Summer Solstice Observation

Summer Solstice Observation

Photo courtesy of Rothko Chapel


Past Event
Free ; suggested donation $10

Location Info:

The Rothko Chapel
3900 Yupon St.
Houston, TX  77006
Recharge your battery and fill your soul at Houston’s world-famous Rothko Chapel. During its annual, all-day Summer Solstice Observation, guests will have the opportunity to greet the day with a 6 a.m. “Sunrise Introspection,” followed by some noontime meditation led by Dr. Alejandro Chaoul and the mowing of a new labyrinth into the chapel grounds. Those who stay until nightfall will be treated to the music of Kaminari Taiko, a Houston-based Japanese drumming ensemble that will perform “all sorts of different rhythms and energize people for the exciting summer season,” says Volunteer and Program Coordinator Kelly Johnson. “The chapel is a very unique place for Houston and the world. It’s one of the few places you can really go to have a moment for yourself. The art calls you to reflect in a busy world.”

6 a.m. Wednesday. 3900 Yupon. For information, call 713-524-9839 or visit Free; suggested donation $10.

[Organizer's Description:]

Get summer started off on the right foot with meditation and reflection at the Rothko Chapel. The nonprofit, located at 3900 Yupon in downtown Houston, is set to mark the spiritual significance of the summer solstice on Wednesday, June 21, with observations at sunrise and sunset. Throughout the day, guests are invited to explore the grounds, celebrating the longest day of the year and the change of season. The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. At sunrise, 6:21 a.m, the day begins with a guided labyrinth walk on the grounds of the Chapel.  The Chapel and labyrinth will be open for visitors to explore throughout the day. The solstice celebration at the Chapel will end with an observation of sunset at 8:25 p.m., featuring a performance by Kaminari Taiko of Houston, the premier Japanese drumming group in the Gulf Coast region. "Taiko" is the Japanese word for drum and the art of taiko carries deep significance in Japanese culture.   For more information about the Rothko Chapel, with a full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.


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