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Total Solar Eclipse Celebration

Travel to Lakeside Chautauqua to see the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024! With a path spanning from Texas to Maine, one of the places you can view the eclipse in totality is Lakeside, Ohio. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, Lakeside is a one-hour drive from Cleveland or Toledo and a two-hour drive from Columbus.

To complement this milestone celestial event, Lakeside has planned an exciting weekend-long celebration of family-friendly fun. Participate in Trivia Night, take an art class, register for an out-of-this-world puzzle competition, view special movies, and enjoy outdoor play at the shuffleboard, pickleball and tennis courts, parks and playgrounds and the miniature golf course.

Pack a chair and view the schedule of events below. More activities will be added over the coming weeks.

The entire Shores & Islands Ohio region is expecting record-breaking crowds for this rare event. Overnight lodging at the Fountain Inn is already booked. Call about available cottage rentals and bed & breakfast options.


Free Admission & Parking

Admission and parking for the Total Solar Eclipse Celebration in Lakeside are free. Guests are encouraged to park in the South Gate Parking Lot off Route 163, near the Lakeside Schoolhouse along Seventh Street, the Bradley Temple parking lot on Cedar Avenue, and along streets that don’t have designated parking. Parking at the Fountain Inn lot is reserved for hotel guests only.


Lodging

Cottage Rentals

Gather friends and family and rent a cottage for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are several unique cottages to choose from, and our Cottage Rental Team is adding more rentals as they become available. There are several unique cottages to choose from. To check availability and for assistance booking a Lakeside Cottage Rental – KW Elevate, call (419) 798-4461, ext. 348. For assistance with a Street Sotheby Cottage Rental, call (419) 798-1123.

Bed & Breakfasts 

For the celebration weekend, Evening Song Cottage Bed & Breakfast offers turn-of-the-century charm with private baths and a spacious enclosed front porch. Join other guests (ages 14+) for a delicious full breakfast and enjoy short walks to shops, restaurants and the lake. To check availability, contact (419) 732-6700 or info@eveningsongcottage-bb.com. 


Commemorative Items

Celebrate this milestone event with special, limited-edition designs! Not only will you have a unique souvenir from the Total Solar Eclipse in Lakeside, but all proceeds from your purchases will support programming and activities during the Solar Eclipse weekend.

T-Shirts

Long- and short-sleeved adult and youth T-shirts are available on Lakeside’s online Bonfire store. Prices range from $25-$32 plus shipping, and shirts are available in both black and white designs. Bonfire purchases are shipped directly to your home, so you can have your items ready to wear in April. ORDER TODAY!

Yeti Tumblers & Total Darkness Soda Bundles

Now through Friday, Feb. 9, pre-order bundles of limited-edition, exclusive Yeti tumblers and ‘Lakeside Total Darkness’ root beer and black cherry soda. Sodas are homemade from the same Ohio-based company that made the commemorative Sesquicentennial root beer last summer!

Bundle Options

  • For a $60 donation, receive one 16 oz. Yeti tumbler and four sodas (two of each flavor – Lakeside Total Darkness and black cherry)
  • For $100 donation, receive two 16 oz. Yeti tumblers and eight sodas (four of each flavor – Lakeside Total Darkness and black cherry)

Bundles will be available for pick up during Lakeside’s Total Solar Eclipse Celebration weekend from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Legacy House (217 Walnut Ave.) or can be held for pick up Memorial Day Weekend between Thursday, May 23-Friday, May 24.

ORDER ONLINE! Or call the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246.


Viewing Areas

The Total Solar Eclipse can be viewed starting at 3:12 p.m. Monday, April 8 for approximately four minutes. Guests are welcome to watch the spectacular event from the Dock (space permitting), Bettinger Park, the South Gate Parking Lot and various streets and parks across the grounds. Please note: dogs/pets are not permitted on the Dock. 

