Some people like to celebrate the Summer Solstice with bonfires and pagan rituals. Others might prefer an evening picnic. Whatever your inclination, there are a bunch of activities this weekend to commemorate the longest day and shortest night of the year on June 21. Most of them are even free!
- The Socrates Sculpture Garden in LIC is hosting a free festival on Saturday, complete with a performance by "pagan rights" musician My Barbarian, an interactive special solstice ritual from Urban Shaman Mama Donna, and facepainting for the kiddies.
- The Wiccan Family Temple’s annual "Summer Solstice Masquerade Soiree: A Midsummers Night’s Dream Ritual" starts at 7 tonight at 638 East 6th Street. "Everyone is welcome, of all genders, ages; solitaries, covens & friends, et al. We are respectful of all spiritual paths and all people," the invite says. Suggested costumes include: "Fairies, Sun Deities, Pixies, Satyrs, Woodland creatures, Nymphs, Elves, Sirens, Belly dancers," and glitter or fairy dust are also encouraged.
- At 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Tibetan singer Yangjin Lamu will perform at saxaphonist Paul Winter’s 13th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration, at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
- A free-solstice yoga festival kicks off in the heart of Times Square bright and early on Saturday morning. The Times Square Alliance invites "both experienced and beginning Yoga enthusiasts (to) find tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the urban energy of the world’s most commercial and frenetic place."
- The Parks Department will give free Summer Solstice nature walks in the Saturday morning and afternoon on Staten Island.