Eclipse South Carolina path

The path of the total eclipse includes the Charleston area. Great American Eclipse

In the hours around Monday's total solar eclipse, cities and venues around South Carolina will offer dozens of viewing experiences.

In North Charleston, at the recently opened 17-acre outdoor venue The Bend, The Post and Courier and the City of North Charleston will co-present the "Total Solar Eclipse Charleston" event, which will augment the eclipse viewing with a focus on educational and family-friendly activities.

Renowned "kid-hop" artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, who in 2016 won a Grammy Award for Best Children's Album for his record "Infinity Plus One," will perform.

The event includes livestreaming of NASA's high-altitude balloons with videos cameras capturing real-time images of the eclipse.

Elizabeth Joyner from the NASA Langley Research Center will be on site with her team to provide advice on viewing the eclipse as well as educational information about the phenomenon.

Boeing will participate in several activities at the event, including demonstrations of robotics and three-dimensional modeling and paper airplane-building projects. Its trebuchet team also will be on hand to demonstrate live launches.

The College of Charleston Astronomy Department also will participate, and interactive activities will educate attendees on the eclipse.

Eclipse viewing glasses will be available for free.

WINGS for Kids will be offering a Solar Snack Store. Bring chairs and blankets for comfortable viewing, but no coolers or pets.

Read on for a list of more eclipse-related events across the state.


Solar Eclipse Festival

Where: Yonder Field, 180 Log Cabin Road

When: 4 p.m. Aug. 20-10 a.m. Aug. 22; Aug. 21 event: 10 a.m. gates, 11 a.m.-11 a.m. show

What: This outdoor event space’s first festival is based around the eclipse, but also includes performances headlined by early-2000s hitmaker Uncle Kracker, South Carolina’s own Edwin McCain and Corey Smith; a movie screening; and an inflatable obstacle course called the Great Inflatable Race, with divisions for adults and children.

Cost: $25 single day general admission; $75 to $150 two-day camping; $25 to $300 Great Inflatable Race admission; $30 premium parking pass; $5 ticket increase day-of-event

More info: 877-987, 6487,


Total Eclipse of the Art

Where: The Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., downtown Charleston

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21

What: In promoting its Lenhardt Garden for eclipse viewing, the Gibbes Museum will provide viewing glasses and reduced admission costs. Michael Zebrowski will present a site-specific installation, "Eclipse S U R V E Y," and be available for discussion on his project.

Cost: $15 two-for-one adult; $13 senior/student/military; free for children ages 17 years and younger

More info: 843-722-2706,

Moon Over Middleton Place

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston

When: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21

What: Middleton Place will offer an opportunity to meet with an astronomer, kids' activities and a Family Fun Craft Tent, picnic-style food available for purchase and more. The first 500 visitors will receive free eclipse viewing glasses.

Cost: Free with admission: $28 general; $13 student; $18 ages 6-13 years; free for ages 5 years and younger

More Info: 843-556-6020,

Solar eclipse viewing party

Where: MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive

When: 11 a.m. gates Aug. 21

What: Billed as an “eclipse tailgate,” this party includes a “science-based kids zone,” local food, a full bar, live entertainment and viewing on the 3,000 square foot Jumbotron. NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock will be in attendance to answer questions and take photos.

Cost: $8 general; free for ages 12 years and younger/military personnel/first responders

More info: 843-971-4625,

Charleston RiverDogs Eclipse Day 

Where: Joseph P. Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St., downtown Charleston

When: 1 p.m. gates, 4:05 p.m. first pitch Aug. 21

What: Though Charleston will experience the eclipse more than an hour before game time against the Augusta GreenJackets, Joseph P. Riley Park will open its gates early so fans can watch the eclipse from the inside. “Special guests from NASA” will appear, according to the organization. Attendees will receive special eclipse sunglasses at the gate.

Cost: Free with game tickets ($9-$21)

More info: 843-577-3647,

Freshfields eclipse event

Where: Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green, Johns Island

When: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 21

What: Freshfields Village will celebrate the eclipse with multiple family-friendly activities, including a Sun Salutations yoga class, Solar Sidewalk art contest, music from DJ Moo Moo, food and drinks available for purchase and more. A limited number of free eclipse glasses will be distributed to first attendees, but additional glasses will be available for purchase at retail locations throughout the Village. Live NASA coverage of the eclipse will be screened on the Village Green. Beach chairs and blankets are encouraged.

