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A solar eclipse viewed from Indonesia in 2016.
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Solar eclipse 2017: Where to watch in the Seattle area

Viewing events and parties in and around Seattle

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A solar eclipse viewed from Indonesia in 2016.
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Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 7. It has been updated with additional information.

Many Seattleites are running down to Oregon on Monday, August 21 to catch the last total eclipse—when the moon completely obscures the sun—to grace the Northwest until 2044. Here at home, though, we’re experiencing about 92 percent of an eclipse, which will still be stunning to watch. The eclipse will peak at about 10:20 a.m.

There should be plenty of places to watch the partial eclipse—wherever you can see the sun at 10 a.m.—this map focuses on places holding eclipse-specific programming.

If you’re looking for a less curated experience, weather permitting, here’s what to look for in a viewing point: a view of the sun in the sky to the southeast. Think parks along the eastern edge of Lake Washington versus parks along the eastern edge of Puget Sound.

Another option: Ditch going outside altogether and watch one of many livestreams, including a few from NASA and another from CNN, plus many other places (including several Seattle Public Libraries, if you don’t want to stream alone).

Regardless of whether you watch on your own or with a group, make sure you’re watching the eclipse safely, either with ISO-certified eclipse glasses or another safe viewing method.

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Map points are ordered north to south.

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1. Central Skagit Library

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720 Metcalf St
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
(360) 755-3985
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Central Skagit Library is making an all-day event out of it, even though the library doesn’t open to the public until right before the eclipse at 10:00 a.m. They’ll have a filtered telescope outside and a live stream of the eclipse inside the library, plus hot dogs for lunch. That far north, the eclipse should be about 88.4 percent.

2. John Storvik Playground

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1110 32nd St
Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 293-1918
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Anacortes Public Library and Parks and Recreation’s shindig starts at 9 a.m., and they’ll have some eclipse glasses at the ready.

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3. San Juan Island National Historical Park

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The San Juan Islands are only getting an 88.5 percent eclipse, but those that are out there and want to watch with a group (weather permitting) can head to San Juan Island National Historical Park starting at 8:30 a.m. They’ll have eclipse glasses and telescopes with solar filters, and they’ll be making solar prints.

4. Jefferson County Library

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620 Cedar Ave
Port Hadlock, WA 98339
(360) 385-6544
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Jefferson County’s library in Port Hadlock’s party starts at 9 a.m., and they’ll have glasses on a first-come, first-served basis.

5. Shoreline Library

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345 Northeast 175th Street
Shoreline, WA 98155
(206) 362-7550
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King County Library System is hosting a viewing event in Shoreline just outside the Shoreline Library starting at 9:45 a.m.. They’ll have a limited number of eclipse glasses and information guides to give away.

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6. Northgate Library

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10548 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 386-1980
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The Northgate Library’s viewing party will include some astronomy education and hands-on activities before viewing the eclipse with safety glasses.

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7. Greenwood Park

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8905 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 684-4075
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Phinney Neighborhood Association is having their party at Greenwood Park starting at 9 a.m. They recommend bringing your own eclipse-viewing glasses or other viewing device, but they’ll have pinhole boxes available, too.

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8. Redmond Library

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15990 NE 85th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 885-1861
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King County Library System’s Redmond party starts at 9:45 a.m. in the green patch between Redmond Library and City Hall. They’ll have a limited number of viewing glasses to give away.

9. Bryant Neighborhood Playground

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4103 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-4075
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The Seattle Public Library is putting on this shindig at Bryant Neighborhood Playground, which will combine astronomy education with a group eclipse viewing.

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10. Bellevue Library

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1111 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 450-1765
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Weather permitting, Bellevue Library is hosting their party atop their parking garage. The event starts at 9:30, and they’ll have some glasses on-hand.

11. Pacific Science Center

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200 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001
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The Pacific Science Center is opening early for the big day—at 8:30 a.m.—so guests can get settled before the eclipse starts at 9:08 a.m. Attendees, weather permitting, will be able to view the eclipse through safe glasses. Weather not permitting, it’ll be livestreamed from somewhere with clearer weather.

Regardless of the weather, there will be hands-on activities and a livestream from the path of totality.

12. Hotel Sorrento

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900 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-6400
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From 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., First Hill’s posh venue slash cool neighborhood haunt Hotel Sorrento will be serving complimentary coffee, tea, juice, and croissants in the garden. This event is BYO eclipse glasses.

