101 Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Summer 

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#51 nathan’s hot dog eating contest
U-S-A! U-S-A! July 4, 

#52 food truck rally
Hey, it’s free to look (and smell, and get ideas), as the city’s gourmet food trucks converge on Grand Army Plaza every month. May 27, June 17, July 15, August 19

#53 brooklyn food conference
The activist Brooklyn Food Coalition puts on an all-day event with talks, workshops, food demos and fun stuff, centered around access and sustainability, at Brooklyn Tech High School. May 12, bkfoodconference.com

#54 foraging with “wildman” steve brill in prospect park
The well-known wild food expert and naturalist guides regular suggested-donation foraging tours (we think of them as postapocalyptic prep courses) through many of our city’s semi-manicured ecosystems. wildmanstevebrill.com

#55 homebrew meetup at beer table
On the last Monday of every month, the borough’s micro-est brewers share and compare their wares at the Park Slope beer bar. beertable.com

#56 tuesday tastings at bierkraft
A weekly showcase, from the shelves and guests from local brewers. bierkraft.com

#57 greene grape tastings
Every Friday night features a sampling from the wine store, and a pairing from their sister store, Provisions. greenegrape.com

#58 new york distilling company tours and tastings
Twice-nightly tours at the Williamsburg craft booze operation. As current US Poet Laureate said, “Any wonder we tried gin.” nydistilling.com

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