Festivals, Events & More

FESTIVALS Through Aug. 24

North Carolina

Asheville, Aug. 9. RiverFest. Details:

Scotland Neck, Aug. 9. Crepe Myrtle Festival. Details:

Sneads Ferry, Aug. 9-10. Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Festival. Details:

South Carolina

Columbia, Aug. 9. Southeastern Toy Soldier Show. Details:

Greenville, Aug. 22-24. SHE Greenville: The Upstate Women’s Show. Details:

Williamston, Aug. 23. Williamston Spring Water Festival. Details:

COLUMBIA Opening Aug. 16

Stars align for museum rollout

The S.C. State Museum will debut its new observatory, planetarium and 4D theater on Aug. 16. The 75,000-square-foot “Windows to New Worlds” renovation/expansion includes the new 2,500-square-foot Boeing Observatory; the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy (a new gallery that features an expansive collection of antique astronomical instruments dating back to 1730); the BlueCross BlueShield Planetarium, a 55-foot dome planetarium and theater; and the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson Jr. 4D Theater, which uses high-definition 3-D digital projection films with physical features. The grand opening is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 16. Museum info:

John Bordsen