Visiting Franklin during the eclipse weekend? Visit here for a listing of accommodations ranging from cabins & cottages to bed & breakfasts and hotels.
August 21 Eclipse
For 2-1/2 minutes on August 21, Western North Carolina will be the land of midday darkness thanks to the nation’s first total solar eclipse since the 1970’s.
On that day, the moon will cast a 70-mile-wide shadow that will follow a southeasterly path across the country, from Oregon through South Carolina. And Franklin, NC sits squarely in that path of totality.
The entire event will take about three hours as the moon slowly passed across the face of the sun.
The partial eclipse will begin shortly after 1 pm in Western North Carolina. As the moon moves in front of the sun, it will first appear like a small ‘bite’ taken out of an apple. Gradually, the ‘bite’ will become larger and larger as daylight becomes dimmer and dimmer. As more of the sun is covered by the moon, the sun will take on a crescent shape that continues to get thinner until the sun is completely covered and turns black. This transition will take about an hour and a half.
At around three-quarters coverage, shadows will begin getting sharper and crescent-shaped, due to the sun’s ‘shrinking’ disc. Tree leaves will act like pinhole cameras projecting hundreds of crescent suns in their shadows.
The total eclipse will begin at 2:34 pm and last for two minutes and 36 seconds. During total darkness the temperature may drop 10 to 15 degrees, birds will stop singing, and stars will be visible in the daytime sky. After that, the process will be reversed as the partial eclipse slowly wanes and sun becomes brighter. By 4 pm, Franklin, NC will have returned to normal.
Total Eclipse 2017 Countdown
Franklin will be alive with activity the weekend before and the day of the eclipse on August 21. Check here for planned events leading up to and during the eclipse. Check back for new event postings.
Eclipse Viewing Celebration
Join us at the new location of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, 98 Hyatt Road, for a viewing celebration. Refreshments will be served and viewing glasses will be available .
Eclipse Block Party
Experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse in “Totality” in Downtown Franklin, NC at the Eclipse Block Party. 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm featuring Solar Telescope Viewing, Post Eclipse Concert, Giveaways, Moon Pies & RC Colas and much more! Visit www.FranklinNC.com for more information.
13th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival
The 13th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” will be held on August 19, 2017 (the Saturday before the Solar Eclipse) from 10 am – 4 pm at historic Cowee School, Arts & Heritage Center located at 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin, NC. (800) 932-5294.
A family friendly festival featuring heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, music & jammin’ sessions, Civil War Re-enactors, Front Porch storytelling, antique car show/engines, kids’ activities, food, border collies’ demonstration, tours & more! Artisans inside Center include: Cowee Pottery School, Cowee Textiles, Houglum Fine Art, Portrait Legacies, Macon Co Historical Museum, Genealogy & Research, etc. FREE event! Co-sponsored by Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (www.folkheritageassociation.org) and the Cowee School, Arts & Heritage Center (www.coweeschool.org).
By linking our future to our past, the Franklin Area Folk Festival will feature many living history exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities to allow visitors to experience what mountain life was like way back when. These folks learned at their parents’ knee woodcarving, moonshinin’, basket making, weaving and spinning, and all the many other heritage skills they’ll be demonstrating. There will also be a full schedule of old time and mountain music with plenty of good food to eat.
Come learn about the culture and folkways of our Southern Appalachian Mountains by engaging in one of the many living history experiences, a trademark of the Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage.”
Information and link to website for event: www.franklinfolkfestival.com
Spectacular Solar Eclipse Day at Entegra Bank
Entegra Bank Corporate Center lies in the direct path of the total Solar Eclipse. There will be total darkness in the middle of the afternoon. A once in a lifetime event! To mark this extraordinary natural occurrence, the Bank will host a Spectacular Solar Eclipse Viewing Event. Festivities will begin at Noon on Monday August 21, 2017 at the Entegra Bank Corporate Center and in the meadow below the Corporate Center.
Very Important: Wear your Solar Eclipse Sunglasses – Free from Entegra Bank. There will be food and refreshments, fun activities for children of all ages and a countdown to the Total Solar Eclipse!
2017 Eclipse NASA Live Stream & Block Party Bash
Don’t be left in the dark! Join Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts for a once-in-a-lifetime event on August 21 as Franklin. NC experiences the “total blackout” of a solar eclipse. Festivities begin at 11 am with a block party DJ on the front lawn while inside the theatre, watch a live video stream provided by NASA as some of their top scientists share commentary as the eclipse happens. From 12:30 – 1:30 pm, enjoy a free concert with Mountain Faith Band on the front lawn and more DJ fun from 1:30 – 2:00 pm, all leading up to the climax event at 2:35 pm.