There’s something for everyone this weekend—as you’ll see from our massive list of events—from Shakespeare, musicals, funny drawings, live figure drawing, a queer art party, the Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Walk, and so much more.
Feel like shopping for some cool, locally-crafted goods? Then check out the new Bedstuy Flea which kicks off on Saturday.
Check the BKLYNER Calendar for more events happening around town or to list one of your own.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
When: Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, July 1, 7:30pm
Where: Carroll Park, 245 Carroll Street, Carroll Gardens
What: “For Lovers, Leaders and Madmen,” Smith Street Stage’s production of the Shakespearean classic comedy was reinterpreted for today’s audience and imagines New Yorkers as the wild and magical characters from the Bard’s play.
How Much: No tickets required
Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival 2018
When: Thursday, June 21, 6:30pm to 9:30pm; Saturday, June 23, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm; Sunday, June 24, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Where: The Counting Room, 44 Berry Street (Thu.) and Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue (Sat. & Sun.), Williamsburg
What: The Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival features short films by women, about women. The opening night celebration is happening on Thursday at The Counting Room while screenings are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Wythe Hotel. Read more about the Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival 2018 here.
Lavender Blues Summer Launch Party
When: Friday, June 22, 4pm to 6pm
Where: Tot Town, 636 Classon Avenue, Crown Heights
What: Join this fun outdoor summer launch party for toddlers and babies with live music from Lady B (Alex) and movement and music instruction for the little ones.
How Much: Free
DreamStreet Presents Mary Poppins: Step in Time
When: Friday, June 22, 6:30pm
Where: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
What: DreamStreet presents a modern, feminist, tap dancing take on the classic Mary Poppins. The actors, performers, and dancers with developmental disabilities take the stage in their 20th year to wow audiences once again. Read about DreamStreet Theatre Company’s winter adaptation of Our Town here.
How Much: Tickets $35 single ticket, $100 VIP
Lavi Miyò | On Resistance and Revolution
When: Friday, June 22, 6:30pm
Where: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 Saint Johns Place, Crown Heights
What: Presented by Kriyol Dance! Collective, Lavi Miyò is a collaborative dance, music, and visual arts project featuring storytelling and traditional Haitian music, dance, and oral history. The work explores resilience, resistance, power, and empowerment and their impact on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The event also showcases paintings by artist Nathalie Jolivert.
How Much: Suggested donation $20
Films on the Green Presents La Bûche
When: Friday, June 22, 8:30pm
Where: Transmitter Park, 2 Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint
What: This year’s free outdoor French film festival lineup includes 12 classic and contemporary films exploring the relationship between French culture and gastronomy. This screening features the 1999 family drama/comedy La Bûche.
How Much: Free
When: Saturday, June 23 through Saturday, August 11, 11am to 7pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
Where: The Meat Market, 380 Tompkins Avenue (between Putnam & Jefferson Ave.), Bed-Stuy
What: This new summer shopping experience celebrates diversity and will feature more than 30 vendors offering sustainable goods, vintage clothing, handmade items, jewelry, wellness products, arts and crafts, and wares created in the five boroughs and beyond.
Funny Drawings of Animals and Food
When: Saturday, June 23, 12pm, 7pm reception
Where: Jerk Off Station, 493 East 2nd Street, Kensington
What: Artists Ellie Skrzat, Ricky Bardy, and Paige Heimark present a free 24-hour group exhibition at the new DIY Brooklyn art space, Jerk Off Station. The artwork on display will include drawings, sculptures, cakes, photographs, comics, and gifs exploring humor, sexuality, transit, serial killers, and talking animals.
Brooklyn Music School’s Music Theatre Program Presents To Dream a World
When: Saturday, June 23, 3pm
Where: Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix Street, Fort Greene
What: This original musical tells the story of young Will, who finds inspiration in his dreams where he explores four imaginative worlds filled with meaning and fantasy as well as characters who later end up in his plays.
How Much: Tickets $20 general admission, $15 BMS students/parents
Artist Reception for Grimanesa Amorós: HEDERA
When: Saturday, June 23, 6pm to 7:30pm
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West & 9th Street, Park Slope
What: The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is hosting a special reception for and Q&A session with Grimanesa Amorós, the artist behind HEDERA, the light installation currently at Prospect Park’s Bandshell created in honor of BRIC’s 40th anniversary. Stick around after for the free Fischerspooner, Xeno & Oaklander, and Juliana Huxtable concert at 7:30pm. Read more about Amorós and HEDERA here.
Open Drawing Saturday (Sponsored)
When: Saturday, June 23, 7pm to 9pm
Where: House Gallery, 314 East 17th Street, Ditmas Park
What: Come to this bi-weekly live figure drawing event. ALL PROCEEDS OF THIS SESSION WILL BE DONATED TO The Fronterizo Fianza Fund that helps migrants who have been detained by ICE.
How Much: $10 at door for wine and drawing supplies
Fernando Carpaneda “New Portraits”
When: On view from Saturday, June 23 through Sunday, July 29 (appointment only); Saturday, June 23, 7pm to 10pm (opening reception)
Where: MF Gallery, 213 Bond Street (between Baltic & Butler St.), Gowanus
What: An exhibition of new paintings and drawings by the New York-based Brazilian artist depicting the beauty and sensuality of men and women. The works aim to provoke questions about equality and inspire acceptance of diversity in human sexuality.
