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If you’re like us and stuck working in Charlotte instead of adventuring through the path of totality during Monday’s solar eclipse, you’ll still want some eclipse glasses to safely catch the 98-percent-eclipse spectacle in town. Reminder: In Charlotte, the eclipse will begin at 1:12 p.m. Monday, peak at 2:41 p.m. and end at 4:04 p.m.
If you have glasses already, check this list of criteria to make sure your choice is NASA-approved.
If you don’t have glasses, well, most places in Charlotte have sold out already. But there are still options.
Just in: Go to Shoney’s Monday and purchase a sandwich, entrée or buffet and get a free “eclipse survival kit”: NASA-approved eclipse viewing glasses and a moon pie. Or buy the kit for $3 without a purchase. Shoney’s opens at 6 a.m. at 8531 North Tryon Street. Read about the free eclipse glasses deal here.
Uptown’s Coco and the Director will be selling another limited wave of glasses from American Paper Optics Saturday. The glasses are $10, or you can pay $12 to get a latte and a pair of glasses. (Coco is open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. at 100 W. Trade St.)
Here are six other places to find eclipse glasses on the day of the solar eclipse that aren’t sold out or loaded with waiting lists — yet.
There will be eclipse-related activities and free snacks from noon-4 p.m. You get a free pair of eclipse glasses when you sign up for Renewable Energy Transition Initiative’s newsletter. This event is hosted by RETI.
1776 Statesville Ave.
Head to Sycamore Brewing from noon-4 p.m. to enjoy beer, a food truck, King of Pops and more. If you buy a beer, kombucha, wine or King of Pops item you get a free pair of NASA-approved eclipse glasses. This event is free to attend.
2161 Hawkins St.
Join this tailgate-style event during which Discovery Place educators will answer questions and guide eclipse-themed activities. You’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, and maybe even buy a King of Pops Eclipsicle. The Museum will be partially open from noon-4 p.m. and the Trail’s End Store will sell a limited number of NASA approved glasses during this free event.
1658 Sterling Road
Watch the solar eclipse from one of Charlotte’s best vantage points, at Le Meridien’s City Lights Rooftop bar from 1-4 p.m. NASA certified glasses will be provided, Chef Oscar La Fuente will be serving up gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and guests get their choice of a champagne toast or solar-eclipse specialty cocktail. There also will be live music and a live art installation by local artist Sharon Dowell. Tickets are $30 per person (includes $5 validated parking) and can be purchased here.
555 South McDowell St.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will be offering solar-eclipse-related crafts for kids during the Aug. 21 viewing party, from 1-4 p.m. A limited number of eclipse glasses will be available to borrow, not to buy. Admission: $6.95 for kids 2-12 and $12.95 for adults.
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont
Unlike most of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s eclipse events, you don’t need to pre-register for this one at University City. Glasses will be handed out at 1:30 p.m. Monday, no sooner. The supply is limited and will be doled out first-come, first-serve. Attendees get to enjoy games and science-related activities during this free celebration from 1:30-4 p.m.
301 E W.T. Harris Blvd.
Besides the eclipse viewing, there will be music, food vendors, giveaways and more. Limited supply of eclipse glasses.
The Audubon Amphitheater is located across the street from Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne (13139 Ballantyne Corporate Pl
Craft City Social Club, at Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, South McDowell Street, is offering up its rooftop pool lounge for a free solar eclipse party on Monday, August 21st, 2017, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Watch the eclipse while floating in a pool. Craft City will have free NASA-approved eclipse viewing glasses for the first 50 guests. A full bar and food menu will be available, and $5 will be validated toward parking.
555 South McDowell Street
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