The annual TAMA Summerfest transforms Tompkins Ave into a pedestrian-friendly space for arts, games, live music, food, local shopping and more.

Photo credit: Lawrence M. Miner Jr.

Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) and the Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association (TAMA) are taking over Tompkins Avenue, between Halsey Street and Gates Avenue, to celebrate the 8th Annual TAMA Summerfest with activities, live music and lots of great local food on Saturday, August 18.

Each year, TAMA Summerfest invites the natives and newcomers of Bedford Stuyvesant to celebrate the community and support the local businesses along Tompkins Avenue which is home to an eclectic mix of artisans, boutiques, bars, eateries, and wellness and health services. Local merchants, food vendors and community organizations will offer resources, product samples and raffles to entice neighbors to learn more about their local businesses.

“TAMA SummerFest Weekend Walks is an event for us to build stronger connections between the merchants and residents of Bedford Stuyvesant,” explains Emilio Dorcely, president and CEO of BSDC, an organization that has worked for more than a decade to develop and strengthen merchant associations along Tompkins Avenue. “We are excited about the growth and partnership with merchants on Tompkins Avenue, which gives business owners an opportunity to interface with more than 1,000 potential customers.”

A packed program with live performances including nationally recognized dance troupes Ifetayo, Asase Yaa, Urban Bush Women and Cumbe, as well as live music provided by doo-wop singers the Sophisticate Gents, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, and poet and singer Tai Allen featuring vocalist Kim Hill, will certainly keep the crowd entertained.

As in previous years, the festival offers something for everybody: dancing, music, games and prizes, arts, food and a children’s zone for safe, kids-friendly fun — so come out and explore one of the fastest burgeoning corridors of Bed-Stuy!

TAMA Summerfest

When: Saturday, August 18 | 12;00pm – 6:00pm | Free

Where: Tompkins Avenue (between Halsey Street and Gates Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11221

Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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