Approved safety glasses, received from the Cleveland Great Lakes Science Center and Shores and Islands Ohio, can be picked up upon entering the Fifth Street and South Gates or at the Administration Office (236 Walnut Ave.) and the Fountain Inn (225 Maple Ave.).


Schedule of Events

Friday, April 5

Shopping & Dining
All Day | Business District
Select businesses will be open throughout Lakeside and the Village of Marblehead offering specials all weekend long. In Lakeside, stop by Gifts That Give Back, Coffee & Cream, Lakeside Heritage Society Archives, Lakeside Pizzeria, Lakeside Salon & Spa, Marilyn’s, Marilyn’s Two, Miss Mercedes, Ooh La La, Patio Donut Window, SmoothieSide, Sypherd’s Cycles & Rental Center. View hours of operation for the weekend.

Scavenger Hunt
All Day | Lakeside Grounds | Free
Kids and adults alike can explore the Lakeside grounds as you participate in a self-directed space-themed Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a list of clues from the Fountain Inn front desk (225 Maple Ave.). Once you check off all the items, return your completed scavenger hunt form back to the Fountain Inn front desk for a sweet treat.

Storybook Trail
All Day | Cherry Park | Free
The Storybook Trail welcomes children and families to read, learn and enjoy the outdoors together. The featured book for April is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. To bring the book to life, 20 reading stations are spread across Cherry Park, each containing a page from the children’s book. The path starts near the tire swing and weaves counterclockwise for a whimsical adventure.

Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office Open 
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 p.m.) | 236 Walnut Ave.
 
The office will be open for questions and comments   

Family Game Night
6-9 p.m. | Fountain Inn Aigler Room (225 Maple Ave.) | Free
Stop by the Aigler Room, located in the Fountain Inn, for an evening of family fun and friendly competition. From checkers and puzzles to a variety of board games, enjoy playing a game or two with new or old friends. Coloring pages will also be available for kids.

Eclipse Learning Corner
6-9 p.m. | Fountain Inn Aigler Room (225 Maple Ave.) | Free
During the children’s craft time in the Aigler room, stop by and learn fun facts gleaned from Lakeside staff who received training from the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. These Eclipse Ambassadors will share their knowledge of the upcoming Total Eclipse and why it is so special.

Movie: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
7:30 p.m.  | Orchestra Hall (122 Second St.) | Free admission, donations welcome
Orchestra Hall will feature the beloved “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” on Friday, April 5 and Sunday, April 7. This 1982 American science fiction film tells the story of Elliott, a boy who befriends an extra-terrestrial, dubbed E.T., who is left behind on Earth. Along with his friends and family, Elliott must find a way to help E.T. find his way home. The film stars Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace and C. Thomas Howell. Donations are appreciated for admission. (PG, 1h 55m)

Saturday, April 6

Shopping & Dining
All Day | Business District
Select businesses will be open throughout Lakeside and the Village of Marblehead offering specials all weekend long. In Lakeside, stop by Gifts That Give Back, Coffee & Cream, Lakeside Heritage Society Archives, Lakeside Pizzeria, Lakeside Salon & Spa, Marilyn’s, Marilyn’s Two, Miss Mercedes, Ooh La La, Patio Donut Window, SmoothieSide, Sypherd’s Cycles & Rental Center. View hours of operation for the weekend.

Scavenger Hunt
All Day | Lakeside Grounds | Free
Kids and adults alike can explore the Lakeside grounds as you participate in a self-directed space-themed Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a list of clues from the Fountain Inn front desk (225 Maple Ave.). Once you check off all the items, return your completed scavenger hunt form back to the Fountain Inn front desk for a sweet treat.

Storybook Trail
All Day | Cherry Park | Free
The Storybook Trail welcomes children and families to read, learn and enjoy the outdoors together. To bring the book to life, 20 reading stations are spread across Cherry Park, each containing a page from the children’s book. The path starts near the tire swing and weaves counterclockwise for a whimsical adventure.