13. Seattle Central Library

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1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 386-4636
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Unlike the other library events on this list, the Seattle Central Library’s eclipse viewing party doesn’t focus on viewing the eclipse live and outdoors—rather, it shows NASA’s livestream (“megacast”) of eclipse images along the path in the Microsoft Auditorium. That party starts at 10 a.m.

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14. Smith Tower

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506 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-0414
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Seattle’s “original skyscraper” is having a party in their observatory bar with specialty eclipse mimosas and a view from their observation deck. Tickets for this one will go on sale starting at 8:30 a.m.

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15. High Point Public Library

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3411 SW Raymond St
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 684-7454
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High Point Public Library’s event, which is geared toward children and families, starts at 8:30 a.m., including a workshop on making your own eclipse viewer. They’ll also have a limited number of eclipse-viewing glasses on-hand. This is an outdoor-only viewing, and in the event of bad weather, the party’s off.

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16. South Park Community Center

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8319 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 684-7451
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Starting at 8:30 a.m., the South Park Community Center viewing party will kick off with learning how to make a simple viewer and how to view the eclipse safely. Like with many similar events, the party’s off if the weather’s bad.

It’s put on by the Seattle Public Library, and like many of the others by SPL, it’s curated for children and families.

17. The Museum of Flight

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9404 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5720
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Museum of Flight is co-presenting their event with NASA—and NASA officials will even be on-hand to answer questions. Depending on the weather, visitors will be able to view the eclipse live. Regardless, the museum will be streaming NASA’s megacast of the event, and visitors will be able to greet a NASA science aircraft when it returns from gathering information in the path of totality in Oregon. The first 1,000 visitors get free eclipse glasses.

18. Des Moines Library

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21620 11th Ave S
Des Moines, WA 98198
(206) 824-6066
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Weather permitting, King County Library System is hosting a viewing event in the green area on the east side of the Des Moines Library starting at 9:45 a.m. They’ll have a limited amount of viewing glasses to give away.

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19. Pierce College Science Dome

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9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
(253) 964-6500
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Pierce College’s Science Dome—”The South Sound’s only planetarium!”—will provide safe ways to view the the 94 percent eclipse outside, and live-stream the total eclipse inside the dome, no matter the weather. The pre-eclipse presentation starts in the dome at 8:30 a.m.

20. Great American Casino Lakewood

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10117 S Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98499
(253) 396-0500
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The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s party is at Great American Casino—appropriate for what some are calling the Great American Eclipse—on the outdoor veranda starting at 9:00 a.m. This one costs $10.

21. Washington State Library

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6880 Capitol Blvd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the Washington State Library in Tumwater will have 90 pairs of eclipse glasses available—plus a speaker from the Tacoma Astronomical Society.

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1. Central Skagit Library

720 Metcalf St, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Central Skagit Library is making an all-day event out of it, even though the library doesn’t open to the public until right before the eclipse at 10:00 a.m. They’ll have a filtered telescope outside and a live stream of the eclipse inside the library, plus hot dogs for lunch. That far north, the eclipse should be about 88.4 percent.

720 Metcalf St
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

2. John Storvik Playground

1110 32nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221

Anacortes Public Library and Parks and Recreation’s shindig starts at 9 a.m., and they’ll have some eclipse glasses at the ready.

1110 32nd St
Anacortes, WA 98221

3. San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island National Historical Park, Washington 98250

The San Juan Islands are only getting an 88.5 percent eclipse, but those that are out there and want to watch with a group (weather permitting) can head to San Juan Island National Historical Park starting at 8:30 a.m. They’ll have eclipse glasses and telescopes with solar filters, and they’ll be making solar prints.

4. Jefferson County Library

620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock, WA 98339

Jefferson County’s library in Port Hadlock’s party starts at 9 a.m., and they’ll have glasses on a first-come, first-served basis.

620 Cedar Ave
Port Hadlock, WA 98339

5. Shoreline Library

345 Northeast 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155

King County Library System is hosting a viewing event in Shoreline just outside the Shoreline Library starting at 9:45 a.m.. They’ll have a limited number of eclipse glasses and information guides to give away.

