Celebrate the Summer Solstice 2020, the shortest night of the year

The Summer Solstice is the shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the longest night of the year in the southern hemisphere. It falls on June 20th or 21st.

Summer Solstice 2020

The next Summer Solstice is Saturday, June 20, 2020.


Midsummer is an old name for the Summer Solstice. Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, George Balanchine’s ballet of the same name, and Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing outdoor dance party refer to this time of year.

The Summer Solstice is an important celebration in many northern cultures. If you go far enough north, the sun doesn’t set at all. If you go far enough south, the sun doesn’t rise at all.

La Fête de la Musique

Parisian’s celebrate the shortest night with La Fête de la Musique, an all-night street festival of live music all over Paris. SummerStage usually presents a Fête de la Musique in Central Park.

Summer Solstice 2018

The 2018 Summer Solstice is Thursday, June 21, 2018.

NYC’s main summer solstice celebration is Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice Celebration at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Morningside Heights, Manhattan on Saturday June 16, 2018 at 4:30 am. $40 – $50

France Rocks and Bureaux Export bring Vianney / Chassol /Joakim to play a little Fête de la Musique in the Parisian tradition at Central Park SummerStage on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 6 – 10 pm. FREE


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