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Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive, science exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D Printing Workshops, ScienceQuest Camps, Science Cafes, and other special events.

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day

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Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party

FREE OUTDOOR FESTIVAL

No ticket required! Gates open at 9am every day!

Celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime celestial experience with the Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party at Adventure Science Center!

The Music City Solar Eclipse Festival will feature two days jam-packed with explorations into science and technology, fun activities and games with local organizations, live music from local musicians, chances to win great prizes, and awesome local food trucks, and the Viewing Party will cap off the fun with a chance to experience the total solar eclipse at Nashville's premier science center.

Please note: Tickets for the Indoor Festival are tied to an ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed showing in the Sudekum Planetarium. Use the links on the ticket page to choose your date and time. Your ticket grants you access to all the activities on that day. Tickets are non-refundable.

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The Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party is designated as a NASA Official Viewing Location.


OUTDOOR EXHIBITORS

On Saturday and Sunday, Adventure Science Center's parking lot will be packed to the brim with explorations into science and technology. Covering everything from sci-fi makeup and cosplaying to 3D printing and apps, there's a little something for everyone to enjoy! Plus, every world will feature exciting live science demonstrations and activities with ASC Science Educators. On Monday, exhibitors will clear out to provide room for everyone to enjoy this incredible celestial phenomenon together.

Explore the Worlds:

BioWorld

BE A SOLAR ECLIPSE CITIZEN SCIENTIST ON AUGUST 21!
Learn how you can participate in a Citizen Science project to record what you see, hear and witness the natural world do during the phases of the total solar eclipse with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency!

ARCHERY: TRY AND SHOOT FOR THE STARS
Learn the art of archery from Aim High and see some amazing archery tricks!

DIVE IN TO CLEAN WATER POWER
The Cumberland River Compact is focused on improving and protecting our watersheds within the Cumberland River Basin. They hope to mitigate water quality issues by promoting proper stormwater management, habitat restoration, green infrastructure, stream cleanups, and much more. We will do hands on activities where kids learn the power of KEEPING IT CLEAN! 

EXPLORE THE HANDS-ON SOUND GARDEN
Sing, Drum, and Feel the Vibrations! Engage with the power of live sound vibration with Frame Drum Wisdom, it’s an interactive experience using frame drums, voice and other sounding instruments.

GROW A GREEN THUMB
GO GREEN and learn how to be eco-friendly with some hands on home, garden and agricultural tips from Harpeth River Watershed Association.

REVERSE AN IMAGE WITH WATER LENSES
Lake Love
 will guide you through a water lenses experiment to learn how to flip images using water!

BE A WATER DETECTIVE
Test water quality and learn about ways you can “Keep It Clean” for Middle Tennessee with the Nashville Clean Water Project.

WACKY WEATHER EXPERIMENTS
NOAA / National Weather Service
 will open your eyes to the wild and crazy world of weather with some incredible experiments.

COLOR A PICTURE OF YOUR POOCH
Poo Doo Leash
 will show you how to use their hands-free pet leash, while you get your STEAM on with a coloring activity.

DO YOU HAVE A SUPER-HUMAN HEART?
Project Heart: Keep Your Beat will teach you how to find your resting heart rate, how to keep your heart healthy and encourage you to make choices that make your heart stronger.

COMPOST THAT! CONSERVATION TIPS AND TALKIN' TRASH
TN Department of Environment & Conservation
 will have an opportunity for you to compost during the festival to learn about what can be composted and saved from going into landfills.

YARN ART: CREATE A CONSTELLATION
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Turnip Green Creative Reuse will help you explore a variety of common star patterns and choose your favorite to turn into a reuse work of art with wood blocks, nails, and colorful yarn scraps to capture your constellation of choice. 

GO GREEN ON THE URBAN GREEN LAB BUS
Create a sustainable future! Explore 5 important topics in sustainability: energy, water, green building, food & agriculture, and sustainable transportation. Students will be challenged to make everyday choices that save money, resources, and improve their quality of life.

BioWorld is presented by 

Journey to Space

SEE THE SUN THROUGH CUTTING-EDGE SOLAR TELESCOPES!
Celestron Telescopes
 will have solar telescope viewing stations available all weekend long! Plus, they'll help you learn more about astronomy and how to safely view the total solar eclipse.

