Midlands Eclipse Viewing Event Guide

COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) - Have you decided where you'll watch the Great American Eclipse on August 21? If you haven't you'll want to do that soon as many events are already at full capacity! 

Here's a list of viewing events and activities in the Midlands, county-by-county!

RICHLAND COUNTY

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Total Eclipse Tailgate with WLTX & the SC State Fair
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
State Fairgrounds, Columbia, SC
ADMISSION: $5/Car, $20/Bus, $40/RV, $45/RV + Towed Vehicle

As one of only a few places with an unobstructed view of the Eclipse, the fairgrounds is the place to be. So, come tailgate with us at the fairgrounds for this historic event! We'll have:

  • Prepaid Parking - Pay ahead of time and guarantee yourself a spot.
  • Entertainment
  • Food Concessions
  • Indoor Restrooms

A limited number of eclipse-safe viewing glasses have been made available to the event by the City of Columbia.

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Total Eclipse of the Park: iMAGINE STEM Festival and Columbia Fireflies Game
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Spirit Communications Park, Columbia, SC
TICKETS: Prices Vary

Gates open at 10 AM. The STEM Festival will have interactive booths set up teaching kids about science, technology, engineering, and math. The game against the Rome Braves starts at 1:05 p.m. and will feature a stoppage of play to enjoy a 'total eclipse of the park.'  All fans will receive special eclipse glasses. You MUST have a ticket for the 1:05 PM Columbia Fireflies game to enter.

Total Solar Eclipse Day at the South Carolina State Museum SOLD OUT!
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
SC State Museum, Columbia
Ticket Prices Vary (19.95 - 29.95)

Make a day of it at the South Carolina State Museum. The event features Special appearance by South Carolina native and Apollo 16 astronaut Gen. Charles Duke, a reserved common area outside the museum for safe viewing with viewing glasses provided, special astronomy and space exhibit, access to a special Planetarium Eclipse Show, access to the Robert B. Ariail Telescope Gallery and Boeing Observatory, access to a 4D theater movie showing of The LEGO Movie, and more. 

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Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia 
ADMISSION: Varies

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden invites guests to experience the rarest of celestial shows at the wildest place in Columbia, SC, during the much-anticipated total solar eclipse. They're not sure if or how the eclipse will impact the animals but you can see for yourself at the zoo. Large crowds are expected so guests are advised to arrive early!

Total Solar Eclipse at the University of South Carolina
12:30 - 3 p.m.
Various Locations, USC
FREE

The University has a number of educational viewing options available. Watch and learn from USC’s Naturalist-in-Residence Rudy Mancke on the historic Horseshoe or visit one of 10 outdoor and 5 indoor viewing stations across campus with telescopes, activities and/or NASA live video streams. 

Benedict College Total Solar Eclipse Experience: Featuring the Solar Games
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, Columbia
FREE

Benedict College is hosting a FREE viewing of the total solar eclipse featuring educational seminars, food, drinks, snacks, solar games for kids of all ages and a performance by the Benedict College Marching Band of Distinction. FREE solar eclipse glasses are available for the first 6,000 guests. Parking begins 10 a.m. and tailgating is welcome. 

Historic Eclipse in the Gardens at the Robert Mills House SOLD OUT!
11 a.m - 4 p.m.
Robert Mills House & Gardens, Columbia

Historic Columbia’s Historic Eclipse in the Gardens will feature an expansive outdoor area for eclipse viewing, live music and children’s entertainment from Pears 4 Bears, hands-on kids’ activities, and much more. And here’s a plus – misting stations will be on site to help you stay cool. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available; food and drink for purchase. Historic Columbia also has a number of great weekend activities, including a balloon battle and walking tours of Main Street and the Vista. 

Eclipse Day at EdVenture
9  a.m. - 5 p.m.
EdVenture, Columbia

Mingle with astronaut characters, learn the science behind the total solar eclipse and enjoy hands-on activities in advance of the main event in the afternoon. Come early as the first 821 children get in for $1 and receive free solar glasses provided by Google, while supplies last.

