Obscura Day 2017! Join our global celebration of exploration and discovery.
May 6
Apr 26
Havana, Cuba

Hidden Havana

Imagine yourself on a rooftop terrace in Old Havana with an inquisitive and adventurous group of new Atlas Obscura friends, enjoying incredible surroundings, listening to jazz and rumba, and reflecting on Cuba's remarkable history and fascinating future.
Colours and mediums for painting on glass
Apr 28
Chicago, united states

Solstice Stained Glass Studio Tour

A look into the past, present, and future of architectural glazing, fabrication and restoration.
Lady of the Lake Statue
Apr 29
Los Angeles, California

Uncovering Echo Park

Discover the hidden history of one of LA's trendiest neighborhoods.
Hillwood Estate Four Seasons Exhibit
Apr 29
Washington, D.C.

Touched by Cereal Royalty

Get a rare behind-the-scenes peek into the extravagant lifestyle and amazing estate of the Post Cereal Heiress.
Apr 30
Brooklyn, New York

Uzbek Food Shopping Tour in Brooklyn

Explore the international tastes of New York City with a unique, hands-on experience, lead by Damira, an Uzbek immigrant and Brooklyn resident.
Apr 30
Reseda, California

Homeward Bound: Pigeon Navigation

Meet a flock of homing pigeons and explore the mystery of bird navigation with the LA Pigeon Club.
The statue of Charles Wicker in Wicker Park
Apr 30

Mansions, Merchants & Mystery: Hunting for the History of Wicker Park

Our newest “Google-proof” scavenger hunt, set in Chicago’s Wicker Park.
Apr 30
Los Angeles, California

Heritage Square Twilight Tour

A rare evening stroll through the living history of Victorian-era Southern California.
May 7
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hello Clarice: Special Agent Starling Taxidermy Workshop!

Renowned New York City taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato will return to Philadelphia to provide an intimate taxidermy experience within the utterly unique Convent Philly.
Bouquet from Thatch Floral
May 7
Seattle, Washington

Creative Floristry with Thatch Floral

Explore the art of floral arrangement with daughter-mother designers Sara Jane Camacho and farmer-florist Sara Brown.
May 13
Wilmette, Illinois

Explore The History and Teachings of the Baha'i Faith

Visit the Only Baha'i House of Worship on the continent and learn about its history and significance.
Damira in Action
May 14
Brooklyn, New York

Uzbek Cooking Class in Brooklyn

Explore the international tastes of New York City with a unique, hands-on experience, lead by Damira, an Uzbek immigrant and Brooklyn resident.
May 19
Chicago, Illinois

Landmarks & Letterpress at Starshaped Press

A laid-back lecture on architecture and printing history with a chance to explore one of Chicago’s coolest letterpress studios.
Derek Erdman, Amber Kai Morgan, and Ceci Gomez compete on The Future is 0
May 19
Seattle, WA

The Future is Zero

Experience an audience talk-back with the creators of the experimental art project "The Future is Zero"—Seattle's own technicolor DIY game show.
May 20
Van Nuys, CA

Sci-Fi Sewage Sanctuary

Tour a water recycling plant better known as Starfleet Academy, and the Japanese garden it irrigates with toilet water.
Buckhorn Exchange
May 20
Denver, Colorado

Drinking History Tour of Denver

Join us for a historic bar crawl featuring three of Denver's most unusual and iconic locations.
May 21
Chicago, IL

Chicago's Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

Explore the Forest Preserve that was once home to the most State of the Art Tuberculosis Sanitarium in the United States.
May 21
Fishkill, New York

Sea, Sky and Stars at Bannerman's Castle Ruins

Explore the stunning ruins of Bannerman Castle as you gaze upon Melissa McGill's light installation, "Constellation."
May 24
New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Secrets From The Past

In a special after-hours session, turn the pages of some of New York Academy of Medicine's favorite secrets texts authored by magicians, alchemists, and artisans.
May 24
New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room Series

Explore the Academy's incredible collections in this intimate, after-hours, three-part series.
May 25
Berlin, Germany

Unlocking Berlin's Wunderkammer

From arthouses to anatomy theaters, medical museums to Monster Kabinetts, this eclectic capital city holds so much in store. Explore the nooks and crannies of Berlin with Atlas Obscura.
May 27
Brooklyn, New York

Lebanese Food Shopping Tour in Brooklyn

Explore the international tastes of New York City with a unique, hands-on experience, lead by Jeannette, a Lebanese immigrant and Brooklyn resident.
May 27
Santa Monica, California

Church of Type

Discover a treasure trove of typography, tools, and techniques.
Gold Strike Mural
May 27
Newhall, California

LA's Forgotten Gold Rush

In a beautiful valley in Santa Clarita, California's first documented gold rush occurred.
May 27

