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August 2016

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

August 26 - August 31
Bankok, Thailand - May 12, 2012: Cosplayer pose for photographers. Most participants dress up in Manga Style and superhero   costumes to compete in Oishi Cosplay Idol 6.

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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Brooklyn Book Festival 2016 in Brooklyn Heights

September 18
happy child little girl with glasses reading a books

One of the largest free literary events in the country, the Brooklyn Book Festival brings together readers and writers of all ages, interests and backgrounds. The festival draws prominent writers from outside of Brooklyn, but is at its core a celebration of the large and varied Brooklyn voice in literature. Join some of the borough’s most influential literary voices for discussions on their inspirations, writing habits, themes and more around the Brooklyn Heights branch of the BPL, just ten-minute walk…

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October 2016

Brooklyn’s Chile Pepper Festival

October 1
Fresh made Chili Sauce (Sambal Oelek) on rustic wood

One of the longest-running festivals of its kind, Brooklyn’s Chile Pepper Festival is one of the borough’s most hotly anticipated summer events. This year, attractions include live music, food tastings, professional dance performances, and circus entertainment. Taking place early this fall  at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Esplanade, the Chile Pepper Festival is a ten-minute drive from NU Hotel Brooklyn. Book here to stay with NU Hotel during this fall’s Chile Pepper Festival. For more information about the event, visit…

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National Beer Mile

October 1

Now in three dozen cities across the country, the National Beer Mile grows more popular and exciting with every event. If you’ll be in Brooklyn on at the start of this October, you can experience the magic of celebrating fitness and responsible drinking simultaneously at the borough’s next National Beer Mile. After each quarter-mile lap you run, you drink a beer. Do it four times, and you’re finished. Once every participant completes the mile, the track turns into a party…

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NYC Craft Coffee Festival

October 1
Cup of coffee and coffee beans on wooden table

Do you self-identify as a coffee snob with few qualms? If you love coffee but are particular about the beans used in your beverages, or if you want to take part in Brooklyn’s enthusiastic java-scene, secure a ticket to the NYC Craft Coffee Festival. Tastings, lectures and new coffee-inspired creations promise to make this gathering something you’ll never forget.  More than 20 roasters and coffee shops are expected to partake in the event. Book here to stay with NU Hotel…

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Cheers NY

October 2 - October 4
Closeup on young woman eating camembert

There’s a common understanding that no restaurant, bar, or brewery in New York City can make it without serving exceptional food and drink. Truth be told, there’s quality food and beverage  elsewhere in New York as well. Celebrate the Empire State’s culinary and mixological prowess at Cheers NY, a craft beverage and food festival taking place the first weekend of October. You’ll have the chance to sample bites and drinks coming from the Adirondacks to Montauk. Book here to stay…

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Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

October 29
Atlanta, GA, USA - October 27, 2012:  A dachshund is dressed up like a hot dog for a Halloween dog costume contest in Piedmont Park.

Are you a pet owner who likes to dress your pup? If you’ll be in Brooklyn Halloween weekend, don’t miss the 18th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest at Fort Greene Park on October 29. 162 canines were dressed to scare and impress at last year’s event, a huge hit. If you’re in town without your dog, attend as a spectator to see that famous Brooklyn creativity in action. Book here to stay at the very pet-friendly NU Hotel Brooklyn…

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The Amazing Brooklyn Halloween Scavenger Hunt

October 29
Two boys in the park with Halloween costumes, having fun

Are scavenger hunts your preferred means of getting to know a place? Is Halloween your favorite holiday? If you answer “yes” to either of these questions, participate in the next Amazing Brooklyn Halloween Scavenger Hunt if you’ll be in town. Armed with your smartphone and a Metrocard, you’ll embark on a frantic, three-hour tour of Brooklyn in search of obscure items and photos. If your team wins, you’ll receive a New York City gift package. Book here to stay with…

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