This week, a county fair to put all others to shame, craft beers and craft fairs and a whole lot of competition. Here are our must-do and must-see events:
Who says fairs are just for small towns? Until May 26, Brooklynites can head to Aviator Sports (3159 Flatbush Ave. nr. Aviation Road) to check out the Fifth Annual King County Fair. The gathering features everything you'd expect in a fair, including delicious treats, fun rides and plenty of games. Admission is a flat $5 with ride tickets priced at various levels.
If you believe the consolidation of Brooklyn into the City of New York was an absolutely terrible idea, then why not head to Bell House (149 7th St. nr 2nd Ave.) to hash it out? Tonight, the Gowanus venue will host the newest edition of their monthly dance series, Head On. This time, the theme is Brooklyn vs. Manhattan and two DJs will duke it out, pitting musical acts native to both boroughs against one another. Admission is first come, first serve.
Calling all food and drink enthusiasts: this one's for you. This Saturday marks the start of the first annual Judgement of Brooklyn at Skylight One Hanson Place (1 Hanson Pl. nr. Ashland Pl.). Throughout the evening event, a panel of judges will engage in a blind taste test of various wines, beers and dishes from Brooklyn, deeming one in each category better than the rest. Meanwhile, attendees are invited to sample all the wares, passing their own judgements and comparing them to that of the professional critics. General admission tickets will set visitors back $65 (includes unlimited tasting and complimentary hors d'oeuvres) while VIP admission costs $90 (includes admission to exclusive VIP areas, a complimentary open bar, a catered food bar and admission to an invite-only Media, Trade & VIP Meet-n-Greet. Tickets can be purchased here.
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Wizard Of Oz film and the 114th Anniversary of the novel that inspired it. In celebration of both those facts, The Brooklyn Center For The Performing Arts (2900 Campus Rd at Hillel Pl.) will host a live musical performance of the work appropriate for children 4 and up and created by the American Family Theater. Tickets can be purchased here.
Feeling uninspired? Why not head to the creative hub that is the Renegade Craft Fair (165 Banker St. at Norman Ave.) in Greenpoint this weekend? This Sunday, the pop-up market welcomes locals to browse their "quaint" set up and choose from a wonderful selection of local goods and other festivities. The market will feature "indie-craft makers, brunch-inspired food + booze, and much much more," plus live music, mini-golf, ping-pong and a photo booth. Admission is first come, first serve.