It is almost that time friends, the eclipse is upon us! Here at the Opera House we have been working hard and staying busy to ensure that the weekend is not one to miss. Come join us August 18-21st for this four-day-long festival!

Newberry is in the path of totality and will experience a total eclipse, about two and a half minutes of darkness, as the moon passes between Earth and the sun. Visitors from all over will be joining us to watch this scientific yet human event. We figured we would help make this weekend one for the books by co-hosting the Eclipsefest with our fellow Newberry organizations! This celebration will be stuffed full of activities for the whole family, delicious food, live music and more!


The city of Newberry is recognized as an official Eclipse Viewing City by NASA on their website- that comes with a few perks. Guest speakers like Janet from Janet’s Planet of PBS, astronaut Don Thomas and NASA experts are traveling here janets loog siteto Newberry to guide us through the eclipse and teach us about this spectacular event. Prepare to have your mind blown with the history and science of the eclipse that you will learn firsthand.

We cannot hold this secret in any longer; do you know why Newberry is a one-of-a-kind eclipse destination? As if it could get any better, Tim Gagnon, famous for designing all of NASA mission/shuttle patches, has designed a patch to commemorate the total eclipse that will be available for sale. To make it even more special, your Girl or Boy Scout will have the opportunity to earn a special eclipse patch by completing a task. These are only available in Newberry so do not miss a chance to get your own.

We have a few more secrets up our sleeve so stay tuned and do not miss out on the fun!

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Support your Opera House by purchasing a ticket to the Guild’s Luau Under the Stars party on Saturday, August 19th. The night will make you think you are in Hawaii with hula dancers, a performance put on by fire dancers and of 

As you can see the Eclipsefest is big, in fact, it will be the biggest event downtown to date. We are expected to at least double our population size the weekend of the Eclipsefest. This is a time for us to come together as a community and welcome visitors with open arms and our southern hospitality. Due to the fact that hotels have been filled for this weekend for months in advance, you can earn extra cash by opening your home to visitors through Airbnb. Support local restaurants and merchants as they will be working hard during Eclipsefest. Newberry will not be the same once this event is over.

You will most definitely not want to miss the Eclipsefest, so come make history with us. The last total eclipse in Newberry was in 1900 and the next will not be in South Carolina until 2078. Come one, come all! Invite family and friends to see this amazing, once in a lifetime event here in Newberry.

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