Keep Musicool in Brooklyn

There’s something about summer that makes us want to sing and dance! As summer comes to an end, Brooklyn is keeping the music alive. Listen out at these upcoming, mostly outdoor, events in the best borough!


archSwing and Sway Away
There’s something for everyone at Live at The Archway, a weekly event every Thursday night in DUMBO under the Manhattan Bridge. The 18-week series from July to September boasts the best of Brooklyn talent, with broad music and performance genres including sizzling salsa, Colombian Cumbia, swing dancing, world roots music, sultry R&B, an Italian modern dance troupe, puppetry, funk, DJs and more. The free performances start at 6pm right under the Bridge, so the events are on rain or shine. Take in the epic scenery below the Manhattan Bridge and enjoy beer, wine and bites from The Lighthouse. Visit dumbo.is to see the full schedule. All ages.
50 Adams St, DUMBO.


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A music festival that claims to give “power to the party”, AfroPunk Brooklyn returns to Commodore Barry Park on August 27 and 28. The annual festival was created by its founders to showcase what they billed as “alternative black culture”, with acts that didn’t always fit into other major festivals. Described by The New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US” AfroPunk promises an impressive weekend of live music and good vibes with an eclectic line-up and diverse audience. The international event, now also held in Paris and London, is a mix of music, art and politics. Come sundown the creeps into the streets, bars, and restaurants of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill and comedy shows, dance, pop-up performances, film screenings, art installations and drink specials will feature at AfroPunk After Dark. GA and VIP tickets are available for Saturday, Sunday or both days, from $45 to $250 plus booking fee.
Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave, Fort Greene.

 

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For the second year running, round up your favorite folks, friends and family, and mosey on down to the Brooklyn Americana Festival. On September 23, 24 and 25, fifty free shows will be held over the course of three days, on seven stages, from outdoor daytime performances to evening concerts. Festival-goers will shimmy and sway to the best original and traditional Americana musicians, playing live country, folk, roots, blues, old time and bluegrass and enjoy performances from Brooklyn’s Best plus special guests from Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee. The beloved pioneer hosting establishments in DUMBO and Red Hook include The Archway, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gala at Jalopy, Sunny’s Bar, 68 Jay St Bar, Superfine and Bait N Tackle. All ages. Visit bkamf.com to see the full schedule.
Various locations in DUMBO and Red Hook.


Pave the Wavenext wave

Although the Brooklyn Academy of Music delivers impressive shows year-round, their Next Wave Festival is one of the largest experiments in live performance in the world. The annual multimedia, multi-genre art festival includes music, theatre, opera and dance, and runs September 7 through December 18. Opening the festival is “the loser” an opera piece by David Lang in which the title character is held in mid-air with a grand piano hovering in the distance behind him. The line-up also includes music by The Magnetic Fields, So Percussion and The Dublin Guitar Quartet. Single tickets for all shows are now on sale and range from $20-$130. Subscriptions to the festival are also available.
Various locations in Downtown Brooklyn.

Kidding Around Brooklyn

We’re about a month into summer break so odds are the kids are starting to get restless! Here are some free Brooklyn-based activities to look forward to, that will keep the little ones active and entertained.


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As tempting as it is to set the kids up with video games, smartphones and television, they will benefit far more from fresh air and exercise. From the beginning of July until mid-September, Sunset Park Recreation Center hosts the Summer Sports Experience. Every weekday from 9:15am-4:45pm, the skilled Parks staff teach kids how to play basketball, soccer, football, rugby, volleyball, goal ball, softball and various group games. This is a friendly, small group introduction to the sports, on a drop-in basis and it’s a great way for kids to socialize and learn teamwork skills. There are separate programs for 8 month-3 year olds, 2-5 year olds and 6-14 year olds and all programs are free!
43rd Street at 7th Avenue, Sunset Park


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Get ready to get super soaked at this water workout! The annual Squirt Gun Fight takes place Saturday August 13 at the Coney Island Boardwalk. Every year thousands of New Yorkers turn up armed and ready for the massive drench-fest. Bathing suits, towels and maybe even goggles recommended; water-spraying devices essential! This sopping-wet day of free fun starts at 1pm and is suitable for ages 6 and up.
37 Boardwalk West, Coney Island


image (1)Take the Field

Team up with the family for the ultimate day of outdoor excitement! Brooklyn Bridge Park have been running Family Field Days once a month since June, with the grand final taking place Saturday August 20 from 10am. The free Family Field Days are full of good old-fashioned recreational fun for all ages. There’s guaranteed to be something for every member of your team, including Hula-Hoop races, volleyball clinics, soccer drills and bocce. All necessary equipment is provided – just wear sneakers and be prepared to get physical!
334 Furman St (between Adams St and Atlantic Ave), Brooklyn Heights


