Top 10 family events in Brooklyn in September

Kick off Back to School month with these September event highlights

By Macaroni KID Brooklyn NW x Brooklyn Bridge Parents August 31, 2023

Go-to Brooklyn parent resources Macaroni KID Brooklyn NW and Brooklyn Bridge Parents have teamed up to bring you some of the best local family events for Brooklyn families in September:

1. Macy's Back to School Celebration in Downtown Brooklyn
Friday, September 8, 3:30-6:30pm 
Downtown Brooklyn and Macy's kick off the new school year with an afternoon of music, a fashion show, and giveaways! In addition to music courtesy of DJ Boogie, there will be makeup demos, fragrance testing, raffles, and school supplies giveaways.

Credit: Downtown Brooklyn

2. Back to School Party at Montague Open Streets in Brooklyn Heights
Saturday, September 9, 12-4pm
Mommy Poppins & Brooklyn Bridge Parents present a Back to School Party during Open Streets on Montague with free kids activities, performances, and more. There will be games, arts & crafts, soccer, Ninja warrior training, face painting, kids fitness classes, squash, tennis, STEM stations, and much more. Puppet shows by Puppetsburg (for ages up to 5), a kids concert by Hopalong Andrew and a dance party by Hype Dance best (for ages up to 8). Bring a swimsuit and towel for hydrant sprinkler fun and water play powered by Macaroni KID Brooklyn NW. Enjoy car free blocks from Clinton - Henry & Henry - Hicks. Best for ages 0-12. 

Credit: Brooklyn Bridge Parents

3. Back to School Celebration with Fyütch + Brooklyn Book Bodega at Atlantic Terminal
Saturday, September 9 12-2pm
Stop by for a live show with Fyütch and get free books from Brooklyn Book Bodega for the whole family. Fyütch is a Grammy-nominated music and social justice artist who combines Hip-Hop and visual storytelling to educate, entertain, and empower the next eneration with songs about history, community, and family.

Credit: Fyütch

4. Bring the family to a music festival

  • The Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival
    September 9, 3-7pm 
    Get ready to listen to soulful sounds at the park! The Jazz Festival provides live jazz entertainment for families, neighborhoods, communities, and New Yorkers twice annually. Bring a blanket and some friends!
  • Big Eyed Blues Festival in Prospect Park 
    September 22-24, Schedule tbd 
    The Big Eyed Blues Festival is an intergenerational event that promotes blues music and culture of blues by featuring established and upcoming artists over three days in Brooklyn.
  • Brooklyn Americana Festival in Dumbo and Red Hook
    September 28-October 1
    The 9th Brooklyn Americana Music Festival takes place along the waterfront at The Dumbo Archway, Jalopy Theatre, 68 Jay St, Sunny's, and Superfine.

Credit: Fort Greene Park

5. Myrtle Ave Touch a Truck in Clinton Hill
Saturday, September 9 10am-2pm (Rain Date on Saturday, Sept 16)
Touch A Truck Day on Myrtle Avenue will bring an opportunity for kids to get up close with all kinds of large trucks and vehicles! Big trucks plus crafts for kids, music, and more will fill the block on Clinton Avenue between Myrtle & Willoughby.

Credit: Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

6. Check out a special event at Brooklyn Bridge Park 

Credit: Brooklyn Bridge Park / John Eng

7. BRIC House Block Party + Family Day in Fort Greene
Sunday, September 10 12-6pm
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop and 10 years at BRIC House, they’re throwing a Block Party featuring family art-making, musical performances, panel talks, and workshops inspired by the building blocks of Hip-Hop.

Credit: BRIC House

8. Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival
Friday, September 29 + Saturday, September 30 
The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (DBAF) is an annual celebration of Downtown Brooklyn's cultural community and the artists who inspire the borough's creative spirit. DBAF 2023 will feature acclaimed arts organizations from across the Brooklyn Cultural District with performances and workshops at The Plaza at 300 Ashland. Family programming includes a Mark Morris Dance Group kids' hip-hop dance and “petting zoo” presented by The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Credit: Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

9. Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day at Brooklyn Commons
Saturday, September 30, 10am-4pm
Families will enjoy a full day of readings, workshops, performances, book signings, and art projects with favorite authors and illustrators. Kids can get creative with their favorite authors at workshops and get their books signed. The whole family can find new favorite books at the Marketplace of Books.

Credit: Brooklyn Book Festival / Oliver Jeffers

10. Van Alen Block Party in Gowanus
Saturday, September 30
Free and open to the public, their annual block party is a celebration of all things Gowanus - the vibrant, dynamic, and creative neighborhood they call home. On 9/30, join them outside of their Gowanus HQ for an afternoon of music, performance, and family-friendly crafts and games. Stay tuned for event highlights.

Credit: Van Alen Institute

There's more in the Macaroni KID Brooklyn NW calendar – check it out, and happy Back to School month!