101 Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Summer 

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PHOTO BY AUSTIN MCALLISTER

  • Photo by Austin McAllister

Fairs, Festivals, Parades


MAY 24
BAM DanceAfrica 2014 Bazaar
To coincide with its annual dance festival, BAM will host its annual street fair on Ashland Place, featuring 200 vendors from around the world offering African and Caribbean food, clothes, and cultural artifacts. Also May 25-26. Ashland Place, Fort Greene


MAY 26
Memorial Day Parade
One of the oldest Memorial Day Parades in the country. Third Avenue, south from 87th Street, Bay Ridge


MAY 31
Carroll Park Fair
Peruse antiques, vintage duds, books, housewares, records and jewelry when local vendors set up shop inside the South Brooklyn greenspace. Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens


JUNE 1
Fifth Avenue Festival
Come see what the southern end of the strip has to offer, particularly from its Middle Eastern community. Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge


JUNE 1
Puerto Rican State Parade
This annual event also features motorcycle-cades, ubiquitous grills and block party games. Graham Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue to Broadway, Williamsburg


JUNE 14
Williamsburg Walks
Imagine a city without cars with an afternoon full of art, games, and live music. Bedford Avenue, N. 12th Street to Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg


JUNE 14
Brooklyn Pride Parade
This twilight march concludes a week of pride events, including a street fair earlier in the day. Fifth Avenue, starting at Lincoln Place, Park Slope


JUNE 14
Juneteenth Arts Festival
Brooklyn’s annual celebration of the end of American slavery. Cuyler Gore Park, Fort Greene


JUNE 16
Seventh Heaven
Most of us associate today with Father’s Day, but in Park Slope, it’s all about this street fair. As opposed to many of Brooklyn’s increasingly cookie-cutter festivities, this one is committedly local. Seventh Avenue, Flatbush Avenue to 18th Street, Park Slope


JUNE 21
Mermaid Parade
Let your freak flag fly, literally. Coney Island


JUNE 22
Midwood Mardi Gras
It doesn’t really matter why this neighborhood names its street fair after a Lent celebration that was months ago. Just enjoy it! Avenue M, from Ocean Avenue tracking to E. 13th Street, Midwood


JUNE 29
Flatbush Avenue Festival
Stretch your legs and do some strollin’ along one of the borough’s main thoroughfares. Flatbush Avenue, Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road, Flatbush


JULY 4
Macy’s Fireworks
Since 2009, the department store has staged its annual fireworks display on the Hudson River, giving Jersey a great show while deliberately snubbing Brooklyn. That finally ends this year, with a return to the East River, making you wonder at whom they were so angry. (Bloomberg? Markowitz? Uh, Charlie Hynes?) East River


JULY 9
Festa del Giglio
No need to be Roman Catholic or an old-school resident to be warmly welcomed into this fold of funhousery, funnel-cakery and fennel-specked sausages fried up with peppers. The true treat, though, is when a crew of stalwart men and a couple of brave ladies sweat, shout, hoist and carry across town a massive Madonna effigy. With events through July 20. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 275 N. 8th Street, Williamsburg


JULY 13
Bastille Day
The French population of South Brooklyn celebrates the 18th-century liberation of political prisoners with a street fair, now in its 12th year. Smith Street, South Brooklyn


JULY 18
Summer Stroll
The neighborhood’s chief commercial strip closes itself to cars these evenings, creating a long pedestrian plaza. Also July 25, August 8, 15. Third Avenue, Bay Ridge


AUGUST 16
Universal Hip-Hop Parade
A massive, multidisciplinary and bass-heavily soundtracked party stretching from one end of the neighborhood to the other. With rapping, b-boying and manifold forms of boombox-concerts, this grand affair is the largest celebration of hip-hop on the planet. Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Bed-Stuy


AUGUST 24
The Brighton Jubilee Festival
Venture beachward for this festive, Eastern European-accented fair, complete with live music, fantastic food and plenty of family-friendly fun. Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue, Brighton Beach


SEPTEMBER 1
West-Indian Day Parade
One of the city’s most raucous celebrations of cultural pride. Even the cops have been known to dance. Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights


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