Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, SC
August 18 - August 21
Columbia, S.C., and its surrounding region are positioned in the best location — the best on the East Coast, in fact — to witness a spectacle that has not passed all the way across the continental United States in 99 years: a total eclipse of the sun.
With 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness, Columbia, S.C. is the 3rd largest city in the U.S. on the centerline of totality during this historic total solar eclipse. A partial eclipse will begin over Columbia, S.C., on Monday, August 21, 2017, starting at 1:13 p.m. EDT, reaching total eclipse by 2:41 p.m. From Aug. 18 to 21, 2017, visitors and residents in the greater Columbia, S.C., region will enjoy long weekend of eclipse-related activities hosted by area attractions, arts and culture organizations, restaurants, hotels, retailers, community groups and more. As events are added, they will be viewable at www.totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com.
“The cultural offerings during Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., will be vast and plenty, leaving lasting memories for those who attend,” notes Merritt McNeely, chair of the Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., initiative. “Our hope is that we impact those who are with us and also leave a legacy of art, music, dance, culinary experiences, educational opportunities and more during this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Confirmed events thus far include a midday Columbia Fireflies baseball game, “Total Eclipse of the Park,” during the eclipse at the brand new, award-winning Spirit Communications Park at BullStreet; a weekend of astronomy activities and exhibits at the new South Carolina State Museum observatory, planetarium and 4-D theater with a major viewing event on Monday; a Sunday matinee of space-themed works by the S.C. Philharmonic at the Koger Center; the Solar 17 viewing event on the Lake Murray Dam; a large-scale public art installation; eclipse-related programming at Congaree National Park; a farm-to-table dinner event; a ticketed viewing party at Motor Supply Co. Bistro; guided historical walking tours at the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek in neighboring Cayce, S.C., and more.
"For those who choose to experience this eclipse outside the path, a partial eclipse is all they will see. Even if the sun is 99.9% eclipsed for these observers, they will not experience the full, jaw-dropping, knee-buckling, emotionally-overloading, completely overwhelming spectacle that is totality.” — Dan McGlaun (a veteran of twelve total solar eclipses)
NASA representatives estimate that South Carolina could see an influx of up to 1 million visitors to witness nature’s grandest spectacle. It will be the first total solar eclipse to make a transcontinental path across the U.S. in 99 years, in 1918, while the last total solar eclipse to pass over a portion of the continental U.S. (visible only from five Northwestern states) was in February 1979. The next time a total solar eclipse will be visible from the greater Columbia, S.C., area will be the year 2078.