Free Viewing Event at Boyd Plaza on Main Street
2 - 3 p.m.
Boyd Plaza, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia
FREE

City Center Partnership’s “Yellow Shirts” will be handing out complimentary popsicles and Eclipse viewing glasses at Columbia Museum of Art’s Boyd Plaza in the Main Street District. 

Finlay Park Eclipse Viewing
Finlay Park, Columbia
FREE

Spending your eclipse day downtown? Finlay Park is in easy walking distance, with perfect lawn space to spread your blanket or set up your chair. This event will be handing out free eclipse glasses to guests while supplies last. Call 803-545-3100 for information.

Riverfront Park Eclipse Viewing
Riverfront Park, Columbia
FREE

Spend your Total Solar Eclipse afternoon in one of Columbia's most beautiful green spaces, Riverfront Park. Arrive early to select your spot. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs, dress for the forecast and pack sunscreen and a refillable water bottle. Prepare to walk some distance between parking areas and viewing sites within the park. Free eclipse glasses will be given to guests while supplies last. Call 803-545-3100 for information.

Owens Field Eclipse Viewing
Owens Field Park, Columbia
FREE

Rosewood area visitors will want to pack their picnic baskets and head to Owens Field on Eclipse Day. Arrive early and stay late to enjoy the skate park, disc golf course and ball fields. This event will be handing out free eclipse glasses to guests while supplies last.

Southeast Park Eclipse Viewing
Southeast Park, Columbia
FREE

Looking for the perfect place to view the eclipse on the south east side of Columbia? Visit Southeast Park to find an open spot between the beautiful Live Oaks and Hickories that cover this 64 acre park. Bring along some discs, as this park has an award winning disc golf course. Or pack a fishing rod, as our six acre pond is a great spot to wet a line. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and lawn chairs along with sunscreen and lots of drinking water. This event will be handing out free eclipse glasses to guests while supplies last. Call 803-730-8507 for information. 

VIP Lunch & Eclipse Viewing Event at Motor Supply Co. Bistro SOLD OUT!
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Motor Supply Company, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $150

Guests will enjoy a beautiful lunch with open bar during this once-in-a-lifetime event, with table seating, valet parking and a dedicated viewing area in the Motor Supply parking lot. The upscale buffet-style menu will include a Carolina suckling pig “pig picking” with fixings, a raw bar with chilled seafood, a chef’s carving station, fresh fish, vegetarian offerings and more. Open bar will feature specialty cocktails, beer, selected wines by the glass and well liquor drinks. 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 100% total solar eclipse at 2:41 p.m. in the company of fellow food and drink enthusiasts. Tickets are $150, inclusive of gratuity, and may be purchased by calling Motor Supply at 803-256-6687.

Farm to Table Solar Eclipse Low Country Boil and Paella Party SOLD OUT!
Noon - 4 p.m.
City Roots, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $55

Head out to the City Roots urban 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.

Eclipse Viewing at the Sheraton Downtown Columbia Rooftop
Sheraton Downtown Columbia Rooftop, Columbia 

See the eclipse at this rooftop bar, which will put you the highest in the whole city with a wide open view perfect for a telescope and a good time with friends! Come grab some drinks and experience a life changing events with friends.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party and (Optional) Paddle at Sesquicentennial State Park
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia
Free with Park Admission

Experience this total solar eclipse in a nature setting. 'Sesqui' is in the "Path of Totality" and viewers will see the total solar eclipse for over 2 minutes. See how nature reacts to this phenomenon too! Learn basic eclipse facts, safe viewing tips and even make a fun eclipse-themed craft. Bring your solar glasses or purchase a souvenir pair there. Reserve your spot for a Guided Eclipse Paddles to view the eclipse from the water. 

Eclipse on the Congaree River with Carolina Outdoor Adventures SOLD OUT!
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Congaree River, Cayce
$99

Carolina Outdoor Adventures will be hosting a kayak trip down the Congaree River starting in Cayce and ending in Sandy Run. During this trip you'll stop and view the eclipse from a secluded sandbar, away from city lights and noise. They'll provide viewing glasses and have a champagne toast at the end! You'll then continue on with the trip. Lunch, glasses, cooler with bottled water and champagne are all included.

