28 Solstice Events to Celebrate the Beginning of Summer 2019 in Seattle

Parades, Dance Parties, and More Events for June 19-23
June 19, 2019
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Join a giant procession of stilt-walkers, naked bicyclists, and other denizens of Fremont in Saturday's Fremont Solstice Parade. (Fremont Solstice Parade)

The longest day of the year falls on Friday, June 21, which calls for a weekend spent soaking up those extra moments of precious daylight that fade into jacket-less nights. We've rounded up all the summer solstice events to keep you busy, whether you want to dress up (or down) for the Fremont Solstice Parade Add to a List , dance to all-ages live music at Soulstice: Summer Kick-Off at the Mural Add to a List , or ring in the season Scandinavian-style at Midsommar Seattle Add to a List . Find them all below or on our summer solstice calendar, and check out even more things to do on our outside calendar.

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WEDNESDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Scandinavian Drinking Songs Add to a List
Pick up a couple Scandinavian drinking ditties (known as "snapsivor") from experts Kathi Ploeger and Don Meyers and learn how to skål (toast) like a pro at this pre-Midsommar celebration.
Skål Beer Hall, Ballard

THURSDAY

ART

Solstice Henna Party! Add to a List
Get yourself a plate of Indian food and a henna tattoo (maybe of a sun?) to ring in the summer solstice.
Makeda & Mingus, Greenwood

FOOD & DRINK

Rosé Solstice Soirée Add to a List
Spend the first day of summer sipping Pacific Northwest rosés chosen by regional winemakers.
Mr. West, Downtown

Solstice Party! Add to a List
Bring your favorite dish to this pre-solstice potluck and tea-drinking hangout.
Friday Afternoon, Wallingford

Solstice Summer Kickoff! Add to a List
Feast on a "smorgasbord of smoky offerings" from the Odin Star Food truck and sample some Norse-inspired summer beers.
Ounces, West Seattle

PERFORMANCE

Justin Vivian Bond: Summer Solstice Benefit Performance Add to a List
Justin Vivian Bond (who goes by the pronoun "V") is best known as the powerhouse singer and morbid humorist who brought Kiki and Herb to demented life in one of the most fabled queer punk/cabaret duos of all time. Kiki being long since dead (or maybe she’s just frozen in ice or something?), Bond is now regarded as one of the foremost trans artists in the United States. In the last few years, V has been recording music and performing in cabarets and writing books and wearing amazing fashion and just generally being an uncategorizable sorcerer of mystery and music. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
On the Boards, Queen Anne

READINGS & TALKS

Summer SOULstice Add to a List
On the day before the longest day of the year, Tacoma's Poet Laureate, Kellie Richardson, will host a night of readings and performances highlighting artists from marginalized communities.
Tacoma Art Museum

FRIDAY

COMMUNITY

Midsommar Seattle - Celebration of Musik Add to a List
Celebrate the longest day of the year Scandinavian-style with three days of music, including an open mic hosted by Alie Byland, an Americana set from ALKi Jones, and a brunch with cellist Michelle Dodson.
The Dane, Ballard

FESTIVALS

Make Music Day Seattle Add to a List
What began in France as the Fête de la Musique in 1982 is now a worldwide Summer Solstice tradition that spans 120 countries and 800 cities. In Seattle, participating local venues will host music lessons, drum circles, jam sessions, and more music-related activities for all ages and experience levels (not to mention tons of live performances).
Various locations

FOOD & DRINK

Little Neon Taco x Juice Club: FWB Summer Solstice Edition Add to a List
Little Neon Taco chef and owner Monica Dimas will prepare a five-course menu inspired by and paired with natural wines from Juice Club, a "nomadic" (but Seattle-based) natural wine party.
Little Neon Taco, First Hill

Summer's Here, Let's Drink Beer Add to a List
Sip "beer Tiki cocktails," sing karaoke, and enjoy progressive cocktail pop from local five-piece Lushy.
Hula Hula, Capitol Hill

MUSIC

LOST: Summer Solstice Add to a List
Dance into the summer with DJs Eric Allen, Djay Sjay, Miss Min.D, MZ Artiz, Sean Majors, and Tony H.
Monkey Loft, Downtown

Summer Solstice Soundscapes with Gary Stroutsos Add to a List
Gary Stroutsos will play flute music drawn from worldly influences during a casual reception with food and wine. Head to the lower garden for Native American songs and storytelling. 
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline 

