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Do I really need eclipse glasses?

A total solar eclipse is completely safe to look at only when the moon completely covers the sun.  However, you DEFINITELY need eclipse glasses before and after totality.  There is a partial eclipse while the moon begins to move in front of the sun and then again when the moon moves away from the sun.  These partial eclipses expose the sun to our eyes and are very dangerous and could cause blindness or eye injury.  The partial phases last about two and a half hours, with the safe three minutes of totality in the middle.


Where can I find eclipse glasses?

Eclipse glasses can always be purchased online, but make sure they are safe and approved for eclipse viewing.  Some approved glasses can be found on the American Astronomical Society's website.  You can also preorder them on our merchandise page and pick them up in Geneva when you arrive.  Shops all around Geneva will stock the glasses as well, but there are limited amounts, so preordering is a good idea.


Can I bring my pet with me?

Featured pet-friendly businesses are listed here:

  • Vines of New York Art Gallery

  • 41 Lakefront Hotel

  • Geneva Bark Park (Outdoor free dog park on Exchange St.)

(Keep checking - we add more to this site on a regular basis.)​


How can I get involved?

Simply email about involvement, sponsorship or volunteering.  For more information, see our Join Us page.


Where can I stay in Geneva?

On our festival information page under lodging, you will find a list of lodging options, including hotels, B&Bs, campgrounds, RV parks, vacation rentals and non-traditional housing options as well.


How do I sign up for events?

Simply choose those you'd like to be a part of from the events page and contact the business or organization listed under each.  There are no group packages to sign up for multiple events.  However, some hotels are offering eclipse packages, such as 41 Lakefront and The Fairfield Inn.  If you need assistance with a general itinerary or have any questions, email


What if I have an emergency during the eclipse?

Geneva General Hospital has an emergency room and we have police and paramedics on site the day of the eclipse.  There is also an urgent care.  If you have a vet emergency outside of business hours, Auburn Urgent Veterinary Care is the closest emergency vet (315-515-3074).  We are a small, friendly town, so don't be afraid to ask if you need something.


Can I film the eclipse?

Phones, video cameras and telescopes cannot capture the eclipse unless they have special filters.  This protects the phone and will reveal a beautiful image.  Solar filters are available online for professional photography, but Solar Snap offers a filter specifically made for cellphones, the most common mode of photography used today.


Where can I get more local information & to get involved?

We are having a large stakeholder meeting October 19th at 4pm at 41 Lakefront Hotel in Geneva to discuss how the eclipse will affect Geneva and its businesses, organizations, residents and schools.  If you would like to attend, simply RSVP your name and affiliation to  If you would like to be involved in the festival, you can request access to our stakeholder website.  You can request a login at under the Geneva, NY category. If you would like your business listed on this site, send all information and pictures to

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