Jug Bands, Festivals, 5K Runs & More This Weekend In Ditmas Park

(Photo courtesy Greenwood Playground / Facebook)
(Photo courtesy Friends of Greenwood Playground / Facebook)

The weekend is finally here, and we’d like to help you have a great one blocks from your home. Whether you’re looking to roller-skate to Prince tunes, do a mindfulness triathlon, or find birds in Prospect Park  — this is your spot for the hottest weekend events in (and around) Ditmas Park. If you have an event to share, email us at editor@ditmasparkcorner.com.


(Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)
(Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

Teacher appreciation special at Hinterlands Bar
When: Friday, September 9 from 3pm to 6pm.
Where: Hinterlands Bar, 739 Church Avenue at East 8th Street.
What: Attention teachers! Celebrate back to school week at Hinterlands Bar — or just take a load off after a rough first day. They’ve got a great outdoor patio to enjoy the afternoon in.
How Much: Happy Hour Special: $4 drafts and $1 off everything else, plus pizza to snack on.

Film Screening at Prospect Park: Jamaica Bay
When: Friday, September 9 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Where: Prospect Park picnic house, enter at 5th street and Prospect Park West.
What: Meet the filmmaker and see Saving Jamaica Bay, the story of how one community overcame Hurricane Sandy to restore the largest open space in New York City. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, Saving Jamaica Bay also symbolizes the efforts to preserve urban nature, combat climate change, and invest in our national parks.
How Much: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Limited space, RSVP here.

Live Jazz at KD’s Inkwell in PLG
When: Friday, September 9 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: KD’s Inkwell, 408 Rogers Avenue between Lefferts Avenue and Sterling Place.
What: Check out the new home for PLG arts night, and the transformed Inkwell Cafe. Check out performances by Curtis Ostle, Tommy Campbell and Kenny Wessel; and an expanded cafe menu that includes beer, frozen drinks and soul food.
How Much: $5 donation for the show

Purple Rain at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco at Lefrak Skating Center
When: Friday, September 9 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Where: Lefrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.
What: Roll-bounce to your favorite classic Prince tunes 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


Photo courtesy of T.E.A.L.®
Photo courtesy of T.E.A.L.®

PLG Kids Book Club: Matilda by Roald Dahl
When: Saturday, September 10 from 3pm to 4pm.
Where: Pels Pies, 446 Rogers Avenue between Lefferts Avenue and Lincoln Road.
What: Matilda readers come out for the first Kids Book Club event hosted at Pels Pies! Contact msevere365@gmail.com for more information.
How Much: Free

BYPL’s Central Branch 75th Anniversary Party
When: Saturday, September 10 from 12pm to 4pm.
Where: New York Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza.
What: Who’s turning 75 on Saturday? Bernie Sanders, Curious George, and BPL’s Central Branch. Come our for music, food, and historic tours with special gifts to celebrate the iconic, art-deco library’s birthday, open since 1941.
How Much: Free

8th Annual Brooklyn T.E.A.L.® Walk and 5K Run raising money for Ovarian Cancer research and awareness
When: Saturday, September 10, from 8am to 1pm.
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY (9th Street and Prospect Park West)
What: Ovarian Cancer currently has no accurate screening test, and is therefore usually caught in a late stage, making it that much more deadly. For this reason it is especially crucial to inform women about this disease by spreading awareness and education, and to fund research to find a screening test or a cure. View our article to learn more about T.E.A.L. CEO and Co-Founder Pamela Esposito-Amery.

Poetry Reading And Live Drumming This Weekend At The East Fourth Street Community Garden

When: Saturday, September 10 at 3pm and Sunday September 11 at 1pm.
Where: East Fourth Street Community Garden, East 4th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue.
What: Check out five renowned poets reading original work on Saturday, and a live Taiko drumming ensemble on Sunday.
How Much: Free

Live Jug Band music at Bar Chord
When: Saturday, September 10 at 9pm.
Where: Bar Chord, 1003 Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road.
What: Try something different tonight with Brooklyn’s best jug band, Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts.
How Much: Free show, but don’t forget to get drinks at the bar and tip the musicians.


(Image courtesy Meteor Festivals / Facebook)
(Image courtesy Meteor Festivals / Facebook)

Church Avenue Street Fair
When: Sunday, September 11 from 12pm to 6pm.
Where: Church Avenue from McDonald Avenue to East 3rd Street
What: Come out for food, games, rides and shopping at the 66th Precinct Community Council Church Avenue street fair between Mcdonald Avenue at East 3rd Street.
How Much: Free

Wanderlust 108 (Sponsored)
When: Sunday, September 11, 9:30am to 5:45pm.
Where: Prospect Park, Neathermead
What: This is a field day for your mind, body, and soul, leaving you feeling better than when you arrived. Start the day with a 5K (run/walk), followed by a DJ-powered yoga flow class, and a blissful guided meditation to bring it all home. Expect a little sweat, lots of high-fives, and a deep chill. Want a little more? Check out the Kula Market featuring local threads and organic eats, or sign up for one bonus activity (aerial yoga, acroyoga, slacklining, hooping, or tribal marking) to try something new. Rally your tribe or ride solo, just don’t forget to grab your tickets.
How Much: Prices vary. Purchase tickets online.

Smorgasburg at Prospect Park
When: Sunday, September 4 11am-6pm.
Where: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (Located near Lakeside and the Lincoln Road entrance).
What: Summer may be officially over but this food fest is still here! Stroll over to Smorgasburg to find 100 vendors and food from all over the world every Sunday at Breeze Hill, located near Lakeside and the park’s Lincoln Road entrance. Find the market on Google Maps here. Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. Dog friendly.
How Much: Food individually priced.

Pop-Up Audubon: Radical Raptors
When: Sunday, September 11, 10pm to 3pm.
Where: Prospect Park, Zuckner Natural Exploration Area.
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.
How Much: Free

Cortelyou Greenmarket on Sundays
When: Every Sunday from 8am to 3pm.
Where: Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Rugby Roads.
What: Haven’t visited the Greenmarket yet? Or maybe you’re a regular and want to encourage others to come out. 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!

Re-opening celebration & bike helmet giveaway
When: Sunday, September 11 from 12pm to 3:30pm.
Where: 18th Avenue Park, 18th Avenue between 55th and 58th Streets.
What: Celebrate the re-opening of the 18th Avenue Park with a free helmet and safety bell giveaway from Council Member David Greenfield. First come, first served basis.
How Much: Free

Family movie night at Greenwood Playground
When: Sunday, September 11 from 7pm to 9:30pm.
Where: Greenwood Playground handball courts, East 5th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue.
What: Kids get to stay out late tonight because there’s no public school on Monday, so celebrate at Greenwood Playground’s outdoor movie night. Based on the Facebook poll, it looks like they’ll be showing Inside Out.
How Much: Free


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