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Seize the breeze and take to the skies with Brooklyn Bridge Park’s annual Kite Festival. Bring your kite along or purchase one there and teach your tot how to fly it! The event takes place Saturday September 10, after the kids go back to school, so you and the kids have plenty of time to practice kite flying skills and techniques. With the picturesque Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, the colorful flutter-fest is free and suitable for all ages.
334 Furman St, Brooklyn Heights

 

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The kids might not be looking forward to going back to school, but they’ll like this type of learning! The Environmental Education Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park is open for free, four afternoons a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year from February until November. From 3-5pm kids will learn about Brooklyn Bridge Park, with a 250-gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’-scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, arts and crafts, a reading corner and more.
99 Plymouth, DUMBO

Summer Screensations

Lining up for movie tickets and popcorn then sitting in a super chilly movie theater this Summer? You’re doing it wrong! It is the season to get outside and this year’s outdoor film screenings are already in full swing. Grab a blanket and some buddies, and watch a film under the stars in Brooklyn at the following locations.

 

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Bars, BBQs, restaurants, parties, tanning, watching movies… There are just some things that were made for rooftops! This outdoor summer series is now in its 10th year and has expanded to four (mostly rooftop) locations across Brooklyn on various nights throughout June, July and August. Rooftop Films brings the underground outdoors, and has grown to become known internationally as one of the most dynamic film festivals in the world. In Sunset Park, with Brooklyn’s waterfront as the backdrop, films will be screened from two of Industry City’s amazing rooftops. Enjoy breathtaking views of lower Manhattan’s skyscape, the Statue of Liberty and South Brooklyn while watching a mix of documentaries, short films and animations including Sundance Short Films and documentaries about New York, including Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death by Audio. There is a live music performance at every screening and many host dance parties after the film.
Industry City, 220 36th St, Sunset Park. $15.
Bushwick Generator, 195 Moore St, Bushwick. $15.
MetroTech Commons, 5 MetroTech Center, Downtown. Free.
The Old American Can Factory, 232 Third St at 3rd Ave, Gowanus. $15.

 

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There’s seeing it on the big screen, then seeing it on the BIG outdoor Brooklyn screen. The borough’s longest running film and music series launched in 2006 with a screening of Do The Right Thing and 11 years later, SummerScreen is still going strong. At McCarren Park in Williamsburg every Wednesday from July 6 to August 10, spectators will be treated to cult classics like 10 Things I Hate About You and The Royal Tenebaums in the open-air, and best of all, it’s free! Bring chairs, blankets and pack a picnic, or take advantage of food and drinks from local vendors. Every show features live music, which kicks off at 6pm, followed by the movie at 8:30pm. McCarren Park, North 12th St, Williamsburg. Free.


movies with viewA View from the Bridge
On a warm summer night, spread your blanket on the luscious grass of Harbor View Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park, take in the spectacular sight of the Manhattan skyline and enjoy the breeze off the East River. You’re at Movies With A View. Since 2000, Movies With A View has earned a large and loyal following. One of New York City’s favorite summer film series, the line-up of films promises to wow, entertain, thrill and pull at the heartstrings of movie goers. The screenings take place every Thursday evening in July and August and include classics such as Purple Rain and American Graffiti. For the final screening of the series, the public can vote between The SandlotMilk or La Bamba. The eight-week series expects to draw an average of 7,000 film fans at each screening. The lawn opens at 6pm, with the film beginning at sunset.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 334 Furman Street, Dumbo. Free.


Habana Good TimeHabana-Outpost

Mexican food and movies have to be two of our favorite things. Habana Outpost read our minds and combined the two. The Fort Greene restaurant projects movies on their outside wall every Sunday from May through to the end of October. Enjoy their award-winning Cuban sandwich, indulge in their bold-tasting Mexican-style corn, and order all the tacos and burritos your heart desires, because the movie is free! Films screen at 8pm and this year’s roster includes West Side StoryFlashdanceRocky,Saturday Night FeverGhostbusters and, for Halloween, of course, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
757 Fulton St, Fort Greene. Free.

Other venues worth checking out include:
Movie Nights at Narrows Botanical Gardens in Bay Ridge
Midweek Movie Escapes in Downtown Brooklyn
Flicks on the Beach in Coney Island
Red Hook Flicks in Red Hook
Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park
NYC Parks Classic Film Series at various Brooklyn locations

BK for a Memorable Memorial Day!