Brooklyn Steel Orchestra Presents PAN IS SWEET
When: Saturday, June 23, 7pm to 11:30pm
Where: Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave.), Boerum Hill
What: Brooklyn Steel Orchestra presents a steelband competition featuring ensembles playing steel pans and drums.
How Much: Tickets $40 general admission, $25 general kids admission
John Hodgman: Vacationland Paperback Release
When: Saturday, June 23, 7pm to 8pm
Where: Books Are Magic, 225 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
What: The writer/comedian/actor will read from his New York Times bestseller that chronicles his “real life wanderings” and tells of the “horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison.”
When: Saturday, June 23, 9pm to 3am
Where: BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
What: Celebrate Pride at the Everybooty art party that fills BAM Fisher from basement to rooftop with performances, DJs, installations, readings, booze, and “the glitteriest critters of the queer art and nightlife worlds.”
How Much: Tickets $30
Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Walk
When: Sunday, June 24, 12pm to 5pm
Where: Eastern Parkway from Flatbush to Washington Avenues, Prospect Heights
What: Join Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at his third annual Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Walk where there will be a Children’s Village, live entertainment, giveaways, and a “Welcome Back to Brooklyn” ceremony presenting the Grammy Award-winning rapper Big Daddy Kane (Antonio Hardy) an engraved paver along the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Celebrity Path as well as the “key to Brooklyn.”
Historic Districts Council’s Set Sail Summer Fundraiser (Sponsored)
When: Sunday, June 24, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Where: Meet at Battery Park, Manhattan
What: Join the Historic Districts Council on the historic Clipper City sailboat and enjoy an open bar and lunch while learning about NYC’s history and landmarks. Learn more about the event here.
How Much: General admission $200
When: Sunday, June 24, 6pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue (between Tilden Ave. & Duryea Pl.), Flatbush
What: AbunDance Academy of the Arts, a Brooklyn non-profit that provides free and affordable dance, theater and music instruction, presents this production inspired by Dreamgirls about four African-American girls who follow their dreams to become top performers while fighting against racism, segregation, police brutality, and cultural appropriation.
How Much: Tickets $50 to $65
Ryan Sarah Murphy: Terraforming
When: Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 24 (opening reception Thursday, June 14, 6pm to 8:30pm)
Where: Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street, Park Slope
What: Act 2 of Ground Floor’s 5th Anniversary Exhibition Series features the vibrant collage-based work of artist Ryan Sarah Murphy, made with repurposed materials found in her everyday life.
How Much: Free
When: Exhibition on view from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, June 24
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (between 4th & 5th Ave), Park Slope
What: This exhibition showcases six artists whose work explores public and private acts of strength and resistance by women in times of social or political upheaval. The artists are inspired by their own family and community histories as well as their ideas of home. Featured artists include: Lauren Frances Adams, Golnar Adili, Aisha Cousins, Maya Jeffereis, Lorena Molina, and Katherine Toukhy.
HIMBAD and the 9th Wave
When: Exhibition on view Friday, May 25 through Sunday, June 24
Where: 3RD ETHOS Gallery, 154 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick
What: “Not all waves are the same and not all waves are of water. Underneath the 9th Wave of the 9th Wave is an entrance to the underworld. Dare to walk this path less trodden?” 3RD ETHOS presents the first NYC solo show of UK-based street artist, HIMBAD.
Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria In Ink
When: Exhibition on view through Saturday, June 30
Where: BPL Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
What: An exhibition of original artwork from the forthcoming graphic book Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, illustrated by BPL’s 2018 Katowitz Radin Artist-in-Residence Molly Crabapple and co-authored by Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham. The exhibit features more than 50 of Crabapple’s pen-and-ink works displayed throughout the Central Library’s lobby and accompanied by an audio guide in which Hisham, now exiled in Turkey, discusses his experiences living through the Syrian conflict, the country’s partial occupation by ISIS, and the art it inspired.
When: Exhibition on view from Wednesday, May 23 through Saturday, July 28
Where: Urban Glass, Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
What: An exhibition bringing together the work of six artists who work with reflective surfaces to explore reflection in the physical sense and to reflect the conditions of contemporary experience.
Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus
When: On view from Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, August 26, 12pm to 6pm (weekends)
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 and Pier 5
What: The Austrian artist will be passing out free hot dogs to park visitors all summer from a bright yellow, overstuffed Volkswagen Microbus. The bloated-looking bus will force audiences to consider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in society. The Hot Dog Bus will be on view and serving free hot dogs at BBP’s Pier 1 on Saturdays and Pier 5 on Sundays.
Coney Island Creek and the Natural World
When: Exhibition on view Saturday, May 26 through Monday, September 3 (open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
Where: The Coney Island History Project, 3059 West 12th Street (at the entrance to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park), Coney Island
What: Organized around a timeline of Coney Island Creek from 1645 to 2018, the exhibition illustrates Coney Island’s original attraction with maps, photographs, posters, art, artifacts, oral history, and video. The exhibition describes the Creek’s environment through history, art, and ecology.
How Much: Free