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Scroll down to view eclipse-related events across the greater Columbia, S.C. area, leading up to and during the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017! Events are listed chronologically.

To view events in the Midlands happening before the Total Eclipse Weekend, visit our Pre-Eclipse Weekend Events page.

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August 17

Benford Brewing, Carolina Blackout Release

Benford Brewing, Lancaster, SC will release Carolina Blackout: a black IPA with refreshing tropical inspired hops. At 4.9% abv, our Black IPA will be enjoyed by all IPA fans on our South Carolina hot and humid, late summer days. We have begun to pre-sale this beer to all restaurants, bars, and package stores to encourage their own events with this celebratory brand.

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August 17 @ 8:30 am

Highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy

The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is pleased to display highlights from Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy. Over the past half-century, Mr. Ariail built a collection that encompasses more than 5,200 rare books and star atlases, scientific journals, rare offprints and manuscripts now housed in the Irvin Department. The Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy compliments Mr. Ariail’s collection of historic telescopes and astronomical instruments, now at the State Museum. Works on display will…

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August 17 @ 7:00 pm

The Jasper Project presents Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays

The Jasper Project presents Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays – premieres of six 10-minute plays written by six SC playwrights to commemorate the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Columbia, SC. Playwrights include Jon Tuttle, Nicola Waldron, Chad Henderson, Terry Roueche, LaSharn Hopkins, and Eugene Washington. There will be two performances of the plays at 7 pm and at 10 pm on Thursday, August 17th, with a reception for attendees of both performances from 9 – 10 pm in the Tapp’s…

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August 18

Total Eclipse at Siesta Cove Marina on Lake Murray

Watch the eclipse in the path of totality from Lake Murray on Siesta Cove Marina in Gilbert, SC. Limited tent camping with electric and water. Minimum two night stay. Wilderness camping, boat ramp and parking for Lake Murray also available. For more information contact 803-892-2978, email siestacovemarina@aol.com or visit our web page at siestacovemarina.com.

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August 18 @ 10:00 am

Pre-Eclipse Weekend at the South Carolina State Museum

Museum Open Fri., Aug. 18 – Sun., Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. each day *** Please Note! Weekend tickets do not include museum admission on the day of the solar eclipse. *** Solar Eclipse 2017 Weekend Tickets include: – General admission to 4 floors of permanent and changing exhibit galleries featuring South Carolina art, science & tech, natural history and cultural history. – Special astronomy and space exhibits. – Special eclipse education pop-up stations and tours. –…

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August 18 @ 7:00 pm

Public Lecture – “Solar Eclipses: the Dread and the Fascination”

A free public lecture by Dr. Sarbani Basu, solar physicist and chair of the Yale Department of Astronomy. Abstract: There is an almost five thousand year history of solar eclipses. The occurrence of solar eclipses, with the day turning dark, have been hailed as portents of the future. Much later, eclipses began to be used to study the outer layers of the Sun. A solar eclipse was also used as a means to carry out one of the first tests…

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August 18 @ 7:05 pm

Columbia Fireflies Baseball

Celebrate Total Eclipse Weekend with the Fireflies as they take on the Rome Braves on Friday, August 18 at 7:05pm at Spirit Communications Park. There will be post-game fireworks! More details to come!

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August 19

Guided Historical Walking Tours

The 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek is located in the City of Cayce and is less than 10 miles from Columbia, South Carolina. Congaree Creek includes three miles of trails in connection with the Three Rivers Greenway. Paths are paved, well-lit at night and ADA compatible. Walking tours, which are based on site archeology, are led by professional guides trained by the National Park Service that talk about South Carolina’s rich history surrounding the Civil and Revolutionary war…

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August 19 @ 10:00 am

SUMMER STAMP AND POSTCARD SHOW

Visit Columbia, SC for the Summer Stamp and Postcard Show! 13 professional dealers from around the southeast region will be on site to offer great deals on US and Worldwide collections, philatelic covers and items of postal history. The postcard dealers have a wide variety of materials to peak everyone’s interest. Plus, the theme for the show will be the Total Solar Eclipse, with a US stamped envelope commemorating the event!

