Total Solar Eclipse – August 21st

August 21, 2017 will provide the opportunity of a lifetime when a rare total solar eclipse will occur. Portland is on the path for one of the longest durations of totality in the Middle Tennessee area at 2 minutes and 36 seconds. The partial eclipse will begin at 11:58am and totality will begin at 1:27pm.

The City of Portland and the Portland Chamber of Commerce are working together to provide several viewing locations in the Portland area on Monday, August 21st including Richland Park, Meadowbrook Park, Sumner Crest Winery, Days Gone By Museum and Portland High School. A detailed list of viewing locations & amenities at each location will be provided soon. Please remember that eclipse glasses are required when looking at the sun during any phase of the eclipse. It isn’t safe to try to view the eclipse without these glasses as it can damage your eyes. Some local retailers will have glasses available for purchase beginning in mid-July. This information will also be updated at

There will be several community events in the days leading up to the eclipse as well. On Saturday, August 19th there will be a vendor event, Solar Eclipse Treasures, from 8am – 4pm in the gazebo parking lot off E. Market Street. This event is free to the public, and the vendors will feature original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor and more. Raise the Praise & Days Gone By will also have a Classic Car Cruise In from 2-5pm in the First Baptist parking lot. Finishing off Saturday’s activities will be a free concert on Main Street from 6-9pm featuring Four on the Floor.

On Sunday, August 20th the Portland Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Farm to Table Dinner under the lights on Main Street. The dinner will start at 7:30pm and will be catered by Carolyn Berry. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at or by calling 615-325-9032. RSVP’s are required for this event.

The Portland Police and Fire Departments have asked that Portland residents be aware of the potential for an overwhelming number of visitors in the area during these activities, especially on Monday, August 21st. There are major traffic concerns for the Middle Tennessee area that day, especially on Interstate 65, Highway 31 and Highway 109 so please be patient and plan accordingly for travel that day.

6 thoughts on “Total Solar Eclipse – August 21st”

  1. We were in Portland for the eclipse, coming down from Louisville yesterday, using Louisville as a ‘staging area’ since we started in Dayton, OH. We wanted to thank you for all you did. We were in Richland Park and had a great time. It was so nice how you arranged for the good weather 😎

  2. We also came to Portland from Ohio (Cleveland). We had a wonderful experience in Richland park! The park was beautiful, with a nice playground, good facilities, and lots of parking. Thanks to Portland for being such gracious hosts for a lifetime event!

  3. Drove down from Monroe, NJ to Bowling Green. Found Richland Park and other spots on your eclipse page. I thought it was a perfect location and had a fantastic time. Facilities were great, Portland personnel were very friendly and helpful. I am very happy with my choice.
    And a Big Shout Out and thank you to Police handing out cold water as everyone headed out. Much appreciated!

  4. My 13 year old son and I came down from Boston to view the eclipse. Y’all did a great job being prepared for anyone that showed up. The park was beautiful and everything was clean. The people we met were all so friendly. Thank you for sharing your park with us.

  5. We came from Cincinnati and overnighted in Louisville the night before. Thanks for the Eclipse web page which we used to plan our visit. We spent the day at Bottom View Farm and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks Portland!

  6. Thank you, Portland, for showing true hospitality and kindness to me and my family! We drove in to Portland Monday morning after an overnight stay at the Fort Knox Army post. Portland is a beautiful city with lovely parks. We watched the Totality from the shade of trees in your central park. Having a bathroom nearby in the Community center was great! Where can we send a small check to say thanks for free parking and free restroom and free wifi at the library?

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