Things To Do In Ditmas Park This Weekend


Gillian Harwin

Happy weekend, everyone! There’s much happening these next several days, from a picnic for your pups at Prospect Park, a poetry reading by local author Dan Bodah at the Cortelyou Library, and a massive community yard sale involving more than 40 families selling all kinds of treasures.

Thursday, September 4

• Sign up for open mic night at 773 Lounge starting at 8pm.
Amandla Turner performs at Bar Chord, 9pm.

Friday, September 5

• Sing along with Jon Samson at Lark, 11am.
• Come to Prospect Park’s Audubon Center for a free cardio toning class, 12pm.
• Meet fellow moms and dads at the New Parent Meet-Up, Lark, 1pm.
• Kids can attend Blooming Naturalists  at the Prospect Park’s Audubon Center, 1-2pm Thursdays and Fridays.
• … followed by Nature on the Go, also at the Audubon Center, 2-3pm Thursdays and Fridays.
• … and finally, learn about local wildlife at Animal Encounter, also at the Audubon Center, 3-4pm Thursdays and Fridays.
• Happy hour with babies and ice cream happy hour are at Lark, 4pm.
• Enjoy de-stress meditation with raw organic cold-pressed juices/smoothie shots at Family of Light Holistic Center‘s holistic happy hour, 5:30pm.
• Check out Happy Hour cocktail recipes at T.B. Ackerson Wine Merchants, 6-8pm.
• Get your heart rate up and explore the neighborhood with Ditmas Rides, meeting in front of the Cortelyou Library at 7pm.
• La Madrugada performs their Latin rhythms at Bar Chord, 9pm.
• Rahlou is at Sycamore, 10pm.

Saturday, September 6

• Bring your pups to Prospect Park’s Long Meadow by the Picnic House for a free dog-friendly event from FIDO Brooklyn that includes goodies for dogs and their owners, as well as provides information pertaining to off-leash activities and issues, 7-9am.
• The T.E.A.L. Walk/Run begins at 8am at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The walk celebrates the courage of ovarian cancer survivors and the strength of the families who’ve been touched by the disease, while spreading awareness to the general public and raising money for research. For more information visit T.E.A.L.’s website.
• Local author Dan Bodah will be reading poems from his new book, “Eyes and Roots,” at the Cortelyou Library’s meeting room, 12pm.
• There’s Sahaja yoga meditation at the Cortelyou Library, 12:30-2pm.
• Enjoy free demos at Cynthia King Dance Studio’s new space at 21 Snyder Avenue, 2pm-5pm.
Gillian Harwin performs at Bar Chord, 9pm.

Sunday, September 7

• The NYC Century Bike Tour kicks off at 6am at the Willink Drive Entrance to Prospect Park, The tour aims to show riders the diversity of the city’s neighborhoods and how to navigate them safely. Choose from a 35, 55, 75 or 100-mile ride through the city, including Prospect Park. Visit NYC Century’s website for more information.
• A free early morning bird walk (led by the Brooklyn Bird Club) at the Prospect Park Audubon Center will include a discussion on fall migration, 8am.
• Check out all the fresh veggies, fruit, and more at the Cortelyou greenmarket (Cortelyou between Argyle and Rugby), 8am-3pm.
• More than 40 families are participating in this massive community yard sale, from Westminster Road to Marlborough Road and from Foster Avenue to Avenue H, 10am-4pm (rain date is September 14).
• Play and sing at Toddler Time with Mary Jo at Lark, 10am.
• A food truck rally (from the Prospect Park Alliance and the New York City Food Truck Association) present a sampling of cuisines from around the world from New York’s best food trucks at the Grand Army Plaza, 11am-5pm.
• Community reiki healing at the Family of Light Holistic Center, 2pm.
• Enjoy the native plant garden at Compost for Brooklyn (corner of Newkirk Avenue and 8th Street), which holds garden hours the first and third Sunday of every month, 4-6pm.
Movement and Meditation with Sarah Capua at the Church Ave Yoga & Bodywork Center, 5:30pm
• Game Night is on at 773 Lounge, 7pm.
• Cortelyou Jazz Jam at Bar Chord, 9pm.

Photo via Gillian Harwin.

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