Art In The Park, Block Parties, Kiddie Science & More This Weekend In Ditmas Park

Art installation at Prospect Park Boathouse by Nicholas Papadakis. (Courtesy of Nicholas Papadakis)
Art installation at Prospect Park Boathouse by Nicholas Papadakis. (Courtesy of Nicholas Papadakis)

Seeing a translucent boy hovering above the Prospect Park lake? Don’t worry, you’re not crazy it’s just Art Slope. Take a look at this art fest, plus 12 other reasons to have an amazing weekend just blocks from your home. Trying to skip town instead? We’ve got you covered with some beautiful apple picking within two hours of Brooklyn.

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Caribbeing’s End of Summer Lime
When: Friday, September 16 from 4pm to 9pm.
Where: 814 Flatbush Avenue, between Caton Avenue and Linden Boulevard.
What: Come to Caribbeing House for an evening of art & community, featuring rare photography, refreshments and live music.
How Much: Free

Fred Thomas Plays bass at Bar Chord
When: Friday, September 16 at 10pm.
Where: Bar Chord, 1003 Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road.
What: Fred Thomas, legendary bass player for James Brown, brings his grooves to Bar Chord for the first time.
How Much: Free show, but don’t forget to get drinks at the bar and tip the musicians.

Live music at The Owl Music Parlour
When: Friday, September 16 at 8pm (doors at 7:30pm).
Where: The Owl Music Parlour, 497 Rogers Avenue between Midwood and Maple Streets.
What: Come out for a lively night of Steve Bernstein’s Universal Melody Brass Band.
How Much: $10 suggested donation.

Pretty In Pink at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco at Lefrak Skating Center
When: Friday, September 16 from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Where: Lefrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.
What: The brat pack returns in full color tonight with an 80s prom at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco, with retro DJ sets and prizes for roller dancing skills. (This event is 21+)
How Much: $18 per person.

Arts Slope Festival
When: Friday, September 16 (Opening night — Sunday, September 25)
Where: View the map here, as the event is happening … well … just about everywhere.
What: Seeing statues and art pop up all over Prospect Park? Check out the article on Park Slope Stoop for everything you need to know about this 9-day festival.
How much: Free.

Saturday:

Mary LaRosa Lederer with the Brooklyn Real Big Band. (Photo: Benton Collins)
Mary LaRosa Lederer with the Brooklyn Real Big Band. (Photo: Benton Collins)

Annual Reeve Place Block Party in Windsor Terrace
When: Saturday, September 17 starting at 10:30am, band begins at 2pm.
Where: Reeve Place between Prospect Park Southwest and Prospect Avenue.
What: Come out for a special performance this year of the a 16-piece big band set up in the street playing classic jazz arrangements from the 40s through the 60s.
How Much: Free

Singing Wings Hummingbird Festival at PS 230
When: Saturday, September 17 from 11am to 2pm.
Where: Albermarle Playground behind P.S. 230, between Albemarle Road and Caton Avenue.
What: Join Singing Wings for the Hummingbird Festival, a multicultural back-to-school celebration with free activities for all ages including steel pan music, crafts and mask making at 11am; plus dance & storytelling at 1pm.
How Much: Free

Kiddie Science open house
When: Saturday, September 17 11am to 2pm.
Where: 568 Rogers Avenue between Fenimore and Hawthorne Streets.
What: Join Kiddie Science, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that runs hands-on science workshops to for kids, for free dinosaur, polymer and botany mini workshops. Plus, learn about the year-round amazing local programs hosted by Kiddie Science and try your luck at a raffle.
How Much: Free

Folding Book Crafts at the Cortelyou Library
When: Saturday, September 17 at 1pm.
Where: Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road at Argyle Road.
What: Stop by the Cortelyou library to learn how to turn the pages of a book into a three-dimensional piece of art. Materials will be provided but bring an old book if you have one. All ages.
How Much: Free

Outdoor Movies: Star Wars at Amersfort Park
When: Saturday, September 17 at 7pm (movie begins at sundown).
Where: Amersfort Park, 1041 East 38th Street between Avenues I and J.
What: Summer’s not quite over yet! There’s still time to enjoy a movie outdoors with Barbershop The Next Cut, hosted by the Flatlands Flatbush Civil Group and Council Member Jumaane Williams. Extras include refreshments, live music and contests. For more info, email Farah Louis at flouis@council.nyc.gov.
How Much: Free

(Photo courtesy GrowNYC / instagram)
(Photo courtesy GrowNYC / instagram)

Pop-Up Audubon: Radical Raptors & Nature Exploration
When: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 10am to 3pm.
Where: Prospect Park, Zuckner Natural Exploration Area & Prospect Park Audubon Center.
What: Learn what makes birds of prey so radical and learn about different species of raptors that migrate through Prospect Park. Check out Nature Play, 10 am–2 pm; Nature’s Helpers, 1–2 pm; Family Birdwatching, 2–3 pm; and more.
How Much: Free

Cortelyou Greenmarket on Sundays
When: Every Sunday from 8am to 3pm.
Where: Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Rugby Roads.
What: Looking for a great greenmarket recipe this week? The Cortelyou Greenmarket runs year-round on Sundays, for more info, find the Greenmarket on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check GrowNYC for any last minute changes to the market schedule.
How Much: Priced per item, support local farmers.

Cortelyou Jazz Jam at Bar Chord
When: Sunday, September 18 at 9:45pm
Where: Bar Chord, 1003 Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road.
What: Bring your instrument and jam out with hosts Douglas Bradford, Michael Vitali and neighborhood guests.
How Much: Free show, but don’t forget the drinks at the bar.

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