Fredericksburg TX Eclipse

visitor info

Despite cloudy conditions, residents and visitors enjoyed the Great North American Eclipse in Fredericksburg on Monday, April 8. The eclipse began at 12:15 p.m. and ended at 2:56 p.m. with totality running from 1:32-1:37 p.m. 

The public viewing area at Marktplatz had an estimated 3,000 viewers. Official numbers will be available later. 

TV News crews from San Antonio, Houston, Harlingen, Dallas and Australia were providing live coverage of the event, along with local media and journalists/photographers from Reuters, Associated Press and San Antonio Express News. Links to media clips below: 

Intermittent cloud coverage gave way to glimpses of the sun throughout the phases of coverage for viewers. Once in the totality phase, the Marktplatz crowd cheered in excitement.  

The public viewing area at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park welcomed just under 1,200 cars. Guests and visitors were in attendance from 46 states and 23 countries, including Columbia, Japan and Ethiopia.  It opened at 5:30 a.m. and closed due to reaching capacity at 12:40 p.m.

 Traffic congestion was minor as crowds left the area and no major accidents were reported.

With sincere appreciation

Thank you to residents for heeding precautions and welcoming visitors. Thank you to our visitors for being patient, leaving town better than you found it and for visiting Fredericksburg. 

frequently asked questions

Information on eclipse glasses recycling.

Drop off at the Create Healthy Thrift Store and they will mail them to Brazil for the next eclipse.

Trash-bag offer to other community organizations that want to pick up trash in town or county. 

Anyone interested can email for more information.

What time is the 2024 Eclipse in Fredericksburg?

On April 8, 2024, the eclipse will take place from 12:15 to 2:56 p.m. CDT, while the total eclipse will be visible from 1:32 p.m. to 1:37 p.m. in Fredericksburg.

Where is the best place in Fredericksburg to watch the 2024 Eclipse?

Fredericksburg has a multitude of areas to watch the eclipse including at Lyndon B. Johnson State Historic Park, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, wineries, parks and event venues.

I want to sell food and beverage to the general public during the 2024 Eclipse. What do I need?

You will need a current food handlers certificate that can be obtained online, a temporary event permit issued by the Gillespie County Health Division, and to follow the temporary health permit inspection checklist. All provided here

If I want to give away food and/or beverage to the general public during the 2024 Eclipse, do I need a permit? 

Yes. A temporary event permit is required regardless, even when no money is exchanged. A temporary event permit can be found here.


Can I book a place to stay in Fredericksburg for the 2024 Eclipse?

See the list below for those that currently are reporting availability. 

Why will people come to Fredericksburg for the 2024 Eclipse?

Fredericksburg is routinely ranked as one of the top small towns in the United States, so it is expected that it will be a popular destination for the 2024 eclipse with special events, a variety of places to stay and lots of great restaurants.

My food truck has a state permit. Is this valid in Gillespie County for the 2024 Eclipse? 

No, you must have a valid permit from the Gillespie County Health Division. You can get an event permit for your food truck here.

Where can I get or buy eclipse glasses?

A limited supply of eclipse glasses will be available at the Visitor Information Center in 2024. Visit the Safety page to see more about organizations distributing free eclipse glasses and businesses selling eclipse glasses.

To find the Visitor Center, click here.

Fredericksburg Reservation Services Currently Booking

Fredericksburg Hotels Currently Booking

Arch Ray Resort
For RV spots and tent camping sites, Call Beth at (830)304-2902.

Barons Creekside
See website or call (830) 990-4048.

Behr House Bed & Breakfast
See website or call (830) 992-3407

Comfort Inn & Suites
Call (830) 990-2552.

Cotton Gin Village
Cotton Gin Village is taking reservations for the 2024 Eclipse. A deposit is required. Call the hotel at (830) 990-8381 for more information. 

Days Inn
See website or call (830) 997-1086.

Firefly Resorts
See website. 

Fredericksburg Econo Lodge
Fredericksburg Econo Lodge is now accepting reservations. Reservations must be made by calling (830) 997-3437.

Fredericksburg Inn & Suites
Fredericksburg Inn & Suites is currently taking reservations for the 2024 Eclipse. All reservations must be made by calling (830) 997-0202 and advanced payment required.

Frederick Motel
Call (830) 997-6050.

Hampton Inn and Suites
Call (830) 997-9696 and ask for Arlene.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
Call (830)997-3377

Hotel Kitsmiller
Call (830) 997-6050.

Inn on Barons Creek
Contact Amy Fleury at (830) 992-9202 or email her at for reservation information 

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
LaQuinta Inn & Suites is taking reservations. Call the hotel at (830) 990-2899.

Peach Tree Inn & Suites
Contact Sharon at (830) 997-2117 for reservation information. 

Oakwood RV Resort
See Website.

Stonewall Motor Lodge
See Website. 

Sunday House Inn and Suites
Call (830) 997-4484. and ask for Betty or David 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

The Villas at Barons Creek Vineyard
See Website. 

Vineyard Trail Cottages
See Website. 

Wine Country Inn
See Website or Call (830)990-1300



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Eclipse Day Wayfinding

Internet connectivity may be spotty on the day of the eclipse. Map and wayfinding apps may not work. Download and print a map to have with you in case you need directions or if you need to give someone directions.