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Congaree National Park Eclipse Hikes

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Hike Times Vary)
Congaree National Park, Hopkins, SC
Tickets: FREE

Join a volunteer park naturalist for a hike into the park for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Great American Eclipse 2017! The hikes allow participants open views of the sky as the moon slowly begins to cover the sun, turning day into night. You may hear owls and have the opportunity to see other nocturnal creatures come out in the middle of the day!

In addition to the guided hikes above, solar eclipse viewing opportunities will be available at the following locations:

  • South Cedar Creek Canoe Landing Parking Lot (located off of South Cedar Creek Road; 10-15 minute drive from the Harry Hampton Visitor Center)
  • Oversize Vehicle Parking Lot located at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center
  • Bluff Campground (2 mile roundtrip hike from the Harry Hampton Visitor Center)
  • Visitors are also free to go find their own viewing location in the park!

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Seacoast Church Columbia Eclipse Party
1:30 - 4 p.m.
Seacoast Church, Columbia
FREE

Seacoast Columbia hosts a once-in-a-lifetime Eclipse Party featuring eclipse-themed food, fun games, a bounce house, and activities for the whole family! Don’t forget to bring your dance skills as they'll also have a moon-walking competition complete with prizes and a prize for the best “Space-Themed” costume. Free Eclipse Glasses to the first 200 guests!

Moondoggled! An Eclipsing Battle of the Bands
12 – 4 p.m.
Doko Meadows Park, Palmetto Citizens Amphitheater, Blythewood
FREE

Head over to the best viewing site in Blythewood for the historic 2017 Total Eclipse and Battle of the Bands. Five area bands will be competing for a $500 Grand Prize by playing 15-20 minute sets of their own mix of music that must include at least one song involving the sun or moon (such as Total Eclipse of the Heart, etc.). The competition will take place between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Food trucks will be setting up by lunch time so come early, grab a bite and get a good seat! The bands will take a break as the eclipse enters totality but don’t worry, they’ll be playing just the right songs over the sound system to enhance your experience. Can you guess what they will be?

Picnic and Solar Eclipse Viewing SOLD OUT!
Noon – 3 p.m.
Camp Discovery, Blythewood
FREE – REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Families and friends are invited to enjoy a unique viewing experience of the solar eclipse in the wide-open fields of Camp Discovery. Bring your blanket, chairs and picnic lunch. Children will make and take a craft commemorating the special day. Bring your nature journal and record your observations of the solar eclipse as it unfolds. After the eclipse, everyone will gather around the old pecan trees to enjoy cold watermelon and reflect on the experience. Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. 
 

LEXINGTON COUNTY

Total Eclipse Viewing on the “Centerline” at Lexington County Blowfish Stadium
8 a.m. Until
Lexington Blowfish Stadium, Lexington
FREE

Come experience the first transcontinental Total Eclipse in 99 years at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. Gates open at 8am eastern. There is no charge for parking. No food or beverage allowed into the stadium. There will be a limited number of free Total Eclipse glasses for those entering the ballpark. All seating areas, concourse will be open seating. Field access will be determined by weather conditions.

Soda City Eclipse Viewing Festival
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Historic Columbia Speedway, Cayce, SC
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children 12 and Under

Enjoy a fun-filled viewing party at the Historic Columbia Speedway festival grounds, featuring live music, food trucks, beverages, water slides, art vendors, and cool shade tents. Bring out your chairs, blankets and picnics for for the 9-acre lawn and take in one of the best views in the city. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and the event will wrap early in the evening. The first 5,000 attendees receive commemorative viewing glasses. 

Solar 17 @ Lake Murray
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dreher Shoals Dam, Lexington
Admission: $3/Car, Truck, $2/Motorcycle, $5/Bus (Lexington, Irmo Sides: Park fees will apply.)

Experience the eclipse at Lake Murray, one of the largest viewing areas. The event will take place at both park sites of Lake Murray Dam. Free water and free glasses will be available while supplies last. WCOS Radio will provide music and free beverages from Cheerwine.