GET YOUR EYE ON THE SKY WITH MIDDLE TN'S PREMIER ASTRONOMY CLUB
Enjoy the opportunity to meet and talk with members of Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society, while taking a look
 through a telescope and learning a little more about astronomy.

COOL, HANDS-ON SCEINCE ACTIVITIES!
Hands on Science that is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Come explore exciting science experiments with Discovery Education

LEARN HOW TO MAKE OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD ECLIPSE OBSERVATIONS
Enterprise in Space
 will teach you how to make observations during the eclipse, including noticing the affect of the eclipse on other natural phenomena.

BE A MARTIAN SCIENTIST & DIG FOR LIFE IN "MARTIAN" DIRT
Future Martians! Learn how to look for "life" or particulates in soil samples while digging in the dirt with Explore Mars.

LAUNCH A HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON EXPERIMENT!
HAB Lab
 will help you learn about high altitude balloons while showing you how to launch an experiment.

CELESTIAL COOKIES
Create your own celestial cookies with Cookie Craters.

ECLIPSE YOUR SLIME (& SILLY PUTTY)!
Get ready to get your hands dirty with Mr. Bond and the Science Guys as you fill your minds with great science!

MEET A REAL NASA ASTRONAUT!
NASA SLS Education & Public Outreach
 is offering you the chance to get an autograph from a real astronaut and make your own laminated luggage space travel tag.

EXPLORE MATH IN MOTION WITH THE EXPERTS
Master your math! Get your hands on Math Problems creatively, collaboratively, and logistically explore problems in order to derive solutions. Nashville Math in Motion will show you math you can understand.

DISCOVER THE COSMOS WITH THE PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE
Join the 
Planetary Science Institute to get acquainted with the cosmos in CosmoQuest and learn how you can become a Citizen Scientist!

EXPLORE A MOCK FLIGHT SIMULATOR
Fly away with SkyWeb Aviation and learn about the Four Forces of Flight, while taking a look at a mock flight simulator, and some aviation-related items like propellers, charts, and headsets.

STRATOSTPHERIC GLIDERS, SPACE FASHION & SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS
At the Teachers in Space booth, you can climb inside, get a picture, get the feel of flying the Perlan 2 stratospheric glider to record-setting altitudes; try the gloves of an early model spacesuit and learn about modern spacesuit technology; work with Arduino remote sensors to measure temperature, humidity, position in space, etc.; and os much more! 

ECLIPSE ART: A GALAXY OF 'STEAM' FUN
Join WaterColor Postcards to make a WaterColor galaxy or your own solar eclipse postcard.

Music City Science

PLAY DRUMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
Enjoy a group drumming workshop with Sonic Architecture, get your hands on sculptural instruments and interactive installations, and explore rhythms from around the world!
 

MAKE FLYING SAUCER ART
Firstlight Art Academy is bringing their big red spin-art machine to show you how you can make a super cool design of your own.

ROCK OUT ON A VARIETY OF GUITARS AND LEARN SOME CHORDS
Rock out with Guitar Center while learning guitar chords, enjoying simple music lessons and checking out some awesome instruments.

COSMIC CROCHET
Learn how to crochet and make out-of-this-world hats, scarves, pouches and more with Hal's Handmade Pouches.

PHYSICS SECRETS TO SET YOUR DANCE MOVES ON FIRE
Dance your science! Learn the physics of motion, velocity, force and momentum with Hermitage Dance Academy

HIP SCIENCE: LIVE SCREEN PRINTING OF ECLIPSE T-SHIRTS
Screen print your own souvenir eclipse design with Hip Hues.

DID YOU KNOW BOWLS CAN SING? LEARN THE ANCIENT SECRET
With KaiLani Harmonics, you can play and feel the vibrations of quartz crystal high vibration singing bowls and learn more about this ancient art.

DRAGON HORNS & BOOMWHACKER JAMS
Explore echo sounds and how sound waves are created, make a real "Dragon Horn" instrument to frighten the Sun-eating dragon away, or hop in on an hourly Boomwhacker Jam with Make Music Nashville.

LET'S GO PREDS! 
Enjoy a chance to meet the best hockey players in the world and our favorite Nashville Predators!

DISCOVER A WORLD OF WONDER WITH PARNASSUS BOOKS STORYTELLING
Climb aboard Parnassus Book's bookmobile and enjoy a story or two.

