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Weekend Events: Atlantic Antic, Ragamuffin Parade, Clothing Swap, Chile Pepper Festival and Much More!

September 29, 2011

There is so much going on this weekend we almost don’t know where to begin! Since we have to start somewhere, let’s begin with the major events – Atlantic Antic Street Festival, Chile Pepper Fiesta and The Ragamuffin Parade are some of annual heavy hitters in Brooklyn and luckily the Parade and Antic are on different days so you can tackle both of them. This weekend is a thrilling one for budding artists: the Children’s Museum Of The Arts is having their Grand Opening Party in their brand-spanking new space on Charleston Street. At this free event your little one can create crafts and take in a gallery of NYC childrens’ art work. Doing some fall cleaning? Get rid of your kids old clothes and exchange them for some new ones at the Baby and Kids Clothing Swap at ArtsCetera. Clothes not worth swapping? Take them into one of the green markets for Textile Recycling. For even more event listings, please refer to our events calendar.

Friday, September 30th from 9:00am  – 5:00pm
Inked Up: Printmakers and the Parks
This exciting exhibition highlights 30 artists from the Art Students League. On display will be interesting prints like bridges, skylines and creatures that have been designed using linoleum blocks, metal plates, and stone slabs. Details: Arsenal Gallery, Arsenal Building, 830 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor, Central Park at 64th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, September 30th from 11:00am-1:00pm
High Holiday Services for Kids

A child-friendly event that introduces children to Judaism as it teaches them about its traditions. This includes prayers, games and sweets. All tickets are $15 each. Details: Chelsea Pearl 121 West 19th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, September, 30th at 11:00am and 2:00pm
What Can You Do With a Cardboard Box?
This special event will allow children and their parents to create projects from donated cardboard provided by Pratt Industries. Kids can create rocket ships, sailboats, houses, furniture, or even a robot from recycled paper. They can also contribute to a group art project to create a beautiful masterpiece. Details: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301. On the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, September 30th, Saturday, October 1st, Sunday, October 2nd 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, September 30th at 4:00pm
Families love Niko and every Friday he will be playing NikosKids originals as well as a few folk standards. There is also a suggested donation of $10 for this performance. Details: Couleur Café, 435 7th Avenue, between 14th & 15th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, September 30th from 4:00-5:30pm
Volleyball Skills Workshop for Children at Brooklyn Bridge Park
This week kids cam come to Brooklyn Bridge Park to learn basic volleyball skills. In this free workshop kids will learn the fundamentals of volleyball, as well as serving, spiking, and diving. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st from 7:00am -9:00am
Coffee Bark
At this monthly event, the Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners (FIDO) invites dog owners to Prospect Park for a morning of free goodies for the dogs and their owners. There is also information about off-leash activities and issues. This event is rain or shine. Details: Picnic House (in Prospect Park) West Drive and Third Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st from 8:00am-3:00pm
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.

Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd from 8:00am- 10:00pm
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, October 1st at 8:30am
9th Annual Miles for Midwives Celebration
For many women, midwives are an important part of the birthing process but they aren’t always supported or even understood in our health care system. To help support midwives, raise awareness and raise funds for this cause, the NYC Chapter of American College of Nurse Midwives & Choices in Childbirth is holding the 9th Annual Miles for Midwives – a 5K Run/Walk and Birth & Wellness Fair. This run/fair is designed to bring runners, families and midwifery supporters to this fun community day. Additionally, proceeds from this event will benefit the work of ACNM and CIC to improve maternity care.
Runner/Walker Check-in begins: 8:30 am
5K Fun-Run Begins: 10:00am
Location: Prospect Park, Bartel-Pritchard Square, 15th Street and Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY.

Saturday, October 1st from 9:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday, October 2nd from 9:00am to noon
Baby and Kids Clothing Swap
Do you have tons of baby items that your kids have out grown? The best way to score new goods and pass along your old items is through swapping. This swap, hosted by ArtsCetera, will take gently worn baby and kidsʼ clothing from birth to 6 years old. All unclaimed items will be donated to local community groups that support at-risk and homeless families in Brooklyn, including St Maryʼs Episcopal Church in Bedford Stuyvesant. This event has a suggested entry fee of $10 per family with a grocery bag worth of clothes. Details: ArtsCetera Studio * 212 Smith Street between Baltic & Butler * Cobble Hill. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st from 9:00am – 5:00pm
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, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd 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
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)