Pickleball & Tennis
8 a.m.-dusk | Hubbard Pickleball Center & Williams Tennis Campus | Free
Pickleball and Tennis are open for play from 8 a.m. until dusk, weather permitting. There are no staff onsite. Please bring your own equipment, as limited equipment is available, and drag the tennis courts with the drag broom after.

Chair Yoga
10-11 a.m. | Wellness Center Drackett Hall (710 Central Ave.) | $10 drop-in fee (cash) or included in $45 Wellness Class Pass
This gentle form of yoga uses exercises seated in a chair or standing using the chair to aid with support and balance. Participants will learn a variety of yoga poses, breathwork and relaxation techniques.

To participate, purchase a Wellness Class Pass for $45/person for five classes at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Ave., or pay a $10/class drop-in fee (cash only) to the instructor at the start of class.

Children’s Crafts 
10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fountain Inn Aigler Room (225 Maple Ave.) | Donations welcome  
Kids ages 3-12 can drop in and participate in a variety of fun eclipsethemed activities and simple crafts.  

Eclipse Learning Corner
10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fountain Inn Aigler Room (225 Maple Ave.) | Free
During children’s craft time in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room, stop by and learn fun facts gleaned from Lakeside staff who received training from the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. These Eclipse Ambassadors will share their knowledge of the upcoming Total Eclipse and why it is so special.

Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office Open 
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 p.m.) | 236 Walnut Ave.
 
The office will be open for questions and comments   

Cornhole
12-4 p.m. | Bettinger Park | Free
All ages are welcome to participate in cornhole, weather permitting. 

Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard
12-4 p.m. | Bettinger Park | $4/mini golf game (ages 5 & under are free); free shuffleboard
Enjoy a game of miniature golf ($4/game; ages 5 & under are free) at our lakefront course or play a free game of shuffleboard in Bettinger Park, weather permitting.

Out-of-this-World Puzzle Competition
2-4 p.m. | Wesley Lodge (510 Central Ave.) | $40/team, pre-registration required
Celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse by being the fastest puzzlers in Lakeside. For this competition, 20 teams of up to four people will have 120 minutes to complete a 500-piece puzzle. The first to finish wins and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $40/team. Space is limited to 20 teams, so register early. Pre-registration is required. REGISTER NOW! One registration per team. Read rules on registration page.

Documentary: “Totality: The American Eclipse”
3:30 p.m.  | Orchestra Hall (122 Second St.) | Free admission, donations welcome
Orchestra Hall will feature “Totality: The American Eclipse” on Saturday, April 6. This 2017 documentary explores why a total solar eclipse has such a profound influence on those who witness it. It’s not just about the rare occurrence of the sun, the moon, and the Earth being in perfect alignment; it’s about coming to terms with this mesmerizing phenomenon. (NR, 1h 3m)

Trivia Night
6 p.m. | Orchestra Hall (122 Second St.) | Free
Gather family and friends and rack your brain with fun facts. Compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Movie: “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”
7:30 p.m.  | Orchestra Hall (122 Second St.) | Free admission, donations welcome
Orchestra Hall will feature “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” on Saturday, April 6. This 1949 film stars Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke and William Bendix. A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, a 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain in 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King’s niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée, Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom’s politics. (NR, 1h 46m)

Sunday, April 7

Shopping & Dining
All Day | Business District
Select businesses will be open throughout Lakeside and the Village of Marblehead offering specials all weekend long. In Lakeside, stop by Gifts That Give Back, Coffee & Cream, Lakeside Heritage Society Archives, Lakeside Pizzeria, Lakeside Salon & Spa, Marilyn’s, Marilyn’s Two, Miss Mercedes, Ooh La La, Patio Donut Window, SmoothieSide, Sypherd’s Cycles & Rental Center. View hours of operation for the weekend.

