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Where to see the total eclipse in Northeast Georgia

Eclipse mania is gripping Northeast Georgia as the first total eclipse of the sun in the continental United States in 38 years is lining up. Not since 1918 has there been a coast-to-coast path for such a celestial event.

In most of Georgia, the sun will look like a crescent as the moon passes in front of it. But in parts Northeast Georgia, the total eclipse will last more than 2 1/2 minutes.

Before the eclipse

Solar Eclipse Festival

What: Information about the eclipse and how to safely view it, entry into Starlab portable planetarium, astronomy craft for kids, access to telescopes to view the sun

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19

Where: Elachee Nature Science Center,  2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville

How much: $10, including eclipse glasses while supplies last

More info:, 770-535-1976

Solar eclipse program

What: Access to telescopes to view the sun, planetarium shows, instructions to build a solar eclipse viewer (bring an empty cereal box or paper towel roll), Q-and-A panels with professors

When: 1-5 p.m. Aug. 20

Where: University of North Georgia, Dahlonega

How much: Free

Where you can see the total eclipse

Pitts Park

What: Live music from pianist John Burke and singer Brian Buffington, bounce houses, kids art stations, super heroes including Flash and Captain America

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 21

Where: Pitts Park, Ga. 197 North, Clarkesville

What to bring: Lawn chairs and blankets; free bottled water and eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last

Smithgall Woods State Park

What: Two Celestron telescopes available

When: 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21

Where: Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen

How much: $10 admission with $5 parking fee, includes eclipse glasses

More info: 706-878-3087

Tallulah Gorge State Park

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21

Where: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls

How much: $5 parking

More info: 706-754-7981

Vogel State Park

What: arts and crafts for additional fees, eclipse safety program

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21

Where: 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville

How much: $5 parking, eclipse glasses available for $2

More info: 706-745-2628

Totally Toccoa Street Party

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 21

Where: First Citizens Bank parking lot, 122 N. Alexander St., Toccoa

How much: Free

More info: 706-886-2132

Rabun County Total Eclipse

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21

Where: Ramey Boulevard Parking lots, Clayton

How much: $5 per car (shuttle to other parking lots available)

More info: 706-212-0241