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

Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd 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, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd at 10:00am
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at The New York Botanical Garden
To kick-off this festive month go check out cool sculptures of spooky scarecrows, spiders, snakes, and more designed at Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Kids can also play inside a Pumpkin House, put on a scary show in the Pumpkin Puppet theater, and look for wiggly worms under a log. This week is also Creepy Creatures Weekend with Ugh! Bugs! on Saturday where kids can get up close to insects such as Madagascar hissing cockroaches, the emperor scorpion, the pink-toe tarantula, crickets, millipedes, and more. On Sunday, its Gone Batty where kids can come face-to-face with a variety of bats, including the largest bat in the world. Details: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, the Bronx. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st from 10:00am-11:30am
Learn to Compost in the City
Composting is an excellent way to break down waste. This free course at the High Line will teach you how to cut down on household waste with urban composting. Gardeners will also teach the basics, and review options for composting in a dense, urban environment. All participants will take home a worm composting bin. Details: 14th Street Passage (in The High Line), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd from 10:00am – 6:00pm
Children’s Museum Of The Arts Grand Opening Party
The Children’s Museum of the Arts is now in their new location and they are throwing a big grand opening park with art projects in their art studios, the chance to check out their media lab, sound booth, WEE Studio and view their new gallery. Details: Children’s Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton Street, Manhattan. Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 1st at 11:00am
Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

Diane Kredsenor presents Ollie & Moon

Each Saturday, Greenlight hosts a fun story time with popular authors. This week, Emmy Award–winning artist Diane Kredensor is reading from her debut picture book Ollie & Moon. The story follows the tale of two zany cats that takes them to Paris. The story then follows their journey through a fromagerie, dancing on the métro, and walking through a park. Details: Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st at 11:00am
The Ragamuffin Parade
Growing up in Bay Ridge, the Ragamuffin Parade was an incredible unique experience. I remember dressing up and loving the festivities as the crowd cheered us on as we marched down Third Avenue. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the parade that organizers tout as a “safe alternative to trick or treating” where thousands of kids dress up and parade down Third Avenue between 76th street to 92nd street. At the end of the parade there is  a contest for the best costume, which in the past has included a bike for six kids. This Bay Ridge tradition is one not to missed and it is truly one of the best fall festivities in NYC!
Registration begins at 11:00am at Holy Angels Academy/OLA, 74th Street off 3rd Avenue.
Judging starts at 11:30am
The parade will collect 76th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues and 3rd and Ridge Blvd. at 12:30pm.
The parade steps off at 1:00pm and will travel a route from 76th to 92nd Streets along Third Avenue.
For further information about the event, contact parade organizer Chip Cafiero at (917) 882-5066.

Saturday, October 1st from 11:00am – 1:00pm RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN PREDICTION- WILL BE ON OCT. 8TH INSTEAD
Annual Pumpkin Day
Pumpkin season is back and this week kids can come and pick their own pumpkin, decorate it and them take home. This event also includes arts/crafts and live music. Details: McCarren Park, Lawn between Lorimer/Bedford/Driggs. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st at 11:00am and 2:00pm
Story Pirates
Using stories submitted by children, the Story Pirates create funny sketches and mini-musicals in this performance.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $13 for children. Details: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St. Tickets at 212-864-5400 or online at symphonyspace.org.

Saturday, October 1st from 11:00am -6:00pm
19th Annual Chile Pepper Fiesta
This fun fall tradition, featuring eight bands such as Lost Bayou Ramblers with Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, The Defibulators, Chico Mann, Dominic James & The Rhythm Machine, Mariachi Tapatio, Terry Dame & Electric Junkyard Gamelan, Dogcat, Tom Swafford. At this event you can also sample treats from chocolatiers, pick peppers and enjoy sizzling salsas, pickles, kimchee, and other specialties. This event is $15 for adults, $10 for Seniors (65 and over), $10 for kids 12 and up and $10 for students with valid ID. Details: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, or from 12:00pm 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, October 1nd at 1:00 pm
Moona Luna
The wonderful bilingual kid’s band Moona Luna brings their songs that you can’t help but dance to!  Details: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Dweck Center 10 Grand Army Plaza. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1nd from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Czech Street Festival
Get down to dulcimers at this annual celebration of Czech independence. Details: 73rd St (between 1st and 2nd Aves) Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1nd at 6:45 pm
Music in the Garden
Join the North American Hindu Temple Society Performers as they perform music and dance from India. Details: Queens Botanical Garden, Oct 01 6:45pm.  43-50 Main St (at Dahlia Ave). For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st from 3:00 pm5:00 pm
Suzie Vinnick at 3pm and John Hammond at 4:00pm
Mad. Sq. Music: Studio Series
One of our favorite concert series is back this back this weekend. This free series, set against Madison Square Park, features Grammy winner John Hammond and blues singer Suzie Vinnick. Details: Madison Square Park Southern End (in Madison Square Park), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 1st from 5:30 pm10:00 pm
Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
This month it’s a celebration of Latino Heritage.  This one is going to be hot, hot, hot.  The ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company will perform, there will be a salsa dance party with free lessons, then DJ Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love will be spinning Latin, Afro-beat, and progressive hip-hop to finish out the night. Details: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway. For additional information, please click here.


