Activities this weekend are hotter than the 4th of July! Hopefully you locked in tickets for the AfroPunk Fest, which is always a fun and exciting end-of-the-summer experience for us lucky Brooklynites! If not, no worries, there’s plenty of other fun things to get into. In fact, some of these activities are so hot, it may have the AfroPunk go-ers a little jealous they can’t clone themselves. Check out what’s happening this weekend in Central and East Brooklyn, and get ready to go! go! go! (take your vitamins!)
What: Presented by TunnelVision, five contemporary artists, each spiritual leaders in their own right, have come together to tell the story of FIVE/5ths, an audio/visual exhibition that is meant to offer an alternative perspective on the way we see and appreciate Black art and by extension, ourselves. Each artist represents a piece of the Black mind — from the political activists, to the free-spirited wanderers, to the humming voices of song alike — FIVE/5ths is a testament that all spiritual expression is art and can live harmoniously. Historically, we have been dispersed on more levels than one, walking around this earth in pieces, chained to the idea that we are fractioned. FIVE/5ths, is about ascending to a place where we are now united, a place where we are now whole, a place where we are now one.
When: Friday, August 26, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: ARTs East New York, 534 Livonia Avenue, Bklyn, between Williams Ave and Alabama Ave.
How Much: Free
What: The last friday of the month is approaching fast, so it must be time for#BLENDID @ #BedVyneCocktail !. Wonderkats, DJs Silence & Internal Affairs will be joined once again by our soul brother from the U.K., DJ Hey Essay (of #GotSoul), spinning smooth sonic satisfaction. Getdown groovements; Cocktails to crave; Benign backgarden– All wrapped in a sultry summer night!
When: Friday, August 26, 10:00pm – 3:00am
Where: 305 Halsey Street, Bkyn
How Much: Free entry
Afropunk Fest 2016 (Fort Greene)
What: Described by The New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” it promises an eclectic line-up and an audience as diverse as the acts they come to see. More than just a weekend, as the AFROPUNK movement expands into international terrain, experiencing it on its home turf makes AFROPUNK Brooklyn that much more special. The two-day festival is slated for August 27th and August 28th with a diverse lineup at Commodore Barry Park. Peformers include Ice Cube, Janelle Monáe, Tyler the Creator, TV On The Radio, Flying Lotus, the Internet, Cee Lo Green, George Clinton, Angel Haze, Kelela, Saul Williams, Skunk Anansie, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Trash Talk, Prayers and many more! Purchase tickets and find more information here.
When: Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 8:00am – 11:00pm
Where: Commodore Barry Park, Flushing and Gold Street
How Much: $65 – $200. To purchase tickets, go here
THE 6TH ANNUAL BROOKLYN LOVES MICHAEL JACKSON BLOCK PARTY (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
What: The free block party returns for its sixth year in the borough, hosted by Lee and rapper and radio host Sway, with tunes from DJ Spinna, according to a video announcement on the director’s Instagram page.
When: Saturday, August 27, from 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue & Quincy Street
How Much: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The 3rd Annual Bike East Concert (East New York)
What: Join Purelements’ at the 3rd annual Bike East, bike tour and community festival in East Brooklyn! The full day lineup of the 15-mile bike tour, arts and crafts activities for children, vendor marketplace, music and a post-tour concert. This year, with children’s festivities, adult field day and concert with DEAD PREZ, #BikeEast is bigger than EVER! + Opening performance by The Experi3nce!
When: Saturday, August 27, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Where: Linden/Gershwin Park, Vermont Street between Stanley Ave. and Linden Blvd.
How Much: Free
Bike Ride with the Bed Stuy Community Action Network (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
What: Add a little exercise and a lot of fun to your day! Join Restoration and its community partners to take a spin around the neighborhood. All ages, abilities welcome! No bike? No problem. You can borrow a FREE Citi Bike (ages 16+). Please note, Citi Bike rentals are subject to availability. First-come, first-served.On Saturday, August 27, join the Bed Stuy Community Action Network (CAN) and City Harvest for a bike ride to visit local Bed-Stuy farms, talk to the farmers and learn about what they grow and raise, how they grow it and more. Sign-up and register here. so we know to expect you! For a list of all bike ride dates, click here! For questions, to lead a ride or volunteer email: [email protected]
When: Saturday, August, 27, starting at 10:45am
Where: Bed Stuy Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street, Bklyn
How Much: Free
Back to School Celebration and School Supply Give-A-Way (Crown Heights)
What: Start the school year off right! Join Senator Jesse Hamilton for an afternoon filled with:
-Backpacks and School Supplies
-Free Health Screenings for Parents and Children
When: Saturday, August 27, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Kingston Avenue, between Eastern Parkway and St. John’s Pl.
How Much: Free
Soul Summit Music – The White Party (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
What: Over the past ten years, the Soul Summit Music Festival has become one of the most unifying and liveliest house parties in the city. For the third straight year, Restoration is happy to partner with Soul Summit for its outdoor dance parties. From its longtime venue in Fort Greene Park on Sunday afternoons during the summer, the festival has come to Bed-Stuy as a pre-Restoration Rocks Concert party, a part of Bed-Stuy Alive!, presented by Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The Festival is always free and open to the public. The Festival showcases artist of various backgrounds, Djs, bands, dance companies, fashion designers, filmmakers and photographers just to name a few. The festival provides the backdrop for access to music, networking and other activities. This upcoming Sunday’s festival features a Special Live Performance from Melba Moore
When: Sunday, August 28, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street, Bklyn
How Much: Free