Details Announced for Downtown Terre Haute Eclipse Festival

A once-in-a-lifetime event is coming to West Central Indiana and Downtown Terre Haute will celebrate it with a memorable event, the Downtown Terre Haute Eclipse Festival. The festival will be held on April 8, 2024, beginning at 11 am and is free and open to the public.

The Downtown Terre Haute Eclipse Festival will feature all of the staples of a great community gathering along with new and exciting activities for residents and visitors of all ages. Activities include live bands, a DJ, an eclipse countdown clock, a beer garden, craft vendors, food trucks, kids activities, and a live weather studio featuring Jesse Walker.

“We could not be more excited to bring thousands of people downtown to experience the eclipse”, says Josh Alsip, Director of Community Engagement at the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. “No matter the weather, we will have a fun party downtown with activities, music, and vendors.”

Downtown Terre Haute will close Wabash Avenue from 6th Street to 9th Street to ensure everyone can have a front-row seat to the main event happening above our heads. There will be limited seating provided so bringing a lawn chair is highly recommended.A key partnership between the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and Downtown Terre Haute will provide plenty of fun activities and opportunities to learn about the eclipse.

“The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is very excited to hang out with our friends and family at the Downtown Terre Haute Eclipse Festival,” says Susan Turner, Executive Director of the THCM. “We will have hands-on activities for all to enjoy, be sure to visit our booth and get a picture in front of our 10-foot sun!”

One of the key portions of the event will be the craft fair where local artists and artisans will be selling keepsakes and other unique items to ensure the memories aren’t the only mementos those in attendance will get to take home. Vendor applications are open until Friday. The link can be found here.

“The last total eclipse in Terre Haute was hundreds of years ago and the next one will be hundreds of years from now,” says Brandon Halleck, Downtown Terre Haute Co-Chair. “We can safely say you will never be able to experience a total eclipse in Downtown Terre Haute again in your lifetime.”

Having these events downtown is something that Downtown Terre Haute could not achieve alone. Community partners have come together to help support the efforts to provide a memorable experience for all attendees. The title sponsor for the event is Duke Energy and other sponsors include Joink, Budget Blinds, and Sony DADC. The Downtown Terre Haute Eclipse Festival is part of the Total Eclipse of The Haute community efforts. More details about the event can be found here.