Summer Solstice in Los Angeles 2016

The Longest Day of the Year in the Southland

Griffith Observatory
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The Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere is the day of the year with the most hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset. This is when the Earth's axis tips the northern part of the planet closest to the sun, giving those nearest to the North Pole endless summer days.

Here in Los Angeles, we're a bit closer to the equator and our summer days aren't quite so long. We have about 14.5 hours of daylight on our longest days. Summer Solstice for 2016 is June 20 at 3:33 pm PDT, with sunset usually between 8 and 8:10 pm. Just because we don't see the midnight sun, doesn't mean we don't appreciate our longest day. Here is what's going on for Summer Solstice in LA this year.

Long Beach WomanSpirit Summer Solstice Faire

Musicians, dancing, speakers, healers, fortune-tellers and vendors gather to honor the goddesses at this annual event.
When: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 5450 Atherton Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Cost: $5
Parking: At the church and street parking

Griffith Observatory Summer Solstice Events

Like ancient monuments to the stars, the Griffith Observatory was built to create specific effects when the solar system is aligned for the solstices. On the summer solstice, for the Sun’s “local noon” appearance, at its highest position in the sky all year, the Sun’s projected image crosses the engraved meridian arc of the Gottlieb Transit Corridor on the west side of the Observatory. The northernmost sunset and the end of the longest day of the year align with an engraved marker and stone line laid into the pavement on the terrace. The solstice sunset occurs at 8:07 pm. Note: The Observatory will be closed on Monday, but they do a presentation out front for the Solstice.
When: Monday, June 20, 2016, presentation 12:45 and 8 pm, sky gazing 3:34 pm
Where: Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, 90027
Cost: Free
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Make Music LA

Make Music LA is a celebration of music that matches musicians that want to play with venues across the city that would like to host live music for the day. There will be dozens of free concerts going on that day from amateur to professional.
When: June 21, 2016, various times
Where: venues across Los Angeles
Cost: Free

Taste of Summer Solstice at the Culver City Art Walk

Celebrate Solstice a couple days late at the 3rd Wednesday Art Walk in Culver City. The event includes lots of live music, gallery receptions, merchant and dining specials.
When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 5 - 9 pm
Where: Downtown Culver City is located just south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Dusquene Ave.
Cost: Free

Main Street Summer SOULstice Benefit for Heal the Bay in Santa Monica

A festive 13-block music festival with multiple live music stages and a sidewalk sale featuring all the shops on Main Street in Santa Monica.
When: Sunday, June 26, 201611 am - 7 pm 
Where: Main Street from Pico in the north to Navy Street in the south.
Cost: Free

Summer Solstice Festival at Muckenthaler Center

A variety of ethnic music and dance performances, storytelling, arts and crafts, gallery and house tours will keep visitors busy for this Solstice celebration. 
When: Sunday, June 26, 2016, noon to 4 pm
Where: 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton California 92833
Cost: Free

If you don't mind driving a couple hours, Santa Barbara celebrates with a Summer Solstice Parade and Festival.

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