Prisms on the Nationwide Museum of the American Indian create rainbows of daylight—which could be particularly intense on the summer season solstice. Picture courtesy of the NMAI.
The summer season solstice this yr falls on Friday, June 21, at precisely 11:54 a.m. in Washington, marking the official begin of summer season. On every of three days, June 20 by 22, Washingtonians can delight in about 14 hours of daylight. Listed here are a couple of methods to make the most of all that further daylight between dawn and sundown.
Take a stroll on the wild facet on the Smithsonian’s Solstice Saturday on the Nationwide Zoo, which is extending its hours on June 22 to 10 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., youngsters can jam at a dance get together with a deejay, and take photos with the zoo’s costumed panda till eight. Meals vehicles can be available promoting native fare. Beginning at eight, adults can be a part of within the celebration; there can be a bar in addition to deejayed music. The documentary Pandas: Wild at Coronary heart can be proven within the zoo’s customer middle auditorium all through the day. Whereas tickets have to be bought to see the movie, all different occasions are free.
Additionally a part of the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday celebration is the Astronomy Pageant on the Nationwide Mall, from 6 to 11 p.m. in entrance of the Smithsonian Fort. With the help of Hofstra College’s Physics and Astronomy Division, the pageant offers guests an opportunity to study extra concerning the science behind the solstice. There can be 25 photo voltaic, optical, and radio telescopes arrange for festival-goers to view the planets and the celebs—together with sensible double stars and Saturn’s rings—and displays by astronomers and planetary scientists, in addition to native college students. There may even be a planetarium present below an inflatable dome.
If you wish to take an excellent deeper dive into solstice science, the Nationwide Air and House Museum can be open till 11:30 p.m. Actions that day start as early as 10 a.m., when guests can observe the solar by photo voltaic telescopes and attend a free planetarium present. Within the night, from 9:30 on, there’s a Solstice Star Celebration on the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory (steps from the primary entrance). Climate allowing, attendees can use telescopes to watch Jupiter, the biggest planet in our photo voltaic system. The Smithsonian occasions and the Astronomy Pageant are each freed from cost.
Drop into the Potomac Atrium of the Nationwide Museum of the American Indian from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 21 to see a lattice of sensible rainbows converge on the atrium ground. When the museum was constructed, eight massive acrylic prisms had been put in place as a part of the Charles Ross “Prism/Photo voltaic Spectrum” set up. The prisms sit within the atrium’s tall rectangular window, which faces due south. Gentle passes by the prisms and places on a gentle present each day each time the solar is at its highest. As a result of the summer season solstice is the purpose at which the solar is closest to the Northern Hemisphere, when gentle hits the prisms on the 21st, the present could be notably vibrant. This show was designed in collaboration with Native American communities and speaks to historical traditions. Admission is free.
The museum additionally has occasions on faucet for the Smithsonian’s Solstice Saturday on June 22. Conventional Bolivian dance kicks off the festivities at three p.m, adopted by arts and crafts—equivalent to making a sun-inspired fan or canvas tote—and exploration of sun-related reveals all through the museum. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. is the Solstice Illuminated Dance Celebration within the Welcome Plaza, full with glow sticks, a deejay, and meals vehicles. A “comparsa iluminada”—an illuminated procession—may even happen that night. The museum’s galleries will stay open late, too. All occasions are free, however registration is required for the Illuminated Dance Celebration.
In addition to being the summer season solstice, June 21 is Worldwide Day of Yoga. To have fun each, you’ll be able to head to Summer season Solstice, a part of the Sundown Health program in Georgetown Waterfront Park and in collaboration with Athleta activewear’s Georgetown retailer. From four to 7 p.m., there can be three, one-hour-long yoga lessons along with prizes and giveaways from Athleta, Down Canine Yoga, Tuckernuck, and Kendra Scott. Free registration is obtainable on-line and restricted areas can be found. If you’ll want to cool off afterwards, the close by bar Pinstripes is extending its completely satisfied hour to eight p.m. with $four wine and mixed-drink specials.
Possibly you’d reasonably kick off summer season by giving again. On June 21, EcoAction Arlington is sponsoring its Summer season Solstice Celebration in Bluemont Park (601 N. Manchester St., Arlington). Their concept of celebrating is selecting up trash and tending Bluemont’s pollinator backyard. There can be a vegetarian-friendly picnic dinner after the cleanup the place volunteers can mingle. The occasion begins at 6:30 p.m.; a $5 donation is requested for the picnic.
Make Some Noise
Many cultures all through historical past have celebrated the summer season solstice with ceremonial dances or rituals. Embrace this custom on the Drum Circle on the Nationwide Cathedral, hosted by Katy Gaughan of Drumming for Wellness, on June 21 at 7 p.m., within the out of doors All Hallows Amphitheater. Members can convey their very own drums or rhythm devices (some drums can be out there on a primary come, first served foundation) to hitch within the music-making or can dance, picnic, or simply observe. Canines are welcome on leash. Free.
Photo voltaic Aptitude
It wouldn’t be the summer season solstice with out the solar. On Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m., the Photo voltaic Basis is internet hosting its annual fundraiser, Summer season Solstice 2019, on the rooftop of 655 New York Avenue in Northwest DC. Members of the general public are welcome to study extra concerning the Photo voltaic Basis and solar energy, and to listen to the keynote speech by Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, the mayor of Puerto Rico. Tickets are $129.99 on-line and all proceeds go to the Photo voltaic Basis and Alguien Ayúdenos, a basis supporting hurricane restoration efforts in Puerto Rico. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres can be offered.
The Maryland Science Heart additionally occasions its annual fundraiser—which raises cash for its academic packages—with the solstice. The get together is on June 22, from eight p.m. to midnight. With the skyline of Baltimore and the Inside Harbor as backdrop, you’ll be able to dance to the band Eight Previous Midnight whereas sampling bites from catered meals stations. There can be a silent public sale, and cocktail apparel is recommended. Tickets are $170 an individual or $85 for members or, presently, by Groupon.
Fruits of the Solar
Seize a glass at Burnt Hill Farm’s Summer season Solstice Pure Wine Pageant in Clarksburg, Maryland, on Saturday, June 22. Pure wines are these cultivated with low-intervention methods, and producers from across the nation and the world—together with Revel, Fausse Piste, and Zafa Wines—can be providing tastings. The occasion may even function artwork by the No Kings Collective, and deejay Mike Bernstien. A portion of the pageant’s proceeds goes towards the Maryland Farmers Market Affiliation. Tickets for many who wish to drink vary from $45 day passes to a $160 cross with early admission. Clarksburg is about 45 minutes from DC.