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Red Hook Fest
This annual celebration of local arts and culture, now 20-years-old, returns for the first time since Sandy, which makes it all the more important that you come out and support artists who’re still getting back on their feet. There’ll be a dance company, a rock band, a marching band, kayak rides, dancing, and more. Nobody does a party like Red Hook!
May 30-June 1, Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier, And Elsewhere
The annual Coney Island burlesque will only happen this year if you donate to the Kickstarter: its sponsor, Coney Island USA, has a budget shortfall of $100,000 it needs to crowdsource before June 3, otherwise it can’t afford to host the 30-year-old parade. As they say: Don’t Be Shellfish. Donate.
June 22, 1pm, Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk
Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Fair
Just like in Park Slope, Fifth Avenue is the cooler little cousin of major retail avenues in Bay Ridge. It’s less boutique-y but also has a lot of the neighborhood’s best spots: the wine bar, the pretzel place, the great liquor store, the out-of-this-world Turkish restaurant, and so on. Come get a taste of all it has to offer at this annual street festival.
June 2, 12-6pm, Bay Ridge Avenue to 85th Street
Storefront Art Walk
You know what else Fifth Avenue has? The annual SAW, which teams businesses with artists to give storefronts a little pizzaz, from painted charcoal-bags outside a Turkish grocery to the streaks of color emanating from painted bottles of booze on the windows of the liquor store next door.
Through June 21, Ovington Avenue to 82nd Street
Meanwhile, down on Third Avenue, 10-block stretches will be closed to traffic this summer, creating half-mile pedestrian plazas for music, art, al fresco dining and more, with local cultural groups on hand for glad-handing.
July 19, 26, 80th Street to 90th Street; August 9, 16, Bay Ridge Avenue to 80th Street
They do something similar to Summer Stroll up north, when chunks of Bedford Avenue are rendered car-free so we can think of other ways we might use such space. Last year there was yoga, “pop-up parks,” chalk, concerts, play areas, workshops and much more. Whose streets? Our streets!
Saturdays, June 8-22
Photo by Scott Eder