Polar Bears' First Dip
The Annual New Year's Day dip in the icy
waters off Coney Island is the most well attended and wild fun of the
Polar Bear Club's regular frigid festivities. You can also catch them
any Sunday from October through April.
Click here for polarbearclub.org
Tribute to Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Academy of Music
Annual celebration of the civil rights leader presented by BAM, Borough
President Marty Markowitz, and Medgar Evers College.
New York City's largest public
celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Check BAM's Web site
Chinese New Year Celebration
8th Avenue, From 50th Street to 61st Street
The annual Brooklyn celebration of the Chinese New Year features
traditional singing, dancing, a kung fu demonstration as well as
firecrackers! Outdoors. For more information, call the Brooklyn Chinese
American Association, 718-438-0008.
Prospect Park Audubon Center
Subway: Take the Q to
the Prospect Park stop. Exit at Lincoln Road. Follow Lincoln Road into
the park, across Central Drive. You will see the Cleft Ridge Span on
your right. When you exit the tunnel you will see the Boathouse!
Driving? You can park at Wollman Rink. Walk through the Concert
Grove to the Cleft Ridge Span. Follow the tunnel. When you exit you will
see the Center.
Click here for prospectpark.org/event or
Steinhardt Jewish Heritage Festival
March 3—10, 2007
From BAM: "BAM and the Brooklyn Philharmonic take a look at music
and literature that explore the complex nature of contemporary Jewish
BAM, 30 Lafayette.
The BAMkids Film Festival
Sat & Sun, Mar 10 & 11
BAMkids Film Festival returns for its ninth year with movies, music,
munchies, and more. The best in children's films are featured as well as
sing-alongs with Gustafer Yellowgold, face-painting and fun. BAM Rose
Brooklyn Irish-American Parade
Prospect Park West and 15th Street
Features marching bands, bagpipes, dancers and
lively paraders of all ages Count on the
general merriment of the Irish Spirit For more
Dine in Brooklyn
Started in 2004, Brooklyn Restaurant Week offers specially-priced meals
at some of our best restaurants. The motto: "Three courses, no attitude
on the side." In 2007,
Dine in Brooklyn is March 19-30th. Call the Brooklyn Tourism
and Visitors Center for info. (718) 802-3846
Opening Day in Prospect Park
Prospect Park Little League Parade,
Starts 10 a.m. at 7th Ave. and
Carroll St. Ends at
Bandshell at Prospect Park West and 9th St
An annual tradition! with a ceremonial ball toss by elected
officials to kick off the new season. More at
Earth Day (April 22) and
Arbor Day (April 25) with parkwide
events, special exhibits, nature walks, boat tours, and more
Earth Week Celebration
Weekend closest to April 22
Annual event with hands-on activities including nature tours, gardening
and an Earth b-day bash at
Prospect Park and the
Audubon Center. Call (718) 965-8999 for more info.
Also consider joining the Prospect Park
Youth Council for this annual gardening gathering at Bowling
Green. (718) 854-4901.
|Earth Day—Seas the Day at the NY Aquarium
Weekend closest to April 22
Come to Coney Island where New York City's only aquarium lies and honor
Earth Day. Learn what you can do to protect our planet’s ocean
inhabitants, and participate in special activities. Visit
www.nyaquarium.com, Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Coney Island.
Brooklyn Underground Film Festival
The annual Brooklyn Underground Film Festival is a five-day event that
includes international, U.S. and local films, visual art, music, parties
and discussions. At the Brooklyn Lyceum. 227 Fourth Ave. For more
information go to
www.brooklynunderground.org or call (862) 485-0025.
Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
Sat & Sun, April 28-29, 2007 Noon - 6 p.m.
Sakura Matsuri celebrates its 26th year in 2007. With over 200 trees
in bloom, this breathtaking celebration of Japanese culture includes
traditional Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, ikebana flower
arranging, tea ceremonies, craft demonstrations, and workshops for both
adults and children. For more information, call (718) 623-7333 or visit
April/May three death-defying weeks
sets up its big top in the parking lot at
Wollman Rink. Performers who fly through the air to the
heart-thumping beats of hip-hop, jazz, gospel and salsa music,
and the magnificent animals that captivate audiences year after
GETTING THERE: By subway, take the Q or S Train to the Prospect
Park station and use the Lincoln Rd. exit. Very limited parking
Annual Park Slope Open Studio Tour
18th St. (bet. 5th & 6th ave.) 12-6 pm
Over 65 artists will open their doors and invite the public into
their studios as part of a free, self guided art tour through
Park Slope and Windsor Terrace.
