Eclipse parties: Where to watch the total solar eclipse in the Triangle

The total solar eclipse on Monday is the first to cross the entire continental U.S. since 1918, and viewing parties are being held across the Triangle.

Reservations are recommended where available.


▪ N.C. State: From 1 to 4 p.m., screens will carry eclipse simulcasts in the Fishbowl at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and the Fishbowl Forum at the D.H. Hill Library. The NCSU Brickyard also will host an eclipse celebration starting at 12:30 p.m. outside the D.H. Hill Library. The events are free and open to the public.

▪ Hibernian Irish Pub Glenwood South: 1:30 p.m. rooftop party, 311 Glenwood Ave.

▪ Solas Raleigh: 1:30 p.m. rooftop party, 419 Glenwood Ave.

▪ Hibernian North Raleigh: 1:30 p.m. patio party, 8021 Falls of Neuse Road.

▪ Xoco Raleigh Mexican Grill: 1:30 p.m. patio party, 410 Glenwood Ave.

▪ The Station: 1:30 p.m. patio party, 701 N. Person St.

▪ Watts & Ward: 1:30 p.m. patio party, 200 S. Blount St.

▪ Raleigh Beer Garden: 2-4 p.m. party with G105’s Bob and The Showgram in the event field. Free eclipse glasses will be provided while supplies last. 614 Glenwood Ave.

▪ Taverna Agora: 1-4 p.m. rooftop party, 326 Hillsborought St.

10th & Terrace at Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown: 1:30-3:30 p.m. terrace viewing party at rooftop bar, $10 tickets, 50 tickets available, 616 S. Salisbury St.

Sheetz: 2-3 p.m. viewing party, food and drink samples, 7513 Ramble Way.


▪ The Durham: 2-4 p.m. viewing party and free eclipse viewing glasses with purchase of coffee, soda or cosmic cocktail, 315 E. Chapel Hill St.

▪ Doyle’s Vineyard: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. watch party. Food, drinks and wine available for purchase. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Dogs are welcome on leashes. 8913 N.C. Highway 751.

▪ Unscripted Durham: rooftop party with eclipse glasses and themed drinks, such as the Eclipse Unscripted and the Modernist Margarita with activated charcoal. 202 Corcoran St.

Chapel Hill

▪ Morehead Planetarium and Science Center: noon-4:30 p.m. Celebration at UNC, including a livestream of the eclipse in the path of totality, eclipse-related games and activities, food trucks and presentations inside the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theatre. Tickets inside the theater already are sold out, but the event is still open to the public. Attendance is expected to be very high and traffic is expected to be heavy. 250 E Franklin St.


▪ Bond Brothers Beer Co.: The brewery will host a viewing party for the eclipse set to peak in the Triangle at about 2:44 p.m. The first 30 guests will get eclipse viewing glasses and a Moon Pie. 202 E. Cedar St.


▪ Wendell Community Library: From 2 to 3 p.m., attendees can view the eclipse at the library, 207 S. Hollybrook Road, Wendell. Solar glasses will be provided. Programs for school-aged children also will be held to educate them about the eclipse and create a craft. The event is free and open to the public.

The eclipse path of totality will stretch across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, but millions outside that path will be able to see a partial eclipse.

That narrow strip across the country – where the totality of the eclipse will be visible just after 2:30 p.m. – is south of the Triangle.

But a partial eclipse – about 92 percent – will be visible in the Triangle area beginning about 1:16 p.m., peaking at 2:44 p.m. and ending by 4:06 p.m.

Eclipse viewing glasses are necessary to look directly at the eclipse while the sun is partly covered. During the two-minute “totality,” when the sun is completely blocked, it is safe to take the glasses off – but most of North Carolina, including the Triangle, is not in the path of totality.

Winston-Salem-based Krispy Kreme also is offering a special chocolate glazed doughnuts in honor of the eclipse Aug. 19-20. The chocolate-glazed doughnut is the same as the classic glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut, but it also is smothered in chocolate glaze.

If you know of other eclipse viewing events in the Triangle and would like to be added to this list, email abennett@newsobserver.com.

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