WEAR GLASSES: Don't look directly at the sun during the solar eclipse.

Everyone’s talking about the total solar eclipse that’s on track to pass over Arkansas on April 8, but what about the feeling of anxiety that comes with such a significant event?

Beyond worrying about the influx of visitors officials are predicting will pack their bags and head to Arkansas, some people may feel pressure to ensure that April 8 is a memorable day. It’s been over 100 years since a total eclipse passed over Arkansas and the chance of missing this one — or not making it special enough — is real for some folks.


Arkansans are finding a lot to worry about, and no one is even entirely sure if there’s going to be a clear sky on April 8 to see the eclipse. One thing you don’t need to worry about, though, is watching the eclipse alone. If you’re someone who feels best in a group, or just wants to be surrounded by other people seeing something they may never see again, there are a variety of watch parties available in Little Rock.


SoMa in the Dark
12:33 p.m. – 3:11 p.m.

Totality is expected to last about two and a half minutes in Little Rock, and viewers in SoMa can enjoy seats, telescopes, refreshments and viewing glasses from 12th to 17th Streets in Little Rock. Adults and students alike will also battle it out in a solar eclipse diorama contest with prizes and trophies at stake. Various educational opportunities will also be on site through an “astro market” with members of the local science community.


Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center

Experienced and novice yogis are invited to participate in some poolside yoga at the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center at 300 S. Monroe St. The yoga flow will last through the window of totality while music plays to set “the mood for connection and reflection.” Refreshments will also be available.


Little Rock Community Centers
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

As part of the “Total Eclipse of the Rock” messaging the city is putting out, the community centers will act as watch party events with crafts, games, music and food. Dunbar Community Center, 1001 W. 16th St.; East Little Rock Community Center, 2500 E. 6th St.; Southwest Community Center 6401 Baseline Road; Stephens Community Center, 3720 W. 18th St.; West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow Road.


Crescent Lawn of MacArthur Park
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For $10, participants can party at MacArthur Park at 503 E. 9th St. in Little Rock where there will be a live DJ and a performance from Ballet Arkansas. Eclipse glasses, moon pies and “aero props” are also included in the ticket price. Buttons that say “I was part of the Total Eclipse” will also be available for crafting.


Arkansas Times reporter Daniel Grear, in a round-up of ecliptic celebrations in Central Arkansas, gathered other Little Rock-based events happening on April 8. His collection includes a River Market extravaganza with a Pink Floyd tribute band, observations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus and a wild time at the Little Rock Zoo.

And don’t forget that as long as you’ve got a clear view of the sun, you’re good to go. No extra effort required.