BE A DIY DAVINCI
Explore how Peace Love and Barnwood turns discarded wood into furniture and art with live demonstrations and tutorials throughout the day.

LEARN THE SCIENCE OF SINGING LIKE A SUPERSTAR
With Singing Success, you can explore the science of the voice, the biology and sound waves of singing, and what different voices look like scientifically.

EXPLORE THE MUSICAL PETTING ZOO
Enjoy World Music Nashville's musical petting zoo and get your hands on all kinds of incredible instruments.

Music City Science World is presented by 

Sci-Fi Science

LARGER THAN LIFE
Meet Maxx the Robot, a giant 9-foot-tall robot from Nashville!
 

ARTISTS:

DESIGN YOUR OWN SPACE MISSION PATCH
Design your own space patch with space artist Tim Gagnon, a NASA Mission Patch designer.

SUPERCHARGE Y OUR SCI-FI ILLUSTRATION SKILLS
Enjoy the chance to meet Craig Skaggs, a Sci-Fi Illustrator, and check out his incredible artwork.

CREATE SOLAR ECLIPSE SCRIBBLE ART
It starts with a scribble and imagination is key... look from every angle... what do YOU see? Give scribble art a try with Scribfolio®.

DESIGN & DECORATE YOUR OWN ECLIPSE SHIRT AND GLASSES
Choose your eclipse design t-shirt and decorate your own eclipse glasses with Toasted Ice.

AUTHORS:

EXPLORE THE FANTASTIC PHYSICS OF WEATHER WITH DR. FRED
Join the weather watch to explore the science and physics of weather with acclaimed children's science writer, Dr. Fred Bortz.

DISCOVER SPARKLY SCIENCE
With The Fabulous Glitter Girl, you can learn about living and non-living things, science journals, colors, and even learn how to make your own glitter.

CREATE A GALAXY PINWHEEL & MEET THE AUTHOR
Make your own galaxy pinwheel and meet Sharilyn Grayson, author of the Dawn Hyperdrive Series.

COLOR THE MOON & MEET THE AUTHOR
Who says coloring is just for kids? Adults and kids will enjoy this special moon coloring activity with Terry Maggert, author of The Fearless Series.

THE JUPITER CHRONICLES & A STEAM CANNON
Hear the hidden stories about worlds that we can see with our eyes but never before revealed until now with Leonardo Ramirez, author of The Jupiter Chronicles. Take your picture with props from the books and try your hand at The Jupiter Chronicles Game.

EXPERIMENT WITH THE POWER OF SOLAR PROJECTION
Learn how to use a solar projector with James A. Wilson, author of Third Contact.

FANFICTION, FACE-PAINTING & WIN A PRIZE!
Stop in and see author Mikayla Tyler to get your face painted and enjoy the chance to meet Valerie Mason and the Demaris Academy. Submit a Fanfiction idea and win a prize!

COSPLAYERS:

COLOR YOURSELF A SUPERHERO
Meet some of your favorite characters from Cosplay Collective while creating, coloring and designing your own superhero self.

LEARN SUPERHERO ILLUSTRATION
Learn the tricks of illustrating and create your own sci-fi character with the Dweeby Damsels.

GHOSTBUSTERS: PHOTO (& SLIME) OP WITH THE WORLD'S BEST GHOUL-GETTERS
Take your picture with the TN Ghostbusters and witness them on the lookout for ghosts and other paranormal phenomenon.

OTHER:

OLD-SCHOOL TOY FUN
Take a walk down memory lane with Hudson Classic Hobbies by playing with some awesome toys from your childhood.

SPUR CRITICAL THINKING POWER: DESIGN YOUR OWN FAMILY GAME
Learn how to make your own family-friendly RPG using the Numenera and Dungeons and Dragons systems with Nashville Dungeon Delvers. Explore puzzles, problem solving and resource management to create a fun, thought-provoking game.

PLAY, BUILD & DESIGN WITH LEGOS
Discover a world of wonder as you create and build incredible structures with the Tennessee Valley Lego Club.

Tech of Tomorrow

ARRL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATIONS
Thanks to Nashville Amateur Radio Club, HAM Radio operators can join in on the fun using the call sign N4E - Nashville 4 Eclipse while attendees learn to type their name in Morse Code!

