Events - Atlas Obscura
Mentalist Jacob Mayfield gazes into his crystal ball
May 23
Chicago, Illinois

Psychic Speakeasy: An Evening of Mind Reading in Room 13

Join us for an intimate evening with a local mentalist inside a cozy, prohibition-themed speakeasy in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.
Main Building (aka Starfleet Academy).
May 25
Van Nuys, California

Sci-Fi Sewage Sanctuary

Tour a water recycling plant better known as Starfleet Academy, and the Japanese garden it irrigates with sewage water.
The headstones of Evergreen Cemetery.
May 25
Los Angeles, California

Exploring Evergreen Cemetery

Get to know one of the city's oldest and most diverse graveyards, tucked away in Boyle Heights.
Apartment buildings came after the mansions.
May 26
Chicago, Illinois

Beaches, Landmarks, and Mansions: The Search for the Suburbs in Edgewater

Learn about the surprisingly suburban history of Edgewater in this brand new summer scavenger hunt.
Financial District Graveyard.
May 29
New York, New York

Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the Financial District's cemeteries and learn everything you needed to know as an 18th-century body snatcher.
Sunset at Kingsland Wildflowers.
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages Sunset Ecology Tour

Tour a thriving rooftop meadow hidden in one of Brooklyn's most heavily industrialized neighborhoods.
Historic photos lit up inside the bar area.
May 31
Los Angeles, California

Clifton's Historical Cocktail Crawl

Behold the rebirth of a whimsical cabinet of curiosities, and enjoy a delicious custom Clifton's cocktail in the landmark space.
"Wildman" Steve Brill in his element
Jun 1
The Bronx, New York

Of Railroads and Cattails: Urban Foraging in the Bronx

"Wildman" Steve Brill takes Atlas Obscura on an exclusive edible journey through New York City's third-largest park.
Old Joliet Prison.
Jun 1
Joliet, Illinois

Old Joliet Prison Tour: History and Hollywood

Trace the footsteps of inmates, guards, wardens, and, yes, movie stars on this tour of a 160-year-old suburban Chicago prison.
60-inch telescope.
Jun 1
Los Angeles, California

60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
Rodney Stotts with a bird of prey.
Jun 2
Laurel, Maryland

The Raptors of the Nation's Capital

A one-of-a-kind adventure to meet and greet the raptors that stalk our city.
The cross from afar.
Jun 2
Morrison, Colorado

Mount Lindo Cemetery Tour

The country's largest illuminated cross is a lightning-rod (pun intended) for controversy.
Swedish decor spotted on the streets of Andersonville.
Jun 2
Chicago, IL

Museums and Malort: Discovering Andersonville’s Swedish Heritage

Uncover Andersonville’s origin story in this exploration of Swedish culture in Chicago, then and now.
Depp and a deer in Dead Man.
Jun 2
Los Angeles, California

Cinemyth Film Series: Dead Man and the Western Dream

Venture into the not so black-and-white myths of Jim Jarmusch’s “Psychedelic Western”.
Kilbourn Greenhouse
Jun 5
Chicago, Illinois

History Under Glass: An Evening at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Explore this horticultural gem on Chicago's northwest side.
A frothy delight with a fascinating history
Jun 7
Chicago, Illinois

The History of the Cocktail

Enjoy the delicious history behind storied cocktails as prepared by a master mixologist in a 1920s themed speakeasy.
California Moray Eels.
Jun 7
Santa Monica, California

Aquatic Gender Fluidity at Heal the Bay Aquarium

Celebrate Pride Month with an after-hours evening of education, entertainment, and inspiring creatures!
Zap Props
Jun 8
Chicago, Illinois

Giving Props to Props: A Tour of Chicago's Largest Prop House

Wind your way through thousands of vintage props featured in movies, TV series, and stage productions.
Hollywood Boulevard West.
Jun 8
Los Angeles, California

Stumbling on a Star: Jazz in 20th-Century Hollywood

The legends, intrigue, and lore of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene.
Humboldt Park Stables
Jun 8
Chicago, Illinois

