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Weekend Events: Canoeing, Recycling, Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson, the Brighton Jubliee and Much More

August 25, 2011

We aren’t sure what Hurricane Irene will bring this weekend- but, like you all, we are waiting on pins and needles. We stocked up on water, canned food and medical supplies. Batteries and candles? Totally forgot but we have lots of food if you need a place to eat.

This weekend is packed with Brooklyn activities and events so if the hurricane doesn’t hit, then we are excited for the cool events that are planned. Check out the Brighton Jubliee, a multi-block festival with entertainment, local vendors, kiddie rides, and delicious food or rock out to the Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson musical celebration in Prospect Park. This third anniversary celebrating Michael Jackson’s birthday will include music and dancing for the whole family. You can also enjoy the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn Celebration where you and your family can watch a lively reenactment at Green-Wood Cemetery. This free event will also include a trolley tour and a parade. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer and be sure to check out our calendar for even more local events and activities.

Pier 6 Open with New Fishing Area
The lawns are open weekly Thursdays through Sundays
The 15,000-square-feet of lawn space is now open on Pier 6. The gorgeous space features a 1.6-acre destination playground called the “The Water Lab” complete with sprinklers, ropes, a sand box, swings and slides, a volleyball court, an outdoor food court and a new fishing area located along the north edge of Pier 6. Details: Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Friday, August 26th, Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th
Taste of Brooklyn

Head to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum this weekend to check out the Taste of Brooklyn food festival. You can also explore the World Brooklyn gallery, attend culinary workshops, collect recipes and hear a special W.O.R.D. UP! reading by Don Paco Lopez Jr. Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 26th from 9:00am – 12:30pm
Photo Safari at City Hall
Starting at City Hall, you and your family can explore lower Manhattan through your lens. Through the class you will learn how to find the perfect shot for buildings such as the Municipal Bldg., City Hall, the Tweed Courthouse, etc. You will learn about shadows, lines and strong composition as well as how to anticipate lighting conditions and scene management. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographic knowledge from beginners to advanced hobbyists. (Limit 8 participants per safari). The tour is $100 per participant; for a $10 discount use code: “parks10.” Details: The Fountain (in City Hall Park), Park Row and Beekman Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 26th from 10:00 am– 4:30pm
Hudson River Park’s Big City Fishing
This free Big City fishing program is a fun way to learn how to fish. Through the program you can also learn about the Hudson River environment where a staff member will discuss ecology, water quality, and the types of fish species that live in Hudson River Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary. All of the necessary supplies including rods, reels and bait, as well as formal instruction are provided. This program is also a catch and release fishing with no casting. Details: Pier 46 (Charles St. and West St., Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 26th from 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Free Friday Night Jams: Charles Moore Dance Theatre
This edition of the Free Friday Night Jam session will feature colorful African, Caribbean and African-American dancing by the Charles Moore Dance Theatre. Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11213. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 26th, Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th from 9:00am – 9:00pm
GE Carousolar at South Street Seaport
GE’s solar-powered twist on the family favorite carousel is landing in New York’s South Street Seaport for the month of August. Beginning August 3rd, kids can take a free ride on the “Carousolar” while moms and dads can charge their mobile devices with one of GE’s solar-powered charging stations. Visitors can also check out lots of new and innovative things GE is currently working on in the solar space. GE’s Carousolar is powered by 100 solar panels and lit by GE’s very cool and colorful TETRA Contour LED lights. Details: South Street Seaport Fulton St at Water Street, New York. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 26th, Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th from 11:30am-7:00pm
HIP play
Still Hip has daily playgroups in their fun playspace. Participants are simply asked to help set up and clean up the space, but there will always be someone in the store to help. Drop-ins for $3 (or 10 for $25) will always be welcome as long as there is space. Cost for 20 week session: Details: 283 Grand Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 26th at 7:00pm
The 12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