Cost: Free

More Info: 843-768-6491,


Soda City Eclipse Viewing Festival

Where: Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21

What: This daylong viewing party will include water slides, live local music and food trucks.

Cost: $10 adult; $5 child

More info: 803-665-7620,

Total Eclipse of the Park STEM Festival and Baseball Game

Where: Spirit Communications Park, 1640 Freed St., Columbia

When:  10 a.m. festival, 1 p.m. first pitch Aug. 21

What: Gates at Spirit Communications Park will open early for visitors to engage with business, education and industry figures about science, technology, engineering and math. Then, the Columbia Fireflies will play the Rome Braves, with the game stopping temporarily during the eclipse.

Cost: Free with game ticket

More info: 813-726-4487,

Solar Fest West

Where: West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater, corner of Meeting St. and Alexander Road

When: Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 21

What: Local artists Seventy Six and Sunny and Prettier than Matt will perform at this free festival, which also includes food trucks, a beer garden and balloon art. Viewing glasses will be provided to the first 1,500 attendees.

Cost: Free

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Total Solar Eclipse at TCMU

Where: The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, 300 College St.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21

What: Families with younger kids might check out the eclipse at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. The museum will offer story time and activities about women in astronomy, among other features.  Tickets may only be purchased the day of event.

Cost: Free with general admission ($9-$10)

More info: 864-233-7755,


Where: Paladin Stadium, Furman University

When: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 21

What: Furman University scientists will narrate the eclipse. Includes live music, educational activities and viewing glasses.

Cost: Free

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BJU Eclipse Experience

Where: Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.

When: 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21

What: Older kids are the focus of BJU’s eclipse event, which is open to seventh- through 12th-graders, their parents or guardians and schools. The university will have telescopes on hand to view the eclipse, and faculty members will speak on eclipses’ historical, scientific and religious significance.

Cost: Free, but register at

More info:

Isle of Palms

Get Eclipsed on IOP

Where: Front Beach

When: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 21

What: Children’s entertainment and some eclipse viewing glasses will be available at this event from the City of Isle of Palms. The eclipse will be bookended by live music from DJ NattyHeavy and Plane Jane. Viewing glasses will be first come-first served at the event, but can be obtained in advance from the City of Isle of Palms.

Cost: Free

More info: 843-886-6428,

Mount Pleasant

Eclipse on a Warship

Where: The Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road

When: All day Aug. 21

What: The first 3,000 visitors to the warship will get specialized glasses for viewing the eclipse. Indirect viewing from the flight deck also will be available. Beforehand, Christian Iliadis, the chair of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s physics and astronomy department, will speak. Tickets may only be purchased the day of event beginning at 9 a.m. at the ticket window.

Cost: Free with general admission — $22 ages 12-61 years; $17 ages 62 years and older; $14 ages 6-11 years; free for children ages 5 years and younger

More info: 843-884-2727,

Total Solar Eclipse Barn Jam

Where: Sewee Outpost, 4879 U.S. Highway 17, Awendaw

When: 10 a.m. gates, noon music Aug. 21

What: Awendaw Green will host a special Total Eclipse Barn Jam, featuring live music from Danielle Howle, Community Center, Pierce Edens, The Good Bad Kids, Violet Bell and The Grand Shell Game. BYOB and food from The Roost will be available for purchase. Leashed pets welcome.

Cost: $10 general; free for ages 12 years and younger

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Dark Side of the Sun

Where: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina at Harborside Beach, 20 Patriots Point Road 

When: 1-5 p.m. Aug. 21

What: This “once in a lifetime solar eclipse extravaganza,” as it’s billed, will feature music from the Dubplates and activities for children. The first 1,000 of the limited tickets include eclipse viewing glasses.

Cost: $10 general; $5 ages 12 years and younger

More info: 843-856-0028,

SunShadow Yoga

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd.

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 21

What: This yoga class, offered through the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, will include live music and take place just before the eclipse.

Cost: $5 advance, $8 day-of-event

More info: 843-762-2172,

Reach Jack Evans at (843) 937-5491. Follow him on Twitter @JackHEvans.

Jack Evans is a reporting intern at the Post and Courier. He attends Indiana University and has written for the Indiana Daily Student, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Knoxville Mercury, among other publications.