In Columbia, there are more than 120 events planned as part of Total Eclipse Weekend, from Friday, Aug. 18-Monday, Aug. 21.
And, that’s just in the capital city.
There are hundreds of other events statewide, many of those in major metro areas like Greenville and Charleston, which along with Columbia are in the path of totality, where a total solar eclipse can be seen.
Here is a sampling of activities outside Columbia.
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Furman University: Furman will host a free viewing of the total solar eclipse at Paladin Stadium from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Events include streaming live coverage from NASA, narration by Furman scientists, educational activities, “Eclipse@Furman” viewing glasses, concessions and live music.
Bob Jones University: Bob Jones will host eclipse viewing events that include hands-on science activities, telescopes with solar filters and informational talks by BJU science professors. They are also giving free eclipse glasses.
Eclipse over NOMA: There’s also the option to treat the eclipse like a Downtown Alive celebration at NOMA Square. This event is free. Guests can watch the eclipse while enjoying a cash bar at Roost and live music from Katie & Larry. Eclipse over NOMA runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21.
More at www.visitgreenvillesc.com/eclipse.
Eclipse Over Clemson will be a celebration across Clemson University’s main campus the day of the eclipse. Astronomers and astrophysicists will be hanging outside of Cooper Library to give presentations and answer questions, an eclipse-chaser will share his experiences and there will be live music and fun for the whole family.
Prime “Tailgazing” spots are available for $50 at Clemson as well. The university is selling tickets for 900 spots right next to Lake Hartwell for those interested in a more spacious tailgating experience.
Many of Charleston’s restaurants have special eclipse-themed parties on Aug. 21. There also are some cool outdoor experiences:
Eclipse on the Atlantic – Pier 101 Folly Beach: 1-4 p.m. viewing party, with live music by Band of Brothers.
Get Eclipsed on IOP: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Front Beach. Live music, plus children’s activities.
Charleston Outdoor Adventures: 12:45-2:15 p.m. The outfitter is offering guided kayak and paddle board tours to view the eclipse. Adve is offering multiple unique ways to experience the total solar eclipse from the water.
More events at www.charlestoncvb.com/eclipse.
Contributing: The Greenville News