At midday on Monday, August 21, a deepening shadow will sweep through Missouri, as the sun, moon, and earth swing into what the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art calls “a cosmic chorus line.”
No matter where you are in the state, you will experience some degree of solar eclipse. And if you’re within about 21,000 square miles in a diagonal swath running from Missouri’s northwestern tip to Scott City in the southeast, you’ll get the whole shebang: totality, when for up to two minutes and 40 seconds, the moon orbits into position to completely blot out the sun.
The path of totality contains, by one reckoning, more than 400 Missouri communities. Celebrations are teeming.
Not only on the day of the eclipse but throughout the previous weekend, communities in totality’s path are mounting festivals, carnivals, viewing parties, parades, car shows, balloon glows, scavenger hunts and much more. Many of these events feature exhibits by local artists. Nearly all include live music.
Also, several Missouri arts organizations have been inspired by the eclipse to create events with an astronomical theme. Here’s our guide to those celestial concerts and exhibits, plus a sprinkling of eclipse festivals that especially accentuate the arts.