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Solar Eclipse Events in Central Texas (Hillsboro, Gatesville, Waco, Killeen, Temple, Belton): 2024

By Hooray for Family

Central Texas is in the direct path of the Total Solar Eclipse that will happen on April 8, 2024 which makes it a prime location to view this historic natural occurrence. Make plans with friends and family to make the most of this awesome phenomenon with these fun events!



Total Solar Eclipse Events:

Plan for a fun and educational time with your family! Check out our list of Solar Eclipse events around Central Texas (Hillsboro, Gatesville, Waco, Killeen, Temple, Belton) – there are events in every part of the area, so you can find some near you!


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Hillsboro, TX
April 4 - 8,  2024 | Times Vary

Hillsboro, Texas is #7 on Astronomy Magazine's 20 best places to view the total solar eclipse! Please check out these events happening over the weekend in celebration of this historic event!


Cosmic Cowboy Eclipse Festival

Hillsboro, TX | North Outlet Mall
April 5 - 8, 2024 | Times Vary

The Cosmic Cowboy Eclipse Festival is located in the 2024 total eclipse path in Texas. It’s your passport to a three-day country music festival with great music and good old-fashioned fun followed by the incredibly rare opportunity to see the cosmic wonder of a total eclipse!

Your tickets give you access to Eclipse Viewing on April 8th!

*Please Note: No Cash Will Be Accepted at the Gate


Eclipse Carnival at Eclipseboro

Hillsboro, TX | Landing in Hillsboro
April 5 - 8, 2024 | Times vary

Celebrate the total solar eclipse with carnival rides, midway games, and concessions from Triple T Amusements.

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Syzygy: Exploring the Science and Wonder of the Solar Eclipse

Gatesville, TX | Gatesville Auditorium
April 6, 2024 | 6 p.m.

Syzygy, besides being a fun word to say,  is a rare alignment of three celestial bodies. In this presentation, we will explore the science and wonder behind this incredible phenomenon of solar eclipses.  2024 offers Americans another chance to see a total solar eclipses that will  captivate skywatchers across the United States. We will dive into the details of these eclipses, examining their paths and characteristics, as well as exploring the science behind their occurrence.  You will learn about the different types of solar eclipses, including total eclipses, annular eclipses, and partial eclipses.


Block Out the Sun Party

Gatesville, TX | Downtown Gatesville
April  6 - 7, 2024 | 10 a.m.

This FREE 2 day event leading up to the eclipse will celebrate the eclipse and allow us to show off our community spirit to visitors and residents. We will have food and merchandise vendors, entertainment, games and activities, an art show and an author event showcasing local talent. NASA Ambassador Liam Finn will provide an educational talk in City Auditorium and children’s author Jayme Sandberg will present a storytime with her children’s book about the eclipse.


2024 Eclipse at Texas Station Event Center

Gatesville, TX | Texas Station Center
April 7, 2024 | 12 - 8 p,m.

Colton Hawkins and The Standards will be playing Sunday, April 7th, 2024! Tickets on sale to the public! $15 per ticket. We will have food truck and vendors as well.


Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Gatesville, TX | McKamie Stadium
April 8, 2024

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross over Gatesville. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun.


NASA Ambassadors' Public Viewing Event

Gatesville, TX | Gatesville Sports Complex
April 8, 2024 | 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Friends of the Gatesville Public Library offers paid parking at the Gatesville Civic Center/Sports Complex parking lot for the day of the eclipse beginning at 6am. Pre-purchase of a parking space assures you a legal and safe area to park and observe.


Eclipse at the Crosses

Gatesville, TX | Coryell Community Church
April 8, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Texas will be in the direct center of the path of a total eclipse. We invite you and your family to experience this 'once in a lifetime' event with us at Coryell Community Church. Through the day we will have live music, games and events for all ages, food vendors, worship, and fellowship.

Please register your parking spot (for free) because we have a limited number of PARKING spaces that will be available for the day.