Scavenger Hunt
All Day | Lakeside Grounds | Free
Kids and adults alike can explore the Lakeside grounds as you participate in a self-directed space-themed Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a list of clues from the Fountain Inn front desk (225 Maple Ave.). Once you check off all the items, return your completed scavenger hunt form back to the Fountain Inn front desk for a sweet treat.

Storybook Trail
All Day | Cherry Park | Free
The Storybook Trail welcomes children and families to read, learn and enjoy the outdoors together. The featured book for April is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. To bring the book to life, 20 reading stations are spread across Cherry Park, each containing a page from the children’s book. The path starts near the tire swing and weaves counterclockwise for a whimsical adventure.

Pickleball & Tennis
10 a.m.-dusk | Hubbard Pickleball Center & Williams Tennis Campus | Free
Pickleball and Tennis are open for play from 10 a.m. until dusk, weather permitting. There are no staff onsite. Please bring your own equipment, as limited equipment is available, and drag the tennis courts with the drag broom after.  

Community Worship Service
10:30 a.m. | Lakeside United Methodist Church (450 Central Ave.)
All are invited to an inspiring Community Worship Service at the Lakeside United Methodist Church. Led by Rev. Karen Graham, this service offers a vibrant style of worship using inspirational songs and motivational words.

Cornhole
12-4 p.m. | Bettinger Park | Free
All ages are welcome to participate in cornhole, weather permitting. 

Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard
12-4 p.m. | Bettinger Park | $4/mini golf game (ages 5 & under are free); free shuffleboard
Enjoy a game of miniature golf ($4/game; ages 5 & under are free) at our lakefront course or play a free game of shuffleboard in Bettinger Park, weather permitting.

Historic Portrayal of Sally Ride with Rose Gabriele
1-2 p.m. | Orchestra Hall (122 Second St.) | Free
Rose Gabriele has performed onstage since she was a teenager, both professionally and in community theatre, and is thrilled to bring Sally Ride to Lakeside. At age 32, Ride became the youngest American astronaut and the first American female astronaut in space.

God Squad/Once Upon a Porch: Eclipse Celebration
2-3 p.m. | Bradley Temple (301 Cedar Ave.) | Free
We’re opening the doors to Bradley Temple for a special God Squad/Once Upon a Porch event. Join us for singing, dancing and celebrating this celestial event with Chip Richter and his friends.

Movie: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
3:30 p.m.  | Orchestra Hall (122 Second St.) | Free admission, donations welcome
Orchestra Hall will feature the beloved “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” on Friday, April 5 and Sunday, April 7. This 1982 American science fiction film tells the story of Elliott, a boy who befriends an extra-terrestrial, dubbed E.T., who is left behind on Earth. Along with his friends and family, Elliott must find a way to help E.T. find his way home. The film stars Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace and C. Thomas Howell. Donations are appreciated for admission. (PG, 1h 55m)

Sunset Praise
7:30-8 p.m. | Pavilion West Deck
Join worship leaders John and Bonnie Wilkie for a time of praise music, traditional hymns, moments of reflection and inspiration against the backdrop of the sun setting on Lake Erie. In the case of inclement weather, the service will take place at the Lakeside United Methodist Church, located at 450 Central Ave.

Movie: “Ladyhawke”
8:30 p.m. | Orchestra Hall (122 Second St.) | Free admission, donations welcome
Orchestra Hall will feature “Ladyhawke” on Sunday, April 7. This 1985 film stars Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer. In 12th century Italy, a time of magic and adventure, the scorned Bishop of Aquila puts a curse on star-crossed lovers, Isabeau of Anjou and Etienne of Navarre. By day, the irrevocable hex turns Isabeau into a magnificent hawk, and by night, Navarre transforms into an indomitable grey wolf. The doomed couple finds an unexpected ally in Phillipe Gaston, an audacious pickpocket and the only prisoner who has ever escaped Aquila’s impregnable fortress. Can Philippe help the hawk and wolf break the spell? (PG-13, 2h 1m)

Monday, April 8

Shopping & Dining
All Day | Business District
Select businesses will be open throughout Lakeside and the Village of Marblehead offering specials all weekend long. In Lakeside, stop by Gifts That Give Back, Coffee & Cream, Lakeside Heritage Society Archives, Lakeside Pizzeria, Lakeside Salon & Spa, Marilyn’s, Marilyn’s Two, Miss Mercedes, Ooh La La, Patio Donut Window, SmoothieSide, Sypherd’s Cycles & Rental Center. View hours of operation for the weekend.