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Solar Fest West - A Total Eclipse in the Park
12 - 4 p.m.
West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater, West Columbia, SC
FREE

Come down to the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse at Solar Fest West - A Total Eclipse in the Park! We'll have live music, concessions, education stations, face painting, balloon art, cooling stations, a photo booth and walking tours! Visually-impaired learning materials will be available the education stations. Free eclipse glasses (made by NASA-recommended Rainbow Symphony) to the first 5,000 people in attendance.

Batesburg-Leesville Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
1 – 4 p.m.
Batesburg-Leesville Branch of Lexington County Library, Batesburg-Leesville
FREE

Ready for an out of this world experience? Make plans to be at the Batesburg-Leesville Viewing Party. Details are still in the works, but they say it will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Solar viewing glasses will be available on a limited basis.

Lexington County Museum Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lexington County Museum, Lexington
FREE

The Lexington County Museum has partnered with the Astronomy Club of Augusta to hold a special viewing party for the 2017 eclipse. Visitors will learn about the science behind eclipses and hear children stories. Visitors will also get to tour the ca. 1832 John Fox House and learn about astronomical events in Lexington's past. The museum will also have a story time for children. Visitors will receive free viewing glasses to protect their eyes while viewing the eclipse. Call the museum at 803-359-8369 for more info.

Blackout on Billy Dreher SOLD OUT!
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dreher Island State Park, Prosperity
$5/Adult, $3.25/Senior, $3/Child, Free/5 and Under

Activities for the day include an arts and crafts table for children, food and beverages, door prizes, and an eclipse presentation at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Kayak rentals through Hat Creek Adventure and Paddle South Outfitters will take place at the old Dreher Island office building. Daily admission for the park is first come first served and gates will close when the park has reached capacity. For more info or to purchase tickets, please contact Dreher Island State Park directly at 803-364-4152.

Eclipse Extravaganza at Saluda Shoals
1 - 4 p.m.
Saluda Shoals, Irmo, SC
FREE ($5 Parking Fee)

Enjoy total eclipse games, activities, and crafts at this fun family event. Attendees will receive Solar Eclipse glasses and a one-of-a-kind Eclipse snow cone! Local NASA Solar System Ambassador Larry Metcalf will guide participants through this amazing event using video monitors to display the eclipse, informative talks and experiments for hands-on learning!

Total Eclipse on the River SOLD OUT!
1 - 4 p.m.
Saluda Shoals, Irmo, SC
Registration: $30/Person

Enjoy a quiet paddle along the refreshingly cool Lower Saluda River! Park Ranger Bryan will guide the group to a beautiful viewing area for the eclipse. Participants will receive eclipse glasses and refreshments. Bring sunscreen and water friendly shoes. Pre-registration is required. Registration is limited to 20 people.

Paddle the Eclipse on Lake Murray with California Republic SUP
Noon - 4 p.m.
Lake Murray, Leesville
RESERVATION REQUIRED: $80/Board, $150/Pair

Watch the eclipse from a paddleboard! Arrive at Noon to have plenty of time to get set up, have your beginner lesson, and find a spot to watch. Reservation includes equipment rental, beginner lesson, guided paddle, eclipse glasses, glow sticks and a limited edition swag bag. Bring a cooler with some drinks & snacks. **Registration and upfront payment are REQUIRED to secure your board. 

Culler Farms Eclipse Viewing
9:00a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Culler Farms
RESERVATION REQUESTED

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AIKEN COUNTY

Total Eclipse of the Pines
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, Aiken, SC
$10/Car, $25/15 Passenger Van, $40/Bus

Camp Gravatt teamed up with USC Aiken’s Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and the City of Aiken to organize this event, which offers swimming, canoeing, hiking, fishing and other activities along with the viewing. Zipline, pony rides, food truck concessions and space candy available for a fee. Glasses will be available for $3. Accommodations available. For more information, call 803-648-1817 or visit www.campgravatt.org.

Eclipse Viewing at Aiken State Park
1 – 4 p.m.
Aiken State Park, Windsor, SC
FREE with Park Admission

Enjoy a view of this solar eclipse from Aiken State Park. Make a day out of it by bringing the family and having a picnic lunch! Don't forget to bring blankets and chairs for seating. Meet the park ranger in the main picnic area. Bring your solar eclipse glasses or purchase a pair at the park office. For more information contact the park at (803)-649-2857 or aiken@scprt.com.