PARTIES

Soulstice: Summer Kick-Off at the Mural Add to a List
Spend all evening basking in the new season with all-ages live music and activities, including sets from KEXP's DJ Riz Rollins, surf-pop band Skates!, neo-soul outfit i///u, and Earth, Wind & Fire tribute Kalimba, plus palm readings, letter-writing, juggling, food, and more.
Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center

Summer Solstice Party Add to a List
If the summer solstice has you feeling creative, bring in a piece of art of your own creation for all to enjoy (and vote for!) at this community exhibition.
Momentum Indoor Climbing, Sodo

W Bellevue Summer Solstice Party Add to a List
Sip drink specials from CIROC Vodka, pick up some fitness tips from Trufusion, make your own tie-dye, and get your hair braided by Seven Salon at this summer solstice gathering.
W Bellevue

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

2019 Fremont Solstice Parade Add to a List
No one nails the spectacle of stilt-walking, nude bicycle-riding, giant-puppet-operating, and twirling around in circles quite like the denizens of Fremont, which is why the Fremont Arts Council hosts a giant costume-filled parade during the Fremont Fair Add to a List . The procession weaves through the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe all the way to Gas Works Park for even more summer merriment.
Fremont Arts Council

Summer Solstice Sound Gong Explosion Add to a List
Enter the new season in your most tranquil state with a night of meditation, yoga, and guided breathing.
OmCulture, Wallingford

FOOD & DRINK

Solstice 2019 Add to a List
After the Fremont Solstice Parade Add to a List , head to the bar for food, a beer garden, and live music from DJ Rootsonic, Onion the Man, Casting Shadows, and Keith Wright.
Outlander Brewery and Pub, Fremont

Tea-Infused Ice Cream Pop Up at Friday Afternoon Tea Add to a List
Get scoops of tea-infused ice cream from the Milk and Leaf Collective in solstice-appropriate flavors like Strawberry Butterfly (a blend of black tea, lemongrass, and strawberries).
Friday Afternoon

MUSIC

Fremont Solstice Celebration Add to a List
Sway all day and night to dance tracks by the Cumbieros at this summer solstice party, which will also feature live sets by World's Finest, Cytrus, and Ayo Dot & the Uppercuts. When they're not on stage, DJ Indica Jones will spin '80s and '90s dance party jams and KEXP's DJ Chilly will spin a Latin mix, as y'all help yourselves to the Bloody Mary bar and full views of the Solstice Parade. Add to a List
Nectar

Summer Solstice Music Fest Add to a List
Roam around a beer garden and take in live music from Anacortes artists Pearl Tottenham, Ristfut, and Kalopsia, plus Wren & Della, Milo Matthews, Bunion Sisters, Bob Fossil, Smokey Brights, and the Cave Singers.
Guemes Island General Store, Anacortes

PARTIES

Solstice Party "Welcome to Summer!" Add to a List
Hang out on the patio with Seattle blues-rockers Little Hero and other bands at this all-ages solstice party. 
The Ice Box, Ballard

SHOPPING

Seattle Plant Swap, Cakes & Seconds Sale Add to a List
Celebrate summer by hitting up a seconds sale from EUNI + CO. and Hemleva, snacking on cakes and cupcakes from Cake Life Everyday, and swapping your (living) plants for ones you want more.
Chophouse Row, Capitol Hill

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

Fremont Fair Add to a List
Fremont loves its weird celebrations, and this two-day outdoor urban festival following the Summer Solstice is arguably its biggest event of the year. From its gigantic parade Add to a List composed of elaborately painted (and sometimes just wild and free) nude bicyclists and inventive costumes (Sat) to its parade for dogs (Sun) to its craft market and live music events (the lineup this year includes acts like the Black Tones and DJ Indica Jones), the tradition has something for hippies, families, foodies, and artists alike. Be sure to pick up a fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich while you’re there.
Fremont

VISUAL ART

Solstice Goddess Show Add to a List
Multiple quirky local artists, including Heidi Estey and Braden Duncan, will pay tribute to the Sacred Feminine. At around 8 or 8:30, join a Summer Solstice Magick circle with Loness Valenna.
Opening Saturday
Gargoyles Statuary, University District

SUNDAY

FOOD & DRINK

São João at Alcove Add to a List
Revel in the Brazilian midsummer celebration São João with Alcove's dinner menu, live forró music, and some special dishes representative of the festival.
Alcove Dining Room, University District

MUSIC

The Tea, Ep1 - An Afternoon Tea Dance Presented by Loosely Based Add to a List
Get down while the sun's still out at this rooftop dance party and Pride celebration with the Loosely Based DJ crew. 
Monkey Loft, Downtown

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