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Free kid-friendly events this week in Brooklyn (7/8-7/14)

This week is packed with family-friendly summer events in our neighborhoods. This week’s overview covers all the free activities happening this week, including the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast and Giglio Carnival in Williamsburg, a Wimbledon viewing event in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island, City of Water Day, the Big Busk hosted by Citizen Cope in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Flatbush Avenue Street Fair, plus so many outdoor movie screenings and live music events!

4th Annual Abolition Commemoration Day at Abolitionist Place | Downtown Brooklyn

Monday, July 8 | 10am-1pm

Join the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®) for the Fourth Annual Abolition Commemoration Day, to recognize the end of slavery in New York and honor freedom. Special performances by David Norville of The Black Orchestra Network, drummer Eric Frazier and Poetry by Nancy Baptiste-Morgan. Guest Speakers include Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Senator James Sanders, Jr., Shawne’ Lee, Director of Friends of Abolitionist Place and Enith Williams, Founder and Executive Director of Reparations Finance Lab.

Free Admission Days @ Pier 2 Roller Rink | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Monday, July 8 & Friday, July 12 | 3:30-6:00pm

Sunday, July 14 | 10am-12pm

Pier 2 Roller Rink offers free admission hours on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. Roller skate with amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan! Skate rental is $8 per person.

Wasan Brooklyn Summer Festival | Cobble Hill

Monday, July 8–Sunday, July 14 

The Japanese restaurant Wasan is throwing a Summer Festival with free food, games, and more!

Serve at St. Ann’s Food Pantry at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church | Brooklyn Heights

Tuesday, July 9 | 9:30-11:30am | Ages 10+ with a guardian, ages 13+ without a guardian | RSVP here

Each Tuesday, St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church serves 100+ neighbors in need of fresh produce and other essentials. Over the summer months, they have fewer volunteers and could use some help! Tasks include setting up tables, organizing and greeting patrons, cleaning, breaking down boxes, and other assigned work. Volunteers must be responsible, reliable, eager to learn, and have a great attitude.

Tiny Storytime @ Books Are Magic | Cobble Hill & Brooklyn Heights

Tuesday, July 9 | 11am | 225 Smith Street in Cobble Hill

Thursday, July 11 | 11am | 122 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights

Join Book Are Magic for Tiny Storytime for ages 6-36 months, every Tuesday in Cobble Hill and Thursday in Brooklyn Heights!

Summer Lunchtime Jazz Concerts: Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet | Downtown Brooklyn

Tuesday, July 9 | 12-1:30pm

Enjoy your lunch outdoors at the foot of Brooklyn Borough Hall with some of Jazz’s celebrated musicians. On July 9, Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet performs. Born in Harlem and raised among jazz greats in St. Albans, Queens, Steven Kroon is a master percussionist. After decades working with major artists like Luther Vandross and Ron Carter, for the last twenty years he has focused on his own electrifying, high-energy sextet, which fuses jazz with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music.

Youth Basketball Clinic with King Hoops | Pier 2 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tuesday, July 9 | 5-7pm | Ages 4-17 | Register here

Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting free basketball clinics with King Hoops this summer for kids 4-17! Players may join for individual weeks or the full season. The first hour (5-6 PM) will be for beginner players who are brand new to the sport. Here they will teach the very basic fundamentals of the game, the rules of the game, and getting acclimated to having a ball in each player’s hands. The second hour (6 – 7 PM) is geared for advanced beginners to intermediate players who have played a little bit more basketball. Advanced registration and waivers are required. Registration opens a week ahead of each date. Learn more here!

RECESS @ Industry City | Sunset Park

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday | 5-9pm | Through Labor Day

Come join us for an evening of chill vibes and chilled cocktails at Courtyard 1/2. Enjoy music from local DJs for free every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5-9pm all summer long.

