Solar Eclipse 2024

Perry County MO to Host Eclipse Weekend: Perryville Solar Fest 

Choice Destination 

In anticipating of the Great American Eclipse of 2017 the City of Perryville located eighty miles southeast of St. Louis has officially begun the daunting but extremely exciting task of  planning for the August 21st event. With a city population of 8,225 and a county population of 18,971, Perryville will be ready to greet astronomy fans and solar eclipse chasers possibly doubling the county's  population in one day. 

With its rural atmosphere and down home hospitality, let Perry County be your front row seat to the greatest solar eclipse to ever grace the Missouri sky. Your total solar eclipse experience with [2:40] two minutes and forty seconds of totality.

FREE Viewing Sites include: The Bank of Missouri Soccer Complex, Perryville City Park, Perryville Regional Airport (Aviation Only). All locations will include restrooms, cooling stations, food and drink options. More information about each location can be found on our Facebook page. Click here.


                                                              Entire list of events, click here. 


Perryville Solarfest // August 18 & 19, 2017

Preparations have started for 4 days of festivals, events and fun! Starting on Friday, August 18th the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a two day festival, Solarfest- sponsored by Perry County Memorial Hospital. This will include food vendors, carnival, concerts, parade, and festival vendors. On Saturday, August 19th we will host a mobile planetarium, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Professional Associates and a Solar Chalk Festival sponsored by FairmountSantrol. On Sunday, August 20th explore Perry County by visiting museums, culture sites, natural areas, wineries or join us in the Perryville City Park for Mudfest sponsored by TG Missouri, a muddy obstacle course, sponsored by TG Missouri and the City of Perryville. When the sun goes down, end Super Solar Sunday a the SolarGlow 5K Run and Walk, with music and stargazing. For the main event on Monday, you can view the Total Solar Eclipse at one of our many viewing sites. 

Solarfest Vendor Application


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Quick Reference Guide for Tour Planners

The Sun, The Moon and the River Meet

Perryville Regional Airport is located in the Perry County "Bottoms" situated next to the mighty Mississippi River and directly in the totality path of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse. With its 7,000' X 100' concrete runway, fueling station and an Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), it allows various types of air crafts, including jets, to use the facility. It is sure to be a sweet spot for any eclipse chasing pilot. Just land, watch and take off! Would you like to reserve your spot at the Airport? Click here for more information.




Outdoor Classroom

Perry County is making sure that no child is left behind when it comes to experiencing the total solar eclipse of 2017. Professor of Astrophysics and Director of Astronomy at the University of Missouri, Dr. Angela Speck will address the county’s educators and administration at the annual Back to School Conference in August 2016. The information gained at the conference will allow all of our schools to be prepared to capture this amazing opportunity of education for kids of all ages. Science teachers especially are thrilled with the chance to bring the classroom outside for an eclipse experience that will go down in the yearbook.



From deluxe suites, heritage bed & breakfasts, rustic cabins, full-hookup campsites and primitive camping; find your perfect place to sleep under the stars.

2017 Eclipse Camping Locations

Comfort Inn, Perryville
Days Inn, Perryville
Jack's Place
Super 8, Perryville
Perryville Campground
Egger's & Co. General Store Bed & Breakfast
Lithium's Yellow Rose Bed & Breakfast and Camping
Willow House Bed and Breakfast
St. Louis Hotels with coach transporation to Perry County- click here for more information

Your Ultimate Eclipse Experience

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Enjoy the beauty, experiencing the adventure, excite the senses

Tower Rock Natural Area- Trail & Look out
Seventy Six Conservation Area & Trail
Ball Mill Resurgence Natural Area
Perry County Community Lake
American Legion Lake
Lewis & Clark Expedition Look Out
Perryville Country Club Golf Course
Old Appleton Iron Bridge
Lithium Springs
Red Rock Landing Conservation Area
Geocaching- 13 locations in Perry County
Perryville Pumpkin Farm
Perry Park Center and Community Parks

Past, Present, Perry County

Historical Sites and Museums featuring rich heritage and cultural experiences

Perry County Historical Society Research Library & Archive
Perry County Military History Museum
Association of Miraculous Medal & St. Mary’s of the Barrens
Perry County Museum
Friedenberg Peace Church
Catholic Heritage Center & Museum
Saxon Lutheran Memorial
Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum
Faherty House
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Downtown Square & Historic Courthouse
Old Appleton Iron Bridge
Grandma Bea’s

Appetites, Drinks and Music


For more information, contact Trish Erzfeld at or 573-517-2069