2024 Eclipse

Gatesville, TX | The Last Drive-In Picture Show
April 8, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Celebrate the 2024 eclipse with us at The Last Drive In Picture Show in Gatesville, TX. Each ticket includes premium parking for one vehicle (up to 6 passengers), and 2 pairs of solar glasses for just $24.24 All tickets are Non-Refundable and you must be parked no later than 30 mins prior to event start. Gates will open at 10:00am. Food, Mini golf, eclipse swag and other activities will be available for purchase. For information on larger vehicles please email us at cinestarhg@aol.com Limited spots available, so purchase now. Must mark payment as ECLIPSE and show receipt at the gate.


2024 Total Solar Eclipse Weekend

Waco, TX | Camp Fimfo
April 5 - 8, 2024 | 1 p.m.

Spend the weekend with us at Camp Fimfo Waco and take part in watching the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse on April 8! You'll see 100% totality at our park. Join us for daily activities and fun space themed events the weekend leading up to the eclipse! More details to come.


Live from Waco - Eclipse Weekend Festival: Brazos Nights Lukas Nelson and Band of Horses

Waco, TX | Indian Spring Park
April 5, 2024 | 6 p.m.

Enjoy a free concert along the banks of the Brazos River, next to the historic Waco Suspension Bridge. Featuring a dose of country and rock with powerhouse co-headliners, Lukas Nelson and Band of Horses. Gates open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m.


Family Day: Eclipse!

Waco, TX | The Art Center Waco
April 6, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This Family day will focus on our new open call exhibit called "Eclipse: Shining Shadows". Family Day is Art Center Waco's invitation to YOU to come and learn more about art, get involved in making some creations, and have a lot of fun while doing so.


STEAM Eclipse - Eclipse Over Texas Weekend Event

Waco, TX | Waco Convention Center
April 6, 2024 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

It is a FREE family-friendly celebration of the eclipse and building STEM awareness, opportunity, and education. There will be out-of-this-world booths, stellar presentations, and entertainment fit for this event of a lifetime!


Live from Waco - Eclipse Weekend Festival: Brazos Nights Hip Hop Concert

Waco, TX | Indian Spring Park
April 6, 2024 | 6 p.m.

This Brazos Nights Concert Series includes, Big Boi, DJ Z-Trip & Arrested Development. Come out and ramp up for the eclipse event at Indian Spring Park.


Glow Over Waco 5K and Fun Run

Waco, TX | Indian Spring Park
April 6, 2024 | 7:30 - 9:30 p,m,

As a part of the Eclipse Over Texas weekend, celebrate with an electrifying evening of fun downtown at the Glow Over Waco 5K and Fun Run located at Indian Springs Park on April 6th, 2024! This event is a prelude to the spectacular total eclipse set to amaze on April 8th. Get ready to light up the night as you run through a course illuminated by neon glow sticks, vibrant LED lights, and the anticipation of an upcoming celestial show. Wear your brightest neon attire, and let's make this evening shine as brightly as the stars themselves!


“American Eclipse,” a musical set in 1878

Waco, TX | Jones Theater Baylor Campus
April 7, 2024 | 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

“American Eclipse,” a musical set in 1878, is a story about three American pioneers of science and their ambitions, failures, and resilience that laid the foundation for America’s rise to scientific greatness.


Waco Symphony Concert : “Sci-Fi Spectacular: Sun, Moon, and Superstars”

Waco, TX | Waco Hall
April 7, 2024 | 3 - 5 p.m.

This star-studded concert will be full of music from your favorite sci-fi films. Emmy Award-winning journalist and film critic Gary Cogill returns to the WSO stage to share film insights behind the music. Guest conductor Alex Amsel is an orchestral and operatic conductor as well as a music educator for students of all ages.


Live from Waco - Eclipse Weekend Festival: Brazos Nights Dwight Yoakam

Waco, TX | Indian Spring Park
April 7, 2024 | 4 p.m.

“Lights Over Waco” festival at Indian Spring Park. Featuring a free concert from country music legend Dwight Yoakam, a drone display with 300 drones, local eateries, lights throughout the park and a walking lantern parade across the Waco Suspension Bridge. Gates open at 4 p.m., and a music schedule will be announced soon. The lantern parade will begin at 9 p.m., followed immediately by the drone show.


Lights Over Waco Festival

Waco, TX | Indian Spring Park
April 7, 2024 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Join us for the “Lights Over Waco Festival” at Indian Spring Park in downtown Waco. The festival will include a lantern parade across the Waco Suspension Bridge, a free concert in the park, and an aerial drone display over the Brazos River. The aerial drone show will feature of hundreds of drones creating cosmic constellations in the Texas sky. Event schedule and artists will be announced soon.


