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  • The Greensboro Summer Solstice

    The Greensboro Summer Solstice Festival began in 2005 as a group of creatives who came together to celebrate and promote the diversity of our community, the beauty of nature, and the power of the feminine spirit. Today, the festival is proud to host 8000 attendees that represent a beautiful array of ages, colors, abilities and characters.

    Mission: We aim to create an experience for our festival-goers that blends local artisans, performers and budding entrepreneurs with a little bit of magic, opening up imaginations to the possibilities in each of us.

    Our Vision: Promoting local vendors and talent is at the forefront of our thoughts, along with the goal of engaging our diverse community with each other and the arts. We want the Greensboro Summer Solstice to spark creativity in our community and provide a stimulating and awe-inspiring event that will impart an everlasting memory for the entire family.

    Bazaar: Lindley Park hosts a market place bustling with artists, makers & merchants from 2-8pm. Beautiful wares and valuable services from local entrepreneurs and established businesses are creatively showcased with a musical backdrop and myriad of culinary choices. Cross the bridge into the Greensboro Arboretum to enjoy a serene setting featuring dozens of talented artists, children’s activities and soothing musical and dance performances. On both sides of the bridge, the area’s most talented body artists are on hand so that you can wear a little bit of the festival home and a tantalizing array of food and beverages is available to sustain you.

    Entertainment: Three stages, presenting six hours of diverse musical and dance performances, delight and connect the crowd. Gifted buskers interact with people throughout the festival, delighting the young and the ageless. An extraordinary number of attendees provide a visual feast as people of all ages express themselves through costumes for this event.

    The Parasol Parade: The 2016 parade will be led by the Bulltown Strutter’s “Second Line” and giant Paperhand Puppets. Watch or join this colorful procession as it winds its way through Lindley Park and into the Greensboro Arboretum, engaging the crowd and raising the energy level.

    Drum Circle: Led by seasoned drummer, Sandy Blocker, the 1 hour drum circle takes the heightened energy from the preceding Parasol Parade and brings it to a crescendo that leaves participants breathless and giddy. This full participation rhythmic experience welcomes both drummers and dancers.

    Fire Finale: Our celebration of the longest day of the year culminates in the 9pm Fire Finale, showcasing our dazzling LED hoopers and awe-inspiring fire spinners . . . a perfect ending to any enchanting festival.

    Entrance Fee: In order to help us sustain Greensboro’s vibrant local music scene and talented dancers, we ask for a $2 donation per person that goes towards payment of these artists.

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