Solar eclipse inspires 6 watch parties in Downtown KC

Looking for a great place to witness the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21? You’ve come to the right place. Downtown Kansas City will be home to six public watch parties and a Mural + Creativity Festival.

You can get the complete Downtown low-down at, courtesy of the Downtown Council’s Tactical Urbanism group.

America’s greatest solar eclipse since 1918 will cast a patch of darkness from coast to coast on Monday, Aug. 21. Throughout Missouri, anyone will be able to see the eclipse on Aug. 21, but the totality (or total darkness) – when the moon completely blocks out the sun – will best be visible the closer you get to St. Joseph.

Kansas City may be located a bit south of St. Joe and maximum totality, but totality is still expected to best be viewed in Downtown – albeit for a shorter amount of time – when you are north of 19th Street. In Downtown KC, the eclipse will begin at 11:41 a.m. and reach a peak (totality) at 1:08 p.m.

The five Downtown watch parties and one creativity festival are located along the KC Streetcar route at these six locations:

And, BEFORE, you set out for the eclipse watch party of your choice, be sure to know the facts about eye safety and the solar eclipse. According to NASA , never look directly at the Sun. You can not only seriously hurt your eyes, but possibly go blind. Proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses or a Sun filter, is the only safe option. Sunglasses don’t work.

For more information about eye safety, click here or check out this safety flier from NASA.

And, for complete eclipse science, guides and time-stamped viewing maps of the eclipse path, visit