2017 Total Solar Eclipse Events in the Upstate

On August 21, a historic solar eclipse will darken a long swath across the continental U.S., from the northern coast of Oregon all the way to the Low Country of South Carolina, and most of the Upstate will be directly in its path. The next time we’ll be able to see a solar eclipse in our area won’t be until 2078!

From universities to state parks and more, there is no shortage of places in the Upstate to gather for eclipse events and viewings. Here is a run-down by county:

Abbeville County

Calhoun Falls State Park: Viewing glasses will be available for sale at the Tackle Shop, and the viewing party behind the shop will include games, crafts, and snacks.

Anderson County

Blackout at Green Pond: Anderson County total solar eclipse viewing party

Blackout at the Civic Center: Free parking and admission, with live music and concessions available

Anderson Recreation Center and Carolina Wren Park: Both locations will have music, and you can bring your own chairs and food, but no alcohol or glass.

Anderson Jockey Lot: “We Eclipse Them All” special market day and viewing event

Denver Downs Total Eclipse Viewing Party: Bring chairs or blankets and view the eclipse in Denver Downs’ 140-acre field, with lots of activities for the family. Tickets $10, sold in advance (kids 3 and under free).

Solar Eclipse Wedding Ceremony at Blue Jar Barn: A unique way for couples to tie the knot during the eclipse! Officiant provided, $300 per couple.

Greenville County

AJW Eclipse Fest: A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering is a NASA-designated viewing site, with family-friendly activities

Area 44 Eclipse Party: 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Woodside Park in Fountain Inn. Free admission and eclipse glasses, pizza available for sale.

BJU Eclipse Experience: Hands-on science activities for students grades 7–12 and an interactive viewing  experience, with free glasses.

Cherokee Foothills Eclipse Gathering:  An 3-day eclipse event in Marietta honoring ancient Cherokee lands and traditions. $88-99 tickets for a weekend pass includes camping, access to workshops and ceremonies, and more. Bring your own glasses.

Children’s Museum of the Upstate: $10 admission includes viewing glasses and moon phase activities, and there will be a live stream from NASA and the Smithsonian.

City Scape Winery Eclipse Party: Live music, wines by the glass, yard games and more, from noon to 5:00 p.m. in Pelzer.

Eclipse over NOMA: Enjoy an eclipse viewing party at NOMA Square with a cash bar courtesy of Roost and live music

Falls Park: Eclipse viewing in the park; more details to be announced.

Furman University: Live music and concessions at Paladin Stadium—no admission fee.

Greenville Drive Eclipse Day Game: Game starts at 1:05, and there will be a game delay at 2:38 during the totality. Everyone in the gates will receive viewing glasses.

Greenville Pickens Speedway: Yeah That Blackout! Live music, food trucks, inflatables, and more—plus free viewing glasses for the first 1500 people! $10 for adults, $5 children 12 and under. 

Greer City Park: Family entertainment and free viewing glasses for the first 1000 people.

Heritage Park Eclipse Party: Free glasses and other goodies to the first 300 people in the park! Free admission and parking. 12:30-3:30 p.m.

HIS Radio Solar Eclipse Block Party: In the Jeff Lynch parking lot, there will be free viewing glasses for the first 500 people, food vendors, music and more. 

Ink N Ivy Rooftop Viewing Party:  Free admission, but there is a $10 Blue Plate special available along with live music

Lights Out Mauldin at Sunset Park: Free event, but registration and a parking pass are required. Free eclipse glasses while they last, and Chuck FM will be onsite for entertainment.

Lake Conestee Nature Park: Solar Spectacular with live music and a brief talk by astronomy and physics professor Dr. Greg Boeshaar. $20 for adults, $10 children 3-12, children 2 and under free.

Paris Mountain State Park: Ranger-led event at the ballfield. Viewing glasses available for sale at the Park Center. 

Roper Mountain Science Center: An official NASA viewing site, the science center will have a three-day eclipse extravaganza in addition to viewing the eclipse on the 21st.

