Summer Solstice Celebrations, Events Around the City

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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Organizers of Central Park's Yoga at the Green hope to make the Guiness World Record for the largest organized yoga event.

Today isn’t any ordinary Monday, it’s the summer solstice!

To celebrate the longest day of the year there are several spots around the city having festivals and events through the evening -- the longest of the year.

Musicians started making noise early today for Make Music New York. More than 1,000 impromptu concerts have cropped up or will crop up around town today, running until 10 p.m. In it’s fourth year, Make Music New York will take place on streets, sidewalks, stoops, in plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens.

Ring in the summer with a festival with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop in the Socrates Sculpture Park. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight the ninth annual event will take place with artmaking workshops, face painting, performances and a park tour.

If you’re in for something a little calmer, yoga events are taking place around town. In Central Park, Yoga at the Great Lawn gets over 10,000 people together for a mass free yoga session on Tuesday June 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The class takes place between 79th and 85th Streets on the Great Lawn. Giveaways at the event include mats, water bottles and tote bags. Comedian Reggie Watts, and spoken-word artist Buddy Wakefield will perform.

For a trippy experience, try Shri Yoga at 487 Greenwich street between Canal and Spring Streets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. The class includes meditation and music by cello and percussion duo Live Footage. Sarah Lovitt, who hosts the class in her apartment, will have raw snacks afterward. The suggested donation is $25.

A little farther uptown, at 873 Broadway between 18th and 19th Streets, Kundalini Yoga East hosts a session with a little more than meditation, but it includes prayer and healing. Instructor Jivan Singh leads participants in songs, musical prayers and blessings. It runs from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. for $18. tonight.
 

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