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April 2016

4th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Festival

April 23 - 24

Capsaicin freaks, prepare your taste buds. On April 23 and 24, the NYC Hot Sauce Festival returns to the Brooklyn EXPO Center in Greenpoint. It’s time to get your spice on, with fiery eating contests and tastes of spicy cocktails in the Bloody Mary Mix-Down. Sample artisan hot sauces created by some of the country’s most innovative culinary minds, or submit your own special sauce for awards consideration. The venue is just a 15-minute drive from NU Hotel Brooklyn. For…

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Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

April 30 - May 1

Japan may be better known for its cherry blossoms than any other country, but there are some pretty impressive sakuranbo in the States as well. If you find yourself in Brooklyn in late April, consider attending the Sakura Matsuri (cherry festival) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In addition to awe-inspiring pink and white blossoms, you’ll be able to choose from up to 60 events and performances that celebrate Japanese culture. 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of the festival, and it…

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May 2016

Brooklyn Bayfest

May 15

Taste a different side of Brooklyn at Bayfest of Sheepshead Bay, the borough’s largest waterfront celebration. Live music from Indie/pop sensation Darnie, the Movin’ Out Band, and Disco Unlimited will undoubtedly highlight this favorite annual celebration. Food and drinks will be available in abundance. Games and attractions for kids make this a family-friendly affair. Book here to stay with Nu Hotel during Brooklyn Bayfest. For more information, check out the event website here. When Sunday, May 15 12pm to 6pm…

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Pratt’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony

May 17

Are you the proud parent, sibling, partner, or close friend of someone who will graduate from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute this spring? If you’ve been honored with one of the four guest tickets each student receives, you’ll celebrate in style at NYC’s iconic Radio City Music Hall this May. The ceremony is in Midtown, but if you’re looking to stay closer to the Institute, you might want to check out NU Hotel Brooklyn. Less than ten minutes from the center of…

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Brooklyn Crush: Wine and Artisanal Food Festival

May 21

Brooklyn Crush is back. Curated by Vintry Fine Wines, the biannual event’s spring edition will feature more than 250 varieties, cheese and crackers, and gourmet snacks prepared by food artisans. If you like food and wine and will be in New York on May 21, definitely consider this event. Thrillist calls Brooklyn Crush one of the “things you absolutely have to do in NYC.” Taking place in Sunset Park, the gathering is just a ten- or fifteen-minute ride from the…

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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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