Cobble Hill Music in the Park: Andrea Wolper Trio | Cobble Hill

Tuesday, July 9 | 6-7pm | RSVP here

After two weather related cancellations, our fingers are crossed that we will finally be able to showcase the Andrea Wolper Trio on July 9th! Singer and songwriter Andrea Wolper has been called “a brilliant musical storyteller,” a singer with “a masterful command,” who “brings songs to life, no matter what their source.” A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, she has appeared in top clubs including the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Mezzrow, the 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, and she tours in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading several of her own groups, Andrea records and performs for other notable artists across jazz genres. Her newest recording, “Wanderlust,” is receiving rave reviews, noted as “an early candidate for year-end ‘Best Of’ lists,” and “an album that “reminds the listener of the difference between simply good and truly exceptional.” Living on the border of Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill since 2002, Andrea will appear at Music in the Park with her longtime trio featuring two in-demand musicians: the guitarist Michael Howell, and the double bassist (and Andrea’s husband) Ken Filiano. Read more here.

Sunset Waterfront Walks | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tuesday, July 9 | 6:30-8pm | Register here

Join our Docents for a free walking tour and learn more about Brooklyn Bridge Park’s history, design, and ecology. Tours last roughly 60-90 minutes, start from the entrance of Pier 1 and finish near Pier 3.

Dance and Music with Cumbe | Fort Greene Park

Wednesday, July 10 | 10-11am | RSVP here

Join us at Monument Plaza for dance workshops hosted by us in partnership with the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance! No prior dance experience is needed. This event is family-friendly, and kids are encouraged to join us. All ages are welcome. Watch master artist, Shari Cheverez, perform, then experience the joy and learn the movements through a class and a dance jam.

Summer at the Library: Cara’s Caterpillars at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church | Carroll Gardens

Wednesday, July 11 | 11am-12pm | Ages 3+

Clap, dance, sing and party along with Cara Samantha and her magical musicians as they crawl their way into your hearts with a variety of pop, Motown, Disney and family favorite song.

Free Admission at New York Aquarium | Coney Island

Wednesday, July 10 | 3-6pm | Reserve tickets here; free tickets are made available at 3pm the Monday before

Take advantage of free admission hours at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. This past Fourth of July weekend, the aquarium’s Aquatheater reopened after renovations, and the sea lions and their trainers are performing once again! Check out the interactive “Sea Lion Celebration: Sea Lions in the Big City.” Daily schedules here. There’s so much to do while you’re in Coney Island; check out our guide to planning a day trip to Coney Island this summer! Note that advance timed tickets are required; the Wednesday Afternoon Ticket Store will open on Monday at 3:00 pm for that Wednesday’s reservations. Do not come to the aquarium without a reserved ticket! There’s a maximum of 4 tickets per order.

Summer Salsa Series at Atlantic Terminal Plaza | Downtown Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 10 | 5-8pm

Join us for an evening of energetic dance, lively music, and community fun. Don’t miss out on the best salsa experience of the summer at Atlantic Terminal Plaza! Enjoy live music by Cuarteto Guataca and dance lessons by a professional instructor will guide you through exciting salsa moves and techniques.

Outdoor Movies | Various Locations

This week is packed with family-friendly outdoor movie screenings in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Fort Greene Park, and 4th Street Plaza in Park Slope. Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family to enjoy a movie under the stars! Note each film’s rating below; some films may include material that is not appropriate for young children.

  • Wednesday, July 10: School of Rock (2003) at Prospect Park | PG-13
  • Wednesday, July 10: Barbie (2023) at Transmitter Park in Greenpoint | PG-13
  • Thursday, July 11: Past Lives (2023) at Brooklyn Bridge Park | PG-13
  • Thursday, July 11: Summer of Soul (2021) at 4th Street Plaza in Park Slope | PG-13
  • Thursday, July 11: IF (2024) at Coney Island Beach | PG — Brand new movie, just announced!
  • Friday, July 12: Top Gun: Maverick (2022) at Transmitter Park in Greenpoint | PG-13
  • Friday, July 12: Growing Pains: Coming-of-Age Stories (Short Films) in Fort Greene Park | Not Rated

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast and Giglio Carnival | Williamsburg

Wednesday, July 10–Sunday, July 21 | Monday-Friday 6-11pm, Saturday 4pm-12am, Sunday 12pm-11pm 

Since 1887, the Italian American community has been celebrating their faith, culture, and family traditions on the streets of Williamsburg. Each July, the streets are filled with revelers from near and far to take part in a centuries old tradition known as the Dancing of the Giglio. The streets surrounding the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are transformed into a vibrant festival with rides, games, food vendors, and daily entertainment. Special events:

  • Thursday, July 11 | 6:30-8pm: Children’s Giglio Lift
  • Sunday, July 14 | 9am-5pm: Giglio Sunday including 9am parade, 11am mass, 1pm first lift
  • Tuesday, July 16 | 10am: Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mass
  • Wednesday, July 15 |  7:30pm: Dancing of the Giglio Under the Stars
  • Thursday, July 18 | 6:30-8pm: Children’s Giglio Lift
  • Sunday, July 21 | 2pm: Old Timer’s Giglio Sunday

We Move. We Groove. We Party. at Brooklyn Children’s Museum | Crown Heights

Thursday, July 11 | 3pm | RSVP here

Join dancer and choreographer Kadeem Alston Roman for the “We Move. We Groove. We Party.” dance workshop! This exciting and energetic class will introduce participants to various group-based social dances that have come and gone over the decades. From the twist to the electric slide to the cha cha slide, this workshop is sure to entertain and engage both kids and adults alike. Join us for the party! This program is free and takes place during BCM’s Thursday Amazon Free Hours from 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm. You can reserve tickets in advance online or simply walk in on the day of.

Little Shop, Big City: Artmaking Workshop at Central Library | Park Slope

Thursday, July 11 | 3:30-4:45pm | Ages 7-11 | RSVP here

Join author-illustrator Isabel Roxas for a hands-on artmaking workshop for kids aged 7-11.Riffing on her Team Pom book series, their love of food and community, come ready to celebrate your neighborhood by creating your own collage storefront, from your local bodega to your destination deli or your favorite hair salon. Materials are provided.

Storytime in the Park | Fort Greene Park

Thursday, July 11 | 4-4:45pm | Ages 3-8

Sing, read, and play with librarians from Brooklyn Public Library! Have fun hearing great picture books read aloud and playing with other children during this program featuring guest musical artists from Urban Stages. For children of all ages and their caregivers.Storytime in the Park will be located at the bottom of the monument stairs in Fort Greene Park’s northwest corner. In case of extreme heat or inclement weather, the program will be held at Walt Whitman Library.

Shark Week: Puppet Show and Puppet Making @ Adams Street Library | DUMBO

Thursday, July 11 | 4:30-5:30pm

Enjoy a shark themed puppet show and then create a shark puppet of your own!

Lucy Knisley presents Woe: A Housecat’s Story of Despair at Books Are Magic | Brooklyn Heights

Thursday, July 11 | 4-5pm | RSVP here

What if our cats could talk? Would they ask endless questions about why we haven’t given them wet food…again? Would they scream greetings at the first sign of life before the sun even rises? Linney certainly will. Have you met Linney yet? If not, prepared to be blessed! Lucy Knisley’s online Linney comics are collected for the very first time in this gifty hardcover featuring the internet sensation, Linney. With all-new comics, this collection shows us just how amazing, and what a true gift, all cats are.

Live at the Archway: Brasil Summerfest & Noah Lyon | DUMBO

Thursday, July 11 | Doors at 5pm | Music at 6pm | RSVP here

Live at the Archway is an annual series of free concerts and visual art in the unique setting of the Dumbo Archway. Our sixth annual collaboration with Brasil Summerfest, a two week long festival founded by Petrit Pula, which showcases Brazilian artists in performances ranging from traditional to contemporary styles! Band to be announced. Noah Lyon, this year’s Dumbo Drop artist, brings his black and white punk edge to the Art Wall.

Works & Process: It’s Showtime NYC!, Maimouna Keita African Dance Company, and Kash Gaines’s Caged Birds | Herbert Long King Park | Bed Stuy

Thursday, July 11 | 6-9pm

Vanderbilt Open Streets | Prospect Heights

Friday, July 12, 5-10pm | Saturday, July 13, 12-10pm | Sunday, July 14, 12-5pm

Vanderbilt Avenue’s Open Streets program features activities and performances for the community. Stay up to date on their Instagram to see what live music performances and other programming is coming this weekend! This weekend, highlights include:

