Monday, April 8, 2024

Solar Eclipse Totality Begins at 3:13PM

Join us Monday, April 8th at Black River Landing as we celebrate the 2024 Total Eclipse of the Port! Our event will run from 12pm-6pm with vendors, food trucks, and performances by The Michael Weber Show and DJ Dave Haas.

For several hours the moon will start to obscure the sun and at 3:13:01 PM we can expect near total darkness in the middle of the day for nearly 4 minutes. Even if it’s cloudy and we can’t see the actual eclipse, it will still get very dark for a brief period.

Important Black River Landing Event Information

• Free glasses will be available thanks to our cosponsor, Brightspeed Internet. Look for their vendor space near the main stage to receive your free item.

• BRL will be close to the public for parking beginning tomorrow (4/5/24) until 10:30am on Monday, April 8th. The lot will be open at that time for $20 per vehicle parking. No camping, parking or anything else on the site prior to the lot opening at 10:30am. The site is closed to parking – people can still walk their dogs and such. Just no vehicular traffic.

• Parking will be available at BRL, but only on paved lots. The grass is too wet to park on, so to prevent people from getting stuck, only paved lots are available.

• Event is free to attend. Parking is $20. No outside food or beverages are permitted. Support our vendors. Chairs, blankets, etc. are more then welcome.

• For alternate parking information in the downtown Lorain area you can visit https://www.lorainport.com/eventscalendar/parking/ The chart for parking areas is best viewed from a desktop rather than your mobile device. Some parking lots on the map may have restrictions due to the eclipse programming or operations.

• The only way to get to Black River Landing will be 8th street. The entrance at Black River Lane by City Hall will not be accessible.


• Expect heavy traffic and long waits on roadways. The Lorain area will be EXTREMELY busy.

• For Downtown Lorain parking information, click here.


• Never look directly at the sun without eclipse rated eye protection.

• Only a few seconds of unprotected viewing can cause permanent eye damage.

• Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

• For instructions on how to make a pin-hole projector. Visit the NASA website by clicking here.


• The totality path of the 2024 solar eclipse is expected to be about 124 miles (200 km) wide, and will stretch across 13 states, from Texas to New Hampshire.

• On average, one happens somewhere on the Earth only once every 1.5 years. Only 21 total solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 states in the entire existence of the United States.

Watch Live

Can’t make it to Lorain to experience the solar eclipse? That’s OK! Watch live from our livestream cameras at Black River Landing and Port Lorain. The cameras will not directly show the solar eclipse, but you can enjoy the view and see darkness in the middle of the day once we reach the point of totality.