SolFest Gala
5:30 pm17:30

SolFest Gala

The SolFest Gala will be full of dazzle, good food and drinks to kick off the SolFest weekend. This night, we're celebrating in style. SolFest is thrilled to announce Astronaut Clayton Anderson "Astro Clay" as our guest speaker for the SolFest Gala.

  • Where: Colonial Gardens, Hastings, NE - 3002 N Baltimore Ave, Hastings, NE 68901
  • When: Doors open at 5:30 PM, with dinner and the event beginning at 6:30 PM.

Tickets for this event, which include listening to retired NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson speak, an amazing dinner, and live music are $75.00. They can be purchased online or at Winestyles, The Hastings Chamber of Commerce, and Odyssey.

Drinks will be served at this event at a cash bar, so if you plan on enjoying some cocktails, you must have a valid ID. 

Make sure you follow SolFest on Facebook and join the SolFest community to get the latest on the entire SolFest weekend.

It takes a village to make these events successful. 

2017 Eclipse and Artists Open House
Aug 21

2017 Eclipse and Artists Open House

The Arts Studio is a 2,400-square-foot space filled with creative energy, art and literature. This is an opportunity to commemorate the 2017 eclipse experience by purchasing gallery artwork, batiks, pastels, oil paintings silver jewelry, glass ware and more. 12 professional artists, authors, and artisans will be spending three days working and creating in this special open house event and you are invited to meet the artists and see their process.  

Artists, Authors, and Artisans:

Kristine AllphinDeborah Brooks, Lori Elliott-Bartle, Shawn J. Farritor, Cheri Ginsburg, Linda Hatfield, Chris Haussler, Stephanie Haussler, Kevin Houchin, Sharon Farritor Raimondo, Susanne Uerling Osberg, John

SolFest: Featuring the Good Living Tour
2:00 pm14:00

SolFest: Featuring the Good Living Tour

  • Brickyard Park

We are stoked to announce that SolFest has partnered with Hear Nebraska for The Good Living Tour! We have an awesome lineup booked of insanely talented Nebraska-grown artists. The day will consist of not only music, but games for all ages, food vendors, a beer garden, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. This is an experience for all ages!

Check out our lineup:

  1. AZP
  2. Miwi La Lupa
  3. Dominique Morgan
  4. Andrea von Kampen
  5. Samuel Scott McCumber

Doors open at 1:00pm. Music and festivities start at 2:00pm and ends at 8:00pm. This is a free event and open to all ages! 

There will be a designated 21+ beer garden. If you plan to partake in this part of the festivities, you must have a valid ID.

Make sure you follow SolFest on Facebook and join the SolFest community to get the latest on the entire SolFest weekend.

It takes a village to make these events successful. Want to volunteer? Find out how you can participate here!

Open Air Yoga
3:30 pm15:30

Open Air Yoga

  • Chautauqua Park Pavillion

Come together for this donation-based class that will feel great in your body and better yet, do good in our local community!

Open Air Yoga is a summer yoga series brought to you by Grounded Sky, Yoga for Service. The hour-long class is open to ALL levels and participants and will be held at Chautauqua Park Pavilion. Simply bring a monetary donation and a yoga mat, if you have one. Childcare will be provided!

The donations collected will all go to the Food4Thought Backpack Program which provides regular food donations to children in Hastings during the entire school year.

*This event is hosted by Ground Sky: Yoga for Service

SolFest: Solar Eclipse Viewing
8:30 am08:30

SolFest: Solar Eclipse Viewing

  • Crane Trust Visitors Center

SolFest is partnering with the Crane Trust to host an eclipse viewing in a location unlike any other. Located just a short drive from Hastings, the Crane Trust manages thousands of acres of historic prairie where you will have an unaltered view of the sky.

This one-of-a-kind viewing location features 2 minutes and 33 seconds of totality, which, by the way, is one of the longest periods of totality in the entire nation.

Why the Crane Trust?

Here at SolFest, we want to give you the best eclipse viewing possible and there's nothing quite like sitting under the sky in the outdoors. Extra bonus points for this location include: the Crane Trust is directly on the centerline of the eclipse, giving almost 20 additional seconds of totality, and no light pollution. 

The Crane Trust protects over 10,000 acres of natural Nebraska habitat and is opening a portion of this land for us to view the eclipse. 

We promise, you’ll have an incredible setting to witness this phenomena. When we say one-of-a-kind, we mean there is literally no other place in the entire state of Nebraska like the land maintained by the Crane Trust. 


We want to make this easy for you. Due to limited parking at the Crane Trust, we're asking you to utilize the available shuttle services.

Shuttle information will be available closer to the event. Sign up for the SolFest Community emails to get notified when the information is available.

What to bring:

Your viewing glasses. Suns out, Shades out. Looking at the sun without proper protection will severely damage your eyes. Only during totality, can you take off your solar eclipse glasses.

 We'll have these for sale at the event, but purchasing them beforehand will save you a step. 

You're encouraged to bring: chairs, umbrellas for shade, closed-toe or good walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and water. 

You can also bring your own food and drink, but you are encouraged to "pack it in, pack it out". The Crane Trust is a conservation organization and we want to keep their land clean. 

You can not bring alcohol or bicycles or motorized vehicles on any of the Crane Trust trails. There is also no smoking and there will not be parking for RVs or trailers. 

Other recommended viewing sites:

The Crane Trust will provide the longest possible time in totality, but if you want to stay in Hastings for the eclipse, we have some recommended locations for you.


Smith Softball Complex

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Brickyard Park


Lake Hastings