Jens Jensen: A Humboldt Park Walking Tour

Learn about the “Frank Lloyd Wright” of landscapes on this fascinating new tour.
'Bring out your dead' tour at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Jun 8
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bring Out Your Dead: A Walk Through Plagues, Madness, and Medicine in Philadelphia

Join health and science journalist Elana Gordon on a fascinating journey through the rise of modern medicine and psychiatry in America.
The logo of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania.
Jun 9
Easton, Pennsylvania

Learning From the Lenape Nation

Visit Pennsylvania's Lenape Cultural Center for a curator-led, exhibit walk-through and discussion of Lenape culture with a council member.
Tom Di Liberto, now an NOAA meteorologist, always loved the snow
Jun 15
Arlington, Virginia

Picnic and Predictions with a Meteorologist

Learn the tricks of the weather trade under the open skies and thunderous jets at Gravelly Point Park.
Los Angeles Center Studio
Jun 15
Los Angeles, California

A Mythic Journey through LA Center Studio

Visit famous sets and legendary myths at this hidden gem of Hollywood.
Decorative brickwork featuring the Municipal Device on the outside of one of the buildings.
Jun 15
Chicago, Illinois

Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium Tour

Join us as we take a tour of the grounds of Chicago's former tuberculosis sanitarium, now used as a nature sanctuary and as part of the Chicago Park District.
Mike Pisciotta, dazzling an audience at the Magic Castle
Jun 15
Los Angeles, California

A Night of Mystery at the Philosophical Research Society

Get to the heart of magic in a mystical Los Angeles enclave.
Skewered locust.
Jun 16
Seattle, Washington

An Insect Feast with The Bug Chef

Munch on crickets, locusts, and Chinese medicinal ants in an iconic 1960s dive bar at this Gastro Obscura event.
Mort Garson's Plantasia.
Jun 18
Brooklyn, New York

Plantasia at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

An immersive exploration of plants, music, and the reissue of Mort Garson's groundbreaking album Plantasia; with sonic artist and biophilic technology designer, Mileece.
The warehouse at Western Costume.
Jun 20
North Hollywood, California

Hollywood Magic at Western Costume

A behind the scenes adventure at one of the most renowned costume houses in the world.
Cephalopod Movie Night!
Jun 21
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join us for an evening of talk, tentacles, and talent, featuring four original short films from Science Friday and a panel of scientists.
Cuttlefish with movie ticket.
Jun 21
New York, New York

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange, tentacled creatures.
Octopus eggs.
Jun 22
Long Beach, California

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join us for an evening of talk, tentacles, and talent, featuring four original short films from Science Friday and a panel of scientists.
Harpsichord studio.
Jun 23
Los Angeles, California

It Doesn't Want to Sound Good

Hurdy-gurdies, harpsichords, and the craft of making an instrument sing.
From Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan.
Jun 25
Seattle, Washington

Supernatural Cats and the Meowtropolitan

Enjoy tales of supernatural cats with Japanese folklorist Zack Davisson at Seattle's first cat cafe.
Will these hops be a hit?
Jun 26
Evanston, Illinois

A Battle of the Bizarre Brews

Taste your way through a delightfully strange sampling of craft beers paired with a five-course meal inside a former fire station.
Cuttlefish with ticket.
Jun 27
Chicago, Illinois

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange, tentacled creatures.
Cuttlefish with movie ticket.
Jun 27
Seattle, Washington

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join us for an evening of talk, tentacles, and talent, featuring four original short films from Science Friday and a panel of scientists.
Cuttlefish with ticket.
Jun 28
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join us for an evening of talk, tentacles, and talent, featuring four original short films from Science Friday and a panel of scientists.
Dung Beetle.
Jun 29
Denver, Colorado

Discover the Fascinating World of Beetles

See the largest dung beetle collection in the country! Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Graffiti Garden St. Louis Viaduct
Jun 29
Chicago, Illinois

The Graffiti Garden: A Street Art Walk & Talk

Join artist Stephanie Garland to experience this collection of more than 70 vibrant outdoor murals.
Dung Beetle.
Jul 13
Denver, Colorado

Discover the Fascinating World of Beetles

See the largest dung beetle collection in the country! Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Outside Erato Gallery.
Jul 14
Seattle, Washington

A Very Wicked City Walking Tour

Take a tour of Seattle's libidinal landscape and history with artist Susan Robb.
Archie McPhee building.
Jul 19
Seattle, Washington

After Hours at Archie McPhee

Explore the whimsical world of a Seattle institution with Archie McPhee founder Mark Pahlow.
The Franklin Fountain Exterior.
Aug 8
Philadelphia

How Are You, Imposters?

