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Summer Solstice Brings Cultural Fun in Philadelphia


The summer solstice on June 21 is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer, which means plenty of time to celebrate with arts and culture in Philadelphia! If you missed the Citibank Summer Solstice Celebration at The Kimmel Center this past Saturday, don't worry: there are two more FREE events coming up this weekend. 


1. The Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial is hosting a fun-filled day of FREE activities on Saturday, June 26. ARTspiration! runs from 10am to 4pm and will take place in front of Fleisher’s buildings along the 700 block of Catharine Street and in adjacent Palumbo Park. There will be food, music and dance, raffles and prizes and tours of the galleries and artist demonstrations. Festival participants include the Charles Santore branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens and Mighty Writers. DJ Jesus will spin tunes throughout the day. Mexican folk singer Aurelio, Cambodian dancers led by instructor Chamroeun Yin, and the B-Boys break dancers from the Houston Center will provide entertainment throughout the day. 

Family-oriented activities will include face painting, portrait painting, potato printing, food sculpture, button making, chalk drawing, and Art in the Park. Neighborhood food vendors, including Taqueria Puerto Veracruzano and Mazag Café, will also be on hand selling refreshments and treats for the whole family. Check out the full color flyer with all the event info

Solstice festival2. Not far from the Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens will be hosting their 3rd Annual Summer Solstice Festival, also on Saturday, June 26 from 1:00 – 10:00 p.m.This year’s Summer Solstice Festival, called “Once Upon A Tile,” will be PMG’s largest event of the year, featuring music, dancing, poetry readings, and interactive activities, all with narrative themes. Full of art-told narratives, the event will feature food vendors including Renaissance Sausage, Sugar Philly and refreshments provided by Fergie's Pub and Art of the Ages' Root Liquor

The entertainment starts at 2:00 pm, where you can become a part of the story with an interactive songwriting performance by Avi Wisnia. Eclectic performances, both indoors and outside in the mosaiced corridors, will keep you entertained throughout the day. Fun hands-on art activities for kids and adults will allow Solstice celebrators the opportunity to make (and take home) their own work of art. Ana Vizcarra’s beautiful site-specific goddess candle installation will illuminate the outdoor labyrinth during the evening. “Once Upon A Tile” will conclude with a lively dance party led by Sonic Liberation Front, an Afro-Cuban jazz group who will set a stimulating musical backdrop for dancing and finish with eclectic beats spun by DJ Ginkgo.