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Saturday marks 100 days until total solar eclipse hits Indy

Counting down to the 2024 solar eclipse

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – City leaders are counting down the days to the total solar eclipse this spring. Saturday marks 100 days to the rare event.

Indianapolis is in the middle of the “path of totality,” and as a result, it has quickly become a star among online travel websites.

A Map of the April 2024 Total Solar Eclipse path of totality. Indianapolis falls within the path. (provided photo/Visit Indy)

Short-term rental giant Airbnb lists Indy as one of the most searched cities for 2024, largely due to the astronomical phenomenon.

Visit Indy expects thousands will visit for the cosmic weekend, filled with eclipse-themed events.

Communications Manager Clare Clark says businesses across the city are playing into the occasion by hosting parties, creating special cocktails, and in the case of Sun King Brewery, even brewing a craft beer.

“We are expecting 100,000 visitors right here to the Crossroads of America,” Clark said. “It’s a big deal

One notable event is at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASA has partnered with the landmark for a unique viewing party. Tickets went on sale on Oct. 8.

Other locations holding ticketed events include the Indiana State Museum, Conner Prarie, and Newfields.

Indiana State Museum Communications Director Carla Knapp says they are excited to host interactive activities and demonstrations for general admission alongside a VIP event.

“[VIP is] perfect for anyone who wants a more intimate experience during the eclipse,” Knapp said. “We’re going to give them access to our private balcony where we’ve got food, drinks, a private dedicated bar .., They’re going to have a perfect view high up above the crowds to watch the eclipse and enjoy the beautiful view of downtown Indianapolis.”

Meanwhile, White River State Park will hold a free event, “Lunacy,” with live music, yoga classes, and food trucks.

Clark says it’s been great to work with different groups to activate spaces around the canal.

“It is the nation’s largest urban park,” Clark said. “We are excited to welcome visitors coming in from all around the nation here … It will be decked out throughout the whole park.”

According to Visit Indy, Eclipse celebrations start Friday, April 5. The big day is the following Monday, April 8.