Official City of Festus Eclipse Site


West City Park - Eclipse Central   8.21.2017

West City Park  will be THE gathering spot to view the 2017 Eclipse in Festus.  We have acres and acres of open viewing space for visitors to come see the eclipse.  Parking will be at the ballfield complex parking lot, so there may be a little walking to find a perfect spot.  Join us at the West City Park stage August 21 for informational presentations and the countdown to the eclipse.  Activities will be planned for the whole weekend at West City Park.  Eclipse activities are sponsored by the Festus Tourism Commission and in cooperation with the Festus Public Library.




Eclipse: The Main Event

Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:00 AM — Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:00 PM   
Event details

Join us in West City Park to celebrate the celestial event of a lifetime - the moon crossing the sun in the middle of the day, sending us "into the dark" for two and a half minutes! The partiality in Festus will start at 11:49 am, with the totality beginning at 1:17 pm. Final stages of the eclipse will end at 2:44 pm.

Educators from the St. Louis Science Center will be on hand to lead activities and answer questions, as well as to announce the stages of the eclipse in West City Park. St. Louis Science Center Educators will announce when it is safe to remove your eclipse glasses, when participants need to put their eclipse glasses back on, and important stages of the eclipse as they occur. We will also once again be using the Sunspotter Telescope and other telescopes for safe solar viewing that can be enjoyed by a crowd of people.

The St. Louis Science Center plans to broadcast the eclipse in Festus back to viewing parties at the Science Center in St. Louis, where the eclipse will only be partial.

We recommend staying after the eclipse to journal while the experience is fresh. Post-eclipse activities and entertainment will follow.


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    Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:00 AM — Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:00 PM
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    Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:00 AM
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    West City Park

    Address: 2232-2292 Old State Hwy A Festus MO United States

Volunteer - In the Heart of Eclipse Central!

The library has volunteer opportunities for teens and adults on eclipse day. Your fun awaits at the activity booth in West City Park! Interested? Send an email to Library@CityofFestus.org. Let us know your name, age if you’re 17 or younger, what times you’re available on Monday, August 21, 2017, and how to contact you. We’ll provide quick and easy training when you arrive at Eclipse Central.

Sunspotter Telescope


Quality Inn - 636-937-0700
Holiday Inn Express - 636-937-7100
Comfort Inn - 636-937-2888
La Quinta - 1-800-SLEEPLQ

Websites to check out:
St. Louis Astronomical Society
The Eclipse Path


Learn & Prepare to experience Eclipse 2017 in Festus.

Prepare to Experience
A Total Solar Eclipse

Festus Area
Amenities & Attractions

West City Park in Festus hosts Eclipse 2017 events, in the center of it all!

West City Park

Festus City Hall
711 West Main
Festus, MO 63028
Fax: 636-937-2140
Open 8a - 5p M - F


Public Works
950 North Fifth Street
Festus, MO  63028
Fax: 636-937-6619
Open 7:30a - 4:30p M-F

400 W. Main Street
Festus, MO  63028
M - Th 9:00a - 7:00p
Fri 9:00a - 5:00p
Sat 9:00a - 1:00p

West City Park