Experience the Great American Eclipse with Stable View Farm
2 – 4 p.m.
Stable View Farm, Aiken
FREE

Stable View Farm, an equestrian training facility northwest of Aiken, will be providing a central area with complimentary viewing glasses, wine and cheese and a tour of the property departing after totality at about 3:00 pm. This tour is available on a first come, first served basis. Stable View offers RV hook-ups, primitive camping, and has several lodging options available over the weekend extending into Monday when the eclipse and tour of the property occur. For more information, call 484-356-3173 or email info@stableviewfarm.com.

Eclipse over Monetta
10 a.m. Until
Ridge Spring-Monetta Little Peach League Ballpark, Monetta
$15/Vehicle, Proceeds Benefit Little Peach League

Gates will open at 10 a.m. Concessions will be sold and restrooms will be available. The cost to park will be $15 per vehicle, but $5 coupons will be given away to customers at the Monetta Drive-In Theatre, or Big Mo, Aug. 18-20.

Experience the Solar Eclipse at Aiken Equine Rescue
1 – 4:15 p.m.
Aiken Equine Rescue, Aiken
FREE

Head over to the Aiken Equine Rescue to experience the "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" of 2017. They will be providing FREE GLASSES to attendees and a great view! Park along their driveway or in the visitor's parking lot for free. Bring your friends, carpooling is best. For more information, call 803-643-1850.

Eclipse Viewing at The Willcox
The Willcox, Aiken
FREE

The Willcox hotel in Aiken is invites the public to enjoy the eclipse with its guests. Specialty cocktails and moon pie munchies will be served. There also will be cooling towels for people who get hot while watching the eclipse. Hotel guests will receive special eclipse glasses for free, and they will be given away to non-guests while supplies last. For more information, call 803-648-1898.
 

CALHOUN COUNTY


Total Eclipse Fest 2017
Noon - 4 p.m.
Calhoun County Government Complex, St. Matthews, SC
FREE

St. Matthews is one of the best locations to view the eclipse in South Carolina. The event features fun crafts, food, solar eclipse viewing glasses and much more! Contact Cindy Haigler at chaigler@calhouncounty.sc.gov or 803-874-2435 for more information. 
 

CLARENDON COUNTY

Manning Solar Eclipse Watch Party
1 – 4 p.m.
Ramsey Stadium, Manning High School, Manning, SC
FREE

Join your friends and neighbors for the historic total solar eclipse at Ramsey Stadium, Manning High School. Gates open at 1 pm, peak eclipse at 2:45 pm. Glasses will be provided.
 

FAIRFIELD COUNTY

RELATED: Fairfield Community Remembers 1900 Total Solar Eclipse

Total Eclipse Viewing Party
1 – 4 p.m.
Garden Street Park Ballfield (Corner of N. Garden and Drayton Streets), Winnsboro
FREE

117 years after leading an expedition to Winnsboro to view the 1900 eclipse, Davidson College will return to lead the town’s events. The first 800 guests to this event will receive a pair of FREE solar glasses to safely observe the eclipse! In addition to the main event (the total eclipse), celebrate this historic event with FREE views of the Sun through on site solar telescopes, solar eclipse exhibits, crafts, games for the kids, and eclipse-themed snacks. It is sure to be a great time for the whole family! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic basket, and some of your closest friends and get ready to party!

All American Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
2 – 3 p.m.
Lake Wateree State Park, Winnsboro, SC
FREE with Park Admission

Lake Wateree will be just outside the range of totality, but will have 97% coverage or better, so still an amazing viewing opportunity. Safe solar viewing glasses are on sale at parks now. Please remember to bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and folding chairs or blankets to sit on. Eye protection will be on sale at the park Tackle Shop for direct solar viewing, but supplies will sell out quickly, so get there early to ensure you have safe and proper eye protection.

Great American Eclipse at Gypsy Wind Farms
9 a.m – 6 p.m.
Gypsy Wind Farms, Blair, SC
Camping Packages & Day Passes Available

Join Gypsy Wind Farms for entertainment, food, artists and eclipse viewing. Camp sites first come-first serve, so make your plans early. 5 RV sites available, primitive sites for tents and small campers.
 