30 Years of DanceAfrica
Now in its 30th year, BAM's annual celebration of African and
African-American music, dance, and culture with classes, an outdoor
bazaar, food and more.
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Pier Art Show
Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) Art Show features more than 300
artists exhibiting 1,000 works of art, plus live music, slide shows, and
an Artists Speak Series at their 30,000 square foot Civil War-era
warehouse space in Red Hook. Dates for 2007: May 12-June 17, July
28-August 19 and September 29-October 28. For more info:
www.bwac.org, 499 Van Brunt, (718) 596-2507.
Norwegian-American Seventeenth of May Parade
Historic Districts House Tours
Brooklyn's Norwegian-American community celebrates its heritage and an
independent Norway. Festivities include traditional Norwegian music, and
the crowning of Miss Norway. 1:30 p.m. 85th Street to 67th Street on
Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. For more information, call (718) 745-665
Be inspired by brownstone beauty on one of several house and garden
tours in Brooklyn's historic districts:
Annual Kings County Memorial Day Parade
In Memory of Sons & Daughters who gave their lives for our
America and in Support of our US Armed Forces still serving.
Memorial Day Monday, 10:00 AM
Starts at 3rd Avenue & 80th St. in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Festival - Grand Army Plaza - Prospect Park -Botanic Garden
1st weekend in June
For this year events including the ceremony inducting new
members to the
Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Celebrity Path contact Tourism
and Visitor's Center, 718-802-3846
Summer-long film festival on sky-high venues. For more info visit
Roof top Films
Brooklyn International Film Festival
International competitive film festival that presents over 150
film premieres from over 80 countries. Film submissions are open
from Sept. 1 through March 15. For more information,
Brooklyn Film Festival or call (718)
388-4306. At various venues.
The celebration of Brooklynites and Brooklyn institutions is a destination
Brooklyn event which officially launches Brooklyn’s summer
season each year, takes to Grand Army Plaza and Heart of
Brooklyn institutions. Check out
|Brooklyn Pride Night Parade
|WHERE: The Festival takes place at Bartel- Pritchard
Circle and along Prospect Park West from 15th Street to
9th Street. The Parade begins at Bartel-Pritchard Circle
(Prospect Park West at 15th Street) and travels up 15th
Street to Seventh Avenue, continuing north on Seventh Avenue
to Lincoln Place.
Festival begins at 11 a.m. Parade starts at 8 p.m.
New York City's second-largest Gay and Lesbian Pride
event of the season. Call
Brooklyn Pride at (718) 928-3320 for more information or
brooklynpride.org to find out how you can get
Brooklyn Pride is a year-round, wholly volunteer-managed,
tax-exempt, non-profit organization working for and on
behalf of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
Brooklynites, groups and all others who support the struggle
for the liberation of these communities
|CELEBRATE BROOKLYN Performing Arts
Festival at Prospect Park
More than 200,000 visitors enjoy the performances at Celebrate
Brooklyn!, one of the longest-running free summer outdoor performing
arts festivals in America. At the Bandshell, Prospect Park West and 9th
Street, all summer. the Bandshell provides an audience and artist
experience that rivals any major performing arts center.
A program of BRIC, Celebrate Brooklyn presents an
eclectic mix of artists from around the world and around
the block, a live music for film series using the
largest outdoor screen in New York City, top dance
companies, and engaging theater troupes. For more information, call Brooklyn Information and
Culture (BRIC), (718) 855-7882 ext. 45
Celebrate Brooklyn! Presented by
THERE: The Bandshell is located inside the Park at
Prospect Park West and 9th Street.
By Public Transportation:
F Train to 15th
St./Prospect Park station
2 or 3 Train to Grand Army
B-68, B-69, or B-75 Buses
to Prospect Park West & 9th St.
On weekends from 12 to 6 p.m. you can take the
Heart of Brooklyn Trolley from anywhere in
From Brooklyn and Manhattan
Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza,
Prospect Park West exit to 9th St.
From BQE: Take BQE to 38th
St. exit. Make left on 4th Ave, then right on 9th St. to
Prospect Park West.
Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour.
Tour is self-guided. Infants in front packs only. For more info: call
(718) 462-0024 or (718) 284-6210,
Leffers Manor Association
Victorian Flatbush House and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 10, 2007
1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets: $16 in advance; $20 on the day of tour.
Sponsored by the
Development Corporation, (718) 859-3800.
Gateway to Nations Native American Heritage Celebration
June 8-10, 2007
Features Native American song, dance, drumming, food, art and crafts.
Friday is “Student Day,” with a reduced rate for students. At Gateway
National Recreation Area, Floyd Bennett Field, at 50 Aviation Road. For
information, call The Redhawk Native American Arts Council at (718)
686-9297 or visit
Puerto Rican Day Parade
Sunday, June 10, 2007, 11 a.m.
Annual celebration of Puerto Rican heritage, ending with a festival at
Lindsay Park. Graham Ave., from Montrose Street to Lindsay Park For more
information call (212) 243-1177.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens House and Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Lefferts Manor Association, (718) 462-0024.
Brooklyn Cyclones Opening Day
The Brooklyn Cyclones will officially open their season possibly against
the cross town rivals, the Staten Island Yankees. KeySpan Park, 1904
Surf Avenue. For more information call (718) 449-8497 or visit
Saturday after Summer Solstice June 21, 2007
With wacky creativity and a definite Brooklyn vibe, the
Mermaid Parade began in 1983 and is now one of New York's most
popular (if not most odd) parade. For more information, call Coney
Island USA, (718) 372-5159.
Multiple days since 2005. In 2007 at
PowerHousearena.com at 37 Main Street, in New
York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24-foot
ceilings on the 5,000–square foot ground floor. Also at
Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park & Tobacco
26 New Dock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire-Fulton Ferry
State Park and the Tobacco Warehouse offer cinematic views of
the most recognizable landmarks in the world – The Brooklyn
Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline
More info at festival site
Independence Day Parade
Saturday, closest to July 4th
The parade route starts at 76th Street along Third Avenue to Marine
Avenue up to Fourth Avenue and then over to John Paul Jones Park at
101st St., Bay Ridge. For more information, contact Parade Chairman
Anthony Palazzolo at (718) 680-9216.
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series
Monday nights in July and August, 7:30 p.m
Borough President Marty Markowitz hosts the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Concert Series, one of the longest-running, free weekly adult summer
concert series in NYC. Enjoy R&B, soul, gospel and more. For more
information, call (718) 469-1912. At Wingate Field, Winthrop Street btwn
Brooklyn Ave. and Kingston Ave.
Seaside Summer Concert Series
Thursday nights in July and August, Free, 7:30 p.m.
Borough President Marty Markowitz hosts the
Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy Park in Coney Island.
Enjoy Classic Rock, Contemporary, Oldies and the Annual "Salsa by the
Sea" near the Coney Island Boardwalk Thursday nights in July and August.
Asser Levy Park, Coney Island. For more information, call (718)
|New York Philharmonic
|The New York Philharmonic returns to Prospect Park's
Ballfields one night every year for an amazing free
concert under the stars. A fireworks display
completes the evening. This special concert space
features a state-of-the-art sound system.
GETTING THERE: To reach the ballfields, enter the Park
at 9th Street and Prospect Park West, Bartel-Pritchard
Circle (the intersection of Prospect Park West and
Prospect Park Southwest near 15th Street) or 10th Avenue
and Prospect Park Southwest and cross the West Drive to
the Long Meadow
For more information, including weather-related concerns, call the
New York Philharmonic concert information hotline at
International African Arts Festival
Wednesday, July 4, 2007- Sunday, July 8, 2007
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily, Rain or Shine
With world-class live music and dance, crafts, food, fashion, and
children's programming, the
International African Arts Festival will celebrate its 35th
anniversary this year. At Commodore Barry Park. Navy St. between Park
Ave. and Flushing Ave. For more information, call (718) 638-6700.
July 5-15, 2007
A hundred men carry a 3 ton, 65 foot tall structure through the streets
of Williamsburg. It's a sight to behold. Check for details with
of Mount Carmel & St. Paulinus, (718) 384-0223.
