A once-in-a-lifetime experience is headed to Hendricks County, Indiana. A North American total solar eclipse takes place on Monday April 8, 2024, and Hendricks County is directly in the path of totality! 

Learn more about the 2024 Solar Eclipse.

We are celebrating this momentous astronomical occasion in style with special events happening throughout the county. We also still have hotel accommodations and camping available.

Don't miss all that the incredible opportunities!

What to Expect During the Eclipse

What can you expect during the solar eclipse?

Each of our towns will experience more than three minutes of totality starting at approximately 3:06 p.m. on April 8.

For an example of how the sky will appear in Danville, Indiana, during the solar eclipse, check out the simulator courtesy of Eclipse2024.org.

Must-See Special Events 

The eclipse is such a special event not to be missed, and it's worth celebrating! Below you can learn about local events happening in Hendricks County to commemorate this astrological phenomenon.

As more information is released, we will announce it on this page. You can also follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our Monthly Planner newsletter for updates.

Eclipse Photography Class

Eclipse photography class (Photo courtesy of event website)

Presented by Hendricks County Parks and Recreation, this event partners with Walt Kuhn, Director of Education from Roberts Camera. Kuhn will answer common questions on how to photograph this incredible event. Advanced registration is required by Feb. 16. Recommended for ages 6 through adult.

2024 Hendricks County Eclipse

Win a Two-Night Stay!

Visit Hendricks County has partnered with the Embassy Suites Plainfield/Indianapolis Airport Hotel to give away a free two-night stay during the Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. The deadline for this giveaway is 11:59pm ET March 20, 2024. The winner will be notified shortly after.

In Its Entirety, The Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse at Hendricks County Senior Center (Photo courtesy of Hendricks County Senior Center)

  • Date: March 27, 2024
  • Location: Hendricks County Senior Services 
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Price: Free

As part of the Hendricks County Senior Center's monthly nature-themed programming, a Hendricks County Park naturalist will explain the science behind the phenomena of a total solar eclipse and how to safely view the eclipse. Presented by Hendricks County Parks and Recreation, lunch is prepared by Hendricks Regional Health Hospital.

To make a lunch reservation, call (317) 910-5356 by 11 a.m. on the day before the program.

 

Montrose Farms Alpaca Ranch Solar Eclipse Viewing

Solar Eclipse Celebration at Montrose Farms Alpacas Ranch (Photo courtesy of Montrose Farms Alpaca Ranch)

Join Montrose Farms Alpaca Ranch in viewing the total solar eclipse. Meet the alpacas while you're there. This is the first time in 819 years that a Total Solar Eclipse has been visible in Indianapolis, and it will be another 129 years before it occurs again.  Please bring your own special glasses to safely view the phenomenon.

 

Race to the Eclipse

Race the Eclipse (Photo courtesy of Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park)

Presented in partnership with the Town of Brownsburg and Visit Hendricks County, this event promises to be one to never forget. Not only will on-site camping be available, but there will also be live music, food and family-friendly activities. 

The main feature of the event will be the Eclipse Dragstrip Race in which attendees will get to witness the exhilarating spectacle of NHRA nitro cars racing down the dragstrip during the eclipse – a true sight to behold.

 

Eclipse at Brownsburg Public Library

Eclipse at Brownsburg Public Library (Photo courtesy of BPL)

  • Date: April 8, 2024
  • Location: Brownsburg Public Library
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Price: Many activities are free. Prime hillside viewing spots are available for $30 and include a custom blanket and glasses. Food is available for purchase from a variety of food truck vendors. 

Make a whole day of it, as the Brownsburg Public Library celebrates this once-in-a-lifetime event. Sponsored in part by Visit Hendricks County and the Friends of the Brownsburg Public Library, kids can enjoy STEM activities, face painting, LEGO building, an indoor planetarium and more.

 

Solar Eclipse: Military Tribute

Solar Eclipse 2024: Military Tribute at The Shops at Perry Crossing

Friends with the local military branches will be collaborating with The Shops at Perry Crossing for a moment to remember. Expect virtual reality simulators, a touch-a-truck experience and other entertainment in addition to prime viewing spots that are free to the public in an outdoor lifestyle mall. 

 

Eclipse Viewing Party at Murphy Aquatic Center

Total Solar Eclipse at Murphy Aquatic Park (Photo courtesy of Washington Township Parks)

Head to Murphy Aquatic Park for a stylish viewing of the solar eclipse with Washington Township Parks & Recreation! Registration includes access to a diverse range of bounce houses and interactive activities, live music, food trucks and eclipse glasses. Everyone who plans to attend must register as parking and glasses are limited.

 

Total Solar Eclipse at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park

Solar Eclipse at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park (Photo courtesy of Hendricks County Parks and Recreation)

Sponsored by Hendricks County Parks and Recreation, the park will celebrate with a special program, and then guests are welcome to stay to watch the eclipse. Find the perfect favorite spot in the park and enjoy the show! This event will even have free certified, eye-protection glasses for the first 750 park guests that day!

 

Experience the Solar Exclipse at Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds

Experience the Eclipse Like Never Before!

Join the fun at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds for an all-day educational experience for children of Hendricks County! Activities will include STEM-related activities.

Onsite camping will be available.

Divot Golf Factory in Brownsburg, Indiana (photo courtesy of Divot Golf Factory Facebook page)

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Experience the Eclipse Live!

Lunar Eclipse 2024 with Hendricks Live! (Photo courtesy of Hendricks Live!)

  • Date: April 8, 2024
  • Location: Hendricks Live!
  • Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Price: $25

Join central Indiana’s newest event venue and participate in a family-friendly viewing party that will take place in the arts center event space and adjoining outdoor terrace. Enjoy artistic and educational activities about the historic total solar eclipse for children and adults of all ages.

Socialize, learn and witness the world’s reaction to this extraordinary happening while monitors around our venue will be live streaming. Entertainment, snacks and family-friendly drinks will be provided. Cash bar will be available.

 

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Beasley's Orchard

Beasley's-A Prime Location for the Solar Eclipse (Photo courtesy of Beasley's)

Head to Beasley's Orchard for so much more than just the viewing of the total solar eclipse. Festival admission allow guests access to the farm including onsite food vendors, live music, games and family entertainment activities and an open space for families to view the eclipse.  

More detailed information to come.

 

TotaliTEA Solar Eclipse Viewing Tea Party 

TotaliTEA at Ms. B's Teas (Photo courtesy of Ms. B's Teas)

  • Date: April 8, 2024
  • Location: Ms. B's Teas
  • Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Price: $45 per participant

Typically closed on Mondays, Ms. B's Teas will open for this spectacular TotaliTEA Solar Eclipse Viewing Tea Party. Guests will receive NASA-approved glasses to view the solar eclipse while dining on eclipse themed tea party foods.

 

Camping

Camping options for the eclipse in Hendricks County

Looking for a campground during the Solar Eclipse? We have two great locations to check out!

Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN

You may purchase a camping pass that allows access in the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park campground area on Sunday, April 7 at noon. Campers will need to vacate the facility by noon on Tuesday, April 9.

 

Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds - Danville, IN

The Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds will also allow access for camping during the eclipse. Once confirmed, you will receive notification from the fairgrounds staff.