About Obscura Day


Obscura Day is an international celebration of unusual places. It is a day of expeditions, back room tours, & exploring hidden wonders in your own hometown.


Obscura Day is organized by the folks behind Atlas Obscura, a compendium of the world's wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. Check us out!


Obscura Day 2012 is taking place
April 28, 2012


In cities and towns all over the world! Don't see something happening near you? Organize something!

Each spring, Atlas Obscura (that’s us), organizes a global event called Obscura Day.

On Obscura Day thousands of people, all over the world, go out and explore interesting and unusual places. Sometimes we organize the event, sometimes folks organize it themselves! Over the past two years nearly 10,000 people have attend over 200 different events on Obscura Day.

While we love doing Obscura Day it is also a huge undertaking and we need as much support as we can. If you would like to help out, get in touch and we'll work out the details.

What kinds of things do people do on Obscura Day? Here are a few of our favorite past adventures from 2010 and 2011:

Obscura Day 2011

See a full list of events in 2011

Obscura Day 2010

See a full list of events in 2010



“If outings like this can aid in the appreciation of at least 80 new sites in the first year, just think of how many places could eventually be recognized, cataloged and preserved by these armies of Twittering, Flickr-tagging enthusiasts.”


“...on April 9th, the more obscure curiosities take center stage as Atlas Obscura celebrates it’s second annual Obscura Day — a celebration of the world’s most esoteric and unlikely tourism spots.”

NY Times

“It’s easy for New Yorkers, in the speed and chaos of city life, to overlook the small wonders that can be unearthed through occasional bouts of curiosity. And sometimes that stuff can be pretty cool... That’s the idea behind Saturday’s Obscura Day...”

Nat Geo Traveller

“You can descend into the catacombs below Naples Italy with an art historian... go behind the scenes of the Cycladic Museum in Athens, Greece... check out the birthplace of the Internet in Los Angeles... And much, much, much, MUCH more.”

Boing Boing

“...curiosity-seekers will celebrate the second annual Obscura Day on April 9, organized by our friends at the Atlas Obscura”


“Capitalizing on the vast network of users the site has accumulated -- through the use of social media... they've been able to coordinate day trips guided by volunteers around the world.”


This is what we believe:

There is something new under the sun, every day, all over the world.

Around every corner is something that will surprise the hell out of you. Stay curious and the world becomes magic. Atlas Obscura is for people who still believe in discovery. We think that's you.