  • Skate Everything @ Pacific Street | Saturday, July 13 | 12pm | Bring a board or borrow one and learn to skateboard or level up your skills!
  • Sprinkler Saturday @ Dean Street | Saturday, July 13 | 2-5pm | Join us as we open up the fire hydrant (legally) at Vanderbilt Avenue & Park Place. We’ll have inflatable pools, water buckets, and reusable water balloons!
  • The Opera Next Door @ Gran Caffe | Saturday, July 13 | 4pm | The Opera Next Door (TOND) will have a pop-up at the Vanderbilt Open Streets on Saturday, July 13th.
  • Hole Mole and the Electric Ritual @ Poke Tiny | Saturday, July 13 | 6pm
  • Bloco la Conga between Prospect and Park | Sunday, July 14 | 2pm

Sounds of Detroit: Celebrating 50 years of J. Dilla featuring Pharcyde, Slum Village, Rich Medina, and Breakbeat Lou | Herbert Von King Park | Bed Stuy

Friday, July 12 | 6-9pm

In association with Fusicology and Future x Sounds, celebrate what would have been the 50th birthday of the late great hip-hop producer J Dilla in Bed-Stuy with acts representing the legacy of his massively influential production discography and his hometown of Detroit. The Pharcyde hails from South Central Los Angeles, yet the beats for two of their biggest hits— “Drop” and “Runnin’”—were crafted by the Detroit MPC wizard J Dilla, and Slum Village, Dilla’s first group, for whom he produced most of their first three albums before leaving to pursue a solo career in 2001; and Breakbeat Lou, the pioneering DJ partly responsible for the essential Ultimate Breaks & Beats compilations that became a mainstay in every hip-hop DJ and producer’s crates for decades.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Travels Over Feeling: Celebrating Arthur Russell | Prospect Park Bandshell

Friday, July 12 | Doors at 6pm | Show at 7pm | RSVP here

A special evening of programming curated by Dada Strain to celebrate the release of Anthology’s landmark publication Travels Over Feeling: Arthur Russell, a Life by Richard King. Paying homage to visionary musician Arthur Russell’s timeless genre-blending work, the acclaimed Wordless Music Orchestra will perform Russell’s seminal 1983 album Tower of Meaning. The evening will kick off with a DJ set from the multifaceted music and nightlife project Love Injection, and will close out with a DJ set by NY dance music legend François K.

Live Salsa Music @ Sahadi’s | Industry City | Sunset Park

Friday, July 12 | 6:30-9:30pm

Come join us at Sahadi’s for an unforgettable evening of summer Salsa music. Cuarteto Guataca plays high energy acoustic Son Cubano and Salsa with an old school sound, making people dance in clubs, parks and streets of NYC since 2012. See all upcoming salsa nights here.

Weekly Friday Night Fireworks | Coney Island

Friday, July 12 | Fireworks begin at 9:45pm

Head to the Coney Island boardwalk to catch weekly fireworks kicking off on the Summer Solstice! Arrive early for a trip to neighboring Luna Park, New York Aquarium, or a Brooklyn Cyclones game at Maimonides Park. Check out our summer guide to visiting Coney Island here!

City of Water Day | Various Locations in Brooklyn

Saturday, July 13 | Program times vary 9am-5pm |  City-wide including Brooklyn

Now in its 17th year, City of Water Day, is a free region-wide day organized by the Waterfront Alliance, the NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program, and other great partners to raise awareness about the dangers we all face from sea level rise and climate change, and to advocate for a climate resilient New York and New Jersey harbor. Brooklyn program locations include Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, Transmitter Park, Gowanus Canal, Valentino Park, Waterfront Museum, Marine Park, and Coney Island. Find City of Water Day events and details here.

Community Science Seining | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, July 13 | 10am-12pm | Register here

Discover the East River’s amazing biodiversity as our trained staff, volunteers and marine biologists use a seine net to humanely catch-and-release organisms, including fish, jellyfish, crabs, and more! Learn how these organisms contribute to the estuary, what they tell us about the river’s health and how the Conservancy uses the information collected about these organisms to contribute to community science efforts across New York state. All ages are welcome at this free event! Registering in advance is not required but highly recommended to expedite your participation and to receive reminders and last minute cancellation information in the event there’s inclement weather.

