Brooklyn is a hub of culinary, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Add to this the borough’s reputation as a “hip” destination to live and visit, and it should come as no surprise that Brooklyn hosts a festival almost every day of the summer. Here are a few highly anticipated festivals to look forward to in Brooklyn for the 2016 summer.
Kicking off on June 8th and running through the month of August, Celebrate Brooklyn! Is an ongoing series of concerts of all genres. Held at the aesthetically and acoustically magical Prospect Park bandshell, the shows span a diverse range of music and feature artists from all over the world.
Hundreds of bands, speakers, and independent films perform and air at dozens of Brooklyn venues during Northside Festival, taking place from June 6th thru June 12th this year. Depending on to what extent you’d like to participate, you can purchase a festival badge or single-event tickets.
Have you ever watched a film on an enormous outdoor screen? What about on an enormous outdoor screen on the beach? Screening cult classics and award-winning films spanning decades, this weekly event may make you stop mourning the irrelevance of the drive-in movie theater. Films will dominate the 40-foot-screen on Mondays during July and August.
A particular brand of hip hop has deep roots in Brooklyn, and these influences will take center stage at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival from July 13th thru July 16th. Nas, Fabolous, and Talib Kweli are all slated to play in events, which will be held at Brooklyn Bridge Park, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and The Women’s Center at Medgar Evers College.
On Saturday, June 11th, Brooklyn Pride celebrates its 20th anniversary. The event kicks off with a 5k run, which is followed by a festival, stage entertainment, and twilight parade. This year’s festivities will be centered around MetroTech Center, a five-minute walk from Nu Hotel Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn waterfront makes a great setting for some Shakespeare theatre, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy does an excellent job of teaming with talented production crews to host a distinctly Brooklyn variant of Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s show is A Winter’s Tale, and you can catch it between August 9th and 14th at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
If you’ve got a trip planned Brooklyn this summer, you’re in for a treat. The festivals you’ve just read about, plus dozens more, can be reached by foot, cab, or train from the Nu Hotel Brooklyn.