Tracing and tasting the origins of the ice cream soda.
Sep
10 - 16
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
Poet Janaka Stucky.
Sep 13
Los Angeles, California

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.
Limited special edition of Ascend Ascend.
Sep 20
Seattle, Washington

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky, featuring cellist and Stranger Genius Lori Goldston, then take home your own copy of Janaka’s newest collection of poems.
Deluxe special edition.
Oct 10
Chicago, Illinois

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.
Deluxe special edition.
Nov 22
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.
Le Péril Vert: L'Absinthe.
May 20
Longmont, Colorado

Green Fairy or Green Devil?

Enjoy stories and samples of one of history’s most controversial alcohols, absinthe!
May
15 - 20
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe: Immersive Art and Otherworldly Landscapes

Join us, May 15–19, in the mysterious desert landscapes that have captivated artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Judy Chicago.
Fairmount Water Works (1860-1880)
May 20
Philadelphia

Secrets of the Schuylkill & Fairmount Water Works

Experience behind-the-scenes access to a Philadelphia landmark, and learn why "We Are Drinking Coal Dust and Water."
May
17 - 20
Queens, New York

Only in Queens: Tasting Our Way Through New York’s Most Diverse Borough

Manhattan may have name-brand recognition and Brooklyn a certain cachet, but Queens is the city’s largest and most diverse borough. Join us, May 17–20, to dig into Queens’ rich neighborhood life.
Resurrectionists in the process of digging up a fresh corpse.
May 19
Chicago, Illinois

Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch your career as a 19th-century body snatcher—today!
Flippers from the Williams pinball game "Demolition Man."
May 19
College Park, Maryland

How to Be a Pinball Wizard

Come learn the fraught history of a once illegal game, get tips from the pros, and enjoy a game or three at MOM's Organic Market in College Park.
Dinosaur track.
May 19
Morrison, Colorado

Explore the Historical Wonders of Dinosaur Ridge

Look back over one-hundred-million years of history in two miles.
Carpenter chiseling away.
May 19
Silver Spring, Maryland

Sculpting Gargoyles With Jay Hall Carpenter

In collaboration with No Access Washington, DC, join us as we visit the home workshop of the sculptor whose talented hands have brought to life Kermit the Frog, Amelia Earhart, and Darth Vader.
From Atlas Obscura's book launch party.
May 18
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market Official After-Party

An after-hours Oddities experience featuring bands and the bizarre.
Ryan and Regina Cohn
May 18
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Flea Market curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn is returning to Los Angeles! TWO DAYS this time. Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!
Ryan and Regina Cohn
May 18
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: General Admission Tickets Pre-Sale

The legendary Oddities Flea Market curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn. This is for the General Admission Tickets.
Hat 'n' Boots.
May 18
Seattle, Washington

Exploring the Hidden Histories of Georgetown

Enjoy stories from the birthplace of Boeing, King County, and Rainier Beer on this neighborhood walking tour.
Playing an instrument.
May 18
Los Angeles, California

Herb Alpert School of Music: World Instrument Collection

Explore a world of intriguing sights and sounds and try out some Southeast Asian instruments!
New info has been discovered about Inez.
May 18
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
May 18
Brooklyn, New York

Take Me Out To The Ballgame — 1864 Style

An exclusive opportunity to travel back in time to the first Field of Dreams.
Is this signature a real or a fake?
May 18
Mount Vernon, Virginia

The Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds of George Washington

Join us at George Washington's Mount Vernon as we enter the world of deception where fraudulent artifacts and signatures elude even expert eyes.