From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse to a myriad of other summery festivals and events, make the most of the last full month of the season in Columbia, SC! Keep reading for a roundup of things to do below, then take a look through our calendar of events for everything that’s happening all month long in the real Southern hot spot.

Total Solar Eclipse Weekend

By now, you’ve probably heard about this little thing called the total solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21st. And Columbia is one of the top locations to view it! The community has pulled together an entire weekend of events to celebrate and experience this rare phenomenon.

Kick back in the lap of luxury at “The Grape Eclipse” 4-Day Weekend at Mercer Winery, Farm to Table Event Co. August Solar Eclipse Low Country Boil and Paella Party, Solar Eclipse Dinner Featuring Chef Todd Woods and Chef Frank Bradley at The Oak Table or the VIP Lunch & Eclipse Viewing Event at Motor Supply Co. Bistro.

Jam out to the Star Wars Musiclipse and EclipseFest 2017.

Connect with nature at Camp Eclipse, Solar 17 at Lake Murray, the Eclipse Geocaching Coin Trail, Shadows and Science in the Wilderness of Congaree National Park, Riverfront Park Eclipse Viewing, Solar Eclipse Viewing and (Optional) Paddle at Sesquicentennial State Park, Eclipse on the Congaree River with Carolina Outdoor Adventures and Eclipse Extravaganza at Saluda Shoals Park.

Enjoy a blast from the past with Historic Eclipse in the Gardens, the Historic Main Street Walking Tour, the Historic Vista Walking Tour and Lexington County Museum Solar Eclipse Viewing Party.

Tap into your creative side at Art in the Dark or Total Eclipse of the Art.

Tote your tots over to Eclipse Day at EdVenture.

Join in the fun at Columbia Fireflies’ Total Eclipse of the Park, Pre-Eclipse Weekend at the South Carolina State Museum, Solar Fest West, Total Eclipse Tailgate at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Soda City Eclipse Viewing Festival or The Final Journey of Christopher Columbia: Another ECLIPSEploitation Event.

Finally, raise a pint of the specially-brewed Moonraker at the River Rat Brewery Solar Eclipse Party.

Special Events and Festivals

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Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of fun to be had before and after Total Solar Eclipse Weekend, too! Kick things off with the return of several of Columbia’s signature events – First Thursday on Main, Brew at the Zoo and the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival. Catch an outdoor flick at Summer Drive-In Series: Star Wars: Rogue One or Twilight in the Garden Featuring A Bug’s Life. Not only is August the last full month of summer, it’s also the last full month of the Columbia Fireflies’ baseball season. Don’t miss them as they take on Charleston, Hickory, Rome and Asheville. Shop ‘til you drop at Soda City Market and the Summer Sidewalk Sale. Cool off at the Historic Happy Hour Water Balloon Battle. Appreciate the arts at the Artists for Africa 6th Annual Performance Art Event or Arts & Draughts. Spend the day with the kids at Marvel Day with Spiderman & Captain America: Summertime Series. Make time for a date night this month, too, with the Farm to Table Event Co. Butcher Paper Dinner Series. Finally, carve out a whole week of celebration for the 12th Annual South Carolina Black Pride Week.

Live Music


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Soak up some tunes and some sun at Five After Five, the Midsummer Festival featuring Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and the Summer Concert Series. Or, dance the night away (in some AC) at Decades Rewind or Spoon.

Butterflies to take flight at EdVenture for Mother’s Day weekend, Sat., May 13. Free admission to mothers & grandmothers, Sun., May 14.

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Exhibits and Tours

Integrate a little culture into your summer plans. TV fans will love the new exhibit at McKissick MuseumWell Suited: The Costumes of Alonso V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme, while art lovers will want to check out Light Beings, ReTooled and That 70’s Show: Cool Art from the Collection at Columbia Museum of Art. If history’s more your speed, join in on a Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tour or a South Carolina State House Tour. Be sure to pop over to EdVenture Children’s Museum and the South Carolina State Museum for Blooming Butterflies or Savage Ancient Seas: Prehistoric Predators and South Carolina and the Great War, respectively.