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Marquee Events – Maine Eclipse Festival Weekend

Houlton, Maine - April 5 - 8, 2024

WEEKEND LONG ACTIVITIES

  • MAINE ECLIPSE CRAFT FAIR – Gentle Memorial Building, 128 Main Street – Sat., 4/6 & Sun., 4/7 10am-4pm, Mon., 4/8 10am-2pm.
  • UNITARIAN CONCERT SERIES & UU ECLIPSE FAIR – Activities Fri., 4/5 through Mon., 4/8 9am-9pm – 5 Concerts throughout the weekend – The Cup Café & UU Church, 61 Military Street.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH

  • 9:00am-1:00pm – BIOBUS & CARY LIBRARY KIDS ACTIVITIES – Broadway Street – Science activities with the BioBus team; kids fun at Cary Library; Giant Eclipse Glasses (safely view the sun); Big Nazo visits.  FREE
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM – KIDS ECLIPSE CRAFTS AT THE PARK – Riverfront Park – SPONSORED BY S. W. COLLINS
  • 2:00pm-6:00pm – BLACK FLY BREWFEST – ECLIPSE EDITION – John Millar Civic Center – SPONSORED BY GREATER HOULTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – VIP Tickets ($50), General Admission ($35) & Designated Driver ($10) tickets available.  Visit www.blackflybrewfest.com for full details.
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm – HOWL AT THE MOON DUELING PIANOS SHOWS – Houlton Elks Lodge #835, 86 Main Street – Tickets $35 per person.  Visit www.maineeclilpse.com/events/ for full details.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH

  • 9:30am-1:30pm – SOLAR SYSTEM BUS TOUR & PLANETARIUM VISITS – Leaves from Houlton Higher Education Center, 18 Military Street – Travel north to see each planet on Aroostook County’s “to-scale” version of the Solar System including the Sun in its new location at the University of Maine at Presque Isle the visit the Francis Malcolm Science Center in Easton before returning to Houlton – Box Lunch included.  Cost is $40 per person.
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm – BIOBUS & GIANT ECLIPSE GLASSES – Market Square – Science activities with the BioBus team; Giant Eclipse Glasses (safely view the sun: Big Naso visits.  FREE.
  • 1:00pm – SOLAR SPRINT 3K ROAD RACE – Run begins at CLA Green Center, 388 Military Street – SPONSORED BY S. W. COLLINS – Registration begins at 11:00am at the Green Center.  Fee is $15 per person.  The course starts at the Green Center, travels west on Military Street to Kendall crossing to the North Street Bridge and ending at Riverfront Park. FMI visit www.runsignup.com/Race/ME/Houlton/SolarSpring3K.
  • 2:00pm – LECTURE BY DR. MARK HORVATH – “ICE AND FIRE: CLIMATE ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM” – Houlton Community Art Center – PRESENTED BY AROOSTOOK CLIMATE GROUP
  • 5:00pm – TIM SAMPLE: MAINE HUMORIST LIVE ON STAGE – Houlton Community Arts Center – Tickets $25 per person are available on Eventbrite and locally at the County Co-op & Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce.  Visit www.maineeclipse.com/events/ for more details.
  • 5:30pm & 6:30pm – NASA SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT PRESENTATIONS – Temple Theater – Followed by Q&A.
  • 8:00pm – BIG BANG FIREWORKS – Market Square – SPONSORED BY WHOU FM.

MONDAY, APRIL 8TH

~~ ECLIPSE DAY ~~

9:00am-4:00pm – OFFICIAL STAR PARKS OPEN FOR ENTERTAINMENT & ECLIPSE VIEWING

  • RIVERFRONT PARK – SPONSORED BY S. W. COLLINS – Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of Riverfront Park & walk the trails before you enjoy your Eclipse Experience. Hot cocoa will be available.
  • HOULTON COMMUNITY PARK – SPONSORED BY MMG INSURANCE – Live music by Cook ‘n Lamb at 10:00am & 12:00pm – Special video message from the County’s own John Cariani – Playwright of “Almost Maine” at 11:00am – Family friendly moves inside the John Millar Civic Center.
  • HOULTON INTERNATION AIRPORT – SPONSORED BY DEAD RIVER COMPANY – Enjoy a Live DJ & Food Trucks – watch plane arrivals & takeoffs – view the Eclipse with a beautiful open sky.
  • MARKET SQUARE – SPONSORED BY WHOU 100.1FM – A DJ Dance Party will be featured – Food Trucks & local eating establishments – Free Movies in Temple Theater – BioBus with NOAA/National Weather Service – Safely view the sun through Giant Eclipse Glasses – visit local shops – NASA Subject Matter Expert (SME) Presentations at Temple Theater – watch the NASA Broadcast & the Balloon Project Streaming in Temple Theater.  More info on the balloon project is available at https://www.eclipseplus.ca/.
  • MAIN STREET – SPONSORED BY HOULTON BAND OF MALISEET INDIANS & FOUR DIRECTIONS DEVELOPMENT COPRORATION – Enjoy music, dancing and drumming while awaiting the Total Solar Eclipse. Watch for the Big Nazo performing group.
  • BROADWAY & MONUMENT PARK – SPONSORED BY HOULTON REGIONAL HOSPITAL – HRH will be staffing a First Aid Station inside Cary Library for those in need. Check out local vendors on Broadway – A Metaphysical tent will be available in Monument Park – Big Nazo performance group – Many food options nearby!
  • HOULTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & SOUTHSIDE PARKING LOTS – This is a great place to park and view with lots of open skies. Bring snacks & make it a tailgate!

AND MANY, MANY MORE!

Check out www.maineeclipse.com/events/ for a full listing of events & food offerings in the area or download the app.

The Maine Eclipse Website

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