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  • 1. Afropunk Fest

    Fort Greene | Arts/Performance Venue

    This annual multicultural fete brings artists like Macy Gray, D'Angelo, Big Freedia, and Chuck D to an urban park near the Brooklyn Navy Yard...Read More

  • 2. Celebrate Brooklyn!

    Prospect Park | Arts/Performance Venue

    New York City’s longest-running summer outdoor performance festival began in 1979 and remains a top-notch crowd-pleaser with its diverse roster...Read More

  • 3. Pioneer Works

    Red Hook | Museum/Gallery

    Occupying the 19th-century redbrick headquarters of the eponymous machine manufacturer, the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation is a...Read More

  • 4. Prospect Park

    Prospect Park | Zoo/Aquarium

    Brooklyn residents are passionate about Prospect Park, and with good reason: lush green spaces, gently curved walkways, summer concerts, vivid...Read More

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  • 5. 56 Bogart (The BogArt)

    Bushwick | Museum/Gallery

    Many young Bushwick galleries showcase edgy and experimental work—visiting this converted warehouse is an easy way to see a lot of art in one...Read More

  • 6. Barclays Center

    Prospect Heights | Sports Venue

    This rust-tinted spaceship of an arena houses two sports franchises—basketball’s Brooklyn Nets and ice hockey’s New York Islanders—and hosts...Read More

  • 7. BRIC Arts Media House

    Fort Greene | Museum/Gallery

    The organizers of renowned arts festival Celebrate Brooklyn! ( see Best Brooklyn Events in Chapter 1 ) operate this 40,000-square-foot gallery...Read More

  • 8. Bushwick Film Festival

    Bushwick | Arts/Performance Venue

    Founded in 2007, the Bushwick Film Festival draws a diverse audience of industry professionals and film fans to its annual multiday October...Read More

  • 9. Bushwick Open Studios

    Bushwick | Arts/Performance Venue

    The volunteer-run organization Arts in Bushwick puts together festivals and activities throughout the year. The main event, Bushwick Open Studios...Read More

  • 10. Coney Island Circus Sideshow

    Coney Island | Arts/Performance Venue

    The cast of talented freaks and geeks who keep Coney Island's carnival tradition alive include sword swallowers, fire-eaters, knife throwers...Read More

  • 11. Franklin Park Reading Series

    Crown Heights | Arts/Performance Venue

    This Crown Heights reading series at the Franklin Park bar and beer garden occurs on the second Monday of each month. Previous readers have...Read More

  • 12. Greenpoint Gallery Night

    Greenpoint | Arts/Performance Venue

    Locals and visitors alike have the chance to go gallery-hopping two Friday nights a year thanks to Greenpoint Gallery Night, which is fortunate...Read More

  • 13. Invisible Dog

    Boerum Hill | Museum/Gallery

    A 19th-century factory building that for a few recent decades was home to the maker of the famous "invisible dog" leashes is now an interdisciplinary...Read More

  • 14. Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza

    DUMBO | Arts/Performance Venue

    In 2008, city planners transformed this industrial storage lot into an 8,000-square-foot venue for seasonal markets, performances, and other...Read More

  • 15. Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts

    Fort Greene | Museum/Gallery

    Since 1999, MoCADA has been showcasing emerging artists, sociocultural and political installations, and exhibitions relating to peoples of African...Read More

  • 16. Pete's Candy Store Reading Series

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Williamsburg’s premier reading series takes place year-round at a narrow bar in a converted train car; it's free to the public, has been patronized...Read More

  • 17. Smack Mellon

    DUMBO | Museum/Gallery

    The transformation of an industrial boiler house into an edgy arts compound is quintessential DUMBO. This 12,000-square-foot structure now hosts...Read More

  • 18. Pierogi Gallery

    Williamsburg | Museum/Gallery

    Nope, it's not a restaurant; it's a hip art gallery showcasing multimedia artists. If you can't make it in person, virtual visitors can browse...Read More

  • 19. Sony Wonder Technology Lab

    Midtown East | Arts/Performance Venue

    Have kids in tow? The free Sony Wonder Technology Lab in the Sony Building lets them program robots, remix songs, perform virtual heart surgery...Read More

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