Photo by Matailong Du for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Solstice Saturday Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian

Sat Jun 22, 3pm–9:30pm
Presented by: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
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Celebrate “Solstice Saturday” with an afternoon of Andean music, dance and family friendly activities celebrating the Great Inka Road. At 7 p.m., the celebration becomes the Solstice Illuminated Dance Party.

 3–7 p.m.— Celebrate the Sun! The festivity opens with traditional Bolivian dancing by Tradiciones Bolivianas, Pujllay Cliza, Fraternidad Tinkus Chochabamba, and Expresion Cultural Sikuris K'hantati Los Andes share traditional dances of Bolivia. RAYMI will be playing Andean music.Visitors can create their own foil pendant featuring your choice of a llama, sun, or jaguar design at the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Meet Ande, the museum's resident, life-size, plush toy Llama. Learn how to dress a fashionable llama for a stroll along the Inka road. 

 7–9:30 p.m.—Solstice Illuminated Dance Party/ Grab a glow stick and dance to DJ Dola on the Welcome Plaza. Enjoy food and drinks from Peruvian Brothers and the museum’s Mitsitam Café. Bears Shaved Ice will be serving shaved ice in a variety of flavors! Join the “comparsa Iluminada”—an illuminated procession—in the procession from the festivities to an outdoor gathering on the Welcome Plaza.


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