Standing on the Moon Eclipse Party with Phuncle Sam: Hosted by Quest Brewing Company from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Stella’s Southern Bistro Solar Eclipse Party: Viewing party on the patio, $160 per table of 4 includes eclipse glasses, hors d’oeuvres, and a stellar cocktail.

Thomas Creek Brewery: Total eclipse bottle release party and after party--only 120 bottles available (limit 2 per customer). Live music, food truck, and root beer for kids and non-drinkers. Party goes until 8:00 p.m.

Total Eclipse of the Sun Party: Hosted by Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery in Travelers Rest from 1:39 to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free, but glasses are limited.

Trailblazer Park Viewing Party (Travelers Rest): Live music, solar-themed face painting, food vendors, and water fun. 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Wild Ace Pub Viewing Party (Greer):  Food and drink specials, eclipse merchandise, and free viewing glasses.

Greenwood County

Uptown Market Viewing Party: Interactive Corona Art project and complementary viewing glasses.

“APosteclipse” Wrap Up Party at Inn on the Square: Live music, specialty drinks, and “Inn the Dark” t-shirts starting at 3:30 p.m. after the eclipse.

Ninety-Six National Historic Site: Eclipse viewing and activities for the whole family at Star Fort Pond.

Lake Greenwood State Park: A program will be led by rangers starting at 1:00, and viewing glasses will be available for sale.

Lander University: One of five university sites in South Carolina to be an official site for telescopic images of the eclipse, Lander has a full day of activities planned.

Uptown Market Viewing Party: Interactive corona art and complimentary viewing glasses.  2:30-3:30 p.m.

Laurens County

Eclipsefest: Boat social celebration at Fellowship Camp & Conference Center on Lake Greenwood

Eclipse Viewing on the Lawn at Laurens County Library: A registered viewing location with the Space Science Institute

Solar Eclipse Experience at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site: Available by preregistration, and a fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children, this educational program will include ranger-guided activities and informational stations about the solar system, the sun, and eclipses.

Oconee County

Beyond the Bull restaurant: Viewing party at 8095 Keowee School Road in Seneca

Various events: Wigington Overlook, Lake Jocassee, High Falls County Park, Lighthouse Restaurant, South Cove County Park, and Chatooga Belle Farm

Duke’s World of Energy: View the eclipse from the front lawn, but be sure to check out their series of eclipse-related educational experiences all year.

Pickens County

Table Rock State Park: Bring a beach chair and enjoy the eclipse activities starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Table Rock Visitor Center and Nature Center. Regular park admission, and additional fees for craft projects.

Clemson University: Clemson’s scientists, experts, and campus will be available to the public for this extraordinary event.

Southern Wesleyan University: Eclipse over SWU party at Gilbert Track and Field Complex

Spartanburg County

Growler Haus Spartanburg: Opening early for lunch (with soft drinks for those who need to go back to work), there will be free viewing glasses for the first 50 people.

Spartanburg County Public Libraries: Eclipse-themed events throughout August and viewing parties at various branch locations.

Spartanburg Science Center (Chapman Cultural Center): Solar Eclipse Camp school holiday! Bring your lunch and a snack and view the eclipse.

University of South Carolina Upstate: Solar Eclipse Party of the Century, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center Patio.

Triple Tree Airfield Solar Eclipse Fly-In:  Flying enthusiasts from all over can join flying friends old and new at Triple Tree, flying in on Sunday, August 20th, and out on Tuesday morning after enjoying the eclipse on Monday

Tyger River Park:  Total Eclipse of the Park! $10 gets you lunch and viewing glasses, and there will be live music. Registration required to hold your space for lunch and to get glasses.

Note: We will be updating this page as we become aware of more events. Please contact Sharon Purvis if you have an eclipse event you would like to add.

Map courtesy of Geology.com, Xavier Jubier, Google Maps, Eclipse2017.org.