Thursday, June 23, 2022

Get Out! Get Out! June 25 Is Solstice Saturday at Smithsonian Museums

by Peggy Robin
Image: Solstice Saturday Wellness Event 

Did you know that Solstice Saturday at the Smithsonian Museums has been celebrated for the past FOUR YEARS?

Maybe it's because I'm not a night owl that I have overlooked this stay-up-till-midnight event. But for those who want to enjoy the lingering sunlight hours and mingle with the many sun-worshippers who observe rituals around the longest day of the year -- this event is for you!

FREE  Parties - Programs - Performances     

On June 25, 2022, the Smithsonian marks the first Saturday of summer—Solstice Saturday—by staying open late and hosting parties, programs, and performances, including a free concert on the National Mall hosted by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a late-night garden dance party with glow yoga, a wellness day, and more.

The following museums will be open until midnight:
  • Smithsonian Castle and Haupt Garden
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Museum of African Art
  • National Museum of Asian Art
  • National Museum of Natural History.

Open until 8 PM:
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture (passes not required after 5:30 p.m.)
  • Hirshhorn Museum

Solstice Saturday is held in association with Hofstra University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Hofstra University’s Astronomy Festival on the National Mall takes place Saturday, June 25, 6–11 p.m., across from the National Museum of the American Indian.

More about specific events and activities at these links: 

FUTURES Play Lab: FUTURES x Oracle: Future of Water

Women’s Environmental Leadership Lecture Series - WATER BLOCK™: Urban Design and Environmental Justice 

Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050

WIYRSP Living Longer in the Future

The Book of Fish

21st Century Consort: Earth and the Great Weather (A Sonic Geography of the Arctic)

En Pura Plena: Celebrating the Life and Loves of Tito Matos

Smithsonian Solstice Celebration

Glow Yoga in the Garden

And be sure to visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which opened on Wednesday, June 22 and is on through Monday, June 27, is off for 2 days, and is back on Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4: All events are free and open to the public.

The "Get Out!" event of the week is posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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