Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd.
Saturday, June 21, free, 5:00 - dusk
It’s time to celebrate the longest day of the year, midsummer, on June 21, as festivals take place all over the Northern Hemisphere. In Long Island City, the tenth annual Summer Solstice Celebration in Socrates Sculpture Park consists of a bevy of free activities from 5:00 to dusk, offering the opportunity for the mind, body, and soul to restore their connection to the natural and spiritual worlds. There will be face painting by Agostino Arts, art workshops sponsored by Free Style Arts Association, Materials for the Arts, the Noguchi Museum, and the Queens Museum, a solstice ritual with Urban Shaman Mama Donna, live performances by Andrew Hurst and Shona Masarin, and site-specific sound performances presented by Norte Maar, featuring Tristan Perch; Lesley Flanigan, Maria Chavez, and MV Carbon; Audra Wolowiec; and David Tudor’s Rainforest I by Composers Inside Electronics. While at Socrates, be sure to check out the current exhibitions as well: Žilvinas Kempinas’s “Scarecrow,” Paweł Althamer’s “Queen Mother of Reality,” Meschac Gaba’s “Broadway Billboard: Citoyen du Monde,” and Austin+Mergold’s “Folly: SuralArk.”