345 Northeast 175th Street
Shoreline, WA 98155

6. Northgate Library

10548 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

The Northgate Library’s viewing party will include some astronomy education and hands-on activities before viewing the eclipse with safety glasses.

10548 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

7. Greenwood Park

8905 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Phinney Neighborhood Association is having their party at Greenwood Park starting at 9 a.m. They recommend bringing your own eclipse-viewing glasses or other viewing device, but they’ll have pinhole boxes available, too.

8905 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Redmond Library

15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052

King County Library System’s Redmond party starts at 9:45 a.m. in the green patch between Redmond Library and City Hall. They’ll have a limited number of viewing glasses to give away.

15990 NE 85th St
Redmond, WA 98052

9. Bryant Neighborhood Playground

4103 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115

The Seattle Public Library is putting on this shindig at Bryant Neighborhood Playground, which will combine astronomy education with a group eclipse viewing.

4103 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115

10. Bellevue Library

1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Weather permitting, Bellevue Library is hosting their party atop their parking garage. The event starts at 9:30, and they’ll have some glasses on-hand.

1111 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

11. Pacific Science Center

200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

The Pacific Science Center is opening early for the big day—at 8:30 a.m.—so guests can get settled before the eclipse starts at 9:08 a.m. Attendees, weather permitting, will be able to view the eclipse through safe glasses. Weather not permitting, it’ll be livestreamed from somewhere with clearer weather.

Regardless of the weather, there will be hands-on activities and a livestream from the path of totality.

200 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

12. Hotel Sorrento

900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104

From 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., First Hill’s posh venue slash cool neighborhood haunt Hotel Sorrento will be serving complimentary coffee, tea, juice, and croissants in the garden. This event is BYO eclipse glasses.

900 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104

13. Seattle Central Library

1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Unlike the other library events on this list, the Seattle Central Library’s eclipse viewing party doesn’t focus on viewing the eclipse live and outdoors—rather, it shows NASA’s livestream (“megacast”) of eclipse images along the path in the Microsoft Auditorium. That party starts at 10 a.m.

1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

14. Smith Tower

506 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle’s “original skyscraper” is having a party in their observatory bar with specialty eclipse mimosas and a view from their observation deck. Tickets for this one will go on sale starting at 8:30 a.m.

506 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

15. High Point Public Library

3411 SW Raymond St, Seattle, WA 98126

High Point Public Library’s event, which is geared toward children and families, starts at 8:30 a.m., including a workshop on making your own eclipse viewer. They’ll also have a limited number of eclipse-viewing glasses on-hand. This is an outdoor-only viewing, and in the event of bad weather, the party’s off.

3411 SW Raymond St
Seattle, WA 98126

16. South Park Community Center

8319 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the South Park Community Center viewing party will kick off with learning how to make a simple viewer and how to view the eclipse safely. Like with many similar events, the party’s off if the weather’s bad.

It’s put on by the Seattle Public Library, and like many of the others by SPL, it’s curated for children and families.

8319 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

17. The Museum of Flight

9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

Museum of Flight is co-presenting their event with NASA—and NASA officials will even be on-hand to answer questions. Depending on the weather, visitors will be able to view the eclipse live. Regardless, the museum will be streaming NASA’s megacast of the event, and visitors will be able to greet a NASA science aircraft when it returns from gathering information in the path of totality in Oregon. The first 1,000 visitors get free eclipse glasses.

9404 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

18. Des Moines Library

21620 11th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198

Weather permitting, King County Library System is hosting a viewing event in the green area on the east side of the Des Moines Library starting at 9:45 a.m. They’ll have a limited amount of viewing glasses to give away.

21620 11th Ave S
Des Moines, WA 98198

19. Pierce College Science Dome

9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

Pierce College’s Science Dome—”The South Sound’s only planetarium!”—will provide safe ways to view the the 94 percent eclipse outside, and live-stream the total eclipse inside the dome, no matter the weather. The pre-eclipse presentation starts in the dome at 8:30 a.m.

9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

20. Great American Casino Lakewood

10117 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98499

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s party is at Great American Casino—appropriate for what some are calling the Great American Eclipse—on the outdoor veranda starting at 9:00 a.m. This one costs $10.

10117 S Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98499

21. Washington State Library

6880 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the Washington State Library in Tumwater will have 90 pairs of eclipse glasses available—plus a speaker from the Tacoma Astronomical Society.

6880 Capitol Blvd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501