Drumming, Dancing and Crafting — Sylvan | Thirty Celebrated the Longest Day of the Year

The day may have started drizzly, but it ended with a whole lot of shine — from both the blazing sun and the talented local artists filling Sylvan | Thirty’s lawn on Saturday, June 24.

Designed as a place for family, friends and neighbors to gather together and relax, Sylvan | Thirty was a natural choice to host the first Summer Solstice Artspot. The all-day festival founded by newly formed nonprofit Over the Bridge Arts, gave the community a chance to interact with a variety of professional artists, including musicians, dancers, actors and poets.

Guests cozied up at several different Sylvan | Thirty businesses to enjoy their complimentary refreshments while creating artwork and watching lively performances.

Take a look at some of the highlights below:

Sylvan Thirty - Band

Setting up stage in front of the popular cocktail bar Jettison and close-knit neighbor Houndstooth Coffee, local band Over the River had festival-goers up on their feet swaying to lively bluegrass music.

Sylvan Thirty - Flamenco Dancer

Spectators got comfortable on Houndstooth Coffee’s covered patio and watched Julia Alcántara, the director of Flamenco Fever, strike a pose while dancing.

Sylvan Thirty - Pottery

Kids learned how to make unique artwork at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing with the encouragement of Oak Cliff Pottery.

Sylvan Thirty - Whisk

On Tacodeli’s patio, children beat to the tune of their own drum while enjoying delicious bites from Whisk Crêpes Café.

Sylvan Thirty - Jettison

As the festival began to wind down, adults sipped refreshing summer solstice cocktails provided by Jettison and listened to the sweet jazz tunes of duo Gin & Bones.

Sylvan Thirty - Drum circle

Andre Jones, an intuitive drummer and reiki master teacher, led a drum circle dedicated to the summer solstice to close the festival by CiboDivino.