The Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere is the day of the year with the most hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset. This is when the Earth’s axis tips the northern part of the planet closest to the sun, giving those nearest to the North Pole endless summer days.
Here in Los Angeles, we have about 14.5 hours of daylight on the longest days, so here’s what you can do to celebrate the summer solstice this year:
Griffith Observatory Summer Solstice Events
Like ancient monuments to the stars, the Griffith Observatory was built to create specific effects when the solar system is aligned for the solstices. On the summer solstice, for the Sun’s “local noon” appearance, at its highest position in the sky all year, the Sun’s projected image crosses the engraved meridian arc of the Gottlieb Transit Corridor on the west side of the Observatory.
The northernmost sunset and the end of the longest day of the year align with an engraved marker and stone line laid into the pavement on the terrace. The solstice sunset occurs at 8:07 pm.
Where: Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, 90027
Santa Barbara – Alameda Park
If you happen to be in Santa Barbara over the Summer Solstice this weekend celebration is not to be missed. Practically the whole town comes together, partaking in a gigantic solstice parade, two stages of live music (one for the kids), food and drink specials from local restaurants and a beer and wine garden. There’s also a drum circle on Saturday if you want to see something interesting.
Make Music L.A. is a nonprofit that is producing its third annual summer solstice celebration. The event involves hundreds of free concerts in public spaces throughout the city and county of Los Angeles.
When: Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 21.
Cost: The event is free.
Info: For specific venues and times, go to makemusicla.org
Fullerton – Muckenthaler Cultural Center
The Summer Solstice Festival is set at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. The event is Jazz Fest – Blues and Boogie: A Tribute to Ray Charles and Gene Harris and is expected to feature an array of multi-cultural bands whose genres range from blues to Bolero to jazz. The center’s Gallery Opening with Brett Green & Robert Arbogastis also scheduled for the same day.
DT Culver City
Join us in Downtown Culver City to find out who makes the best Spiked Lemonade in town! Visit some of your favorite Downtown destinations as you taste their versions of a spiked lemonade and submit your vote for a chance to win a Downtown Prize Package.
When: June 20, 2018 5:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: The event is free.
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