Fall Festivals in Brooklyn

The weather may be cooling down, but Brooklyn’s culture scene is still hot, with many food and music festivals in the fall that will make you forget about the cooling weather. Brooklyn may not have palm tree and crystal-clear waters, but we have the West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights that can make all of us fall into the Caribbean theme.

In the fall, Brooklynites don’t just work, they celebrate from a parade, street festival, film festival to a bazaar. The calendar is always full of amazing events all throughout the borough’s neighborhoods. If you are a Brooklynite or a visitor, see our guide for the top festivals that will take place in the fall so that you won’t miss it!

West Indian Day Parade  

September 4th

CROWN HEIGHTS – Celebrate like a West Indian and come to their Labor Day Carnival, an annual celebration held in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. With thousands of participants, those who attend can show their pride whether they are from the West Indies or from any other part of the world. The festival is based on the Caribbean culture, tradition, and arts, bringing almost two million individuals together to partake in the merriments. The occasion feature is a dawn celebration named J’ouvert (gotten from the French phrase jour ouvert meaning “sunrise”); until around 10 a.m. During J’ouvert, members spruce up in intricate and over-the-top outfits and gather to the hints of Soca and Calypso music while powdered paint is tossed around, covering members in bright colors. Come and celebrate, dancing all day to the drums.

Closest train stations:

3 /4 train at Crown Heights – Utica Avenue Station

3 train at Kingston Avenue Station

3 train at Nostrand Avenue Station

2, 3, 4, 5 and S train at Franklin Avenue Station

Photo Courtesy of NY Daily News
Photo Courtesy of NY Daily News

Coney Island Film Festival

September 8- 10th

CONEY ISLAND – Indie Film Page and Coney Island USA present the 17th Annual Coney Island Film Festival. This is a festival where everyone has something in common: love for film and Coney Island. The festival has gained a reputation for cultivating a casual air where movie producers and industry veterans alike assemble to appreciate a few days of awesome movies, parties, and amusement park rides.

Closest train station:

D, F, N, and Q at Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue Station

Photo courtesy of Coney Island Film Festival by Norman Blake
Photo courtesy of Coney Island Film Festival by Norman Blake

Pig Island 2017

September 9th

RED HOOK – Lose it all in Red Hook at the wild Pig Island on September 9th, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.! With 25+ culinary specialists making the freshest and funkiest dishes from locally sourced, you won’t leave hungry. Past years’ dishes included coated pork midsection and peach on chilly ramen, wood smoked pork pizza, pig head tacos, cooked pork sliders, fresh pig ear lettuce wraps and bacon banana bread with caramelized bacon. At Pig Island everything is local. The event will feature a vast selection of New York State craft beer from Sixpoint Brewery and others, wine, spirits, and ciders all included in one general admission price.

Closest train and bus station:

B57 at Beard Street / Otsego Street

F and G train at Smith – 9th Street Station

Photo courtesy of Pig Island
Photo courtesy of Pig Island

The Brooklyn Book Festival

September 11-17th

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS – Not all festivals are about food and music. There is a book festival too! The Brooklyn Book Festival is considered the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting numerous national and international literary stars and rising authors. If you are a book lover or interested in becoming one, this is the perfect event for you. This event will attract thousands of book lovers of all ages. Looking for a new favorite read? This is your perfect chance!

Closest train station:

2, 3, 4, 5 and R train at Court Street Borough Hall Station

A, C, F and R train at Jay Street – Metro Tech

Photo courtesy of NYC Go by Mike Heiman
Photo courtesy of NYC Go by Mike Heiman

PHOTOVILLE  

September 13-24th

DUMBO – Now in its 6th year on the Brooklyn Waterfront, PHOTOVILLE features containers, exhibitions, talks and workshops. Smorgasburg Beer Garden and food vendors will bring a wide variety of Brooklyn made goods alongside night time events all throughout the park. With more than 60 exhibitions created by more than 400 visual artists, PHOTOVILLE has become the largest annual photographic event in Brooklyn attracting many participants nationwide.

Closest train and bus station:

F train – York Street Station

A / C train – High Street Station

2 / 3 train – Clark Street Station

B25 – Front Street / York Street

B62 – Gold Street / York Street

B67 – Jay Street / York Street

B57 – Sands Street / Gold Street

Photo courtesy of Feature Shoot
Photo courtesy of Feature Shoot

Great Irish Fair

September 16th

CONEY ISLANDThe Great Irish Fair is a family friendly event celebrating New York City’s great Irish-American heritage and culture. Celebrate a day filled with traditional and contemporary Irish Music from local Irish Bands, great food and pubs, Irish dancing, children’s activities and more! Come out, celebrate, and share your Irish heritage all in place: Coney Island.

Closest train station:

D, F, N, and Q at Coney Island / Stillwell Avenue Station

Photo courtesy of The Tablet
Photo courtesy of The Tablet

Taste of Williamsburg Greenpoint

September 17th

Didn’t get enough of local vendors at Brooklyn Eats? Taste of Williamsburg Greenpoint is the annual outdoor celebration of Williamsburg and Greenpoint flavors. This street festival includes a tasting event that will feature sample tastes from various neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, and wineries. And of course, live music will keep you entertained while you munch down the best food that North Brooklyn has to offer.

Closest train station:

L train – Bedford Avenue Station

G train – Nassau Avenue Station

Photo courtesy of Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint
Photo courtesy of Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint

Atlantic Antic

September 24th

The annual Atlantic Antic, presented by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), is the most established street celebration in Brooklyn. On this wonderful harvest-time day in Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic unites a vast number of individuals to Atlantic Avenue to commend the longstanding custom of food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun!

The Atlantic Antic spreads over four neighborhoods (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn) from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue.  The Atlantic Antic unites individuals from all ages and various foundations to celebrate in the heart of Brooklyn! On September 29th, Atlantic Avenue is transformed into an ocean of amusement offering something for everybody.

Closest train and bus station:

2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q, D, N, Q and R train at Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center Station

LIRR at Atlantic Terminal

B41, B45, B63 and B67 at Flatbush Avenue / Atlantic Avenue

B65 at Dean Street / 5 Avenue

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Antic

NYC Craft Coffee Festival

September 30

WILLIAMSBURG – Prepare for an immersive espresso encounter when the NYC Craft Coffee Festival commences on Saturday, September 30th. Twenty uncommonly curated roasters and coffeehouses will share unique beans and flavor profiles to festival goers alongside a soundtrack given by live amusement at Villain in Williamsburg. With a limited ticket capacity, this is a fun festival for genuine coffee devotees.

You’ll have the opportunity to taste the best blends from 20 roasters while live entertainment keeps the party going during this unique, truly Brooklyn experience.

Closest train and bus station:

J and M train at Marcy Avenue Station

B67 at Division Avenue and Wythe Avenue

Video courtesy of Craft Coffee Festival

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

November 25 and 26

GOWANUS – Buy your Christmas gift early and come to the annual Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar that showcases the best of Brooklyn made goods, and for the first time, it will take place at two locations: 501 Union and The Green Building in Gowanus. The Bazaar is filled with local gems, and you are bound to find something you like for that special someone. It will be packed with handmade goods, delicious food, drinks, music, craft activities and more!

Closest train station:

A and C train – Hoyt – Schermerhorn Station

F train – Carroll Street Station

R train – Union Street Station

 

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Makers
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Makers