Scavenger Hunt
All Day | Lakeside Grounds | Free
Kids and adults alike can explore the Lakeside grounds as you participate in a self-directed space-themed Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a list of clues from the Fountain Inn front desk (225 Maple Ave.). Once you check off all the items, return your completed scavenger hunt form back to the Fountain Inn front desk for a sweet treat.

Storybook Trail
All Day | Cherry Park | Free
The Storybook Trail welcomes children and families to read, learn and enjoy the outdoors together. The featured book for April is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. To bring the book to life, 20 reading stations are spread across Cherry Park, each containing a page from the children’s book. The path starts near the tire swing and weaves counterclockwise for a whimsical adventure.

Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office Open 
8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 236 Walnut Ave.
 
The office will be open for questions and comments   

Pickleball & Tennis
8 a.m.-dusk | Hubbard Pickleball Center & Williams Tennis Campus | Free
Pickleball and Tennis are open for play from 8 a.m. until dusk, weather permitting. There are no staff onsite. Please bring your own equipment, as limited equipment is available, and drag the tennis courts with the drag broom after.

Family Yoga
10-10:45 a.m. Wellness Center Drackett Hall | Free
All ages are welcome to come together to experience a joyful Family Yoga practice. Feel connected as you move through kid-friendly postures, build poses together and practice breathing techniques while having fun. Please bring a towel or yoga mat. Limited yoga mats available.

Children’s Crafts 
10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fountain Inn Aigler Room (225 Maple Ave.) | Donations welcome  
Kids ages 3-12 can drop in and participate in a variety of fun eclipsethemed activities and simple crafts.  

Eclipse Learning Corner
10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fountain Inn Aigler Room (225 Maple Ave.) | Free
During children’s craft time in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room, stop by and learn fun facts gleaned from Lakeside staff who received training from the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. These Eclipse Ambassadors will share their knowledge of the upcoming Total Eclipse and why it is so special.

Cornhole
12-4 p.m. | Bettinger Park | Free
All ages are welcome to participate in cornhole, weather permitting. 

Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard
12-4 p.m. | Bettinger Park | $4/mini golf game (ages 5 & under are free); free shuffleboard
Enjoy a game of miniature golf ($4/game; ages 5 & under are free) at our lakefront course or play a free game of shuffleboard in Bettinger Park, weather permitting.

Telescope Eclipse Viewing
1-4 p.m. | Pavilion West Deck | Free
Leading up to and following the Total Solar Eclipse, you have the opportunity to safely view the sun through a telescope fitted with a solar filter. This astronomical filter protects your eyes from the intense brightness of the sun. It will allow you to safely observe solar phenomena such as sunspots and solar flares.

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
3:12 p.m. | Lakeside Grounds | Free
The Total Solar Eclipse can be viewed starting at 3:12 p.m. for approximately four minutes. Guests are welcome to watch the spectacular event from the Dock (space permitting), Bettinger Park, the South Gate Parking Lot and various streets and parks across the grounds. Please note: dogs/pets are not permitted on the Dock. 

Approved safety glasses, received from the Cleveland Great Lakes Science Center and Shores and Islands Ohio, can be picked up upon entering the Fifth Street and South Gates or at the Administration Office (236 Walnut Ave.) and the Fountain Inn (225 Maple Ave.).

Date

Apr 05 - 08, 2024

Time

All Day

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 06 - 08, 2024
  • Time: All Day

Location

Lakeside, Ohio
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