It’s not every day you get to witness the eclipse of the sun. So you don’t miss your chance we gathered a list of Monday events in Lexington and beyond.
Kentucky Horse Park eclipse viewing party
Kentucky Horse Park Rolex Stadium, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. Starting at 9 a.m., free eclipse viewing glasses to the first 250 visitors with paid admission. Food trucks, kids crafts 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., and music. Half-price admission: $10 adults, $4 ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and younger. Kyhorsepark.com.
Fayette Mall Solar eclipse watch party
Noon to 3 p.m. at the Fayette Mall outdoor courtyard next to P.F. Chang’s, 3401 Nicholasville Road. Free solar eclipse glasses for the first 100 guests, intergalactic face painting, sidewalk art display, cornhole, giveaways, music. Tropical Zone will provide buy one, get one free eclipse-themed shaved ice and Kentucky-branded commemorative eclipse T-shirts for $20. Bit.ly/2wauvf0.
Lexington Parks and Recreation
Lexington Parks and Recreation will have three spots to see the eclipse 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. Glasses provided at all sites. The locations are McConnell Springs, 416 Rebmann Lane; Raven Run, 3885 Raven Run Way; and Thoroughbred Park, 121 Midland Avenue.
Events at Thoroughbred Park include Sav’s Chill and Chocolate Holler coffee cart eclipse specials, Park & Play van. SplashJam, at nearby Northeastern Park also will be open.
NASA ‘Eclipse Across America’ streaming
Noon to 4 p.m. at Lexington Public Library Farish Theater, 140 East Main Street. Images captured by 11 spacecraft, NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Lexpublib.org.
Living Arts & Science Center eclipse celebration
Noon to 4 p.m. Living Arts & Science Center, 362 North Martin Luther King Boulevar. Free eclipse glasses for the first 300 visitors, live feed from NASA, draw a corona, make shadow puppets and sundials, solar oven demonstrations. Ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Lasclex.org.
The Arboretum Solar eclipse celebration
1 to 4 p.m. The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive. Solar glasses to the first 100 participants, activities. Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks. Arboretum.ca.uky.edu.
Eastern Kentucky University free solar eclipse viewing
1 to 4 p.m. EKU observation deck, Richmond, across Kit Carson Drive from the Perkins Building and behind the Granny Richardson Springs One-Room Schoolhouse. Parking available at the deck (turn at the schoolhouse), and the Perkins Lot. Large telescopes with solar filters will be available for use, solar eyewear for attendees. After the eclipse, Hummel Planetarium will offer a free viewing of “Exploding Universe,” for middle-school students and older. Eku.edu.
University of Kentucky eclipse experience
1:30 to 3 p.m. William H. Pieratt Intramural Fields, Cooper and University drives. Hosted by UK physics and astronomy departments and K-Week organizers for all students. A limited supply of solar eyewear will be available. A projector will show the eclipse in real time on a screen. Uky.edu.
Kentucky State Parks solar eclipse events
Most Kentucky State Parks lodges and campgrounds are full for the weekend, but many parks will celebrate the eclipse with speakers, children’s activities and special events.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park in Dawson Springs, in the path of totality, will offer telescopes for viewing, crafts, and refreshments for sale. $10, including a pair of solar glasses.
At E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, the Louisville Astronomical Society will be there for a viewing party. The solar eclipse will be at 96 percent coverage at 2:30 p.m., but get there early to make your own galaxy tube. $3 fee for craft activities; includes solar glasses.
For a complete list of events, go to Parks.ky.gov/eclipse.aspx.
Kentucky Science Center events
1-3 p.m. 727 West Main Street, Louisville. Meet on Main Street, where viewing devices, including a solar telescope from the Louisville Astronomical Society, will be available to passersby. Kysciencecenter.org.
Lexington Legends So Close Yet Solar Far Away Solar Eclipse Night
7:05 p.m. Whitaker Bank Ballpark, 207 Legends Lane. Replaying of the total solar eclipse on the videoboards during the Legends game against the Asheville Tourists. Eclipse-theme food and drink specials. Ages 12 years and younger get a free meal voucher; free kids play area vouchers. Tickets are $6 to $23. Lexingtonlegends.com.
Harriett Hendren: 859-231-3175