The total solar eclipse has earned its own Burning Man-like festival.
About 30,000 eclipse-chasers descended on Big Summit Prairie, Oregon, this week to camp, dance, and make cosmic connections at the Oregon Eclipse Festival, a weeklong tribute to the August 21 eclipse. It’s possibly the biggest and most remote of eclipse gatherings in the US.
Thirteen festival promoters from around the world joined forces to organise the festival, which takes on a Burning Man flavour with its art installations, workshops, and seven concern stages. Tickets are sold out, but all-week passes are reselling on StubHub for $US285 per person.
We scoured Instagram for the best photos inside Oregon Eclipse Festival.
Oregonians will be treated to one of the best viewings of the total solar eclipse -- when the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun and blocks out the sun's light -- on August 21.
Big Summit Prairie, a giant, privately owned clearing in the crown of the Ochoco Mountains, is the perfect setting for the country's biggest and most remote eclipse gathering. Festival organisers chose the idyllic spot for its high likelihood of clear skies.
The first-ever Oregon Eclipse Festival is the result of a perfect storm: speakers, artists, and over 400 musical acts (mostly electronica) will come together in the path of the eclipse.
The property owner agreed to rent 300 acres of land and provide much of the machinery used to move earth, widen roads, and build the seven stages for the weeklong event.
Big Summit Prairie is accessed by narrow, two-lane roads, which made traffic a nightmare. A gridlock on August 16, the day before the festival began, set a traffic record for the region.
Like Burning Man, the Oregon Eclipse Festival offers a variety of accommodations at different prices. Camping is free, and spots are available first-come, first-serve.
Camping in a vehicle, like a car or a RV, requires an additional fee.
Luxury camping, or 'glamping,' sites include a queen-size bed, battery-powered lights, complimentary drinks at the time of guests' arrival, and access to a communal lounge.
With over 400 musical acts performing, 'there's more music than one person could even possibly fathom,' Kevin KoChen, a co-creator of the festival, told radio station OPB.
People can get into the festival-spirit with glow-in-the-dark body paint and 'biodegradable glitter,' courtesy of Rachel Deboer, a professional body-painter who has a station on site.
Gratitude is a core principle of the Oregon Eclipse Festival -- similar to Burning Man. Attendees left offerings at the so-called Fruit Altar to show their appreciation for the earth.
When the time comes for the total solar eclipse viewing, festival-goers will put on their protective glasses -- included in the cost of admission to the Oregon Eclipse Festival.
Thousands will flock to the Solar Temple, an elevated platform where festival-organisers expect to find the best views of the eclipse.
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