MoCADA in partnership with African Film Fest proudly celebrate the 12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bedford Stuyvesant. This week there will be a dance performance by the Dance Like Michael workshop with Aamir Smith. There will also be a viewing of the film The Wiz. Details: Fulton Park, Chauncey Street between Lewis Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 26th at 8:15pm
Parks’ Outdoor Summer Movies: Madagascar
Come get together and enjoy a free showing of Madagascar. Bring some chairs or blankets to sit back and relax while you watch a movie in the great outdoors. Details: Maria Hernandez Park, Irving Avenue, Kinickerbocker Avenue between Starr Street and Suydam Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th from 8:00 am- 10:00 pm
The DeKalb Market
Housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, the DeKalb Market opened last week bringing together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs. Located on a old containers and barren land, they are creating a new green space for downtown Brooklyn by housing vendors in 22 re-purposed shipping containers. Expect to find food vendors that range from soul food to vegan, boutique vendors like our favorites Rasany and Hank & JoJo, along with artists and makers of all kinds. The space will also be used for events and performances, making this market a potential hub day and night.  Details: The Dekalb Market at 332 Flatbush Avenue- at Willoughby. The market is open 7 days a week. The Flatbush frontage has the Dekalb Avenue subway entrance to the W and Q trains and the Fulton Mall has the Hoyt Street entrance to the 2 AND 3 trains. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Smorgasburg
Newcomer to the Brooklyn Flea group- this outdoor market has 100 + food vendors- packaged, cooked , raw and more as well as farmers, kitchenwares, a kids activities area by Moomah, chef demos and more. This outdoor market is open rain or shine. Details: 27 N 6th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th from 10:00am – noon
Saturday Play
A fun event for families to enjoy the outdoors and get creative with hands-on arts and crafts. All projects are inspired by the High Line including projects where kids can build their own work with real lumber planks, simple tools, and natural materials. Details: The Lawn in the High Line. 23rd Street between Washington & 11th Avenues. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th from 10:00am — 11:30am
The Art of the Park
This fun event will allow you to enjoy the park as you walk from the Tavern on the Green to the Belvedere Castle. Along the way you will learn about the intricate design of Central Park’s web of pastoral landscapes and formal romantic vistas. Details: Tavern on the Green. Inside Central Park at 67th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fall Culture Preview

Head to Fort Green Park to check out the Brooklyn Arts Alliance Fall Culture Preview featuring a free African dance class taught by dancers of the Mark Morris Dance Center and programming with Brooklyn vendors such as UrbanGlass, Brooklyn Ballet, Urban Bush Women, and the Museum of African Diasporan Art. Details: Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue, Cumberland Street, DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn.

Saturday, August 27th from 11:00am – 2:00pm
Basic Canoeing
There are some experiences that you can never imagine that you will experience like canoeing on the open water in New York City. At this event, you and your children 8 and older can enjoy a canoeing adventure that will include riding on gentle waters of protected lakes, to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. Details: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), East 33rd Street and Avenue U, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th from 11:00am – 3:00pm
Recycling Loop-de-Loop
This fun event will teach you and your children everything about recycling and repurposing. At the event you can turn an old t-shirt into a grocery bag for your local produce with Textile Arts Center, learn how to dye your bag with plants from the Greenmarket with Textile Lab and beef up your NYC recycling skills with GrowNYC’s You can also bring fruit and veggie scraps to compost with the Lower East Side Ecology Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and textiles to recycle with Wearable Collections from 8:00 am to 6:00 p.m. (East side of the Greenmarket near 16th St). Details: Union Square Greenmarket (in Union Square Park), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th from 11:00am – noon
Saturday Story Time
Every Saturday, Greenlight Bookstore has a fun story time featuring local authors. This week, Brooklyn local author Artie Bennett will be reading from his funny and lightheartned tale, The Butt Book. Details: Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11217. For additional information, please click here.

 

Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fort Greene (Saturday) and Williamsburg (Sunday)
The Brooklyn Flea
One of our favorite marketplaces, the Brooklyn Flea is a great place to check out hundreds of unique and handmade vendors featuring vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, crafts and food. This outdoor market is open rain or shine.

 

Fort Greene
Saturday
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)

 

