We will make any excuse to have a good time and celebrate, and a solstice or equinox is no exception. The Summer Solstice is this Wednesday, which is perfect because hump day is a prime time to celebrate as well as blow off steam from your work week.
Wednesdays in Philadelphia are special during the spring and summer months as it is Sips in Center City. Happy Hour is hotter than ever before with prime time deals at many bars and restaurants from 5-7.
While it’s preferable to go to an intimate bar or hosting small gatherings with friends in the winter, in the summertime we will always choose a beer garden with our friends. Beer Gardens have a high energy that is ideal for solstice celebration. Let your inner extrovert come out to play and open yourself up to meeting new potential friends. Also, many of these beer gardens have Jenga or some type of game. I mean how could anyone say no to Jenga?
You might prefer a rooftop bar if beer gardens aren’t your speed. The rooftop bar is the sophisticated and classy cousin of the beer garden. They are usually more spacious and more options if you don’t like beer and have a tendency to feel claustrophobic. Bring in the solstice by sipping on cocktails with your nearest and dearest friends.
Even though the easiest way to celebrate is through enjoying a nice alcoholic beverage in the sun, there are other fun things to do for the solstice that don’t include alcohol. For example, Art Museum Restaurant Week falls during the week of the Summer Solstice. Grab a few friends and make a reservation at one of the high end restaurants in the area.
In speaking of Museums, you have plenty of museums in this area at your disposal. The Rodin Museum is the one we want to visit the most for the holiday. The statues inside and outside are whimsical and remind us something out of Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Revolutionary War Museum is another museum that would be incredible to visit on the Solstice. The museum isn’t located in the Art Museum District, but since it just opened in April we made an exception. We would love to start the season with learning about the start of our country’s independence from Great Britain.
For the South Jersey locals that don’t want to travel all the way into city, we don’t blame you for even a second. That’s why we have some events that are just as exciting as some of the events in Philadelphia. The Westmont Farmers Market is hosting a Summer Solstice Music and Food Festival in Haddon Township. The event will have the typical live music, food, and wine, but the festival will also have interesting additions such as fire breathers and belly dancers.
This festival sounds like a dream come true, but we also think it is very appropriate to go on a hike and take in the serenity and beauty of nature. Skip work on Wednesday and go for a hike or bike in the Pine Barrens. See the tall trees and enjoy the butterflies. Just make sure to wear some bug spray.
Nature is beautiful, but if you only enjoy images of nature and don’t actually like being one with it then you should probably do something a bit more sophisticated and domestic. The scenic Valenzano Winery is located in Burlington. Enjoy some amazing wine and summertime greenery. They close around five o’clock so take a half day and go indulge yourself with some wine whether it is with good company or just enjoying a bottle alone.
Invite the warm weather and celebrate the hot sunshine by enjoying martinis and food with the ones you love. The most important thing about the summer solstice is to simply look around and take in all the season has to offer. Enjoy the beauty.