Events: BAYFEST, Bike The Branches, Crawfish Boil & So Much More This Weekend

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There are so many ways to enjoy your weekend in BK it’s hard to count, between music fests, food fests, walking tours, and bike rides. Get out and explore your favorite boro with these celebratory events from Ditmas Park to Marine Park — but you might want to leave your car at home since the Brooklyn Half Marathon will close down Ocean Parkway on Saturday.

There’s also a ton of great things to do in Brooklyn’s northern section, too. If you feel like going ‘uptown’, check out our northern BK weekend events here. If you have an event to share, email us at

Madonna vs. MJ Roller disco in Prospect Park
When: Friday, May 19 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Where: LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park
What: Lola Star’s Dreamland is back every Friday night, showcases a new theme from 70s Glitter to 80s Glam, dazzling performers, kitschy contests, and more. This week, check out Madonna vs. Michael Jackson. This event is 21+
How much: $18

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Crawfish Boil at Ditmas Park’s Sycamore
When: Saturday, May 20 at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm (3 seatings)
Where: 1118 Cortelyou Road
What: Get messy at Sycamore’s 8th annual Louisiana-style Crawfish boil with Gaddy Lane, menu items include Andouille sausage, sweet corn, red potatoes, savory corn bread pudding, southern slaw, and more (OMG I’m so hungry now).
How much: $30 ticket includes a tray of crawfish, one side, a bev + 2 raffle tickets

BPL Bike the Branches
When: Saturday, May 20, 10am to 5pm
Where: Central Library Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza (start and finish), Park Slope
What: Individuals and families can register to participate in the day-long ride hitting 60 Brooklyn library branches. The rider who collects the most stamps in his/her Bike the Branches passport will win a Brompton Bicycle. There will also be a Block Party at the Central Branch featuring live music, food, and a beer garden from 3pm to 7pm.
How Much: Registration is $20 for adults; $10 for children (17 and under); $10 for seniors (65 and up); $40 for families (includes up to 2 adults and 3 children); and $100 for teams (up to 10 people).

Bay Ridge “Saturday Night Fever” walking tour
When: Saturday, May 20 at 12pm
Meet outside the Brooklyn Public Library at 4th Avenue and 95th Street
What: Check out this movie-themed walking tour featuring the sights of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ in its 40th anniversary. Led by Forgotten New York.
How much: $20.


Bayfest in Sheepshead Bay
When: Sunday, May 21 from 12pm to 6pm
Where: Emmons Avenue and East 27th Street **Drivers take note: Emmons Avenue between East 28th and Ocean Avenue will be closed to cars from 10am to 6pm.
What: Celebrate southern BK at the boro’s Brooklyn’s largest waterfront party, in its 26th year. Bayfest draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to the Brooklyn shores, featuring live music, food, face painting, games, dancing, and more, sponsored by the Bay Improvement Group.
How much: Free

Kitchen 21 opens in Coney Island
When: Sunday, May 21
Where: 3052 West 21st Street, next to the Ford Amphitheater
What: It’s been a long time in the making, but this Sunday the 5-restaurant complex opens in the historic Child’s Building on the boardwalk. Check out the rooftop wine bar, a grab-and-go café, a clam bar, and a gastropub featuring 32 beers on tap. And though it may be tempting to jump in the ocean, the beaches don’t *officially* open until May 27

Drive-In Move @ Manhattan Beach
When: Sunday, May 21 at 8pm (gates open at 7pm)
Where: Manhattan Beach parking lot on Oriental Blvd & Irwin Street
What: It’s time to get into the summer spirit, with a free drive-in movie in Manhattan Beach! This week, enjoy the classic film The Sound of Music with the whole family, hosted by Council Member Chaim Deutsch. Plus, they’ll be free popcorn.
How much: Free

PLG Arts Music Festival!
When: Ends Sunday, May 21
Where: PLG Arts, 24 Maple Street in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
What: It’s the last two days of PLG’s weeklong music fest, featuring almost 50 musicians in 9 locations throughout PLG like Jazz at KD’s, 65 Fen, Parkside Pizza, Soup and Sound, and Westbury Inn; new string quartet music at The Owl Music Parlor, a classical brunch at Desserts by Michael Allen, an afternoon Latin jazz performance outdoors at Parkside Plaza, and a family music event at Greenlight Bookstore.
How much: See the full calendar here.

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