Planning a trip to Brooklyn during the warmer months is easy. We’ve got amusement parks, food, art, craft markets, parades, festivals, and so much more. Below is our guide to openings and events to check out when you visit Brooklyn this spring and summer.
Grand Openings: Spring
Now Open | Coney Island opened and blessed its amusements for the season. Ride the new Thunderbolt, grab a hot dog at Nathan’s, and walk the boardwalk. (Note: In that order if you know what’s good for you!)
Now Open | Smorgasburg
Everyone’s favorite food festival is back in DUMBO, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridge Park every weekend through the summer. This market is all that and a bag of chips — literally! From spicy honey, to pulled pork, to donuts the size of your face, you’re sure to satisy every craving and then some.
Coney Island photo courtesy of drpavloff via Flickr.
Now Open | Brooklyn Flea
It’s not summer until you make a trip to the Brooklyn Flea. Find unique gifts, home goods, crafts and treasures through the spring and summer months at this weekend market. Here are some tips on how to navigate both Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea.
April 11, 2015 | Prospect Park Baseball and Softball Season
Although Prospect Park is open year-round, there’s nothing like a beautiful spring day and parade to kick off outdoor activities! Head on over to watch the Prospect Park Baseball Association march and celebrate the start of baseball and softball season. Here’s our walking guide through Prospect Park.
May 17, 2015 | Brooklyn Bridge Park – Jeppe Hein Exhibition Opening
Also open year-round, Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO will kick off its warm season with a brand new interactive art exhibition including mirrored walls, water fountains, and funky park benches. The best part is that Danish artist Jeppe Hein encourages you to “Touch The Art” for a fully immersive experience! BBP has also added 5+ acres of new parkland with extended tree-lined lawns and bicycle paths, bringing the park to two-thirds complete!
Cherry trees | Brooklyn Botanical Garden via Facebook
Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Trade Shows
April 25-26, 2015 | Brooklyn Zine Festival
This annual exposition of self-published magazines will be held at the Brooklyn Historical Society. In its fourth year, the festival will feature over 150 writers, publishers, and artists showcasing their work. The event is not only easy to get to by mass transit, but also open to people of all ages for free.
April 25-26, 2015 | Cherry Blossom Festival
The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, aka Sakura Matsuri, is one Brooklyn’s most popular annual events. Stroll through rows and rows of beautiful cherry blossoms or attend the martial arts, drumming, and professional dance programs happening throughout the day.
April 25-26, 2015 | NYC Hot Sauce Expo
Whether you love spicy food or are just looking to spice up your weekend, the NYC Hot Sauce Expo is the place for you. Participate in hot sauce tastings, the Blazin’ Wing Eating Contest, or pick up a bottle of your favorite spicy condiment!
BKLYN DESIGNS, 2014 | via Facebook
May 8-10, 2015 | BKLYN DESIGNS
This weekend-long, internationally renowned, juried exhibition showcases the best furniture, lighting and home accessories made or designed right here in Brooklyn. Browse for goods for your new apartment or pick up some handmade jewelry at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Check out pics from last year’s BKLYN Designs here.
May 13-17, 2015 | The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival The only festival in the world where every film has a connection to Kings County celebrates its fifth anniversary this year! Check out the best new indies from around the world, each one a part of the incredibly diverse Brooklyn scene.
May 22-25, 2015 | Dance Africa 2015
Dance Africa at BAM, now in its 38th year, is the country’s largest festival dedicated to African dance, performance, film, art, and community events. This year, come celebrate the transatlantic roots of Brazilian music and culture.
May 29-June 7, 2015 | Brooklyn Film Festival
Embrace Brooklyn as an epicenter for cinema and the art of independent film production with the Brooklyn Film Festival in Williamsburg. The theme for 2015 will be ILLUMINATE – featuring projects that “reflect furious, explosive, uncontainable, creative intelligence.”
June 3 – August, 2015 | Celebrate Brooklyn!
This annual spring- and summer-long benefit concert series takes place at the Prospect Park Bandshell. With acts like Chaka Khan, Modest Mouse, and Willie Nelson, you’ll want to celebrate all season long.
Thee Oh Sees, 2014 | Northside Festival via Facebook
June 8-14, 2015 | Northside Festival
Revel in the thinkers and artists of our generation at Northside Music Festival with over 400 bands, 150 speakers, and 50 films to get you thinking, moving and shaking. Enjoy seven whole days of innovative, curated acts and performances.
June 20, 2015 | Mermaid Parade
Bringing together art, culture, imagination, and sealife, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade brings together thousands of creative individuals from all over the city dressed as mermaids and other sea characters. This summer solstice celebration is one you will never forget.
June 26, 2015 | Brooklyn Eats
Join in on the annual celebration of Brooklyn-Made food and beverages. Browse through over 100 Brooklyn makers, demonstrators, and food samples that will tickle your tastebuds. Here are seven Brooklyn-made foods from last year’s Brooklyn Eats.