Great American Eclipse in Ravenna and Kearney

Totality at Kearney will be 12:57:30 to 12:59 p.m. CDT (1 min., 54 seconds)
Totality at Ravenna will be 12:57:21 to 12:59 p.m. CDT (2 min., 35 seconds)

 Kearney and Ravenna are collaborating on a weekend of events, with watch sites at the Arch Monument, various parks around the cities, and at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Cope Stadium, for a free, public Watch Party from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The UNK Watch Party includes games, music and other live entertainment, and glasses are available for a small fee. Ravenna’s Hometown Eclipse Festival will also host several viewing events with the main locations including entertainment, souvenir vendors, food vendors, activities and more! 

UNK’s planetarium will take scheduled reservations, and its faculty are available to learn more about the solar system and share educational information about eclipses, the history of eclipses, animal behavior during eclipses, photographing a solar eclipse, religious responses to eclipses, and Black Holes.

 Other events planned during the weekend in Kearney are concerts at Viaero Event Center on Aug. 19, a “Blackout on the Bricks” (Aug. 19-21); a run/walk, kayak and bicycling event, a lecture by astronomer Dr. Tabetha Boyajian of LSU, and other lectures and discussions. Ravenna’s Hometown Eclipse Festival will consist of a presentation/Q&A by active NASA Astronaut Mike Finke and NASA Engineer Renita Finke on Aug. 19, a 5K run/ sand volleyball tourney/ parade on Aug. 19, golf tournament and Cruise Night on Aug. 20, and vendors/ live entertainment 19,20,21 at the Ravenna baseball fields. 

 Other watch locations in Kearney in addition to UNK’s Cope Stadium are: Yanney Park, Viaero Event Center, Archway Monument, Buffalo County Fairgrounds and Cottonmill Lake State Recreation Area.

 Kearney’s 1,700+ hotel rooms, camping accommodations at Ft. Kearny State Recreation Area and Kearney RV Park and Campground, plus over 100 restaurants and other amenities make Kearney the perfect travel destination for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Visit the Kearney Area Visitors Bureau for visitors information. 

 Ravenna’s watch events are at Ravenna’s baseball fields 1 and 2, as well as various other locations. Camping locations are available at the Buffalo County Lake located just to the east of Ravenna. View the locations here.

Find out more on what Ravenna and Kearney are doing for the total solar eclipse using the links below. You can also check out the calendar of events for both communities on our calendar using the link below.