Boricua Parade of New York
July 8, 2007
Puerto Rican heritage parade in Brooklyn, with festival in Lindsay Park
until 8pm. For more information, (718) 455-3907.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Food, fun and an intense Petanque tournament descend on Smith Street to
celebrate Bastille Day. Smith Street near Bergen Street
The Village Voice Annual Siren Music Festival
Free indie rock festival sponsored by the Village Voice. Visit
|"Battle of Brooklyn Week" (1776) at the Old Stone House
J.J. Byrne Park, 5th Avenue & 3rd Street Park Slope's
Stone House celebrates the
Brooklyn with a re-enactment of the first major battle of the
Revolutionary War after America's Declaration of Independence.
Begins with Memorial March to THE OLD STONE HOUSE OF
BROOKLYN for Ceremony & Refreshments 5th Avenue between 3rd
and 4th Streets
Ends with Annual Greenwood Cemetery Commemorations
Memorial March led by lone Bagpiper to gravesites for Wreath
Laying Ceremonies Ceremony at Archway inside
Cemetery Gate, 5th Avenue & 25th Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn For more
information, call (718) 768-3195.
Grimaldo's Mile 2007
Sunday, August 5th, 8:30 a.m.
Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers present this race
expecting a field of over 400 swimmers, swimming in four different
waves, in this costume-optional, mile long, point-to-point swim. 3300
Coney Island Avenue, Brighton Beach. For more information, visit
Last Sunday in August
Celebrating its 29th season, enjoy culture of the countries of the
former USSR. For more information, call the
Brighton Neighborhood Association, (718) 891-0800.
West Indian American Day Carnival & Parade
September 3, 2007, Labor Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
New York City's biggest and most spectacular parade. Over 2 million
people a year line the streets of Eastern Parkway for this extravaganza!
Enjoy the fabulous costumes and Caribbean music. Eastern Parkway from
Utica Avenue to Grand Army Plaza. Come the day before for live music at
the J'Ouvert Celebration. For more information, call the West Indian
American Day Carnival Association, (718) 467-1797.
More information, go to
www.nycswim.org or call 888 NYC-SWIM.
The winner is expected to finish before 2:15 p.m
|The 1-kilometer event starts on the Manhattan side, in East
River Park (Dover Street/South Street, just north of South
Street Seaport), with the swimmers moving parallel along the
southern line of the Brooklyn Bridge, then northeast along the
seawall to the finish at the beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park, just
below the Manhattan Bridge.
"The swimmers will not have benefit of the East River's
natural ebb and/or flows and will in most likelihood, get thrown
about by the very turbid East River," said Morty Berger, the
founder of the Manhattan Island Foundation and Organizer of the
Brooklyn Bridge Swim..
The premier annual event since 2006 for the Manhattan Island
Foundation which organizes swimming events in the waters around
Since 2004 country music impresario Alex Battles and Brooklyn
Country Music present an Annual Brooklyn Country Music
Festival in Park Slope at local bars for several nights.
Celebrates the back-porch Kings County music
scene. This is music which blends traditional Nashville and
Bakersfield electrified-honky-tonk aesthetics and adds a gritty
native pulse, influenced by rumbling subway trains,
alternate-side-of-the-street parking, and the presence of a few
million close neighbors.
|| Annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music
Since 1998, banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars
and big upright basses on Prospect Park West near 2nd Street,
for a day and a half celebration of American traditional music
The Jamboree is held at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Meeting House, 53 Prospect Park West at 2nd Street in Park
Slope, Brooklyn. Further information may be obtained by calling
the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 718-768-2972
More info at the Brooklyn Society
for Ethical Culture [bsec.org]
Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, in September since 2006
Nearly 100 booksellers and thousands of books will fill beautiful
Borough Hall Plaza and Columbus Park. You can hear a poetry slam,
participate in a define-a-thon, and have your favorite book signed by
the author. Children can hear their best-loved books read at the Target
www.brooklynbookfestival.org for more details. Brooklyn Borough Hall
WHEN: Sunday end of September rain or shine
Spanning 10 blocks of Atlantic avenue, from 4th Avenue in Boerum Hill
all the way to Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. Since 1974
The New York Transit Museum's Annual Bus Festival will also
coincide with the Antic, taking place at the midway point of the
festival, on Boerum Place. Board vintage buses dating back to 1917
free admission to the museum, one block away on Schermerhorn Street.
