Solstice Celebrations

First Americans Museum presents special observances for the summer and winter solstice. Stay up-to-date on all FAM offerings by joining our mailing list.

Summer Solstice Celebration
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 5–8:30 p.m.
Outdoors in Festival Plaza
FREE | No Tickets Required

Come observe the solstice sun set at the tip of the FAM Mound. This free event for all ages includes singing and drumming, round dances, and activities relating to the change of seasons. We’ll provide folding chairs or you may bring your own. You may pack your own picnic or purchase food from Unite the People Native Catering. No alcohol or pets are permitted. Please note that the exhibitions, Thirty Nine Restaurant and FAMstore will be closed during this event.

5 p.m. | Doors open; Opening Prayer/FAM Song: Dr. Blue Clark and Sandra Medrano

Welcome Message: Shoshana Wasserman, Deputy Director, First Americans Museum

5:30 | FAM Drum Group; Round Dancing

6:30 | Speakers: Mekko Chebon Kernell

7 | FAM Drum Group and Round dancing

8 | Closing remarks/prayer: Rev. David Wilson; setting of the sun

8:30 | FAM Drum Group; Closing song

Everyone, including children, are welcome to this event! Here are some best practices for this observance:

  • We will provide chairs, but you are welcome to bring a folding camp chair or picnic blanket if you prefer.
  • Consider bringing cash to honor the drum groups. There will be blankets set out for each drum on which you may place an offering. 
  • Many times, women wear shawls during dances. Shawls are not required for this event.
  • Photography is permitted! Always ask permission if you are taking a close-up photo of an individual or a family. 
  • If you have other questions about cultural protocol, our friendly FAM Cultural Ambassadors will be present.

Winter Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 | 4–6 p.m.
Hall of The People and Festival Plaza
FREE | No Tickets Required

On the shortest day of the year, you are invited to observe the sun set through the tunnel of FAM Mound. This quiet, reflective experience will include prayer, song and hot drinks available for purchase.