Front Seat to the Extraordinary!

11 a m-3 pm   |   Court Square in Downtown McMinnville   |   #BlackoutEclipse

The Solar Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse is an extraordinary celestial event. From approximately 12:00-3:00 pm on Monday, August 21, the moon will slowly move in between the sun and the earth and blocking the sun for one minute 50 seconds. The full totality will occur approximately 1:32 pm on August 21. 


Only a thin swath of the United States will be able to see the moon completely cover the sun, and McMinnville is uniquely position to see all of this extremely rare event. The last full solar eclipse in the Nashville area occurred in the 1460’s and the next won’t occur until 2566

Click here for a simulation of the eclipse.

Click here for more information on the Great American Eclipse.

The party

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Court Square in Downtown McMinnville


Why watch the eclipse alone - bring a lawn chair and join your neighbors and friends for good food, great music and plenty of eclipse! You won't want to miss this once in a lifetime experience!

We have activities planned for the whole family: 


  • FREE certified solar eclipse glasses 

  • Vision Testing by the McMinnville Lions Club


  • Special Live Music Event: Dark Side of the Moon album played in its entirety by Pink Floyd Appreciation Society 

  • Sound Machine spinning hits with a cosmic theme

  • Live Coverage of the event by WCPI


  • Drawing at Main Street’s booth for eclipse-inspired Onyx Earrings provided by Diamond Jewelry Company

  • Special Monday opening for Shea's Southern Boutique

  • Special Monday opening for It All Makes Sense Gift Shop

  • Special cosmic-inspired flavor at TOPZ 

  • Food trucks with delicious dishes

  • McMinnville First United Methodist Church handing out FREE moon pies and water

  • Poppie's Special Blackout Sale Items


  • Magness Library & Community Center special astronomy book display

  • Special hours for Warren County Heritage Museum & Center

  • Creative Kids Rock hosting arts and crafts for kids 

  • US Post Office Open House with special solar eclipse stamps and free moon pies to visitors!


  • Warren County School District’s STEM ON WHEELS trailer for scientific exploration 

  • Live streaming of NASA coverage of the eclipse​

Watch this list - it's gonna grow! Check back for updates on special-Eclipse activities!


We are still accepting sponsors for this special event.

Contact Katie at 931-506-5335 


The t-shirt

Limited edition, commemorative t-shirts are available for $20! All proceeds from the t-shirts support the event itself.

Pick up t-shirts from Main Street McMinnville: every Tues-Friday, 9 am- 1 pm AND at the event. 

Call Katie at 931-506-5335 for special appointments. 

T-shirt Sizes:





food trucks, yes please!

We seek THREE food truck vendors for this event. We will give special attention to vendor applications with offerings different from downtown restaurants. Applications are due by July 21, 2017 at noon. 

Blackout 2017 Food Truck Vendor Application

Applications can be emailed to or dropped by the Main Street office.