KERSHAW COUNTY

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Kershaw County Solar Eclipse Party 2017
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Potter Community Park, Elgin, SC
FREE

Kershaw County Library, Kershaw County Parks and Recreation, and the Town of Elgin invite the community to celebrate together at the Kershaw County Solar Eclipse Party 2017! Join them at the Potter Community Park for an outdoor party with music, cool treats, games, a photo station, and more. A free pair of eclipse viewing safety glasses will be available for the first 600 attendees. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring your lawn chairs!

Come Play in the Dark at Old McCaskill's Farm
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Old McCaskill's Farm, Rembert, SC
FREE

This is a free family event with free parking. Bring a blanket and/or a chair. Lunch will be served at 12:00. Glasses and souvenir farm t-shirts will be available. No picnics please, concessions will be available
from 12:00 until the Eclipse.

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NEWBERRY COUNTY

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Newberry EclipseFest Official Watch Party
1 – 4 p.m.
Memorial Park, Newberry
FREE

Head to downtown Newberry for the official EclipseFest Watch Party featuring live music, food trucks, kids inflatables, and activities in and around downtown Newberry's Memorial Park. All this will lead up to the once in a lifetime moment when at 2:40 pm for 2 minutes and 32 seconds Newberry, SC will find itself in total darkness during the total solar eclipse. Janet Ivey of the acclaimed PBS show, Janet’s Planet, along with NASA Astronaut, Don Thomas, will guide visitors through safely viewing the eclipse and each point of contact, together. With these experts on hand, Downtown Newberry will be a great viewing location for this once in a lifetime event.

ADDITIONAL DESIGNATED VIEWING SITES:
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
A FREE Bus Route to and from Designated Viewing Sites and Nearby Parking will be available on 8/21/17. Click here to be re-routed to the bus map.

Former Site of the Newberry Mill-Westview Behavioral Health
800 Main Street, Newberry
Public Parking available in downtown within walking distance to this large grass lawn, perfect for laying out a blanket to view the Eclipse. Excellent place to capture the skyline of Downtown Newberry during the phenomenon! Restrooms NOT available.

Newberry County Historic Society Museum
1503 Nance Street, Newberry (behind Public Safety Complex)
Enter at the Corner of Cornelia Street & Nance. Located on a large grassy hill that overlooks downtown, an excellent place to capture the skyline of Downtown Newberry during the phenomenon! The Museum and Gaunt House will be open on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Portable Toilets available.

Newberry College Football Field
2100 College Street, Newberry
Visitors can sit on field with blankets only. No chairs of any kind will be allowed on Setzler Field. Concession will be open on this day for food and beverage sales. Walker Field is open for viewing. Chairs and blankets are allowed on Walker field. These facilities are smoke and tobacco free. Please be sure to bring your glasses with you as glasses at the event are for current students only. Stadium restrooms available. 

COUNTRY VIEWING! Do-Si-Jo's Corn Maze Field
3086 Beaver Dam Creek Road, Newberry
Visitors are welcome to come for eclipse viewing at its finest- no light pollution!  $10 per car to enter. Reserve a space for your telescope (20 spaces available at $25, arrive 30 minutes in advance of opening to be directed to your space).  People can bring a sack lunch. No animals. No alcohol. No smoking. Drinks and moon pies available for purchase. Entrance will close at 1:45 in order to make sure people are settled. One portable toilet will be available. Do-Si-Jo's is not on the official bus route. Call 770-317-7620 for advance reservations.

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Total Solar Eclipse at Enoree Winery SOLD OUT!
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Enoree Winery, Newberry, SC
Tickets: $20/Adults, $10/Children 13-20, Free for Ages 12 & Under

Gates open at 11 a.m. and wine sales begin at Noon. The event will feature live music, barbecue and hotdogs, and wine, of course. Admission includes entry, certified eclipse glasses, a souvenir ERW wine glass and 1 glass of wine. Reservations are limited to 300 people.

