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Death Valley After Dark: Astronomy and Photography in the Backcountry

Dec 5—Dec 9, 2018

In the otherworldly landscapes of Death Valley, practice your night photography skills under some of the world's clearest, starriest skies.

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Sep 25
Chicago, Illinois

Architecture of Mysterious Chicago

Curious to know more about Chicago? Author of Mysterious Chicago Adam Selzer highlights the histories and unsolved mysteries of the city's landmarks.
Cradle Grave garden.
Sep 26
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sketchy Evening With Grave Gardens

Cradle Grave gardens, Shrub drinks, and sketching at The Woodlands.
Tao Tao in Xinjiang province
Sep 27
New York, New York

What She Said: Women in Exploration

Atlas Obscura is teaming up with the W New York – Times Square for an evening of conversation among modern-day women explorers.
Sunset at Kingsland Wildflowers.
Sep 27
Brooklyn, New York

Kingsland Wildflowers Sunset Tour and Pigeon Lecture

Toast to the sunset as you tour the thriving meadows spanning a rooftop in one of Brooklyn's most heavily industrialized neighborhoods and learn about local pigeons from resident expert Andrew Garn.
Shane Confectionery interior.
Sep 28
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Sweet Peek Inside Shane Confectionery

A tour and hands-on dig through the archives of the oldest continuously run confectionery in the United States.
Plant dye lab.
Sep 29
New York, New York

Natural/Botanical Dye Workshop with Swale on Governors Island

Join us at Swale's newest forest installation for a natural dye workshop, cocktails, and teas made on-site with flora you forage for yourself!
Team Oddities, Meagan Meli, Ryan Cohn, and Regina Cohn,
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Market by Ryan and Regina Cohn is coming to Los Angeles, and Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!
Team Oddities, Meagan Meli, Ryan Cohn, and Regina Cohn,
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: General Admission

The legendary Oddities Market by Ryan and Regina Cohn is coming to Los Angeles!
S.S. United States.
Sep 30
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

All Aboard the S.S. United States!

Join the S.S. United States Conservancy's curatorial team on a special, limited-access tour inside the S.S. United States to learn about the vibrant history of America’s Flagship.
Union Station in the early 20th century.
Sep 30
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
Miradero Gates.
Sep 30
Glendale, California

The Strange Life of Glendale's First Family

Dive into the history of this eccentric Edwardian estate.
Greenpoint Sewer Plant.
Oct 1
New York, New York

Infrastructure Creek Walking Tour

Join us for a tour of the bridges, tunnels, and train yards surrounding the Newtown Creek Superfund site in Brooklyn and Queens.

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