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June 2016

Discover this Year’s Sleeper Hits at the Brooklyn Film Festival

June 3 - 12

Founded on a mission to “discover, expose, and promote independent filmmakers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema,” The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) is a great place to discover documentaries and feature films you’re unlikely to find at a theater near you. If you appreciate independent filmmaking and will be staying at Brooklyn’s NU Hotel during this time, be sure to check out the film lineup to see what interests you. For more information, check out…

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Pour the Core: Apple Cider Tasting Festival

June 11

If you’ll be in Brooklyn this June, you won’t want to miss Pour The Core, a hard cider tasting festival. In addition to serving up samples of some 75 styles concocted by more than 40 cider makers from around the world, the event holds educational seminars on how the drink is made and best enjoyed. Should the hard apple cider you down rev up your appetite, you can enjoy tasty eats from participating local food trucks. No one under the…

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Make a Splash at Brooklyn’s 34th Annual Mermaid Parade

June 18

New York comes undone in the summertime. At few events is this fact of NYC livin’ as palpable as at Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade. If you like mermaids, the idea of mermaids, or art, the gathering is worth your time. Billed as the world’s largest art parade, the fair’s art, food, and mermaid impersonators draw a half-million people every year. If you’re visiting Brooklyn and are looking to check out the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk anyway, you can kill two…

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July 2016

Macy’s “Brave” Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4

Macy’s is almost as well known for its extravagant celebrations (Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, anyone?) as it is for its department stores. If you’ll be celebrating the 240th anniversary of our nation’s birth in Brooklyn, it’d almost seem shameful not to catch the colorful pyrotechnics show blowing up the air above New York’s East River. Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, two of the best spots from which to view the Fourth of July fireworks, are both just…

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12th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

July 13 - 16

Brooklyn’s influence on East Coast hip-hop is paralleled by no other destination. For three days, the borough’s most talented new hip-hop artists tear up stages and excite crowds throughout Downtown Brooklyn. Past performers have included Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Big Daddy Kane. This year, Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Rapsody, DJ Rob Smith, Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae will take to the stage. Performances take place near the NU Hotel Brooklyn in dDwntown Brooklyn. Book here to stay…

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Celebrate Bastille Day in Brooklyn

July 18

Fans of French cuisine, culture, and history who find themselves in Brooklyn on Bastille Day are blessed. Downtown Brooklyn hosts one of the largest French National Day celebrations outside of France itself. Join European expats and other Francophiles to indulge in croissants and quiche, engage in friendly petanque rivalry, and celebrate the resilience of the French language and cultural Book here to stay with Nu Hotel during this year’s Bastille Day celebration. For more information about the event, check out…

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Celebrate Animated Film at Brooklyn’s 2016 Animation Block Party

July 28 - 31

Animated film is not just for kids and Brooklyn hipsters. If you appreciate the art of animation and find yourself in Brooklyn July 28 thru July 31, get in on the action that is Brooklyn’s Animation Block Party. Work produced by students, independent filmmakers, and established industry professionals will be available for public screening for the first time at Rooftop Films and the BAMcinematak near downtown Brooklyn. Book here to stay with Nu Hotel during this year’s Animation Film Festival.…

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August 2016

Waku Waku + NYC: A Brooklyn-Based Celebration of Japanese Culture

August 26 - 31

Brooklyn hosts dozens of colorful ethnic and cultural festivals every summer. 2015 saw the addition of Waku Waku + NYC, a Japanese Pop Culture Festival open only to adults. The two-day festival celebrates anime, fashion, film, Japanese cuisine, J-pop, and manga. The inaugural Waku Waku + NYC Festival was a success, and the second annual festival is highly anticipated by planners and attendees alike. You’ll definitely want to consider attending if you’re fascinated by Japanese culture and will be in…

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September 2016

Brooklyn’s Caribbean Street Parade

September 5

Brooklyn has the largest population of West Indians outside of the Caribbean. This can be experienced simply by walking around neighborhoods of Central and East Brooklyn and glancing at the names of neighborhood restaurants. While several individual populations have celebrations of their own, the West Indian American Day Carnival & Parade is special because it celebrates West Indians of all backgrounds. If you’ll be in Brooklyn for Labor Day this year, the West Indian American Carnival is a great way…

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Breaking Down the 2016 Brooklyn Kite Festival

September 10

The words “let’s go fly a kite” may throw you back to your childhood, but the magic of kite flying is not lost. Modern-day kites are more diverse and impressive than ever, especially when flying in large numbers with the iconic NYC skyline in the background. If you’ll be in Brooklyn this September, consider attending the Brooklyn Kite Festival to see hundreds of these toys take flight in all their glory. You’re welcome to simply spectate and photograph, but participation…

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