Here are our must-do and must-see events this weekend:
This week marked the beginning of Prospect Park and BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series. Tomorrow, the fun continues with a free performance featuring Louisiana’s own Soul Rebels, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen and Lost Bayou Ramblers at the Prospect Park Bandshell (Prospect Park West at 10th St.). Gates open at 6 p.m.
Summer and BBQ are pretty much synonymous with one another, which is why we couldn’t be happier that the 2-day Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is finally kicking off this weekend. Head to Madison Square Park (W. 23rd St. and Madison Ave.) for an all-day pig out featuring a nice array of offerings, including Brooklyn’s own Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Hill Country and Delaney Barbecue. Admission is free, but if you want to be economical about the whole thing, feel free to purchase a $125 Fastpass or the $265 BigPiggin’ VIP pass here.
If you’d like to learn more about Native American culture, head to the Floyd Bennett Field at the Aviator Sports Center (50 Aviation Rd.) for the Redhawk Native American Arts Council’s Gateway to Nations Pow Wow 2014. All weekend, visitors are welcome to learn about Native Americans through food, crafts, markets and activities for the whole family. On Saturday and Sunday, there will also be a Pow Wow contest, featuring music and dancing by various tribes from throughout the U.S. Tickets can be purchased at the gates or online.
Back in the city, you can take in Jewish and Chinese culture at the 14th Annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival at the Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge St. nr. Canal St.). This Sunday afternoon, the museum will host a variety of activities for the family including Yiddish and Chinese language classes, Chinese opera and acrobatics, tours, crafting demos and, of course, food from both cultures. RSVP here.
This week also marked the start of BAM’s annual WNYC Collaboration, Radio Love Fest, which celebrates one of the world’s oldest mediums. As part of the festival, Brooke Gladstone of On The Media fame will drop by the Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Ave. nr. Ashland Pl.) to introduce and screen her favorite film (and cult classic), The Princess Bride. Tickets are $10 for members, $12 for seniors and $15 for everyone else. Purchase them here.
Kite Fest (Free) – June 8, 12-5 p.m.
If you’re in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg area this weekend and want to contribute to a good cause, head to CitiStorage (5 North 11th St. at Kent Ave.) for P.S. 132’s 10th Annual Kite Festival. All day, families are invited to fly kites on the Williamsburg waterfront while enjoying activities like kite, balloon-making, concerts and there will be plenty to eat. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit P.S. 132, which raised $40K at last year’s event.