Events: Blues, Art Walks, Festivals & More This Weekend

Check out the 8th annual Bay Ridge SAW art walk this Saturday! Photo: Sophia Chizuco at The Owl’s Head. (By Jason Jamal Nakleh)

Okay, so we’re facing facts: After today’s sunshine, the weather forecast is still calling for rain all weekend long. But don’t let that drag down your Saturday and Sunday, you can still get out and explore your favorite boro with these celebratory events from Ditmas Park to Marine Park. If you have an event to share, email us at [email protected].

Want more Park Slope and Fort Greene art events? Check out our weekend arts listing here.

Live music: Bluesy rock n roll at Bar Chord
When: Friday, May 12 at 9pm
Where: Bar Chord, 1008 Cortelyou Road
What: Check out Reed Turchi & The Caterwauls playing both mellow and rocking grooves at your favorite neighborhood bar.
How much: Free but don’t forget drinks at the bar and tips for the musicians

Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk
When: Saturday, May 13, 11am to 4pm
Where: 5th Avenue from 68th to 84th Street, Bay Ridge
What: The 8th Annual SAW features the work of 15 artists selected to create site-specific installations for storefronts along 5th Avenue, giving neighbors a chance to experience the artwork, meet the artists and merchants, and shop. The event kicks off at 11am at the CB10 District Office at 8119 5th Avenue. Owl’s Head wine bar (479 74th Street) will host the after-party. Check out the SAW website for more info and a map of the participating artists and merchants.
How Much: Free

(Photo by Zaid Islam/ BIPA Facebook)

Bandhan: Festival of Cultures 
When: Saturday, May 13 at 6:30pm
Where: P.S. 230 auditorium at 1 Albemarle Road in Kensington
What: BIPA’s vibrant cultural performance featuring BATALA NY, Golden Rooster Ensemble, Promi & Taj, the Phoenix Dancers, & Zaman

Coney Art Walls opening day!
When: Saturday, May 13 from 12pm to 10pm then daily until September
Where: 3050 Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island
What: Coney Island’s outdoor museum of street art returns, curated by Joseph Sitt and Jeffrey Deitch, in collaboration with Greenwood Beach to offer live entertainment and several popular eateries from across the city. Opening day will feature Sports Illustrated cover model Hailey Clauson signing autographs and more from 2pm-4pm.
How much: Free

Morgan’s Journey
When: Saturday, May 13, 2pm
Where: On Stage At Kingsborough, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
What: Follow Morgan the Clown and his wise sock puppet friend on a journey of discovery.
Through audience participation, Morgan explores the joys and challenges of childhood and learns a valuable lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship.
How Much: Tickets $12

The Great Lag B’omer Parade
When: Sunday, May 14, 10am
Where: Eastern Parkway (parade between Albany & New York Avenues, main stage between Kingston and Brooklyn Avenues), Crown Heights
What: More than 20,000 people from across the tri-state area are expected to participate in this festive event—the largest Jewish gathering in the nation! In celebration of the Jewish holiday Lag B’omer, there will be floats, marching bands, army trucks, and school processions.
How Much: Free

Planning ahead for next week:

PLG Arts Music Festival!
When: Monday, May 15 to Sunday, May 21
Where: PLG Arts, 24 Maple Street in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
What: Get ready for this weeklong event 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.

District 44 Town hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio
When: Tuesday, May 16 at 7pm (doors at 6pm)
Where: FDR High School, 5800 20th Avenue
What: The event will allow Mayor de Blasio to learn more about pressing local concerns for residents of Boro Park, Midwood, and Bensonhurst. Hosted by city councilman David Greenfield and other community leaders.
How much: Free, but RSVP by Monday, May 15 by emailing [email protected] or calling (212) 748-0281.

Multi-Agency Town Hall For Sheepshead, Gravesend, and Bensonhurst
Thursday, May 18 from 6pm to 8pm
Where: John Dewey High School, 50 Avenue X
What: Multi-Agency meeting where residents can speak with reps from a ton of different agencies about any issues hosted by NYC council member Mark Treyger, Assembly members Pamela Harris and William Colton.
How much: Free

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