City of Dallas hosting Totality Dallas – A Solar Eclipse Festival

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Communications, Outreach and Marketing Press Release

April 4, 2024

Andrea Hawkins, Manager, Marketing & Media Relations
Dallas Park and Recreation Department
(817) 994-2498

City of Dallas hosting Totality Dallas – A Solar Eclipse Festival

DALLAS -On April 8, 2024, Dallas will be in the path of Totality for the Great American North Eclipse.  The eclipse will cover Dallas shortly after noon.

A partial eclipse is expected to occur at 12:23 p.m. Totality, which occurs when the sun is fully covered by the moon, will be between 1:40 to 1:44 p.m. It is expected to hit its maximum at 1:42 p.m., with the partial eclipse ending at 3:02 p.m.   For more information about the eclipse, link here.   

To mark the occasion, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department is hosting Totality Dallas – A Solar Eclipse Festival from April 6 to 8 with three days of recreational and educational activities at Samuell Farm in Mesquite leading up to the eclipse on April 8. 

Samuell Farm sits closer to the eclipse’s center, so viewers will be able to see the totality for several more seconds than those viewers in other areas of North Texas and the state. Samuell Farm is located at 100 U.S. Highway 80, Mesquite, TX 75149.  

Totality Dallas – A Solar Eclipse Festival will give spectators family-friendly eclipse-related educational and recreational activities, including expert science presentations, food vendors, and entertainment. Attendees can also go mountain biking, kayaking, geocaching, archery, and fishing led by the park department’s Outdoor Adventures team. To view the full schedule, link here.  

There will be overnight camping at Samuell Farm with options for primitive, car and trailer camping. Those wanting to enjoy day-long activities can purchase Totality Dallas day passes. For more information and to purchase campsites or day passes, link here.  

Other festival highlights include: 

  • Science lectures by Alysha Shugart of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory 
  • A computerized “heat map” of festival ticket sales data showing attendees traveling to the festival from out-of-state including Washington, Florida, Colorado, California and New York 
  • Performance by K3 Sisters Band, who will release a world premiere music video of their hit single “Break Out” and their viral Harry Potter themed videos on our outdoor movie screen. The Dallas- based band fronted by sisters Kaylen (24), Kelsey (22) and Kristen (20) Kassab grew up playing and performing at past Samuell Farm events and filmed portions of the video on site at Samuell Farm with eclipse-like sun flares. 
  • Click here for a preview of Totality Dallas: 

 For more information about other eclipse viewing events in Dallas, link here.   

According to NASA, it is not safe to look directly at the sun during an eclipse. Additionally, viewing the eclipse with a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special purpose solar filter over the front will instantly cause severe eye injury. For eclipse viewing safety tips, link here.