Planetary Society Solar Eclipse Event

04/07/2024 - 04/08/2024

Eclipse-O-Rama 2024

ABOUT THE
EVENT

Embark on a cosmic camping adventure with Bill Nye and The Planetary Society at Eclipse-O-Rama 2024!

Bill Nye invites you to join him and members of The Planetary Society at Eclipse-O-Rama 2024! Join fellow space enthusiasts in Fredericksburg, Texas, for an extraordinary two-day camping festival on April 7 and 8 to watch a rare and unforgettable experience: a total eclipse of the Sun! Enjoy science, art, music, and the wonders of space at The Lodge at Country Inn Cottages — a 200-acre private ranch that will be transformed into the ultimate Planetary Society member meet-up!

What to Expect:
- Engaging talks on astronomy and planetary science
- Exhibitor and activity booths
- Star parties, hands-on activities, and food
- An unparalleled experience of the total solar eclipse

This family-friendly festival is your ticket to an unforgettable experience. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — the next total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous 48 states won't occur until August 2044!

Why Fredericksburg:
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg offers a central location, equidistant to Austin and San Antonio airports. Located deep in the path of totality and with favorable weather conditions, Fredericksburg will experience a whopping 4 minutes and 24 seconds of totality. And, historical weather patterns indicate a high likelihood of clear skies compared with other regions in the path of totality.

Accommodations:
Need a place to stay? While our hotel and glamping options are sold out, our camping options outlined below provide some great, affordable options for you. They range from very affordable tent and RV camping to glamping, to your very own cottage. Parking is included with all options. See below for pricing details. But if a hotel is a must for you, we've got you covered — just follow our link to Booking.com for accommodations near Fredericksburg.

Become part of something greater:
This event is open to members of The Planetary Society, the world's largest and most influential space-interest organization. Not a member? You can still join us! Simply join at our basic Explorer level ($50/year) as part of the registration process.

Lodge at Country Inn

Fredericksburg, TX
Resort Website

The Lodge at Country Inn Cottages is located on a beautiful 200-acre ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country and, of course, the Eclipse! 

At the ranch, we will feature multiple indoor and outdoor stages for presentations, a marketplace tent with a variety of commercial retail and non-profit space-related booths and exhibits, and our food court tent that will provide a shady retreat to sit and enjoy meals or snacks available for purchase. 

We will also provide first aid EMTs as well as professional security on-site.

For personal amenities, we will provide a range of services such as portable restrooms, handwashing stations, trash service, and ice and water stations.

PROGRAM
SCHEDULE

Our program schedule is still being finalized, but this once-in-a-lifetime event will offer the opportunity to experience the solar system from spaceship Earth while you remain firmly fixed on the ground. Accommodations are available beginning Saturday night, and our Eclipse-O-Rama programming will begin with registration at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, and continue through the evening of Monday, April 8.

Participants will receive:

  • a shared opportunity to see the eclipse together with Planetary Society CEO, Bill Nye
  • access to vendor/exhibit booths and educational displays.
  • astronomy & planetary science presentations
  • star parties including daytime solar viewing via solar telescopes
  • on-site food vendors
  • parking for automobiles
  • Opportunities for local lodging:
    • Affordable on-site car, tent, and RV camping opportunities
    • Note that lodging is not included in the main ticket price

Want to elevate your Eclipse-O-Rama experience? Take it to the next level by joining Bill and other Planetary Society leaders for our special VIP welcome reception and banquet on Sunday night. Hear inspiring words while rubbing elbows with our famous CEO, board members, staff, and hundreds of your fellow members at a festive, Texas-style celebration.

 

SPECIAL
GUESTS

TICKET
PRICING

Eclipse-O-Rama festival ticket - $325 per person. Covers daytime programming from Sunday through Monday night. Kids 5 and younger are free. If all you want is a day pass to our event, this is your ticket!

Add-ons:
VIP Welcome Reception and Dinner (Sunday night) - $250 per person.
Shower passes - $30 per person.

This event is open to Planetary Society members. Not a member? You can still join us! Simply join at our basic Explorer level ($50/year) as part of the registration process.
Cancellation Policy:

  1. Partial refunds of 75% of the total registration are available up to January 5, 2024
  2. Partial refunds of 50% of the total registration payment are available up to February 9, 2024
  3. Partial refunds of 25% of the total registration are available up to March 8

After March 8, there will be no refunds for any reason, including no-shows, late arrivals, or early departures regardless of circumstance.

