Can’t miss event: Eclipse events in Northeast Oregon



Eclipse Festival in Geiser Pollman Park

Vendors, food and music will fill Geiser Pollman park Aug. 19-20 for the “Baker City Eclipse Festival,” prior to the total solar eclipse.

“We will have over 50 vendors selling everything from handcrafted soaps, solar eclipse items, jewelry, clothing, crystals, tarot readings, leather goods, kettle corn, shaved ice, BBQ, hamburgers and everything in between,” said organizer Kristy Backlund.

The festival will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Aug. 19, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20.

As for entertainment, a variety of recorded music will be provided by LifeOutsideOverThere from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 followed by a live performance from Sound and Stone from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sound and Stone is an acoustic duo who plays indie folk/soul.

On Aug. 20, Sound and Stone will play again from noon to 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., Eastern Oregon Scenes (bluegrass) will take the stage.

Mystery of the eclipse explained

Space scientists Jayne Aubele and Larry S. Crumpler from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will present “Mystery of the Eclipse Explained” throughout the weekend at the Geiser Grand Hotel.

Discussion times are 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 19; 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 20 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 21. The Geiser Grand Hotel is situated at 1996 Main St., Baker City.

The cost is $50 for dinner or $40 for brunch. Seats are limited and advance reservations are required. For information, call 541-523-1889 or visit

Hilltop viewing experience

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will open at 7 a.m. Aug. 21  for visitors who want to see the eclipse from the hill.

Regular admission will apply. The Oregon Trail center is at 22267 OR-86, Baker City.

Parking is limited to 107 passenger vehicles and 26 oversize vehicles. The main building will close during the eclipse from 9:10-11:45 a.m., but restrooms and drinking fountains will be available.

“We’ll also have some interpretive programs on site after 11:45 (a.m.) and through the afternoon for people who want to hang out and wait for traffic to dissipate before heading home,” said Sarah LeCompte, center director.


Camping with a view

The Ascension School Camp and Conference Center has space available to get up close to the eclipse without getting stuck in traffic on Interstate 84.

The 100-acre campus at 1104 Church St. in Cove, has horizon-to-horizon views of the Grande Ronde Valley. As a fundraiser for Ascension School, all of its lodging areas, RV hookups and tent areas are available for a two-night minimum with some meals provided.

There will be opportunities for worship and spiritual meditation, as well as close proximity to hiking and birdwatching.

Contact the office at 541-568-4514 if you want to reserve a spot.

The cost is $350 per room per night in the Kimsey Commons, $150 per bed per night in the dorms or RV sites or $75 per night in tents. The tents do not have a minimum stay requirement, but the others are a two-night minimum.

Eclipse party with snacks

The La Grande Parks and Recreation department is hosting a free Eclipse Party from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 21.

Participants can enjoy free donuts, fruit bowls and music at Veterans’ Memorial Pool in
Pioneer Park, 401 Palmer Ave., La Grande.

The pool’s splash pad will be open for children to play and cool off in.


Discover eclipse and get free eclipse glasses

Physicist and astronomer Daniel James Lincoln will give a presentation about the eclipse and its affects on human and animal behavior.

The free presentation, “Solar Eclipse,” will also include geometrical and historical components, and free eclipse glasses will be distributed.

“Solar Eclipse” will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at Wallowology!, a natural history discovery center at 508 N. Main St., Joseph.


It is important to remember that Aug. 21 and the days leading up to are forecast to include temperatures in the upper 80s. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen to keep your family safe and comfortable during all your adventures.

You may also consider packing lawn chairs or blankets for sitting on, as well as coolers with ice or frozen treats to help keep cool.

Make sure to properly wear your safety glasses before looking at the sun.

If you are camping, be aware of local burn bans and fire laws as well any requirements of your specific campsite.

Plan ahead so you are not stranded on back roads or forest service roads that may be difficult to navigate. If you are consuming alcoholic beverages during any of your festivities, be sure to arrange a designated driver or other transportation.

Be safe, comfortable and have fun out there.

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