Once the weather warms up, there's nothing better than getting out and enjoying your neighborhood whether it's sitting outside at your favorite bistro or partaking in a local festival. One of the best areas to enjoy some local flavor is Brooklyn, home to some of the boroughs most eclectic festivals.
The Fort Greene Festival takes place yearly in Fort Greene Park and celebrates the cultures, cuisine, and artistic diversity of Brooklyn. There's something for everyone including music, film, food, shopping. The Festival was created to promote the art, soul, and future of Brooklyn and is a great way to learn more about this eclectic neighborhood. It's also a great reason to get out of your condo or apartment for a day in the sun!
Funk and Soul
Forget singing in the shower in your apartment! For the music lover, the Soul Summit Music Festival is a must-see. The festival is an ongoing event that takes place in Fort Greene Park on Sunday afternoons, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. from the second Sunday in July through the last week in August. The festival is always free, open to the public and showcases artists of various backgrounds including DJs, live bands, dance companies, fashion designers, filmmakers and photographers.
For the Art Adventurist
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is America's oldest continuously operating performing arts center and produces over 200 performances a year. In addition to their commitment to the arts, BAM is deeply rooted in the community and strives to integrate the arts into Fort Greene. BAM's Next Wave Festival is dedicated to showcasing emerging artists alongside modern masters, providing adventurous art for adventurous audiences.
A Literary Celebration
Looking to hear the words from the next great author? Then put that old magazine down and head out of your apartment or condo and over to the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival. Held during the summer, this six week outdoor creative writing workshop is geared towards young writers ages 7 to 17 and culminates in an annual free outdoor reading in the park. This event brings several generations of writers together to build on the rich literary traditions of the neighborhoods surrounding the beautiful Fort Greene Park.
Whether you're looking to hear some great music, see some innovative performance art or discover a young writing talent, Fort Greene has the festival for you! This neighborhood is rich with culture and provides visitors and residents with the perfect afternoon in the fresh air!