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Eclipse Viewing at the Planetarium

Fayetteville State University Planetarium
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Fayetteville State University is holding an event for the "Great American Eclipse." At 2:45 p.m., 95% of the sun will be covered. This event will be held in the large, open space north of the Planetarium (Lyons Science building). Eclipse glasses will be provided. Three solar-safe telescopes will be available to observe the sun during the eclipse. This free event is open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Event Admission: Free

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No Sun? More Fun!

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On August 21, 2017, people across America will look to the sky to find the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight. Visit the Cape Fear Botanical Garden that day to view the solar eclipse! Fayetteville is only in the path for a partial solar eclipse, but you will still be able to see about 90% of the eclipse. The maximum solar eclipse will occur at 2:45 p.m. A food truck will be on site for snacks at 1:00 p.m., and viewing glasses will be available for purchase in the Garden Gift Shop. Enjoy lawn games and the beautiful garden's backdrop as you witness a natural phenomenon.


Note: The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.

Event Admission: Free for Garden Members; Regular Admission for Non-Members

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Solar Eclipse Wine Glasses Viewing Party at The Wine Cafe'

The Wine Café
12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

For the first time in almost 40 years, America will experience a total solar eclipse, and if you are not working, you will definitively need wine glasses! Plan on joining the "Solar Eclipse Wine Glasses Viewing Party" at The Wine Café in Downtown Fayetteville. Bring your own eclipse solar glasses and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event with fellow wine enthusiasts.

Event Admission: Free

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Eclipse Viewing at Clark Park

J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

The Park Rangers of Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation are inviting the public to use their open green space areas at Clark Park to view the upcoming solar eclipse. A Park Ranger will be on site to direct you and your family to the open areas and to answer general questions about this unique event. Viewing devices will not be provided. For your eye safety, make sure that you are responsible in using approved devices for an enjoyable, memorable family experience. The event will begin around 1:15 p.m. and end around 4:07 p.m., with maximum effect around 2:45 p.m. For more information, call the park.

Event Admission: Free

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Eclipse Viewing at Lake Rim Park

Lake Rim Park
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

The Park Rangers of Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation are inviting the public to use their open green space areas at Lake Rim Park to view the upcoming solar eclipse. A Park Ranger will be on site to direct you and your family to the open areas and to answer general questions about this unique event. Viewing devices will not be provided. For your eye safety, make sure that you are responsible in using approved devices for an enjoyable, memorable family experience. The event will begin around 1:15 p.m. and end around 4:07 p.m., with maximum effect around 2:45 p.m. For more information, call the park.

Event Admission: Free

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NASA @ My Library: Solar Eclipse Celebration

Multiple Branches of the Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center
Event Times in Description

Learn about solar eclipses and watch the eclipse with special solar eclipse glasses. Considered by the scientific community as the "celestial event of the century," you won't want to miss this! Eclipse-viewing will be held, weather permitting. Solar eclipse glasses are available while supplies last. The "NASA @ My Library" project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute.


Participating Cumberland County libraries include Headquarters Library (2:15 p.m.), Cliffdale Regional Branch (2:00 p.m.), East Regional Branch (1:00 p.m.), Hope Mills Branch (2:00 p.m.), North Regional Branch (1:30 p.m.), Spring Lake Branch (1:30 p.m.), and West Regional Branch (1:30 p.m.).

Event Admission: Free

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Total Eclipse of the Sun

Carvers Creek State Park, Town of Spring Lake
2:00 p.m.

On August 21st, at 2:36 p.m., the moon will pass in front of the sun, causing the sky to darken and temperature to drop. Don't miss your opportunity to join everyone at the park in viewing this wonderful event and in learning more about why this happens. Meet at the park office for this event. Program will be cancelled if it rains or if other weather conditions make it unsuitable; if in doubt, call the park's office.

Event Admission: Free

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The Open Mic

The Coffee Scene
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Local and regional artists perform their work at this open-mic event, held every Monday night. Call before attending, as this weekly event could be canceled due to special events or holiday closures.

Event Admission: Free

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Saint John's Episcopal Church Exhibition

Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
Museum Hours in Description

Established in 1817, Saint John’s Episcopal Church has made significant impacts on the Fayetteville community over the past 200 years. In partnership with Saint John’s, "Saint John's Episcopal Church - The First 100 Years" exhibit explores the rich history of the church’s first 100 years. The exhibit examines the unique architecture, symbolism, and stained glass windows in the church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most importantly, the exhibit addresses the impact the church has made beyond its congregation. All ages welcome.


Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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Bird Appreciation Walking Group

J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Bring your binoculars, meet other bird lovers, and walk the trails at the park and along the Cape Fear River looking for species, learning songs, and collecting information about locations and behavior. Some participants may enjoy assisting park rangers in monitoring Cumberland County’s avian residents during bird surveys. This group is for adults and mature children, ages 12+.

Event Admission: Free

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