6 ways to celebrate the summer solstice in Pittsburgh

Summer is officially here, and it’s bringing along rosé, snow cones, grilled meats … and sunny days (here’s hoping).

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Rossilynne Culgan

Updated, 2:12 p.m.

Summer is officially here, and with it comes: Rosé (check), fitness (check), grilled meats (check), snow cones (check) and sunny days (pull it together, Pittsburgh weather).

We rounded up the best summer solstice events in this handy guide to help you kick off the season. Onto the summer fun. As always, if we missed one, drop us a line.

Banish winter by chucking a snowball into the Ohio

Folks who remembered to save a snowball from this winter can toss the icy relic into the river using a snowball slingshot. Other solstice-themed activities include two live science demonstrations to help beat the heat, snowflake make-and-takes, an ice moon activity in the Buhl Planetarium and snow cones available for purchase. All-ages welcome.

Where: Carnegie Science Center at 1 Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)

When: June 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much: With a snowball, name your general admission price


Mark the longest day of the year with a lot of rosé

It's the longest day of the year, but did you know it's also the Longest Day of Rosé? Seven restaurants in Pittsburgh are offering discounts on the wine from noon until 9:04 p.m. Participating locations include Smallman Galley, Union Standard, Market Street Wine Bar, Talia, DiAnoia's Eatery, Poros and Vallozzi's.

Where: Various venues

When: June 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:04 p.m.


Kick off summer with a fiesta

Open windows, loud music, tacos and margarita flights will be in the spotlight at the Verano Vibes Fiesta. Colonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band will provide the background music for the first evening of verano (summer).

Where: Tres Rios at 1719 E Carson St. (South Side)

When: June 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.


Celebrate summer with some sun salutations

Heat up with a yoga class at the Summer Solstice Fundraiser hosted by Millvale Yoga Collective. The class will feature both a hatha practice, along with restorative/meditative poses. Two musicians — the drummer from Spare Change and the guitarist from Different Places in Space — will provide live music. All proceeds benefit Millvale Studios and the inaugural Art and Afterparty to be held July 22.

Where: Bar 3 at 217 North Ave., second floor (Millvale)

When: June 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

How much: $15 suggested donation


Soak up all the summer music vibes

The Make Music Pittsburgh Summer Solstice Extravaganza will feature music genres ranging from country rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop to solo blues punk and even some ukulele tunes. The event will also feature live art and drawing. Plus, it’s at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, so … pierogies.

Where: Bloomfield Bridge Tavern at 4412 Liberty Ave. (Bloomfield)

When: June 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Summer Lovin’ had me a blast

Scratch Food & Beverage is hosting Dazed and Infused, a summer solstice party, including craft cocktails, tastings with Boyd & Blair Vodka, a spread of seasonal eats, grilled meats, and a DJ. Also on tap will be a line-up of beer cocktails and the specialty cocktail “Summer Lovin,’” featuring a strawberry basil infusion. Proceeds benefit non-profit Community Human Services.

Where: Scratch Food and Beverage at 1720 Lowrie St. (Troy Hill)

When: June 22, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: $27.50 in advance | $29 at the door


Editor’s Note: Rossilynne Culgan, who formerly worked at Carnegie Science Center, is The Incline’s new Food and Culture Editor. Send her story ideas to rossilynne@theincline.com.