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Three Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice



The summer solstice: a day longer than the other 364 in a year that marks the start of yet another scorching series of months. Concerts, cookouts, festivals and fairs will all be plentiful, as sweaty bliss abounds. In honor of this momentous tilt of the Earth, a number of eclectic celebrations will take place throughout the Circle City.

  • IMA

Summer Solstice Celebration @ IMA's 100 Acres

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres

Rupa & The April Fishes sure know how to have a good time. Pulling from eight years of street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts on three different continents, the eclectic sound of this San Francisco-based group is as "difficult to define as life is to confine." At this year's annual IMA Summer Solstice Celebration, the band will help in kicking off the city's summer season, with preceding tunes from Indy's own Cultural Cannibal, DJ Kyle Long. Dance and movement therapist Heidi Fledderjohn will also be coordinating activities designed to "unleash" creativity. In the midst of all this hoopla, visitors are welcome to explore 100 Acres, grab a bite to eat from Ron's Bistro or The NY Slice, and unwind with a tasty beverage in the Sun King beer garden.

Event is free and open to the public.


Solstice Party in the Park

Noon - 11 p.m. at Fletcher Park

When the Windsor Park Neighborhood Association acquired Fletcher Park from the Bank of Indianapolis back in 2012, it had one goal in mind -- to transform the "neglected lot into a useable, fun space." For the summer solstice, the Association has decided to hold a big shindig, featuring a full day of live music, food from Tlaolli and Gordon's Ice Cream Parlor, Flat 12 beer and much more. "We wanted to showcase the park and all the progress we have made on the park to all of our near eastside neighbors," said Martha Latta, Windsor Park Neighborhood Association board secretary. "Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket, sun screen and bug spray and come out and enjoy a really fun day in the park on the longest day of the year."

Event is free and open to the public.

  • Fall Creek Gardens

Fall Creek Gardens' Summer Solstice Celebration and Fundraiser
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  at Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 E. 29th St.

The summer solstice really is a perfect day for Fall Creek Gardens to hold a celebration. Working "to promote organic and sustainable urban gardening practices, promote community gardens, and provide access to gardening resources," the Gardens currently serve 40 community gardeners who grow a variety of plants in 4- by 8-foot plots. At this first annual celebration, a dinner sourced with humanely grown products from Tyner Pond Farm and donations from Piazza Produce and Unleavened Bread Café will be served. Visitors can also expect a variety of silent auction items, a presentation from School 60 pupils of their experience raising chicks for the new chicken coop at Fall Creek Gardens, and tours of the garden grounds.

Tickets are $50 and can be ordered at Proceeds from the celebration will help with operation and renovation costs for the new resource center, chicken coop, and ongoing beautification and improvement of the gardens.

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