Figure Drawing Class @ Brooklyn Heights Library | Brooklyn Heights

Saturday, July 13 | 10:30am-12pm

This is a two-part clothed figure drawing class led by artist Dieter Feurich. In this class you will learn to draw the clothed human figure using pencil and charcoal. All skill levels welcome. Registration is required and students are expected to attend both classes (second session on Saturday, July 20, 10:30am-12pm).

Free Outdoor Art Making with Private Picassos | Park Slope

Saturday, July 13 | 11am-3pm | Ages 1.5+

Private Picassos will set up an outdoor Art Studio for kids to work on two free art projects (watercolor painting and drawing exploration), as well as sidewalk chalk to decorate 5th Avenue! Projects are great for kids age 1.5 and up and be available between 11am-3pm. Private Picassos will also offer a prize wheel for families to spin for a chance to win a free day of Summer Camp, free Day Passes for Art Making and a free Art Class. All participants can also grab a free Private Picassos Artist sticker and color our extra large coloring sheets. This event is in partnership with Park Slope Open Streets.

New York City Poetry Festival | Governors Island

Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14 | 11am-6pm

The Poet­ry Soci­ety of New York (PSNY) invites poet­ry orga­ni­za­tions and col­lec­tives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique for­mats, aes­thet­ics, and per­son­al­i­ties to beau­ti­ful Gov­er­nors Island for The New York City Poet­ry Fes­ti­val, a free week­end of read­ings, work­shops, open mics, instal­la­tions, per­for­mances, writ­ing activ­i­ties, book­selling, chil­dren’s pro­gram­ming, a beer gar­den, deli­cious food, and a whole lot of lying around in the grass lis­ten­ing to poetry. 2024 Head­lin­ers include Kaz­im Ali, Katie Far­ris, Safia Elhil­lo, and Ilya Kamin­sky.

Storytime at The Center for Fiction Bookstore | Fort Greene

Saturday, July 13 | 12pm | RSVP here

Join us every Saturday at noon for Story Time at The Center for Fiction Bookstore, where each week we read from some of our favorite books for young people! Led by our booksellers, this is a free community event open to people of all ages.

Climate Piloting Summer Kickoff | Governors Island

Saturday, July 13 | 12-3pm | RSVP here

Cel­e­brate City of Water Day with the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island’s inau­gur­al cohort of cli­mate pilots! Fea­tur­ing live demos, work­shops, and tours of the excit­ing and impact­ful water-based cli­mate tech projects being pilot­ed on Gov­er­nors Island this sum­mer, includ­ing inno­va­tions in liv­ing shore­lines, urban aqua­cul­ture, water qual­i­ty, indoor agri­cul­ture, and more. This free, all-ages event is meant to direct­ly engage New York­ers with the inno­v­a­tive cli­mate solu­tions — and the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties behind them — being test­ed on Gov­er­nors Island through the Trust’s Cli­mate Solu­tions Pilot­ing Pro­gram.

The Wheel of Climate Emotions: Poetry, Art, Meditation, and Movement | Governors Island

Saturday, July 13 | 1-3pm | RSVP here

Across more than a dozen global studies, people report a wide range of emotional reactions to the climate crisis, including fear, rage, hope, anxiety, grief, interest, and frustration. Join us on Governors Island for a kid-friendly afternoon of art and poetry, meditation, and a meaningful conversation on climate emotions! We will encounter these emotions bravely through guided meditation, a short discussion, and group exercises, including movement.

Hip Hop Closet’s Annual Block Party x BNYDC’s Beats and Eats Festival | Brooklyn Navy Yard

Saturday, July 13 | 2-8pm | RSVP here

Join us for the ultimate block party in Brooklyn! This year, Hip Hop Closet’s 2nd Annual Block Party is being held in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s “Beats & Eats” series! Get ready to rock to the hottest beats, tantalize your taste buds with delicious eats, and immerse yourself in Brooklyn’s unrivaled vibrant culture. Grab your chairs and your crew and join us for this celebration of community, culture, and creativity. This exciting event will feature DJ sets, game activations, a handpicked array of food vendors, double dutch teams, and much more.

Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival | Fort Greene

Saturday, July 13 | 3-7pm

Get ready to listen to soulful sounds at the park! The Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival began in July 2010, when musician Eric Frazier realized his long-standing dream to have a jazz festival in his own neighborhood park. It provides live jazz entertainment for families, neighborhoods, communities, and New Yorkers twice annually, typically in July and September each year. The Fort Greene neighborhood has housed a multitude of great Jazz Musicians including Max Roach, Randy Weston, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Betty Carter, Gary Bartz, Cecil Taylor, Bill Lee, Slide Hampton, Toshi Reagon, and Carla Cook. It is the home of many of today’s greats and tomorrow’s future legends!

The Big Busk with Citizen Cope | Granite Prospect at Pier 1 | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, July 13 | 3:30-6:30pm

Calling all acoustic guitar players! Musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in this free concert on Saturday, July 13 where you are the performer. Hosted by Citizen Cope, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Busk (intr. v) is defined as “to play music or entertain in a public space’ from old French busquer, to prowl; from Italian buscare, to procure, gain.” Clarence Greenwood, also known by his stage name, Citizen Cope, is an American songwriter, producer and singer. He invites you to strum along with him and a few friends at a community musical happening at Pier 1 Granite Prospect on Saturday, July 13. This program is a part of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s free summer programming. Musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to participate — by helping to select the songs to be performed, and by taking part in a massive, sing- and play-along! Click here to submit a song and register as a performer!

MIKE’s Young World IV: Earl Sweatshirt, Myaap, Sideshow, Stahhr, and Stay Epps | Herbert Von King Park | Bed Stuy

Saturday, July 13 | 4-9pm

Local hero MIKE has been steadily building a vibrant hip-hop community of like-minded souls at his annual Young World festival. This year the event returns to Herbert Von King Park in Bed-Stuy with Earl Sweatshirt, who has been the voice of a generation and the face of a corner of hip hop for a decade now. Milwaukee’s Myaap joins the line up with her high energy raps, as well as the DMV’s Sideshow. Atlanteans Stahhr and Stacy Epps are also set to perform, two close collaborators of the late legend MF DOOM. Stahhr made appearances on classics such as “MM…Food” and “Take Me to Your Leader” while Stacy Epps made an appearance on Madvillain, and in addition to her own catalog has continued to work closely with Madlib.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Seun Kuti & Egypt 80,  Lollise, Rich Medina & IAM LOVE | Prospect Park Bandshell

Saturday, July 13 | Doors at 6pm | Show at 7pm | RSVP here

Sean Kuti, son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, continues his father’s political and musical legacy as the leader of his father’s former band Egypt 80. Lollise, a bold Afro-futurist pop artist from Botswana, will transport us through real and imagined worlds with her rich, multidimensional sound. Rich Medina, a dynamo DJ and sonic storyteller, mesmerizes audiences with his unique musical palette. Also celebrate the life and legacy of Brooklyn’s beloved Ibrahim Abdul-Matin at the first annual IAM LOVE gathering.

The Opera Next Door presents The Puccini Jukebox | Bed Stuy

Saturday, July 13 | 6:30pm

The Opera Next Door is back this July with some pretty exciting special events, pop-ups, and stoop concerts! Join us on Jefferson Ave. between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues in Bed-Stuy for The Puccini Jukebox!

A Rosie Day at Domino Park | Williamsburg

Sunday, July 14 | 10-11am | 15 months and up 

During this free community event in Domino Park, A Rosie Day will be minimizing waste by reusing household items. Let’s create beautiful pieces while being mindful of our planet’s well-being!

Waterfront Walks | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sunday, July 14 | 10:30am-12pm | Register here

Join our Docents for a free walking tour and learn more about Brooklyn Bridge Park’s history, design, and ecology. Tours last roughly 60-90 minutes, start from the entrance of Pier 1 and finish near Pier 3.

DUMBO Family Games on Car-Free Washington Street | DUMBO

Sunday, July 14 | 11am-1pm | Washington Street from Front Street to Water Street

Join every Sunday on car-free Washington Street for free kids activities and a community hang! Curated by the DUMBO BID x Brooklyn Bridge Parents and supported by Leaf Medical & Leaf Dental in DUMBO.

