As the solar eclipse draws near, restaurant chains and other companies are ready to cash in on the rare event.
Companies including Krispy Kreme, Warby Parker, and Denny’s are offering eclipse-themed new menu items and deals in the days leading up to August 21.
It doesn’t matter if the companies have nothing to do with astronomy – everyone is eager to find some kind of connection to the solar eclipse.
Here are 13 of the best and most bizarre solar eclipse deals that have been announced so far:
- J Crew
J. Crew is offering 50% off all items at its factory store online. The one-day sale also includes free shipping with the code ECLIPSE.
- Dairy Queen
Starting on Monday, August 21, the fast-food chain is debuting a buy-one, get-one Blizzard deal. The two Blizzards for the price of one will cost just 99 cents.
“We love any excuse to celebrate with our fans,” Maria Hokanson, American Dairy Queen Corporation’s executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “What better way to watch the eclipse or enjoy the last lazy days of summer than with a Blizzard BOGO?”
The deal will last until Sunday, September 3.
- Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme will debut the first-ever chocolate version of the chain’s iconic original glazed doughnut to celebrate the solar eclipse.
The doughnut will launch on Monday, August 21, the same day as the solar eclipse. However, customers can purchase the limited-time offering prior to its official debut during evening Hot Light hours on August 19 and 20.
The delivery startup is giving away free Half Moon Cookies between 2 and 4 p.m. local time in cities where it operates, including New York City, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
All you have to do is open the app and click on “The Eclipse Cookie Store,” and the service will deliver a cookie to you for free.
The fast-food chain is selling its green-apple and grape slushies, as well as its Caramel Mocha Frost, for 99 cents from August 21 to August 27 to celebrate the eclipse.
- Warby Parker
The eyeglasses chain is giving away eclipse glasses at all of its 57 locations. All you have to do is head to a store and ask for up to two pairs of eclipse glasses.
Some locations of the fast-food chain are giving away eclipse glasses.
McDonald’s locations in Oregon are on NASA and the American Astronomical Society’s list of certified retailers of eclipse glasses, which allow you to safely watch the solar eclipse on August 21.
Some Oregon chambers of commerce are instructing people to visit the fast-food chain and get their glasses there, as other retailers run out.
Tickets for a special trip from Chicago and Champaign, Illinois to Carbondale, Illinois – the ideal place to watch the eclipse – and back sold out quickly after they went on sale on Sunday. By Monday, all 409 of the tickets had been sold, USA Today reported.
The mattress startup is hosting “Camp Casper” in Casper, Wyoming, a town in the path of the totality for the eclipse.
A $499 ticket includes a luxury tent for two, campsite shuttle service, food, drinks, and on-site programming, like movies and outdoor activities. All of the tickets are now sold out.
The banana brand’s deal only really impacts New Yorkers, as it is giving away free eclipse glasses near the Flatiron Building in Manhattan on Sunday, August 21.
More interesting is the fact that the company is claiming to be responsible for every solar eclipse in history, or, as Chiquita refers to the event, every “banana sun” of all time.
Nike is promoting black shoes and clothing as “solar eclipse picks.”
“On August 21st, take your look from day to night to day again in all black,” the company’s website reads.
The appliance brand is having what it calls its first-ever “blackout sale.” To celebrate the eclipse, certain products from Figidaire’s Smudge-Proof Black Stainless Steel collection will be at least 30% off.
The sale will last from Thursday, August 17, to Wednesday, August 23.
On Monday, August 21, Denny’s is celebrating $4 All You Can Eat “Mooncakes.”
“Inspired by the upcoming solar eclipse, Denny’s is celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime event with delicious, moon-shaped Buttermilk Pancakes,” the company said in a release. “The Mooncakes will be available for one day only, but America can continue to experience Denny’s regular pancakes – which look a lot like the moon – every other day of the year.”
Since Denny’s $4 All You Can Eat Pancakes is already a menu item, this isn’t exactly a deal – but it’s still a fun way to celebrate.