A total solar eclipse is coming to North Texas, and people are invited to attend viewing parties hosted by the cities of Lewisville and Coppell.

What’s happening?

More than 300 North Texas cities will see the eclipse pass over Dallas-Fort Worth on April 8. According to the Total Eclipse DFW website, North Texas is positioned to witness one of the best possible views of the eclipse because of the path of the moon.

In a total eclipse, the moon will completely cover the sun for up to 4.5 minutes, depending on the viewpoint. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for North Texans, Total Eclipse DFW founder Jo Trizila said. The Dallas-Fort Worth area won’t see another total eclipse for about 300 years.

The specifics

The city of Lewisville is hosting its SOLARbration event from noon-2 p.m. at Wayne Ferguson Plaza. This free, family-friendly event will feature a concert, food from local restaurants and games, according to the event description. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided, and there will be promotional giveaways.

As an alternative option, those interested in viewing the event indoors can watch NASA’s solar eclipse livestream at the Lewisville Public Library.

Coppell Community Experiences is hosting its Total Eclipse of the Park event from noon-3 p.m. at Andrew Brown Park East. The viewing party will feature lawn games, complimentary popcorn, giveaways, eclipse-themed music and other activities, according to the event description. Eclipse glasses will be provided while supplies last.

One more thing

Detailed information on how to safely view the eclipse can be found on NASA’s website.