Flatbush Ave Street Fair | Flatbush

Sunday, July 14 | 12-6 pm

A street fair with Caribbean flair with food, live music, rides and activities for the whole family from Parkside Ave to Cortelyou Road.

Climate Collage Making Workshop | Governors Island

Sunday, July 14 | 2-4pm | RSVP here

Come envision a healthy future for humans and nature during a free collage making workshop in the Climate Imaginarium on Governors Island. Using papers pulled from the waste stream, recycling bins, the trash, or junk mail, we will create a small work of art suitable for framing, a greeting card, or small folding book. Words and images combine to create an optimistic vision of a more just and resilient world.

Open Studios: Fogo Azul | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sunday, July 14 | 2-5pm

Fogo Azul returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for an Open Studios performance, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. The New York City-based all-women, trans, and non-binary Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line among New York City’s best and most powerful performance group.

Bed Stuy Strong’s Summer Party at Herbert von King Park | Bed Stuy

Sunday, July 14 | 2-6pm

We will be at Herbert von King Park with music, hot food, COVID-19 protective tools, a free people’s store, Narcan and more! If you’d like to volunteer at the party for a shift, complete the “Summer Party Volunteer Form” linked in our bio. We could use many hands to pull this event off.

DJ on the Porch: Beats, Rhythm & Lyrics at Lefferts Historic House | Prospect Park

Sunday, July 14 | 2-9pm

Join Prospect Park Alliance, DJ Vic Black of the Gangstarr Foundation and founder of Beats Rhythm & Lyrics for a day of great music and community in the yard of Lefferts Historic House.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Pop-Up at Highland Park Amphitheater | East New York

Sunday, July 14 | 3-7pm | RSVP here

Join us for a BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Pop-Up event at Highland Park headlined by The Amours ft. opening performances by Afro Dominicano and OP!

Summer Meadow Ecology Walk at The Naval Cemetery Landscape | Williamsburg

Sunday, July 14 | 3:30-4:30pm | RSVP here

Learn about how native plants support a rich array of life: soil and other microorganisms, insects, birds, and us! Participants will observe a designed and managed landscape where aesthetics are just one of many components that guide the design and maintenance and learn how plant and management choices affect habitat. Build skills in making observations in natural spaces.

Golden Oldies on the Boardwalk at Coney Island Amphitheater | Coney Island

Sunday, July 14 | 5-8pm

Brooklyn legendary radio DJJoe Causi (WCBS FM) and Bronx music producer Sal Abbatiello (Fever Records) usher in a revue of classic Doo Wop tunes in Brooklyn. Features the contemporary lineup of the Platters, an LA Doo Wop group with multiple No. 1 hits in the ’50s; Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, performing their smash hit “There Goes My Baby” with Jeff Hall; The Marvelettes, Motown’s first big girl group forever known for the classic 1961 tune “Please Mr. Postman”; Bill Haley Jr’s Comets bringing their unforgettable early rock and roll hit “Rock Around the Clock”; Johnny Farina, one half of the brotherly duo of Santo & Johnny, best known for their 1959 instrumental melody “Sleep Walk”; and The Chiclettes, a contemporary tribute act to iconic women artists such as the Supremes, Chaka Khan, Lesley Gore, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, and the Pointer Sisters. With support from WABC DJ Vinnie Medugno and the Coda Band.

SummerStage Concert: Common and Pete Rock at Von King Park | Bed Stuy

Sunday, July 14 | 5-9pm

Common might be a well-established actor—appearing in dozens of films and television shows—but his hip-hop bonafides are undeniable. After moving to Brooklyn in 1998, he became a pivotal member of the informal Soulquarians collective that formed around The Roots bandleader Questlove, helping define a new sound that drew from soul, funk, jazz, and hip-hop in equal measure. With an Emmy, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and multiple GRAMMYs to his name, he’s proven himself to be one of his generation’s most talented performers. Pete Rock’s legacy is rooted in his iconic productions from an era of New York hip-hop that saw the genre graduate from nascent upstart into a global cultural force. He made formative records with Heavy D, Nas, and his partner CL Smooth, as well as Common’s iconic “The B**** in Yoo.” His jazz, funk, and R&B sample-heavy production style has influenced—and continues to influence—multiple generations of artists.

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