Temperatures are getting warmer, days are getting longer, schools are out for break, and that can only mean one thing: summer! The season will officially begin in the northern hemisphere on June 21 with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
People have celebrated the solstice for centuries, incorporating folklore, history, food, and music into their festivities. From watching the sunrise at Stonehenge in England to dancing around maypoles in Sweden, celebrations around the world include building bonfires, making floral wreaths, singing, and picnicking. If you are interested in learning more about solstice celebrations, visit the Education, Philosophy and Religion Department at the Parkway Central Library.
Looking to celebrate the solstice in Philadelphia? Come kick off summer with the Free Library at the Ravens on the Rooftop Solstice Soirée!
Join the Raven Society, the Free Library’s community of young supporters, for our annual summer fundraiser, celebrating the start of the season on Parkway Central's amazing rooftop terrace. You’ll enjoy an open bar with Goose Island brews, snacks, and beautiful city views, all while supporting the Free Library!
Thursday, June 21
(VIP tasting starts 5:30 p.m.)
Parkway Central Library
Rooftop Terrace, 4th Floor
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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All proceeds from tickets support the Free Library’s programs at all 54 locations throughout the city.