Whitmire Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Whitmire Memorial Library, Whitmire
FREE

Head over to the Whitmire Library for some activities for the kids, some games and informational literature before the viewing. Staff will be available to answer questions, too. Bring lounge chairs and a picnic lunch and enjoy the majesty of this event. Come by the library in advance to sign up for free Solar Viewing Glasses to be given out at the event. (One pair of glasses per person while supplies last.)
 

ORANGEBURG COUNTY

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A Minute of Midnight
1 - 4 p.m.
Denmark Technical College, Denmark, SC
FREE

Take in the eclipse at with the Community Rural Arts Work League of Bamberg County at Denmark Technical College with art, games, educational activities and concessions. Reservations required. Reserve your spot by calling (803) 793-5259 or email bcsccrawl@gmail.com.

Solar Eclipse Festival
10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Yonder Field, Bowman, SC
Tickets: $25 - $150

This full day of family fun includes a Great Inflatable Race, a giant inflatable obstacle course, music featuring Uncle Kracker, Edwin McCain and Corey Smith, and a first run movie to end the night.

Orangeburg Solar Eclipse 17
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
FREE

This event will feature live music, educational activities, food and more. Gates open at 11 a.m. Eclipse glasses available while supplies last. For admission information, call 803.516.4753 or email eclipse@scscu.edu.

Claflin University Program and Viewing
Noon – 3 p.m.
Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
FREE

Claflin University will host a total solar eclipse viewing event for the entire campus and community beginning at Noon and continuing throughout the afternoon. Highlights include guest speakers, educational presentations, demonstration and activity tables, live coverage from NASA and eclipse viewing glasses.

Eclipse on the Lawn
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Santee Town Hall Complex, Santee, SC
FREE

Enjoy the eclipse on the lawn at the Santee Town Hall Complex on Bass Drive. Live music will be provided from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Solar glasses, souvenir fans and bottled water will be provided while supplies last. Bring a picnic lunch to this free event and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime celestial show.

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SALUDA COUNTY

Saluda Eclipse Viewing Party
Noon – 4 p.m.
Saluda County Library, Saluda, SC
FREE

Join the community for a viewing party at the Saluda Library. The Library will supply eclipse glasses and instructions for safe viewing of the solar eclipse, plus crafts, activities, snacks and beverages. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

 

SUMTER COUNTY

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Sumter Total Eclipse Watch Party
Noon - 4 p.m.
Dillon Park, Sumter, SC
FREE

Don't miss an afternoon of fun, games and an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience at Sumter's Total Eclipse Watch Party. In addition to food, balloons, face painters and cool treats, there will be music, games and more. Custom, commemorative Eclipse Viewing Glasses will be provided while supplies last.

Morris College Program & Viewing
1 – 4 p.m.
Neal-Jones Auditorium & Athletic Field, Morris College, Sumter, SC
FREE

At 1 p.m. in Neal-Jones Auditorium, astrophysicist and director of Shepherd University Observatory in Shepherdstown, West Virginia Jason Best will explain how and why the total solar eclipse occurs. Following his presentation, at 1:45 p.m., the group will move to the athletic field near Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center (Gym), to observe the partial eclipse first, then the total eclipse and finally more of the partial eclipse.  Morris College will provide free safe observation glasses and hot dogs and drinks to all participants. If you plan to attend, contact Anika Cobb at acobb@morris.edu, (803) 934-3168 or Ali at rali@morris.edu, (803) 934-3284, so the college can obtain the correct number of glasses. 

BEFORE YOU GO

Wherever you choose to view the eclipse, be sure to allow plenty of time of get there and pack your patience.

More than 1 million visitors are expected in South Carolina for the eclipse, and emergency officials expect roadways will be packed. With that in mind, officials are urging people to be prepared for heavy traffic, leave in plenty of time for any event, and pay extra attention on the roads.

"Know what you're going to do that time of day, and carry out that plan," Livingston said. "Get with your family, get with your friends, and enjoy the event," says Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, Adjutant General of the South Carolina National Guard. 

S.C. Highway Patrol says drivers shouldn't look up at the sun while driving and they should not pull over to view the eclipse on the side of the road.

 

 

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