Sunday, October 2, from 8:30am – 5:00pm
38th Annual Third Avenue Festival
After checking out the Ragamuffin parade be sure to make your way to the Third Avenue Festival in Bay Ridge. This is a great alternative to the Atlantic Antic where you and your family can enjoy delicious local food, music, rides, games, vendors, and fun for all. Also,the festival will feature a “green” theme, with environmentally-friendly businesses, services and products. Details: Third Avenue from 65th to 101st Streets in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 2nd from 10:00am -4:00pm (Various Classes)
NYC Wine & Food Festival: Kids Get Cooking
This festival is not only for adults and this week you can check out their Kids Get Cooking classes. Through this class they will learn from chefs how to make pancakes, make desserts, roll meatballs, and much more. Classes are designed for kids 3-14 and advanced registration is required. Details: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 2nd at 12:00pm
Raptor Fest
Kids will love this event as they learn all about raptors at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. This interactive event will also include flight demonstrations with hawks, falcons, owls and other birds of prey. Details: The Audubon Center, Boathouse, Prospect Park (inside the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance). For additional information, please click here

Sunday, October 2nd from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Atlantic Antic Street Festival
One of the biggest and packed festivals in NYC is back. This massive event spans all of Atlantic Avenue between Hicks and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn where you will find one-of-a-kind merchandise, artwork, jewelry and crafts from over 500 vendors and 100 local merchants, 10 live music stages featuring dance and kid music. Families will also love the Atlantic Antic Kids’ Block (located between Boerum Place and Smith Streets) where they will find pony rides, face painting, inflatable rides, balloons, stickers and tattoos. Kids will also LOVE the bus festival sponsored by the New York Transit Museum. This exciting part of the festival will allow kids to see old buses and trains parked right on Atlantic Avenue. At the Atlantic Antic parents can also check out a live performance of Liam the Magician, Rolie Polie Guacamole, Lloyd Miller from the Deedle Deedle Dees, and a bilingual puppet show for children of all ages at Gumbo or activities at The Moxie Spot. For a full schedule of all the performances, go here.  Also, the festival gets really packed so try (if possible) to go early or towards the end. Details: Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. For the complete Atlantic Antic Schedule visit www.atlanticave.org.

Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00pm
Booking Reading with Mark Brown
Arthur fans will love this free event with Arthur author/illustrator Marc Brown. At this event he will also read two Arthur books and show everyone how to draw Arthur & his friends. There will also be a raffle and cookies at this event. All kids will receive a digital autographed drawing by Marc, and a lucky few will take home a paper version as well. Details: Books of Wonder children’s bookstore, 18 W. 18th St. in Manhattan (btwn 5th & 6th Ave). For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 2nd at 2:30pm
Reading of Cassandra’s Angel at 2:30pm
Grandparent Celebration (2:30-3:30pm)
At this event the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is celebrating its new Grandparent’s Circle Membership and Gina Otto’s new literacy-based Change My World Now Bus Tour (a 20-city traveling mobile book tour) featuring her new book, Cassandra’s Angel. This will also include a reading and book signing by Gina and a live performance performed by the cast from the book. This program is free with museum admission. Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213-1900. (718) 735-4400. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00pm
Dan Zanes in Concert
Family favorite Dan Zanes is back in town to perform songs from his new album Little Nut Tree. Zanes will also perform hits from his Grammy award-winning album Catch That Train. Tickets and info are hereDetails: Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 LaGuardia Place. For additional information, please click here.