How to Celebrate Summer Solstice in New York

By Daniel He
Daniel He
Daniel He
June 20, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Friday the sun will shine upon New York for 15 hours, 5 minutes, 39 seconds making it the longest day of the year. Getting outdoors is a great idea and if haven’t thought about how to celebrate, here are some of the city’s activities to celebrate summer solstice.

Keep a lookout, because there will be mass Yoga practices, to sculpting in the park, to musicians playing on virtually every corner of the city.


Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga

A great gathering of high-spirited yoga lovers are coming together in the middle of Times Square for a day of yoga activities, including 5 classes with different instructors and 3 fashion shows.


Summer Solstice Celebration
 at Socrates Sculpture Park

Come for an evening with art workshops, face paintings, and a picnic as you watch the sunset behind the Manhattan Skyscrapers.


Make Music New York

Possibly the most lively day with music performing everywhere you look. Over five boroughs, with musicians from high school bands to billboard bands will play to celebrate the first day of Summer.


Swedish Midsummer Festival Battery Park City

A great party for adults and kids is in waiting to celebrate Swedish style with folk dances, Swedish delicacies, traditional games, and bona fide fiddle music.


Second Annual Summer Solstice Party North Brooklyn Boat Club

What better than to enjoy the fresh summer air at one of the city’s shores. This event includes drinking and dancing along the bank of Newtown Creek.