Moonshadow Festival offers camping, live music and authentic western ranch experience for thousands coming to Central Oregon to experience the August 21st solar eclipse
Organizers are announcing the Moonshadow Festival, hosted by Wine Down Ranch near Prineville, in celebration of the total solar eclipse event happening this August. Moonshadow Festival will take place August 18 to August 22, 2017, with the solar eclipse happening in totality during the 10 o’clock morning hour of Monday, August 21st.
The festival offers 4-night outdoor, dry camping for tents, trailers and RVs, and single-day visitor passes along with food and drink vendors, artisans, a farmers’ market, yoga instruction, plein air paint and sip classes, and four days of musical entertainment. Working ranch demonstrations, cowboy storytelling, farm tours, guided hikes and stargazing add to the authentic traditional Western ranch experience.
Opportunities to view the total Solar Eclipse on August 21st include open views from the festival grounds and an optional 2 mile hike to the ridge on Wine Down Ranch. Viewers will be able to see the moon’s shadow as it crosses the neighboring Ochoco National Forest and the Crooked River Valley, casting the sky into nearly 2 minutes of total darkness. Glasses for safe viewing of the eclipse will be provided with camping passes and Monday day-passes.
Moonshadow Festival tickets are on sale at moonshadowfestival.com. Camping passes are valid for all four nights of the festival. RV camping passes are $600 per vehicle, which includes admission for two people; additional persons can be added for $200 each. Tent camping passes are $250 per person. Children ages 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Day passes can be purchased in advance for $50 per person. Daily parking is $10, or festival parking is $25.
Gates will open at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18th for camping setup, and close at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22nd. Day pass holders will be allowed entry at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21st. A full schedule of events will be posted on winedownranch.com and Wine Down Ranch on Facebook when it becomes available.
Moonshadow Festival is actively seeking sponsors, artists, vendors and volunteers to participate in the weekend event. Contact us for more information.
About the Wine Down Ranch: A family-owned working cattle ranch, Wine Down Ranch is nestled against the Ochoco National Forest, twelve miles northeast of Prineville. Since 2014, guests have enjoyed staying in ranch cabins to “wine down” and explore Central Oregon. Visit us online at winedownranch.com or facebook.com/winedownranch