Yes, Houstonians have been dealing with the heat and humidity since right after Easter. But some purists wait until June 21, the Summer Solstice, to officially welcome the season. Here's what's happening around town this weekend in honor of the longest day of the year.
The Rothko Chapel hosts a series of events during its Sunday celebration, beginning with Tibetan yoga at 6:20 a.m. and ending the day with the drumming of Kaminari Taiko at 8:25 p.m.
For a more scientific observation of the day, the Houston Museum of Natural Science invites guests to gather round the Cockrell Sundial at 1 p.m. for some midday sunshine. When the sun is highest in the sky, visitors may be able to catch sunspots as they're projected from a lense-covered ball atop the sundial, turning the area into a solar observatory.
Or mark the occasion with a visit to the Houston Arboretum this Saturday at 7:30 as it holds its yearly BBQ, Telescopes and a Night in the Woods event. For $35 a head, participants can experience the nocturnal sounds of nature just before the sun sets. Tickets include a barbecue dinner, wine, beer and a night hike.
Houston Arboretum: Sat, June 20. 7:30 p.m. $35. 4501 Woodway Dr. 713-681-8433. houstonarboretum.org
Rothko Chapel: Sun, June 21. 6:20 a.m. & 8:25 p.m. Suggested donation $10. 1409 Sul Ross St. 713-524-9839. rothkochapel.org
Houston Museum of Natural Science: Sun, June 21. 1 p.m. Free. 5555 Hermann Park Dr. 713-639-4629. hmns.org