Can’t decide whether or not to book a trip or stay in town for Memorial Day weekend? It just so happens there is a lot going down in the Brooklyn borough on Monday May 30, and we’re not talking about day-drinking and sample sales! Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women who have lost their lives serving in our armed forces, so wherever you end up, take a moment to pay your respects.

 

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What’s red, white and blue, 149 years old, and ends with a 21-gun salute? One of the oldest traditions in Brooklyn, the iconic Brooklyn’s Kings County Memorial Day Parade, starts in Bay Ridge and ends at John Paul Jones Park for the memorial service. Catholic war veterans lead the march with local service organizations like the NYPD and FDNY. Brooklyn high-school bands perform, and antique fire trucks and cars are on display. The parade is the perfect way to show your pride and honor fallen soldiers and their families on Memorial Day.
Monday May 30, from 11am. 3rd Ave and 75th St, Bay Ridge. Free.

 

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A cemetery wouldn’t usually be our first choice for a concert venue, but Green-Wood Cemetery’s Annual Memorial Day Concert is a NYC favorite. Best of all, no bag checks or wristbands – this one is free! Bring a blanket, pick up some food and drinks from local vendors, and get comfortable, surrounded by the sounds of the ISO Symphonic Band, founded in 1995 to sponsor talented NYC students. Listen out for the works of Green-Wood’s permanent “residents” Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Leonard Bernstein. Organizers encourage you to reserve your spot online so they can gauge attendance, and consider making a donation, to ensure they can keep putting on these events.
Monday May 30, 2:30-5pm. 500 25th St, Greenwood Heights. Free.

 

nVYIn the Navy
For over 150 years the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. On Memorial Day weekend and especially during Fleet Week New York (May 25-31), it seems fitting to celebrate our sea services and explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future. Over three floors of Building 92, the exhibition tells the story of the waterfront site. You will learn about the site Native American history, its role in the American Revolution, the great naval ships designed and built there and the Navy Yard’s emergence the innovative industrial park you see today.
Saturday May 28 or Sunday May 29, from 2pm. 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn Navy Yard. Admission to BLDG 92 is free. Public tours by bus, $30. Public tours by bike, $24.

 

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Open now until Memorial Day, the Kings County Fair claims to be Brooklyn’s most popular family event, and with endless cotton candy, a roller-coaster, Ferris wheel AND a tiger, we think they might be right! Returning to Aviator Sports and Events Center for the seventh year, you can count on a fun-filled fair with rides and games for kids of all ages, and carnival cuisine including corn dogs, hamburgers, hot-dogs, pizza, pretzels and funnel cake. New this year is The Tiger Encounter, which raises awareness on the plight of the tiger, and the Mega Pass ticket ($25 for admission and ride bracelet).
Thursday May 19 – Monday May 30, from 5pm weekdays and 12pm weekends. 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Floyd Bennett Field. Entry, $5. Ride tickets vary.

Summer Lovin’, Had Me a (FREE) Brooklyn Blast

We’ve rounded up the best free fun under the Brooklyn sun for you this summer, so you can save your pennies and put them towards your next winter coat… or endless iced coffees from the bodega!

yogaFree Yoga

You can’t put a price on good health, and you definitely can’t put a price on free yoga classes on Saturdays in Bed-Stuy! Every Saturday from now until the end of September, you can salute the sun and warrior away your worries, with instructor Katie Cercone leading classes at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden. Mats are provided and all levels of experience welcome.

SummerScreenss

Wednesdays in Williamsburg throughout July and August will deliver outdoor cinema at its finest. Get yourself down to McCarren Park for Brooklyn’s free film and concert series, now celebrating its 10th year. From 6pm there will be music, food and cult classics to watch like Jurassic Park, or you could become Dazed and Confused by all the Dirty Dancing taking place in this Wet Hot American Summer.

shakespeareShakespeare at Sunset

To be watching a Shakespeare production by the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, or not to be, that is the question. We think you will want to be there, watching ‘Measure for Measure’ as Brooklyn Bridge Park is transformed into Vienna, for a few nights in August. Now in it’s fifth year, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will again treat us to performances from theater groups around NYC.

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‘They’ say the best things in life are free, and ‘they’ were probably talking about listening to classical music on a floating barge on the East River. Moored just under the Brooklyn Bridge at the Fulton Ferry Landing, Bargemusic presents “Music in Motion” on Saturdays from 4pm – a one-hour performance followed by a Q&A session with the musicians. Take in the lower Manhattan skyline while delighting in the exceptional acoustics provided by the intimate wood-panelled concert hall.