The 100-Inch Hooker Telescope

Join us at the birthplace of modern astronomy as we gaze through the same telescope used by Edwin Hubble to discover that the universe is expanding.
Jun 10
Brooklyn, New York

Lebanese Cooking Class in Brooklyn

Explore the international tastes of New York City with a unique, hands-on experience, lead by Jeannette, a Lebanese immigrant and Brooklyn resident.
Cardboard automata
Jun 11
Seattle, Washington

Cardboard Automata: Toy-Making Workshop

Join Nico Cox for a unique afternoon of mechanical toy-making.
The Plant's outdoor farm takes shape in the facility's parking lot
Jun 17
Chicago, Illinois

A Slaughterhouse Turned Green: Tour and Tasting

Explore the hidden networks inside The Plant, a retired pork factory From Chicago's meat processing years.
Jun 23

Music and Medinas of Morocco

Explore decaying fortresses and ancient city ruins, get lost in maze-like medinas, and sleep among sand dunes under the stars. Join Atlas Obscura for a whirlwind week of adventure across Morocco’s spectacular and sprawling terrain.
60-inch telescope
Jul 1

60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mt. Wilson Observatory.
Jul 10
Venice, Italy

Hidden Venice with a Psycho-Mambo Twist

Explore abandoned islands by day and enjoy musical revelries by night in the entourage of brass band Gato Loto. This unique Atlas Obscura experience will be filled with fresh food, constant dancing, and the dazzling Redentore Festival.
Jul 13
Barrington Hills, Illinois

Place de la Musique Tour

Explore a wonderland of musical automatons, victorian ephemera, steam engines, and French carousels.
Aug 16
New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Astronomy and Astrology

Peer inside early books from the Rare Book Room's incredible collection to discover what happened when our ancestors looked outward—and upward.
New York Academy of Medicine Rare Book Room
Nov 8
New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Women and Medicine

Discover the fascinating history of women's health issues, medicine, and midwifery through an after-hours exploration of the Rare Book Room's incredible collection.
Apr 23
Chatsworth, California

Antiquity in the Valley

Explore two jewels of the San Fernando Valley: the Valley Relics Museum and Royce’s Arcade Warehouse.
Officers' Row
Apr 22

Exploring Historic Fort Lawton

Learn about the history, architecture, and the unique stories of some of its colorful inhabitants, as we walk through Fort Lawton and visit its cemetery and historic structures.
John Gaughan's Turk
Apr 20
Atwater Village, California

Meet the Turk, the Automaton Chess Player

An evening with one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century, and with the man who brought him back to life.
Formal Fraternity Portrait
Apr 18
New York, New York

The Burns Archive Presents the Photography of German Dueling Societies

A rare look at the rituals and rites of "bragging scars," with Dr. Burns from the legendary Burns photography collection.
Apr 17
New York, New York

An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Join authors Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton at the New York Public Library for a presentation of highlights from the Atlas Obscura book!
Apr 16
Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Step inside the private collection of fashion designer Peter Lai.
Apr 15
Chicago, Illinois

'The Raven' Silent Film Viewing at Essanay Studio

A 1915 silent film loosely based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe.
California Quail
Apr 15
Tujunga, California

Investigating Flora and Fauna in a Secret Native Garden

Where creatures and California native plants collide.
Apr 9

Mechanical Music

Learn about the history of mechanical music and how musical boxes work in this hands-on mini-workshop with Antiquarian Horologist Nico Cox.
Detail of 1869 map, encompassing Williamsburg, E. Williamsburg and Bushwick.
Apr 9
Brooklyn, New York

History Hiding in Plain Sight: Bushwick Scavenger Hunt

Unearth the hidden treasures of Bushwick and navigate historic cartography through an imaginative scavenger hunt.
Apr 9

If You Could Talk to the Animals

Join us as we walk & talk with the critters of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.
Apr 8
Venice, California

The Mosaic Tile House

Explore a Rainbow-hued local gem in Venice.
Apr 8
Shoreline, Washington

Muscle Cars and Memorabilia

Join us for a visit with champion racecar driver Al Young and a tour of his Mopar muscle cars and drag racing memorabilia.
Ink sketch of young George Washington surveying the area around the Popes Creek plantation.
Apr 8
Alexandria, Virginia

Surveying Like George Washington

Join us for a guided walking tour of Alexandria through the eyes of our first president, where as a teenager he worked as a surveyor.
Souvenir Map, 1893
Apr 7
Chicago, Illinois

Glitz, Glamour…and Panic! A Hunt for the History of 1893 in Chicago

A "Google-proof," history-themed scavenger hunt in the Loop.
Tunnel south entrance view
Apr 7
Seattle, Washington

The Past, Present and Future of the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Learn the stories behind the historic replacement of Seattle's love-it-or-hate-it elevated highway on this walking-and-talking tour.