You Won’t Party Like This Again Until 2024

solar eclipse events roanoke

The sun will be about 90 percent obscured for a few minutes on Aug. 21 during the solar eclipse in the Roanoke Region. Weather permitting, the sky will darken during this time as the moon moves in front of the sun.

Here’s how to view the solar eclipse

It’s the last time it will happen until 2024, and is a great excuse for a viewing party. There are quite a few happening around the region.

Solar Eclipse Events in the Roanoke Region

  • The Roanoke Public Library will have free solar viewing glasses, snacks, drinks, arts, crafts, and activities! Roanoke will be under the largest solar eclipse in 50 years. 1 to 3 p.m., 706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke
  • The Salem Public Library will have free solar eclipse-viewing glasses, provided by Google, along with snacks to keep you fueled during the solar event. 1 to 4 p.m., 28 E. Main St., Salem
  • The Roanoke County Public Library is hosting parties at multiple branches including South County, Glenvar, Hollins, Mt. Pleasant, and Vinton. There will be crafts and activities, refreshments, live streaming from NASA, and eclipse viewing glasses while they last. 1:30 to 4 p.m., branch locations
  • Invision in Salem and Christiansburg will have viewing glasses for all who attend to ensure a safe viewing experience and astronomy-themed snacks (Hello, Moon Pies!). All are welcome–it is not necessary to be an Invision patient to attend. 1:30 to 4:40 p.m. Invision offices
  • The Virginia Tech Alumni Association is providing glasses. Pizza will be served, but bring a lunch if you want something else. It’s free and open to the public. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn, Blacksburg