These are the parties to join for the Solar Eclips in Oregon

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On Aug. 21 a rare total solar eclips is to be seen in the US. Orgeon will be the first state to view the totality of the Great American Eclipse. But where do you go to see the best of it and maybe join a party here and there?

Mitchell:
Oregon Eclips Festival Oregon Eclipse 2017 is a week long event beginning August 17 and ending August 23 at 3:33pm.  7 stages of music, multiple areas of workshops, yoga & dance classes, theatrical and circus performance, along with epic large-scale art installations will provide the backdrop to one of the most phenomenal experiences ever to be witnessed; a Total Solar Eclipse.

Salem:
The OMSI Solar Eclips Viewing Party Join the viewing party of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) at the Salem Fairgrounds. To celebrate this unique experience there will be an interactive event featuring science lectures, astronomy related community groups, entertainment and more.

Madras:
The Oregon Solarfest is a four day festival with music, Northwest-crafted foods and spirits, water activities, a kid zone and hand-crafted marketplace. The Oregon Solarfest will feature eclectic music varieties, family-friendly camping and star gazing, global food tastes, craft beer, and local spirits, delivered on the stunning Central Oregon landscape.

Ochoco National Forest:
The Oregon Star Party A 5-day star party held under some of the darkest skies in North America. The site is remote and barren. There are no designated campsites, just a large area of rocky, dusty “scab land” on the top of a 5000’ hill. There will be a food vendor, coffee cart, ice for sale, and a shower truck, not to mention astronomy vendors and 900 of the friendliest amateur astronomers in the world.

Where to sleep

Many hotels and campsites along the path of totality are already booked on the dates surrounding August 21, 2017. Several first-come, first-served campgrounds are set to be temporarily converted to reservation-only for the eclipse, so additional campsites will be made available in the coming months. Regional tourism agencies are encouraging visitors to look for hotels in larger metro areas just outside the path of totality like Portland, Eugene and Bend.

Path of Totality

During a total solar eclipse (aka totality), the sun, the moon and the Earth align in such a way that the moon completely blocks out the sun, briefly turning daytime into twilight for nearly two minutes. This eclipse will cross the entire length of the country on a 90-mile-wide path, known as the “Path of Totality”, beginning on the Oregon Coast, and ending on the East Coast near Charleston, South Carolina.

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