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Weekend Events for Labor Day

September 1, 2011

We can’t believe it is already Labor Day weekend! Hopefully you had a fun summer filled with adventures and activities both in Brooklyn. To enjoy  the last week of summer we found some exciting events and activities to send the season off on a high note. We are really excited to check out a performance by the acclaimed Mario the Magician at Lincoln Center and the Back to School Bash at Habana Outpost to listen to a performance by Jeremy Plays Guitar. This weekend you may also want to take a mini-trip away to the Bronx to check out Mario Batali’s Edible Garden at the New York Botanical Garden or you can stay local and sample some delicious Caribbean fare and view gorgeous costumes at the West Indian–American Day Parade. Enjoy the weather, family time and the last week of the summer season. Also, be sure to check out our calendar for more fun activities and events!

 

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, September 2nd Saturday, September 3rd, Sunday, September 4th and Monday, September 5th 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, September 2nd from 9:00am – 12:30pm
Photo Safari at City Hall
This fun event will help you to learn how to take better pictures while on vacation. The class includes lessons in both portrait and location photography where you will learn portrait composition and positioning, what lighting conditions to look for, architectural photography and scene management. The class is $100 per participant; for a $10 discount use code: “parks10.” Details: William Henry Seward Monument (in Madison Square Park), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, September 2nd from 10:00am– 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, September 2nd, Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th from 10:00am – 12:00am
Electric Zoo Festival
The largest electronic music festival is coming to Randall’s Island. Held over three days, this year’s festival includes Tiesto, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren. General Admission is $249 for a three-day pass. Details: Event Area (in Randall’s Island Park) Central Road, north of Little Hell Gate Inlet, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, September 2nd Saturday, September 3rd, Sunday, September 4th and Monday, September 5th 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 2nd from 12:00 -1:30pm
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.

Friday, September 2nd at 1:30pm
MetLife Early Learner Performance Series: CIRQUE-TACULAR
Enjoy the day at the Brooklyn Children’s Musuem and check out a free performance of Cirque-tacular – a live-action event that brings the circus tent to you. Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11213. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, September 3rd – 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.

Saturday, September 3rd 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, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th 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, September 3rd 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, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th 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, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th 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, September 3rd from 11:00am – 12:00pm
NYRP Club Fit
The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is holding a free, outdoor yoga classes every Saturday through September. These fun hour-long sessions are led by licensed instructors from Harlem Yoga Studio and Brooklyn Holistic that will focus on educating participants about proper form, tempo and mindset that is needed for yoga. Details: Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, 327-329 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th from noon 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, September 3rd at 11:00am
Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist Saturdays: Mario the Magician
Mario the Magician is performing his fun and lively show in Lincoln Center this weekend. Inspired by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Vaudeville-style theatre, this fun event will include a variety of magic tricks and a live musical accompaniment by the Sleight of Hand Band. Details: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 West 62nd Street, New York NY 10023. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, September 3rd 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, September 3rd, Sunday, September 4th and Monday, September 5th from 10:00am–6:00pm
Mario Batali’s Edible Garden
A bit of trek if you live in Brooklyn, but a visit to the New York Botanical Garden will be well worth to explore this massive garden and to test out some food from Mario Batali’s Edible Garden. Families can enjoy daily gardening activities and cooking demonstrations and food samples from the garden. Details: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Rd, Bronx. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th from 3:30pm – 4:30 pm
Handiwork: Tasks and Crafts from the Past
This fun event will teach your kids about history as they use their hands to make arts and crafts the old-fashioned way and play games that were popular 150 years ago. Free for children 16 and under. Details: Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, Flatbush Ave at Empire Blvd, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, September 4th from 10:00am – 1:00pm

Bike New York for Kids

This free group class is a great way for kids to learn how to ride a bike. Guided by Bike New York’s experienced instructors, children can learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Classes are limited to 15 children and bikes are provided for free. Pre-registration required at Bike New York’s website: http://www.bikenewyork.org/learn/kids/learn-to-ride-kids/. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 334 Furman Street.

Sunday, September 4th at 1:00pm
Historic New York: The New York Skyline
New York has a rich history whose stories can be found in the names of the streets, architecture, and the parks. At this educational event, you and your kids can learn from Urban Park Rangers about the city’s long history with discussions about military history at Fort Greene Park and Fort Totten Park and a discussion about architecture and the history of the Hudson River. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, September 4th at 1:00pm
Nature Crafts
This free event is a great way to learn about nature through the creation of fun crafts. All of the supplies are provided. Details: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)
East 33rd Street and Avenue U, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, September 4th 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.

Sunday, September 4th 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 Teen Wolf is showing. Details: Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY. For additional information, please click here.

Monday, September 5th from 9:00am – 11:00am
Mommy/Daddy & Me Photography Class

This special photography workshop is a fun way for Moms/Dads and kids (ages 8-13) to learn how to take better pictures. In the class everyone will learn how to take better pictures of the environment and each other. All participants will receive one free high quality 8×10 print of your best workshop photograph. You must have a digital camera (DSLR OR point & shoot); parent and child may share a camera however one camera per person is best.
Details: William Henry Seward Monument (in Madison Square Park), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

 

Monday, September 5th from 11:00am – 6:00pm
West Indian–American Day Parade
The West Indian Labor Day Parade is a fun and colorful where you can your family can view gorgeous costumes and masks, listen to the steel drums, and enjoy some Caribbean fare like oxtail, jerk chicken, roti and coconut bread. There is no alchol permitted at this event. Details: Eastern Pkwy from Schenectady Ave to Flatbush Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Monday, September 5th from noon to 4:00pm
Back to School Bash
The fourth annual Back to School Bash at Habana Outpost is a great way to get your kids excited about the upcoming school year. Held in Fort Greene, the event will include performances by clowns and stilt walkers, balloons, face painting, and special musical guest, Jeremy Plays Guitar. There will also be free rulers, notebooks and pencils. Details: Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY. For additional information, please click here.