special activities specially designed and targeted for the children. There will be arts, crafts, nature walks, education opportunities, storytelling, and music specially designed for the children. Please note – all children in The Little Observers Area MUST be accompanied by their guardian – in short, this is not a babysitting service but rather it is an opportunity for parents to bond with their children at Darkening of the Sun. Check back soon for a schedule of activities in the Little Observers Area.
It’s fun to have fun and it’s also fun to learn! At Darkening of the Sun we will have a wide range of workshops being hosted on such topics as permaculture, sustainable living, What is an Eclipse?, healthy lifestyle choices, hula hooping, poi, yoga and many other topics which will be posted soon. Check back soon for a complete listing of our workshop sessions.
Exhibits & Demonstrations
Ever wanted to learn how to make an arrow from arrowheads and sticks? Or perhaps how to properly throw a hatchet or how to make a drum? Among those topics and others our friends from the Northern Cherokee Nation will be hosting Exhibits and Demonstrations throughout the weekend. Check back soon for a complete listing of Exhibits & Workshops
If you’re called to participate in Yoga, Meditation, or Sound Healing we will have just what you’re looking for. Check back soon for a complete listing and schedule of all of our healing arts.
Local Floating & Fishing on the Meramec River
Wading pools in the spring fed creeks
Swimming in our natural swimming pools fed with spring water
**Please check back often as our activities section will be updated soon with complete listing and schedules.