Eclipse at the Cameron Park Zoo

Waco, TX | Cameron Park Zoo
April 8, 2024 | 9 - 5 p.m.

Curious about how animals will react to total darkness in the middle of the day? So are we! Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to see how the animals at Cameron Park Zoo will respond to the total eclipse. Keeper chats and educational presentations will take place throughout the day.

Eclipse viewing glasses will be available for purchase on site.

Limited seating will be available for viewing the eclipse around the Zoo.


Eclipse Over Texas: Live from Waco

Waco, TX | McLane Stadium Touchdown Alley
April 8, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The biggest Eclipse Festival in Texas for the April 8, 2024 total eclipse. Waco has 4 minutes 11 seconds of totality and is the largest town in the path of true totality. The event this day will include astronomers, telescopes, VIP zone, food trucks, and much more. Free shuttle to the festival grounds. Touchdown Alley is located on the grounds around McLane Stadium, Baylor's football stadium.


Total Eclipse Watch Party

Lorena, TX | Summit School
April 8, 2024 | 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Join us for an epic, once-in-a-lifetime event to experience the solar eclipse in the path of totality at Summit School! Get ready to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of a total eclipse. Our watch party offers the perfect opportunity to share this unforgettable experience with friends, family, and fellow eclipse enthusiasts. Ticket prices include lunch, inflatables, educational and craft stations about the eclipse, and eclipse glasses. So mark your calendars and don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event! General admission tickets are $20.


Totality: Total Solar Eclipse Viewing

Woodway, TX | Woodway Lakeside Park
April 8, 2024 | 12 - 3 p.m.

Join us to experience the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8th at Woodway Lakeside Park!
Come grab a pair of eclipse viewing glasses, a t-shirt, and enjoy food from amazing local food trucks. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair to Woodway Lakeside Park from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM and experience the most anticipated solar phenomenon of the year in Woodway. This is a FREE Event


Total Eclipse at the HPL

Hewitt, TX | Hewitt Public LIbrary
April 8, 2024 | 12 - 5 p.m.

Join the Hewitt Public Library for eclipse viewing, hands-on activities for all ages, story time from space, and much more!



Eclipse Over Texas

Killeen, TX | Mayborn Science Theater
April 5 - 8,  2024 | Times vary

The City of Killeen has teamed up with Central Texas College's Mayborn Science Theater for the upcoming Eclipse Over Central Texas event. During the event, the Mayborn Science Theater will host informative shows featuring presenters like John Blackwell, Ota Lutz, and Warren Hart to provide educational insights. KNCT 91.3 FM will add to the experience by offering live music and a remote broadcast featuring hosts Bill Hecke and Rick Smith. There will also be a diverse array of vendors and food trucks present during the Solar Eclipse.


Solar Eclipse Camp TotaliTee

Copperas Cove | Ogletree Gap
April 5 - 9, 2024 | 12 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a Once in a Lifetime Festival. There will be entertainment, live music, guest speakers, food and drink trucks, vendors, and more. At Ogletree Gap, there will be RV and tent camping. This event also includes a pop-up disc golf tournament!


Copperas Cove Solar Eclipse Presentations:The Naked Eye Astronomer

Copperas Cove | Cove Theater
April 5, 2024 | 5 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION! Join Warren Hart aka "The Naked Eye Astronomer", a staff astronomer from the Mayborn Science Theater for a solar eclipse presentation!

Copperas Cove Solar Eclipse Presentations: Jay Huston Resident Astronomer

Copperas Cove | Cove Theater
April 6, 2024 | 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION! Join our Resident Astronomer, Jay Huston, for an eclipse presentation at the Cove Theater.



Art in the Park Eclipse Event

Harker Heights, TX | Carl Levin Park
April 6, 2024 | 4 - 6 p.m.

Join us Saturday April 6th at Carl Levin Park for local art, music, and fun for the whole family! There will be live music performed by former Voice contestant Bailey Rae as well as local artist Southernman Band! Come out to enjoy food and various local artist showcasing their amazing talents! This event is also a pre-celebration towards the upcoming solar eclipse that'll be occurring April 8th!

