The longest total solar eclipse on the East Coast in a metro area will be in Columbia, S.C., on August 21, 2017 at 2:41 p.m. "Close" is not close enough!
Columbia, S.C., is already known internationally as one of the top destinations in the world for viewing the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Throughout the long weekend of August 18-21, 2017, attractions, cultural institutions, hospitality and retail businesses in Columbia, S.C. -- the total solar eclipse capital of the East Coast -- will host special eclipse-related events leading up to nature's grandest spectacle. At 2:41 p.m. on August 21, 2017, viewers who have gathered in the greater Columbia, S.C., area will experience up to 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality -- the longest period of 100% total eclipse on the entire East Coast of the United States.
Experience the Solar fun with several events going on in the area on that day. Check out some of the fun events going on below and make sure to visit the Total Eclipse website to see a list of all events going on in the region.
Solar 17 at Lake Murray
Be sure to come experience Solar 17 at Lake Murray on Monday, August 21st! Lake Murray will have the largest viewing area. This event will take place at both park sites of Lake Murray Dam (Lexington and Irmo sides.) Click HERE for more details.
Solar Eclipse 2017 at the SC State Museum
The SC State Museum will be hosting an fun-filled weekend of solar eclipse related events leading up to a special opportunity to view the eclipse at the museum. Activities include telescope tours, planetarium shows, viewing from Boeing Observatory and much more. Click HERE for more details.
Columbia Fireflies’ Total Eclipse of the Park
Celebrate Total Eclipse Weekend with the Fireflies as they take on the Rome Braves that Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Spirit Communications Park. There will be post-game fireworks. On Monday, August 21st, join them for Total Eclipse of the Park at 1:05pm. Click HERE for more details.
Star Wars Musiclipse
A special presentation of music from the Star Wars saga sets the scene for darkness' reign over daylight during Total Eclipse Weekend in Columbia! Presented by the South Carolina Philharmonic. Click HERE for more details.
Viewing at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens
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. Click HERE for more details.
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. Click HERE for more details.
Shadow 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! Click HERE for more details.
Guided Historical Walking Tours
Walking tours, which are based on site archaeology, 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 eras. Click HERE for more details.
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. Click HERE for more details.
Eclipse Geocaching Cointrail
The eclipse cointrail will launch on Saturday, August 19th with an event to be held at the Convention Center. Once you have found each geocache and stamped your “passport” you will receive a trackable geocoin customized for the Columbia eclipse experience. Click HERE for more details.
Eclipse Eve Drive-In Movie
We will be hosting an old fashion Drive-In Movie night at the Historic Columbia Speedway festival grounds. We will show an educations short on the history of eclipse. Followed by a great family film. Click HERE for more details.
Total Eclipse Viewing at Sequicentennial 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. Click HERE for more details.