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Once In a Lifetime Experience

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Educational Opportunities

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What’s coming? 
On April 8th, 2024 at 2 pm, Paducah Kentucky with be in the crosshairs of a breathtaking phenomenon - North America's second total solar eclipse in seven years. Totality will be about 1 minute and 31 seconds. 


The centerline of any total solar eclipse path is where the totality lasts the longest. Cities located on or near this line are often considered the very best place to view an eclipse. When two eclipse paths cross, there can only be one singular point where both centerlines meet. For the 2017 and 2024 eclipses, “X” marks the spot over Cedar Lake in Jackson County, Illinois. The closest town to this exact astronomical spot is Makanda, with a population of about 500. 

Paducah is just over 44 miles away and is in the path of totality “X” zones rated best for viewing the eclipse. Paducah is the perfect place to invite and host the throngs of visitors and eclipse chasers who want to be part of the excitement.

Something BIG is coming to Paducah

This exciting celestial phenomenon happens as the moon completely blocks the sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight and the sun's corona shimmers in the darkened sky. Paducah will be in darkness for approximately 1 minute and 52 seconds for the April 2024 eclipse.

Here are the times for the eclipse on April 8, 2024, for Paducah:

12:42 p.m. eclipse begins
2:00 p.m. totality begins
2:02 p.m. totality ends
3:18 p.m. eclipse ends

Our Downtown

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Shopping & Boutiques Downtown

Check out all of our wonderful shopping opportunities in Historic Downtown Paducah. Most will be open during the Festival times. Be sure to visit all our wonderful downtown shops, restaurants, bars, museums while in town. 

Click Here to start exploring! 

Dining Downtown

Oh, we know how to cook! You'll enjoy simple to gourmet, snacks to hearty meal. YUM! Many will be open during the Festival times. Be sure to visit all our wonderful downtown restaurants and bars. 

Click Here to start exploring! 

Visitors Guide to the Eclipse

Need info about watch parties? Where to stay, what to do while in Paducah? Check out the Paducah Visitor's Bureau page with everything you need to know here.

Click the link Visitors Guide to Parking around Historic Downtown Paducah. You are HIGHLY encouraged to use the Farmer's Market Lot, The Gravel lot behind the floodwall close to the Holiday Inn Riverfront and the Public Parking lot at 3rd & Kentucky. There is also ample street parking in and around the area. 

Visitors Guide to Lodging around Paducah

Click on this link and scroll down to get a list of rooms that may still be available. 

Solar Eclipse Carriage Rides!

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Click Here for info and to book a ride! Or, call 270-243-4365 for advanced tickets. 

Solar Eclipse Tee Shirts from Bricolage Art Collective 

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The Rock Shop will have Psychics and Healers out in front of the store during the two-day street festival for the total solar eclipse on Monday. The festival is a family-friendly, fun-oriented event with lots of vendors, food, and activities for everyone. The street fest and many family activities are free, and the services have various fees.

We will host several readers/healers during the event:

Psychic Readers - Tarot
Rob - Sunday Noon to 6 pm & Monday 10 to 1-ish
Joiyah - Sunday Noon to 6 pm & Monday 10 to 1-ish
Bri - Sunday Noon to 6 pm & Monday 10 to 1-ish
Hannah - Angel Messages - Sunday noon to 6
I'rahj - Tarot Noon to 4ish

Karin - Reiki - Sunday noon to 3 pm

Human Design readings
Julie (Reflections by Design) - Sunday Noon to 6

Rock Out Sunday Night! NOTE!
Music has moved from Wilson Stage to the Johnson Bar, 133 S 3rd St - FREE 6 - 9
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Rock to the tunes of King Kaiju, a four-piece Alt-Rock Band that blurs the lines of 60s Psychedelic, 70s Funk, and 90s Rock has morphed into a modern music monstrosity. King Kaiju consists of Morgan McCall, Colton Burge, Shaun Brown, and Ryan Gilchrist.

DJ SōL - bringing old and new dance music from various genres!

Eclipse Art!

Check out Point Of Light-ism art examples from Stornoway House Gallery & The Pottery Place. They will have some cool examples around the festival area and can be found at the Gazebo "Art Ala Cart" Art corner.

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We want to give a special thank you to The Simons Foundation, A New York-based private foundation whose mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences, for choosing our Paducah Main Street town to be the financial recipient of a grant which is necessary to assist with putting this festival on for our community, as well as the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau and City of Paducah for partnering with us to make this event possible!

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