Williamsburg
Sunday
East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th from 10:00am – 6:00pm
Northside Market
Check out the latest market to hit Williamsburg. Featuring artisanal and handmade goods, crafts, local musical acts and a DJ, Northside Market is an innovative new space to check out local and international goods. The pop-up market also features a cool artist gallery and even has such 25-30 food vendors such as Cantina Royal, Dub Pies, Robicelli’s (Cupcakes), Lots O’ Lobstah, and Cookie Road. We really love that this 4,100 square foot indoor space is air-conditioned and that every week throughout the summer you can expect to find something new like candy walls or mini golf. Check their twitter account (@NorthsideMkt) for up-to-the minute details! There is also a ramp for easy stroller access. Details: Northside Market, 135 Kent (corner of Kent Avenue and North 6th Street). To learn more, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th from noon to 2:00 pm, or from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Weekend Family Programs with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground Associates
The Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting a fun series with educational based activities. Themes vary from week-to-week but may include recycling, rocks, weather, park collages, boats, and more. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park: Main Street. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th from noon to 6:00pm
Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson
The third annual celebration of Michael Jackson and his music kicks off at Prospect Park. This fun event will include a celebration of Michael Jackson’s 53rd birthday with his music. Details: The Nethermead in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (Use the park entrance at Flatbush Avenue at Empire and Ocean Boulevards). For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27th from 1:00pm 5:30pm
Lefferts Historic House 2nd Floor Tours
Take a guided tour with your family of the 18th century Lefferts House complete with a fully furnished 1820s bedroom. Details: Lefferts Historic House is located at the Children’s Corner, inside the Park’s Willink Entrance, at the intersection of Flatbush and Ocean Avenues and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 27 10am – 4pm
Fall Culture Preview
The free African dance class taught by Mark Morris Dance Center is at 10:30am and 11:30am.
Additional programming includes:
Flameworking Demonstration by UrbanGlass
Dance Workshops from Brooklyn Ballet
Urban Bush Women
Drawing Workshop by the Museum of African Diasporan Arts
Giveaways
Details:
Fort Greene Park
Myrtle Avenue, Cumberland Street, DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn
Find out more about DBAA’s Fall Culture Preview on their Facebook page.

Saturday, August 27th from 1:00pm7:00 pm
Art on Dean
This 4th Annual Art Show will include a day of free food, arts, crafts, music, and an open mic. You can also bring a dish to share with the community. Details: Walt L. Shemal Garden, Dean St Between Bedford and Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn. For additional information, pleas click here.

Saturday, August 27th from 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Yoga class for 5-10 year olds
This fun children’s yoga class is designed for children 5-10 year-olds with Nicole Levin, a children’s yoga teacher. Levin instructs a class for kids at Usha Veda Yoga in Greenpoint incorporating the teaching of yoga poses, mudras (hand gestures), breathing techniques, and mantras (sounds and songs). This fun and relaxing class is donation-based – generally people donate about $5-$10 per child. Details: Usha Veda Yoga, 1104 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (718) 383-0901. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 28th – Various Times
Textile Recycling at Greenmarkets
Do you have any old clothes that you have been meaning to donate or giveaway? GrowNYC has the perfect way for you to get ride of your old stuff by donating your old clothing, shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Details: You can recycle at Prospect Park Greenmarket (in Grand Army Plaza) Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn or Fort Greene Park or McCarren Park. For additional information, please click here.

 

Sunday, August 28th from 9:00am to 7:00pm
Brighton Jubliee
This multi-block festival will include entertainment, products from local vendors, kiddie rides, food and informational booths. The Jubilee also includes multiple entertainment stages that is expected to bring in 125,000 people in this year. Details: Brighton Beach Avenue, Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 28th from 10:00am – 2:00pm
235th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn Celebration
Celebrate the Battle of Brooklyn by watching a reenactment at Green-Wood Cemetery. This free event will also include a trolley tour, a parade, and an reenactment of the Battle of Brooklyn. Details: Greenwood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 28th from 10:30am -11:30am
Hairy Harry Planting Activity for Kids
Come and join the East 4th Street Community Garden for the Hairy Harry Planting Activity for Kids. The activity is free, and will include a discussion of what the garden has planted. Details: East 4th Street Community Garden (East 4th Street between Caton and Fort Hamilton)

 

Sunday, August 28th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Nature Crafts at Prospect Park
Kids will learn how to make incredible crafts from recycled materials in Prospect Park’s boathouse. Details: Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 28th from 2:00 pm–2:45 pm and 2:45 pm –3:30pm
Seining the River Wild
Enjoy this fun event where you and your family can watch scientists use a 20-foot seining net to catch and release fish. The event also includes a scavenger hunt. Please RSVP to rsvp@bbpc.net. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park: Main Street. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 28th from 3:00pm–4:00pm
Discover Tours
This fun and educational tour includes observing animals as you learn little-known facts about the park and its animal residents. Details: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park). For additional information, please click here.

 

Sunday, August 21st at 8:00pm
Habana Outpost Outdoor Movie Series
A free movie series at the popular Mexican joint will run until October. This week the 80s movie Purple Rain is showing. Details: Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY. For additional information, please click here.