Things to Do Summer Solstice celebrations, activities in NYC By Shaye Weaver firstname.lastname@example.org Updated June 21, 2019 11:02 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Rejoice! Summer is finally and officially here. When the rain clears out and the sun emerges, go out and enjoy the longest day of the year. Some city parks, squares and streets are hosting live music performances, ceremonies, activities and more to celebrate. Below, you'll find some of our picks. Catch street music in Midtown East (June 21) Photo Credit: Grand Central Partnership The Summer Solstice Music Festival, inspired by Paris' Fête de la Musique, will bring live jazz, R&B, British Invasion covers, steel band and other genres to the streets of Midtown East (Park Avenue from 39th to 54th streets) from 4 to 7 p.m. You can check Grand Central Partnership's website for a list of all the performers. Daybreaker sunrise solstice party (June 21) Photo Credit: Daybreaker Start your morning and your summer off right with this wake-up party that includes a 5 a.m. sunrise sound bath meditation and yoga class, a party with DJs, performance artists and breakfast treats. You can also craft, get an astrology reading and more. ($15-$40; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Elsewhere, 599 Johnson Ave. #1, Brooklyn; daybreaker.com) Be a human sundial Photo Credit: Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Stand on a giant sundial banner to cast your shadow and mark the time. You'll help create a large-scale human timepiece by leaving your personal mark on the banner, which will be displayed in the Museum of Mathematics through Aug. 8. This is the first Throwback Thursday (a series of free activities in the plaza on Thursdays, including giant Jenga, board ha,es and photo opps) for the Flatiron District. (Free, noon to 2 p.m., North Public Plaza, flatirondistrict.nyc) Meditate with Awakening NY Photo Credit: iStock/jessicahyde Welcome the summer season and express your gratitude at a meditation circle with sounds from a singing bowl and gong with Awakening NY (605 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn) on Friday evening, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $20.15. Find music everywhere Photo Credit: NAMM Foundation This all-day musical celebration is coming to New York City with more than 1,000 free concerts in public spaces throughout all five boroughs. Enjoy hip hop, opera, Latin jazz, punk rock and more by high school bands to marquee names on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. (Free, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., makemusicny.org) Greet the sun at a sunrise celebration (June 22) Photo Credit: iStock Between 4:30 and 6 a.m. on Saturday, seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Paul Winter will perform in total darkness at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Ave.) until the great stained-glass windows begin to illuminate. The event is free. Enjoy a day at the waterfront Photo Credit: Socrates Sculpture Park Celebrate the first day of summer with art-making workshops and activities, live music and a special solstice ceremony at Long Island City's Socrates Sculpture Park. Artist Satya Celeste will lead flower crown and a faerie box making workshop; Agostino Arts will do face painting; Liz Nieves will offer tarot card readings; and there will be live Haitian drumming and dance, live performances from "The Lion King" musical; and at sunset, everyone will gather for a ceremony and songs done in the Aztec/Mexican tradition by Shaman Mama Donna Henes and others. (Free, 6 to 10 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, socratessculpturepark.org) Catch a movie under the stars Photo Credit: Barry Sloan With warmer weather, the city's parks, restaurants and museums are screening films outdoors. Here's what's on this weekend: Aug. 9: "Decade of Fire" at 7:30 p.m. at Target Brooklyn Community Garden; "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" at 7:30 p.m. at Henry Jackson Playground; "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" at 8 p.m. at WNYC Transmitter Park; "Captain Marvel" at 8 p.m. at Beach 59th Street Playground; "Ralph Breaks the Internet" at 8:30 p.m. at Pelham Bay Park; "Creed II" at 8:30 p.m. Brower Park; "Crossing the Line" at New Design High School, 7:30 p.m.; "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "To the Unknown" by Michael Almereyda at dusk on Governors Island; "Incredibles 2" at dusk at Pier 46 in Hudson River Park Aug. 10: "Wonder Park" at 8:30 p.m. at Crotona Park; "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" at 8:30 p.m. at Heckscher Playground Aug. 11: "Little" at 8:30 p.m. at Commodore Barry Park; "Aquaman" at 8:45 p.m. at Beach 94th Street; "Step Up" at Brooklyn's Habana Outpost (757 Fulton St.); "Crazy Rich Asians" at Field 42 on Randall's Island at 8:15 p.m. Find more in our outdoor movie guide. 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