Happy Friday the 13th everyone! What a perfectly spooky setting for a post about Obscura Day, “an international celebration of unusual places” coming up on April 28th.
Obscura Day is presented by Atlas Obscura, an online atlas of strange and unusual places around the world. The website covers a wide range of places, from museums of the weird, natural phenomena, famously creepy cemeteries, abandoned prisons, haunted historical landmarks, and more.
Participants of Obscura Day are encouraged to seek out these places and enjoy them, independently or through one of the many events organized in celebration of the day. Events range from historical tours to camp-outs to scavenger hunts, and pretty much every major U.S. city is represented. The webpage even has a place to enter your zip code to see what events are happening near you.
Here are some scenes from last year’s Obscura Day:
Unfortunately, I’ll be DASHing on the 28th so I won’t be able to participate in any of these events, but I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for anything unusual, strange, or wonderful while we’re puzzle-solving in D.C.! If I were still in Charlottesville, I would take a walk through the University Cemetery and Columbarium, where many of the namesakes of buildings on UVA grounds are buried and massive tree roots have set tombstones askew to create the most stereotypically spooky-looking cemetery you’ve ever seen.
Is there an Obscura Day event happening in your area? Do you plan to attend? Are there any unusual or mysterious places tucked away in your hometown?