Solar Eclipse Fever has hit and locals are excited for a once-in-a-lifetime event when the solar eclipse is viewable on Monday, August 21. The Tampa Bay area isn't in the path of totality, but we will be treated to 80% coverage. Head to these solar eclipse events to get the best possible view! Safety Alert: If you're planning on viewing on your own, don't forget to wear solar glasses or view through a filter to safely view the eclipse; never look directly at the sun without a filter as it can cause damage to your eyes.
- St Pete Beach Library: The St Pete Library is hosting an event at 365 73rd Ave St Pete Beach from 1-4:30pm and is providing free solar viewing glasses to the first 200 attendees. Just bring a beach chair!
- St. Petersburg College Planetarium: Located on the St. Petersburg College/Gibbs Campus, St. Petersburg College Planetarium will treat eclipse viewers to telescopes with solar filters for the best view possible from 1:15-4pm. The science building is accessible from 69th St. at 5th Ave N. Parking for the library is accessible from 67th St. at 9th Ave N.
- Seminole Community Library: The Seminole Community Library invites the public to join them on the lawn of St. Petersburg College to view the partial eclipse from 1:17 pm – 4:14 pm. Free solar viewing glasses will be available for attendees.
- Safety Harbor Library: The Safety Harbor Library is hosting a Great American Solar Eclipse event at Waterfront Park in Safety Harbor from 2 pm - 3 pm. Eclipse glasses will be provided.
- Sundial St. Pete: A Solar Eclipse Viewing Party is being held at Sundial St. Pete. Best of the Bay's "Best DJ" nominee Austen van der Bleek will be performing live from 1 – 4 and the first 200 attendees will receive free solar viewing glasses. NOMAD Art Bus will also be there from 1 - 3 pm helping to make DIY pinhole projectors for additional eclipse viewing opportunities.