For more information, call the Atlantic Avenue Local
Development Corporation, (718) 875-8993.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Chile Pepper Festival
Brooklyn spiciest celebration. For more information, call the Brooklyn
Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., (718) 623-7200.
Great Irish Fair
September for 2 days
WHERE: Keyspan park parking lot
Organized by Irish builders society for benefit of Brooklyn
Diocese Catholic Schools
|Keyspan Park GETTING THERE:
To reach KeySpan Park by subway: Take the D train, F train or Q train to the last stop, Coney
Island/Stillwell Avenue. At the corner of Stillwell and Surf
Avenues (where Nathan’s is located), turn right. Walk two blocks
west along Surf Avenue to KeySpan Park.
To reach KeySpan Park by bus:
Take the B36, B64 or B74 bus, or the Coney Island-bound B82 bus,
to Stillwell Avenue and Surf Avenue. Then, walk two blocks west
along Surf Avenue to KeySpan Park.
Annual October tasting event showcases Brooklyn's culinary highlights.
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce [ibrooklyn.com] for info.
Alliance of Bay Ridge Block Associations' Fall House Tour
Fearturing a selection of restored Greek Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne
and Federal style homes with original details. Tour includes tea at the
historic Visitation Academy. Reservations are recommended. For more
information, call (917) 836-1401 or 9(17) 693-1569.
DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival
Since 2000 for 3 days
This DUMBO Arts Center (DAC) festival attracts 25,000 art lovers under
the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges for an entire weekend of art from
local established and up-and-coming talent. For more information,
Halloween in Brooklyn
7th Avenue in Park Slope
On Halloween, Brooklyn's scary ghosts and goblins and all manner or
creatures from your child's imagination delight you at this Park Slope family parade.
|Halloween Festival at Fort Greene Park
This fun-filled festival includes pony rides, hay rides, face painting,
pumpkin decorating, games and prizes for kids, African drumming and
audience participation dancing, mimes, clowns and more. For more
information call the
Greene Park Conservancy [.fortgreenepark.org], at (718) 222-1461.
Halloween in Prospect Park
Saturday before October 31st
Deep in the Park, Lookout Hill is haunted
by witches, ghosts and vampires lurking deep in the Park's dark
forest on Lookout Hill .
Carousel 12 - 5 p.m. Chilling music, ravens,
bats, and spiders make a spin on the
Carousel; Boo at the
Volunteers make this event special!
Call (718) 965-8960 for more information about
Halloween in Prospect Park
Winter Festival at the Lefferts Homestead Children's Museum
The 18th Century Lefferts Family historic farmhouse celebrates winter
with storytelling, toy-making, and baking activities in Prospect Park.
For more information, call the Lefferts Historic House, (718) 965-8999.
Ice Skating in Prospect Park
Wollman Rink by prospectpark.org
Take lessons, bring a date, bring the kids, or just come and enjoy a
snack and a hot chocolate at Brooklyn's only outdoor rink. Opening date
is weather dependent. Call (718) 287-6431 to confirm.
|Holiday Celebration at the Jewish Children's Museum
In 2006, the Jewish Children's Museum's Chanukah exhibit featured a
professional newsroom studio with children "broadcasting" the Chanukah
story to their friends. Also, holiday workshops which included making
olive oil and latkes and a Leggo menorah, a replica of the one that once
stood prominently in Jerusalem's Holy Temple. Stay tuned for info on
this year's event. 792 Eastern Parkway. (718) 467-0600 ext 8833.
Usually Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's
A traditional Brooklyn holiday pastime. Residential neighborhoods of
Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge, and Bensonhurst get dressed up for the
holidays with spectacular lights displays.
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
The Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performs its annual
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. Visit
brooklyntabernacle.org in December for more info.
New Years Eve
New Years Eve Music & Fireworks
Monday, December 31, 2007
Fireworks begin at midnight.
Celebrate the New Year from the lovely Grand Army Plaza entrance
of Prospect Park. 11 p.m. stage for live music, and midnight
fireworks. For more information, call (718) 965-899
|By Public Transportation:
2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza
Q Train to 7th Ave. Station (Flatbush
B-41 or B-71 bus along Flatbush
Ave. to Grand Army Plaza
B-69 along Prospect Park West
From Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges:
Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza.
From BQE: Take BQE to Tillary St.
exit, left on Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza.