Downtown Sylva Eclipse Festival
August 18 - August 21
Monday (Aug. 21) Sylva lies in the path of totality and will experience 1 minute and 47 seconds of darkness. Festivities for this celestial event will take place at the Bridge Park Solar Eclipse fest beginning at 11 a.m. and will include live music from the Colby Deitz band (Americana/rock) and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On-site food vendors are: Brew Dawgz (gourmet hotdogs), Al’s BBQ, Chili Chomper Mobile (tacos and quesadillas), Ginny’s Concessions (Funnel Cakes), and Frozen Monkey Shaved Ice.
Don’t miss the planetary walk of the Solar System scaled to fit on Sylva’s Main Street. Children’s activities at Poteet Park (a one minute walk from Bridge Park) are: 1. Creating Shadows (ages 4 & up); 2. Eclipse Art (ages 4 & up); 3. Modeling an Eclipse (ages 7 & up); 4. Solar System Scale (3ft.) Presentations: 11:30 – Reading book Moonbear’s Shadow; 12:30 – Solar System Scale. Adult Events following kids events held at Bridge Park: 1. UV bead bracelets; 2. Eclipse Stories; 3. Solar System Scale (6 ft.)
Bridge Park’s subject matter expert, Dr. Amy Fagan, will instruct crowds, starting at 1 p.m. on safe viewing techniques and guide them through eclipse science. On-site food trucks will be serving up tacos, tasty bites and more.
The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. Shuttles to the site will run from the Jackson County Justice Center. Parking at the Justice Center opens at 10 am and will be gated prior. Shuttle service will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shuttle rides are $1 per ride per segment and parking is free.
TIMES FOR BRIDGE PARK SITE ONLY:
Start of PARTIAL ECLIPSE (C1) 1:06:54 pm
Start of TOTAL ECLIPSE (C2) : 2:35:50 pm
MAXIMUM ECLIPSE: 2:36:42 pm
End of TOTAL ECLIPSE (C3) 2:37:34 pm
End of PARTIAL ECLIPSE (C4): 4:00:48 pm
Site opens: 10 a.m.
Restrictions: No camping. No tents. No alcoholic beverages. No motorcoach/RV parking.
Recommendations: Arrive early, bring sunscreen, water and a chair or blanket to sit on.
Road closures: Railroad Ave. and portion of Allen Street from Sylva Town Hall to Ward Plumbing
Several events are planned in Sylva in the days leading up to the eclipse:
Friday night (Aug. 18) Concerts on the Creek – Porch 40 band (rock/funk) band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bridge Park. Free admission (donation encouraged). Bring a chair/blanket.
Saturday (Aug. 19) A headliner concert, A Social Function, will perform at Bridge Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Food on-site will be NGN 52 (Pizza) and Dancing Bear Ice cream. Free admission. Following the concert, Main Street merchants will be open late for moonlight madness shopping with special deals, offerings and discounts.
Location: Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Avenue, Sylva, NC 28779
For more information: 828-586-2155
Participate in the 2k (1.1 mile) Moonlight Fun Run at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in Cullowhee at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Complex. This is a self-timed run (no timing services will be offered). Included in your registration fee of $10 will be a t-shirt (glow in the dark ink), a glow in the dark necklace or bracelet.
More details and registration: http://jax.onl/eclipserun
Location: 88 Cullowhee Mountain Road, Cullowhee, NC 28723
For more information: 828-293-3053
Sunday (Aug. 20) Learn the science behind the eclipse at a panel with area astronomers, astrophysicists, and professors at the Southwestern Community College Myer’s auditorium (Balsam Building) at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
The panel is moderated by Southwestern Community College’s NASA Project Director and Physics Instructor Matt Cass. Panelists will include:
Dr. Rachel Smith, Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab, Appalachian State University
Dr. Dan Caton, Director of Observatories, Appalachian State University
Dr. Enrique Alberto Gómez, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Western Carolina University
Dr. Paul Heckert, Astronomy Professor, Western Carolina University
Dr. David Sitar, Astronomy Professor, Appalachian State University
Arts & Crafts festivals are also scattered throughout the county during the weekend of the eclipse. See more information on our events page.