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Summer festivals in Brooklyn

By Meredith Kurnov, Editor & Publisher of Macaroni Kid Brooklyn NW July 4, 2024

As you plan out your summer, pencil in these not-to-miss annual summer festivals!

Through August 10:

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell

New York City’s longest-running, free, outdoor performing arts festival, every year at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park.





Wednesday, July 10–Sunday, July 21:

OLMC Feast and Giglio Carnival in Williamsburg

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.





Saturday, July 13, 3-7pm:

Fort Greene Jazz Festival in Fort Greene Park

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 each year.





Sunday, July 14, 12-6pm:

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair

The Flatbush Avenue Street Fair will take place on Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Ave to Cortelyou Road. Join them for plentiful fun, rides, shopping, food, and giveaways!




Sunday, July 21, 12-5pm:

One Crown Heights Community Festival

Come out for performances, gastronomic delights, artisan marketplace, and family activities including roller skating. Brought to you by a dedicated team of volunteers, coalition members, and sponsors, the festival celebrates community, culture, and collaboration! The St. Mark's Avenue Stage will feature performances from Batala, Laura Melnicoff, Kakande, Aaron Einhorn, and Tropical Fête. Enjoy the Small Wonder Puppet Show at Brooklyn Children's Museum's common theater. Partake in neighbor to neighbor community conversations 2-3pm.




Saturday, July 27, 12-5pm: 

7th Annual HealthJox Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Get ready for a day of fun and fitness! HealthJox will be hosting basketball games, airodart, pickleball, zumba, kids' games, face painting, balloon twisting, free snacks and drinks. Event partners include BK-Network, NY Liberty, Ladies Who Hoop, The Girl Scouts of America, Couch Ted Gustus, and LisaG. Fun for the whole family!





Saturday, July 27, 1-7pm:

STooPS Bed-Stuy Summer Festival in Bed-Stuy

STooPS Bed-Stuy is paying homage to the legendary figures and enduring legacies that shape our vibrant community. The event features performances and artistic programs spanning generations and disciplines, art crawls, and block party! Don't miss this unforgettable fusion of history, art, and community spirit at Bed-Stuy Legends and Legacies! 





Saturday, July 27, 2-8pm:

Kingsland Wildflowers Festival in Greenpoint

The 8th Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival is a free family-friendly event allowing participants to:

  • Explore Kingsland's rooftop wildflower meadows
  • Experience art installations, performances, and live music
  • Learn about native wildlife and ecology, including Newtown Creek
  • Engage with participating community and environmental organizations
  • Buy native plant species
  • Enjoy food and drinks with friends and family



Saturday, August 10, 3-7:30pm:

Hindu Lamp Ceremony in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s 12th annual Hindu Lamp Ceremony returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Dance artist and educator Aeilushi Mistry brings peace and harmony to the community as she performs the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pebble Beach.





Saturday, August 17, 10:30am-4pm: 

32nd Annual Coney Island Sandsculpting Competition

Bring your friends and family for a fun-filled day at the beach with live entertainment, giveaways, and more! Don't miss out on the chance to see talented artists showcase their skills in this unique competition.





Saturday, August 17, 12-3pm:

Koko NYC South Slope Derby

For over fifteen years, KoKo NYC has offered week-long Soap Box Workshops all summer long where kids ages 7-14 create soap box cars from found objects and recycled materials. These workshops culminate in the annual South Slope Derby, which takes place on 17th Street in South Slope, Brooklyn.





Saturday, August 24, 7am-3pm:

NYC Summer Streets on Eastern Parkway In Brooklyn

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City's most valuable public space – our streets.





Sunday, August 25, 11am-3pm:

The Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration and Family Day at Green-Wood Cemetery

The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in August 1776, was the first battle of the American Revolution to occur after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Also the largest battle of the Revolutionary War, it included a significant engagement on land that is now part of The Green-Wood Cemetery. What did this battle mean to the many different people in New York and Brooklyn at the time? Green-Wood shares the many perspectives of this revolutionary chapter with kids and families, in partnership with several esteemed institutions. Join Green-Wood Cemetery for a family-friendly afternoon of activities to honor those who fought in the battle and learn more about the diverse world of revolutionary New York!





Friday, August 30, 10:30am-3pm:

Unicycle Festival from Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island

Produced by Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., the New York City Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono—wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight–even for NYC!


There's more in the calendar – happy summer!

Events are subject to sell out, change, or cancellation; please confirm events before attending.







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