Top 20 Weekend Event Picks (September 8-10)

20 things to do in and around Brooklyn with kids this weekend

By Meredith Kurnov, Editor & Publisher of Macaroni Kid Brooklyn NW September 7, 2023

So much fun this back-to-school weekend! (Crossing fingers the rainy forecast is WRONG!) Take a peek below for 20 weekend event highlights; there are many more events in the calendar and indoor destination ideas in our Rainy Day Guide!

Click on pink links below for event details. Events are subject to sell out, change, or cancellation; please confirm events before attending.)

  1. 🎭 On-Site Opera: Song of the Nightingale at Brooklyn Commons in Downtown BK
    Friday 12:30pm & 5pm shows, Saturday 2pm & 5:30pm shows | FREE
  2. 👋 Attend an Open House at NY Society of Play in Greenpoint (ages 6-14), BK Conservatory of Music in Park Slope (all ages), or BK Arts Exchange (BAX) in Park Slope (ages 2-18)
    Friday 3-6pm, Friday 3-6pm, or Saturday 11am-3pm respectively | $20 or FREE respectively
  3. 🎉 Macy's Back-to-School Celebration on Hoyt Street in Downtown Brooklyn
    Friday 3:30-6:30pm | FREE
  4. 🎪 Bread & Puppet Theater: The Heart of the Matter Circus at Old Stone House in Park Slope
    Friday 4-5pm & 8-9pm shows | $20
  5. 🎡 40th Annual Queens County Fair in Floral Park
    Friday 6-9pm, Saturday/Sunday 11am-6pm | $15-$40, free for ages 2 and under
  6. 🎥 Catch an outdoor movie: "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" at Bergen St Community Garden in Crown Heights, "The Little Mermaid" (2023) at Washington Market Park, or "LEAP!" (Ballerina) at McGolrick Park in Greenpoint
    Friday 6:30pm, 7:30pm, or 8:30pm respectively | FREE
  7. 🎤 Drag Story Hour Fundraiser w/ karaoke + live portraits at Books are Magic in BK Heights
    Friday 7-9pm | $10+ Donation required | all ages
  8. 🚲 Events for budding bike enthusiasts: Brooklyn Bike Jumble at The Old Stone House in Park Slope or Bike Bonanza NYC with bike swap and free kids' lessons in Crown Heights
    Saturday 10am-4pm or 11am-3pm respectively | FREE
  9. 🚒 Myrtle Ave BK Partnership's Touch a Truck event in Clinton Hill
    Saturday 10am-2pm (Rain Date on Sat, 9/16!) | FREE
  10. 🚂 NY Transit Museum's Parade of Trains: Vintage train car trips from via B/Q line from Brighton Beach to Kings Highway
    Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm | FREE with a MetroCard swipe or OMNY tap
  11. 🎉 Back to School Celebration w/ Fyütch + BK Book Bodega at Atlantic Terminal in Fort Greene
    Saturday 12-2pm | FREE
  12. 🎉 Back-to-School-Party at Open Streets on car-free Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights 
    Saturday 12-4pm | FREE
  13. 🎸 The Rock & Roll Playhouse plays the music of Bob Marley at Industry City in Sunset Park and Bruce Springsteen at Brooklyn Bowl
    Saturday 1pm or Sunday 12:30pm respectively | FREE or $16 (kids under 1 free) respectively
  14. 🎉 Community Celebration at Banker's Anchor Plaza in Greenpoint
    Saturday 3-6pm | FREE
  15. 🎵 Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival
    Saturday 3-7pm | FREE admission
  16. 🌈 Back-to-School Craft Drop-Off Workshop at Paper Playground in South Slope
    Sunday 10:30-12:30pm | $65 | For ages 5-10
  17. ☀️ Sunset Park BID Street Festival 
    Sunday 11am-6pm | FREE
  18. 🎵 BRIC Hip-Hop Block Party + Family Day at BRIC House in Fort Greene
    Sunday 12-6pm | FREE admission
  19. 🎪 Bindlestiff Family Flatbed Follies at Tompkins Ave. Open Street in Bed-Stuy
    Sunday 12-6pm | FREE 
  20. 🎂 Education Center 8th Birthday Celebration at Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Sunday 1-5pm | FREE


There's more in the calendar – check it out, and have a great weekend! 


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