Due to the one-time nature of this event and the costs associated with it, there are no exceptions to this policy including illness, family emergencies, or inclement weather.

Please note that subject to cancellation policies, you may modify your registration by returning to our registration form, logging in with your email address, and updating your selections based on the options available at that time.

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

We're all about camping for the eclipse! The Society offers several options for accommodations designed to offer experiences at a variety of price points. These provide affordable options that keep the event accessible to a wide range of our members and guests. Parking is included with the accommodations and for anyone purchasing an event ticket only who has separate arrangements for accommodations. All guests using our accommodations must also be ticket holders to Eclipse-O-Rama 2024.

For those needing an additional parking space, please contact Tracey Ireland at Tireland@Helmsbriscoe.com to make arrangements.

And if a hotel is a must for you, we've got you covered — just follow our link to Booking.com for accommodations near Fredericksburg.

CAMPING OPTIONS

 

There will be a variety of ways to stay while attending the Eclipse-O-Rama! If you're looking for a weekend that you'll never forget, then you should try camping on the ranch at The Lodge at Country Inn Cottages! Any type of camping in any location is great, but there's something special about the Lone Star State. Texas offers some of the best and most diverse countryside and scenery in the U.S.

For our Eclipse event, the venue proprietors are opening the entire ranch to glamping, RVs, car camping, and primitive tent camping to house hundreds of more guests. Note: all options include three nights (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights) at a set price whether or not you need or can use all three nights.

CAMPING GUIDELINES: For more information on camping guidelines, click here.
For those who choose glamping, camping, and RVing, we will provide on-site parking, food (at an additional cost), restrooms, handwashing stations, shower trailers, and ice and water stations.

RV CAMPING

 

Any vehicle or vehicle with a trailer measuring 16’ or more. You cannot purchase an RV spot unless you are bringing an RV. Each RV occupant must have a ticket to the event. RV sites are approximately 40 by 25 sq ft. Note: for the 3-day reservation, total cost is $750.

 

CAR CAMPING

 

One spot per car, not per person, and each occupant must have a ticket to the event. If you have a group arriving in more than one car, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to park next to other vehicles in your party, though we will work with you to try to make that happen. Sites are approx 30 by 25 sq ft. Note: for the 3-day reservation, total cost is $500.

 

Primitive Tent Camping

 

Tent Camping sites are approximately 20 by 20 sq ft and parking for one car is included with the tent camping site. Note that these are unimproved, open-air campsites. If you need additional parking, you may purchase that separately. Note: for the 3-day reservation, total cost is $400.

 

IN THE
AREA

Looking for something to do before or after the eclipse? Fredericksburg is located in central Texas, known for its rolling hills, bluebonnets, wineries, and the city's German heritage.
 
The founders knew this was someplace special when they settled here in 1846. Behind the elegant shops and fine dining, you can feel the authentic German soul and see reminders of our heritage in the historic buildings along Main Street, the German cuisine at local restaurants, and the welcoming spirit of our people in the city of Fredricksburg.

To find out more about the area, places to visit, and other things to do, visit www.visitfredericksburgtx.com
 

FAQs

We will expand our FAQ as we accumulate questions.

Does the RV camping include a power hook-up? Pump & dump? Water refills?
The RV camping does not include hook-up and therefore is a boondocking experience.

Can I bring my pet?
While service animals (as defined under the ADA) are permitted, due to liability concerns and logistical issues, we unfortunately cannot allow pets at this event. We will provide referrals to local pet hotels that may provide a solution for members and guests traveling with a pet.

Are kids free?
Kids 5 and under are free.

Are there ADA-compliant accommodations & sanitation requirements?
The built facilities at the Lodge at Country Inn Cottages are accessible and include several accessible room including easy access showers. Portable bathrooms will include accessible options. It is important to note that the general outdoor areas of the ranch are in a natural, unimproved state. The Society will have staff available to assist with mobility needs using a golf cart as needed.

Are we allowed campfires?
Individual campfires are not permitted, though campers may use propane camping stoves to prepare food. The Lodge may provide several group campfire sites for people to gather and enjoy the evening.