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August 19 @ 10:30 am

Summer Learning Challenge Wrap-Up Party

Solar-brate with us. Join Richland Library for a morning of music, fun and prizes for the whole family as we celebrate the end of summer during the Solar Eclipse Weekend!

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August 19 @ 11:00 am

Eclipse Geocaching Cointrail

Geocaching is a technical scavenger hunt and is a growing sport worldwide. People hide containers called caches of varying sizes and use GPS coordinates to locate the cache then sign a log located in the cache. The larger ones hold prizes (“swag”) that could be anything from toys to trackable pieces that are followed by their owner via the assigned number and travel all over the world. You can refer to the website, www.geocaching.com, for more information. The eclipse cointrail will launch…

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August 19 @ 12:00 pm

Eclipse Parking at SC State Fairgrounds

The SC State Fairgrounds, located just minutes from downtown Columbia, is offering weekend and single day parking during Total Eclipse Weekend. Parking options vary based on length of stay and type of vehicle. Full hookups are available for RVs.

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August 19 @ 7:05 pm

Columbia Fireflies Baseball

Celebrate Total Eclipse Weekend with the Fireflies as they take on the Rome Braves on Saturday, August 19 at 7:05pm at Spirit Communications Park. There will be post-game fireworks! More details to come!

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August 19 @ 8:00 pm

EclipseFest 2017

On Saturday, August 19th, at 8 pm The Music Farm in Columbia will host ECLIPSEFEST 2017, a night of tributes to your favorite rock and roll bands! For just $10, you can experience the best tribute acts Columbia has to offer. The night starts with Synchronicity, a note perfect tribute to The Police. Following that, Hey Johnny Park! will storm the stage and rock hits from the twenty plus years of The Foo Fighters. To close the night, these two…

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August 20 @ 3:30 pm

Star Wars Musiclipse

A special presentation of music from the Star Wars saga (and more!) sets the scene for darkness’ reign over daylight.

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August 20 @ 5:05 pm

Columbia Fireflies Baseball

Celebrate Total Eclipse Weekend with the Fireflies as they take on the Rome Braves on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 5:05pm at Spirit Communications Park. More details to come!

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August 20 @ 7:30 pm

Eclipse Eve Drive-In Movie

We will be hosting an old fashion Drive-In Movie night at the Historic Columbia Speedway festival grounds where we will show an educational short on the history of eclipses followed by a great family film. $25 per car.

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August 21

Submit Your Total Eclipse Weekend Events!

If your organization is planning a public event during Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., August 18-21, 2017, please submit your event on this site! (Link is in footer for confirmed events that are ready to submit.) For example, the S.C. State Museum is the Solar Eclipse Headquarters for the state of South Carolina, and they are leading the charge to educate students and train teachers for experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon in the months leading up to the big event on…

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August 21

Shadows and Science in the Wilderness of Congaree National Park

Join Congaree National Park staff for an unparalleled wilderness eclipse experience. Walk amongst ancient trees, hear the sounds of the forest as the eclipse takes place, experience this once in a lifetime event in the wilds of Congaree National Park! Special exhibits and numerous programs will showcase the stories of the park and the science that takes place to unlock its mysteries. Ranger led hikes will allow visitors to experience the beauty and solitude of the old growth forests. Prime…

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August 21

Total Eclipse Viewing at Sesquicentennial State Park

Join us at Sesquicentennial State Park for a safe, public viewing location of the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. A campground is available for overnight accommodations.

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August 21

Carolina Eclipse Random Blackout

Join Random Tap for the viewing of the total solar eclipse. Bring your lawn chairs and the family for the viewing. Enjoy a special Brewing of Carolina Blackout by Benford Brewing. Enjoy a cold one during this once in a lifetime event and buy a beer in a commemorative can to remember the eclipse. Best viewing area!