DESIGN YOUR OWN VIDEO GAME
With Anomaly Studios, LLC, your kid can transform from a consumer of mediocre video games into a "maker" with a hobby that is fun, intellectually challenging and can help develop skills that can be used later in life.

VIRTUAL-LY AWESOME: TEST DRIVE THE LATEST IN VR TECHNOLOGY
Put on a headset and get ready for an adventure with BlackBox Simulations, a local VR development company partnering with Adventure Science Center on a unique new VR installation.

TINKER, TEST & TRANSFORM
Learn about the four forces of flight with Make Nashville's drones, or enjoy a hands-on activity that will turn a kid of any age into a bonafide maker and creator.

PROGRAM IT! BIOTECH IT! GAME IT!
From video game programming and robotics to biotech, virtual reality and circuitry activities, Tennessee Technological University's Makers on the Move STEMbus features the latest technology helping to make STEM learning fun for all students.

TEST THE POWER OF THE 3D PEN
Try one of Studio NPL's 3D Printing pens to create a three-dimensional plastic drawing. The pen extrudes warm thermoplastic that hardens within seconds, allowing you to create incredible 3D freehand drawings.

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF
Explore the power, performance and environmentally-friendly Nissan Leaf.

DISCOVER YOUR GIRL SCIENCE POWER!
Build one big structure or multiple creations all at once with Roominate, designed to empower girls through hands-on, open-ended play.

MEET THE ROBOT
Meet and play games with robots while learning how to program robotic activities with Southecare Robotics.

TESLA & THE FUTURE OF CARS
Talk with Tesla engineers to learn about the latest in technology and the future of cars.

NEED A CHARGE? MOBILE DEVICE CHARGING STATION
Griffin Technology will have a mobile charging station so you can keep capturing all the special moments at the festival.

INDOOR SPEAKER SCHEDULE

Included with the price of indoor tickets, you'll enjoy access to 30-45 minute discussions and a chance to meet with incredible scientists and enthusiasts from around the world! 

Saturday, Aug. 19

10:00AM
How Saturn and an Eclipse Led to My Life Long Love of Astronomy
Kevin Kawai, Celestron

11:30AM
Exploring The Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Dr. Jason Rhodes, Astrophysicist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

12:45PM
Creating Artificial Eclipses to see Planets around other Stars
Dr. Alina Rhodes, Astrophysicist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2:00PM
Aviation, Space, and Solar Eclipse
Capt. Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson, NASA Astronaut

3:30PM
Humans To Mars
Artemis Westenberg, President and Co-Founder of Explore Mars

5:00PM
Enterprise In Space...The Mission
Alice Hoffmann, Enterprise In Space

Sunday, Aug. 20

11:00AM
Heliophysics & the Parker Solar Probe
Dr. Joseph Smith & James Spann

12:30PM
Student Science to the Stratosphere... and Beyond!
Liz Kennick, Teachers In Space

2:00PM
The Juno Mission
Dr. Scott Bolton, Chief Principal of NASA Juno Mission, & Bryce Bolton

3:15PM
How the Juno spacecraft finds its way through Jupiter’s Harsh Radiation Environment
Heidi Becker
, scientist with the NASA Juno Mission

4:15PM
Solar Eclipse Affect on Civilization
Theodore Clark

Monday, Aug. 21

10:30AM
ESA, Earth, Moon and Sun
Bernard Foing, Chief Scientist, European Space Agency

3:30PM
THE FARTHEST screening
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager launches—NASA’s groundbreaking mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system. With the participation of more than 20 of the original and current mission scientists, engineers and team members, THE FARTHEST is a captivating story of one of humanity’s greatest achievements to show how difficult—and rewarding—space exploration can be.


OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

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FOOD TRUCKS

Available all three days unless otherwise noted.


 

WHEN?

Saturday, August 19
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 20
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, August 21
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

*Adventure Science Center's building will close from 1 to 1:45 p.m. for all to view the total solar eclipse outdoors.

WHERE?

Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203

HOW MUCH?

Indoor Festival Tickets (per day)
Tickets include solar viewing glasses for all & t-shirts for the kids!

Individual:
Adult/Teen
 (ages 13+) – $49
Youth (ages 2-12) – $29
Children under 2 are free.

Group (35% off!):
Family (2 adult/teens, 2 youth) – $101.40
Group 
(4 adult/teens) – $127.40

Outdoor Festival Tickets: FREE

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