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're a bit closer to the equator and our summer days aren't quite so long. We have about 14.5 hours of daylight on our longest days. Summer Solstice for 2013 is June 20 at 10:04 pm PDT, with sunset usually between 8 and 8:10 pm. Just because we don't see the midnight sun, doesn't mean we don't appreciate our longest day. Here is what's going on for Summer Solstice in LA this year.
Long Beach WomanSpirit Summer Solstice FaireMusicians, dancing, speakers, healers, fortune tellers and vendors gather to honor the goddesses at this annual event.
When: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 5450 Atherton Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Parking: At the church and street parking
Main Street Summer SOULstice Benefit for Heal the Bay in Santa Monica
A festive 13-block music festival on Sunday with multiple live music stages and a 2-day sidewalk sale featuring all the shops on Main Street in Santa Monica.
When: Sidewalk Sale June 21-22, 2014, Music Fest Sunday 11 am - 7 pm
Where: Main Street from Pico in the north to Navy Street in the south.
Summer Solstice at the Culver City Art WalkCelebrate Solstice a day early at the 3rd Wednesday Art Walk in Culver City. The event includes lots of live music, gallery receptions, merchant and dining specials.
When: Wednesday, June 18, 2013 5 - 9 pm
Where: Downtown Culver City is located just south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Dusquene Ave.
Griffith Observatory Summer Solstice EventsLike 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 pavement on the terrace. The solstice sunset occurs at 8:07 pm. Note: The Observatory may be swarming with media for the event, so parking can be an issue.
When: June 20, 2014, noon (closer to 1 pm with Daylight Savings, and sunset
Where: Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, 90027
Read more about the Griffith Observatory
Summer Solstice and Taco Festival at Muckenthaler Center
A variety of ethnic music and dance performances from Mariachi to blues, storytelling, arts and crafts, gallery and house tours will keep visitors busy for this Solstice celebration. The Taco Festival will include world-influenced variations from Greek to Finnish and Filipino.
When: (2014 TBA) Sunday, June 23, 2013 noon to 4 pm, Taco Fest 1 to 3 pm
Where: 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton California 92833
Info: themuck.org If you don't mind driving a couple hours, Santa Barbara celebrates with a Summer Solstice Parade and Festival.
Make Music LA
Make Music LA is a celebration of music that matches musicians that want to play with outdoor venues across the city that would like to host live music for the day. This year's goal is to have 500 concerts going on that day from amateur to professional.
When: June 21, 2014 10 am - 10 pm
Where: venues across Los Angeles