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August 21 @ 9:00 am

Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden invites guests to experience the rarest of celestial shows at the wildest place in Columbia during the much-anticipated total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Columbia, which is in the direct path of the eclipse and considered one of the best viewing cities, is expected to go completely dark for about 2 ½ minutes at 2:41pm. And as you might imagine, many are wondering how this phenomenon will affect the Zoo’s nearly 2,000 animals. “We’re simply…

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August 21 @ 10:00 am

Soda City Eclipse Viewing Festival

A viewing party at the Historic Columbia Speedway festival grounds. We will host local live music, food trucks, beverages and shade tents. Bring out your chairs and blankets and picnic on our 9 acre lawn and take in one of the best views in the city of this momentous occasion. The event will kick off around 10:00 am and wrap early in the evening.

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August 21 @ 10:00 am

Solar Eclipse Day at the South Carolina State Museum

Museum Open Mon., Aug, 21 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Solar Eclipse Day Tickets include: – Special appearance by South Carolina native and Apollo 16 astronaut, Gen. Charles Duke. In addition to being CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) during the Apollo 11 Moon landing, in April 1972 Duke became the tenth man to walk on the Moon during Apollo 16. – Reserved common area outside the museum for safe viewing of the total solar eclipse (with access to restrooms and water)…

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August 21 @ 10:00 am

iMAGINE STEM Festival Midlands

In collaboration with the Columbia Fireflies, S2TEM Centers SC and South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS) are excited to present the first iMAGINE STEM Festival Midlands.  Starting at 10am, visitors at Spirit Communications Park will have the opportunity to engage in activities with business, industry, and education leaders to experience how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) connects to the community around us. The STEM Festival will last until around 1pm and shortly thereafter the Columbia Fireflies will…

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August 21 @ 11:00 am

Solar 17 at Lake Murray

-Tents will be set up at both sides of the Lake Murray Dam (park fees will apply) -FREE water and FREE solar glasses provided -T-shirts for sale -Event at both park sites of Lake Murray Dam (Lexington and Irmo sides) -Lake Murray will have the largest viewing area

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August 21 @ 12:00 pm

Farm To Table Event Co. August Solar Eclipse Low Country Boil and Paella Party

Join us at City Roots farm to celebrate the solar eclipse with a Low Country Boil and Paella Party! Enjoy chicken and sausage paella and a Lowcountry boil, as well as a vegetarian paella option. There will be live music and viewing glasses will be provided. Cash bar. Tickets are $55. Gratuity not included.

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August 21 @ 12:00 pm

VIP Lunch & Eclipse Viewing Event at Motor Supply Co. Bistro

Guests will enjoy a beautiful lunch prepared by executive chef Wes Fulmer with open bar during this once-in-a-lifetime event, with a dedicated viewing area in the Motor Supply parking lot, right in the heart of the Congaree Vista district — just 2 blocks from the historic S.C. State House. Guests can come and go between the dining room and the parking lot to watch the partial eclipse move toward totality and then enjoy the grand spectacle of 2 minutes and 36…

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August 21 @ 12:00 pm

The Grape Eclipse

“The Grape Eclipse” A Gathering of Wine and Sun Lovers! Join us for Wine, Food, Jazz & The Total Solar Eclipse! ————————————————————— >General Admission – $10 – Parking & Viewing Shades (Tickets Available Through Sunday 20 Aug) —————————————————————- >Eclipse Special – $20 – Parking, Viewing Shades & Tshirt (Tickets Available Through Tuesday 01 Aug) —————————————————————– >VIP Total Solar – $35 -Parking, Viewing Shades, Tshirt, Wine Glass & 1- 1000ml ‘2017 Eclipse’ Reserve Wine (Miron ‘Black’ Glass) (Tickets Available Through Sunday…

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August 21 @ 1:05 pm

Columbia Fireflies’ Total Eclipse of the Park

Celebrate Total Eclipse Weekend with the Fireflies as they take on the Rome Braves on Monday, August 21 at 1:05pm at Spirit Communications Park. Join us for Total Eclipse of the Park presented by Bay Equity Home Loans and experience some the best seats in Columbia for the Total Eclipse…start to finish! In collaboration with S2TEM Centers SC and South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS), we are excited to be hosting the first iMAGINE STEM Festival Midlands. From 10am-1pm,…

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