Spring into the Eclipse Festival

Copperas Cove, TX | Copperas Cove City Park
April 6 - 8, 2024 | Times vary

Experience the Great American Total Solar Eclipse in Copperas Cove, Texas on April 8th, 2024 with 4 minutes and 22 seconds of full totality!

The three-day Spring Fest will kick off on Saturday, April 6th and will end on Eclipse day, April 8th! Spring into the Eclipse festival is our Annual Spring Festival where we will showcase some of the best food trucks of Central Texas, come shop the local market vendors while the kids can enjoy the 'Kids Zone', or grab a drink from one of our many beer tents and enjoy the live entertainment!


Solar Eclipse Parking and Events

Copperas Cove, TX | Cove First Baptist Church
April 7 - 9, 2024 | 2 p.m.

Guests may park their vehicle for the day or over night or may bring a tent. Spaces are available after 2:00pm on Sunday, April 7, 2024 and guests must depart by 9:00am on April 9, 2024.

Cost is $30 per space. That includes all days and the fun happening on Sunday evening.

Sunday night outdoor movie, green play space, portable toilets and sinks, phone charging station, light dinner on Sunday evening.


Solar Eclipse Event

Copperas Cove, TX | First Presbyterian Church of Copperas Cove
April 8, 2024 | 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Copperas Cove will be directly in the path of totality for the Solar Eclipse, a rare and amazing event to view. To celebrate, the Church is reserving parking lot spaces for those who pre-reserve them here at a requested donation amount of $20 each. The proceeds will be given to our mission project, “The Blessings Home Orphanage” --Pakistan, which cares for 30 children, 4 - 13 yrs, in a very difficult environment. We hope to raise $900.

Guests may park their vehicle after 7 a.m. on April 8 and must depart by 5 0.p.m on same day. No refunds for weather cancellation.


Solar Eclipse Event

Copperas Cove, TX | Immanuel Lutheran Church
April 8, 2024 | 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

Join us for a solar eclipse viewing and event while sitting by the cross on the hill.  The fun begins at 10am until 5pm.
Parking is a $5 donation.



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2024 Eclipse Fest

Temple, TX | Robinson Family Farm
April 8, 2024 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Join us at The Robinson Family Farm on April 8, 2024, for an extraordinary Eclipse Event, benefiting The Ronald McDonald House Charities in Temple, Tx. Experience the captivating beauty of a celestial phenomenon as the moon gracefully passes in front of the sun, casting a momentary shadow over the landscape. As part of our commitment to giving back, a portion of the proceeds will go to The Ronald McDonald House Charities to support their impactful work. In addition to the awe-inspiring eclipse, we're offering exclusive promotional products like shirts and glasses for purchase onsite.


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Belton Market Days Solarbration

Belton, TX | Downtown Belton
April 6, 2024 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us for Belton Market Days, hosted by the Downtown Belton Business Alliance!
Experience a day filled with local crafters, artists, delicious food, live music, and more in downtown Belton.Streets closed for a family-friendly outdoor extravaganza!

Don't miss the Solarbration Market during the Solar Eclipse weekend, drawing visitors from all over! Explore charming stores, street vendors, catch a movie, and dine at our fantastic restaurants. There's something for everyone!


Solar Eclipse Of The Heart

Belton, TX | Bell County Museum
April 6, 2024 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Join us to learn more about the once in a lifetime total solar eclipse over Central Texas on Monday, April 8! Explore what causes eclipses, the history of eclipses around the world, and how to safely view eclipses through fun activities. Make a pinhole viewer, chalk art, and more! The event is completely FREE for all ages.


The Science Of Solar Eclipses

Belton, TX | Bell County Museum
April 6, 2024 | 1 - 2 p.m.

Liam Finn, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, will host a presentation on Syzygy, a rare alignment of three celestial bodies. He will explore the science and wonder behind this incredible phenomenon of solar eclipses, including details of solar eclipses, examining their paths and characteristics, and exploring the science behind their occurrence, and how modern science has advanced our understanding of these celestial events. Visitors will also learn about the different types of solar eclipses, the unique features of each type, and what you can expect to see during each. Finally, we will provide tips and advice for viewing solar eclipses safely and effectively.

*Tickets are FREE but pre-registration is required.


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