The summer solstice is almost upon us. Tomorrow marks the longest run of sunlight all year. The ancient holiday has been celebrated by cultures around the globe, like the Romans and the Incas. And it still bears relevance today, whether it’s astrologers delving into its meaning, yogis seizing the day as a propitious time for meditation, or people just enjoying extra hours of sunlight.
Philly has plenty of solstice celebrations this year. Here are seven to choose from:
This solstice celebration is a melding of arts and traditions. Before the live performances begin, which span tribal dance, spoken word, belly dance and song, guests are welcome to come for a meditative session that will be a fusion of yoga and the Chinese movement practice chi kung.
Where: The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut Street
When: June 21, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
How much: free, but donations are welcome
The menu for this celebration ain't no joke. The party will take over the plaza from 4th to 5th Street on Bainbrigde, with food and drink from Whetstone, Ela and Southwark. There will be attractions for all ages, including games, live music, street performers, plus psychic readings.
Where: Bainbridge Green Park at Bainbridge Street, from 4th to 5th
When: June 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: free
Not sure what smudging is? Whenever someone burns sage to cleanse a space, that's exactly it— setting herbs alight to change the energy. Billed as a workshop, students will combine weeds and herbs for a summery smudge.
Where: Weaver's Way Co-op at 559 Carpenter Lane
When: June 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $10 suggested
Neighbors in Northern Liberties have transformed this old cart way into a community park. Guests are invited to enjoy the rehabilitated space, over drinks and appetizers, with live music. The Friends of Orkney Park are offering ticket prices on a sliding scale, starting at $20, to welcome donations for the park.
Where: Orkney Park at 852 N. Lawrence Street
When: June 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $20-$40 donation
Fabric Row boutique Steel Pony is having a solstice-themed shopping event. Beyond their apparel, shoppers will also be able to peruse their selection of healing bracelets and soaps. There will also be crystal accessories from local brand Staylow Jewelry. Tarot readings will be available for $10, and reserving a slot is encouraged. Light refreshments will be served.
Where: Steel Pony at 758 S 4th St.
When: June 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: free
Moon + Arrow will be placing a 20 percent discount on all jewelry to celebrate the solstice. Tooth and Lion Farm and Apothecary is visiting Philly from Schuylkill County for a pop-up at the store as well. There'll also be a honey tasting and tarot readings available.
Where: Moon + Arrow at 754 S 4th St.
When: June 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: free
The Antemortem Society, a friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery group for millennials, invites partygoers for a night of drinks and dancing. Philadelphia Distilling is taking care of the cocktails; Yards is bringing the brews; the West Philly Orchestra will be handling the tunes. This benefit will take place in the Medallion Garden, the oldest part of the cemetery.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue
When: June 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $35