Summer Solstice Celebration 2015


Sunday, June 21, 2015, 5:00pm to 9:00pm


All four HMSC museums

Kick off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration.

Enjoy a fun evening with circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, street chalking, and hands-on activities for all ages, with free evening admission to the Harvard Semitic MuseumCollection of Historical Scientific InstrumentsPeabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and Harvard Museum of Natural History. You won't want to miss this special summer night!

The Summer Solstice Celebration is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will move inside the museums. Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

View the event poster

Performance Schedule

Location: Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

5:00 pm until sunset      
Off the Ground Circus Arts
Keep your eyes open for stilt walkers, jugglers, and acrobats!

5:00 pm
The Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project
Berklee College of Music
Join us for a lively performance of Latin Jazz tunes.

6:00 pm
The JoNi DeTa 4tet Band
Berklee College of Music
Groove to the sounds of pop and soul.

7:00 pm
Off the Ground Circus Arts Feature Show
Watch mesmerizing hula-hoop dancing and eye-popping juggling.

7:45 pm–8:15 pm
Japanese Taiko Drumming with Odaiko New England

Enjoy a lively performance of taiko drumming that will summon luck and good fortune as we begin the new summer season.

Hands-on Activities Schedule

Location: Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 5:00 pm–7:30 pm

Sun-Inspired Street Chalking! This activity has been cancelled 
Participate in a sun-themed street chalking adventure led by ArtStreet, Inc., that will include a tribute to beloved community icon, Sidewalk Sam.

Flower Crowns
Design your very own summer crown with seasonal flowers and garden greens.

Viking Sunstones
Learn how Vikings used the mineral calcite, also known as Iceland spar, to follow the sun and find their way as they travelled across the ocean.

Sun Drums
Create your own festive rattle-drum to celebrate the beginning of summer.

Egyptian Collars
Turn yourself into royalty by making and wearing an Egyptian-inspired ornament.

People's Sculpture Racing Project This activity has been cancelled 
Enjoy a selection of nature-inspired sculptures from the 2015 People's Sculpture Racing Project.

Beloved Bees
Learn about the fascinating, sweet world of bees with Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers and honey experts from local shop, Follow the Honey. And then head over to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to visit the newly installed observational beehive.

Food Trucks

Location: Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 5:00 pm until sunset

Enjoy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Bon Me’s pan Asian delights, and Jose’s best Mexican small dishes.

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture are only a 6-minute walk through Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square Red Line T stop.