Top Eight Summer Solstice Parties

Celebrate the longest day of the year with everything from a mixer at the Museum of Natural Science to Taiko drumming at the Rothko Chapel.

By Shy Hardiman June 20, 2014

Saturday’s going to be a pretty big event. No, it’s not your birthday (unless it is)—think bigger. It’s the Summer Solstice! June 21 will be the longest day of the year, and even if you can't make it to Stonehenge there are still plenty of fun activities in Houston to help you go out and enjoy the sunny weather.


Get your tranquility on at the Rothko Chapel. Aside from being an intimate sanctuary for people of all beliefs, this ecumenical gathering place is holding plenty of activities to help you ring in summer. At 6:21 a.m. there will be “sun salutations;” at noon expect a crystal bowl meditation with Dana Shamas; and at 8 p.m. experience Taiko Drumming by Houston’s own Kaminari Taiko, a Japanese drumming ensemble

June 21 from 6:21am–8pm. Free. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St. 713-524-9839. rothkochapel.org

Mixers & Elixirs

Mingle and meet new people at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s summer solstice party, with drinks and live music by the Royal Dukes. It’s one of those cash-bar-and-food-trucks type of event.

June 21 from 7–10. $20. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr. 713-639-4629. hmns.org

Arboretum at Night

Eating barbecue at night does make it taste better—it’s a scientific fact. Okay, maybe not, but it’s still fun. To celebrate the solstice, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is serving a barbecue dinner, followed by a nature hike and stargazing. Make it a family affair—children eight and up are welcome.

June 21 from 7:30–9:30. $35/person; $70/family. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Dr. 713-681-8433. houstonarboretum.org

Iron Skillet’s Summer Solstice Street Tour

Wacky Houston rock-country band Iron Skillet, which recently staged a “Homeless Tour,” in which they played under bridges and behind dumpsters, has announced a free, day-long tour of Washington Ave. In addition to bars and restaurants, Iron Skillet will play a feed store, a pawnshop, and other atypical venues along the route.

June 21 from 8am-midnight. Free. Begins at 6500 block of Washington Ave. summersolsticetour.com

#Capitalize (On the First Day of Summer)

Capitol Bar Midtown celebrates the longest day of the year by starting the party at 2 and doesn’t end until sundown. Join in the revelry by smoking a hookah and noshing on snacks in one of the bar’s cushy cabanas.

June 21 from 2–8. RSVP for free on website. Capitol Bar, 2415 Main St. 713-487-6854. capitolbarmidtown.com

Texas Black Expo Juneteenth Old School R&B Concert at Discovery Green

Pioneering female rapper MC Lyte headlines the Texas Black Expo’s Juneteenth Old School R&B Concert, which also features many of your favorite R&B artists from the past few decades. 

June 21 at 6. $27. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. texasblackexpo.com

Discovery Green Flea at Night

Time to ditch your winter garments for a new summer wardrobe. Discovery Green is bringing back its nighttime event where you and your family are welcome to shop, eat, and enjoy local entertainment. Tents open at 6 and close at 10, and the “funky electro-dance duo” the Wrestlers perform from 7 to 9. Check out photos of last year’s event on our website

June 21 from 6–10 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. discoverygreen.com

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