Get ready for Brooklyn’s biggest and best street festivals

Some of Brooklyn’s most outstanding street fairs and festivals -- from this weekend’s Brooklyn Book Festival and Montague Street Summer Space, to the gargantuan Atlantic Antic -- take place in September. Save the date for these upcoming festivities:

Brooklyn Book Festival

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Sunday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Bookend events Sept. 17 through 23). Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, Brooklyn Heights The Brooklyn Book Festival, one of America’s premier book festivals, is a hip, smart and diverse gathering which attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to Borough Hall and vicinity to enjoy authors, speakers, readings and the festival’s lively literary marketplace. Additional Bookend events take place in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries culminating with the festival. Not to be missed! More at

Montague Street Summer Space

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Sept. 9 and 23, 12 to 5 p.m. Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights, between Clinton and Hicks streets. On Sept. 9 and 23, Montague Street welcomes visitors to the increasingly popular Summer Space — two days of free, outdoor events on a closed Montague Street, including the Brooklyn Heights Dog Show, live music and dance performances, fitness classes, activities like life-size chess and crafts with Etsy, opera, food samples from local restaurants, and special store promotions. More at

16th Annual DUMBO Arts Festival

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Photo by Mary FrostWeekend of Sept. 28 through 30. DUMBO, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. The Dumbo Arts Festival takes over the entire neighborhood of DUMBO, including the waterfront, for three days, transforming its streets, parks, loading docks, galleries and studios into stages and exhibition spaces. Expect the unexpected! This year’s festival will showcase more than 500 artists, 100 studios, and 50 galleries and stages. The Children’s Museum of the Arts will provide family programming themed around the DUMBO Waterfront, including a carousel-making workshop. For full schedule, visit

46th Annual Ragamuffin Parade

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Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. Along 3rd Avenue from 76th to 92nd streets in Bay Ridge. Close to 2,000 young marchers and 10,000 spectators come together in Bay Ridge for this sentimental favorite which features roughly 15 bands, performances and a contest for best costume. Merchants of 3rd Avenue and other organizations give away prizes, which have included bicycles and hula hoops. Registration will open at Holy Angels Academy/OLA, 74th Street and 3rd Avenue, at 11 a.m. and close at 12:15 p.m. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 12:15 p.m. Muster will begin at 12:30 p.m. on 76th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues and between 3rd and Ridge Boulevard. More at 718-307-7855 or

38th Annual Atlantic Antic

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Sunday, Sept. 30, 12 to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue. The 38th Annual Atlantic Antic is the street festival to end all street festivals! Spanning four neighborhoods from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Antic is the largest street festival in New York City. The Antic brings together thousands of people to celebrate food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun with live music stages, kids activities like pony rides and face painting and delicacies from around the world. More at

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38th Annual 3rd Avenue Festival

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Sunday, Sept. 30, starting at noon. Along 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge from 67th to 94th streets. This annual festival attracts tens of thousands of people each year. The 3rd Avenue Festival features tons of food, merchandise vendors, rides, bands, demonstrations, contests and more. See

Black Kettle restaurant sponsored a wing on Third Avenue. Eagle file photo

-- Compiled by Mary Frost

September 20, 2012 - 3:17pm



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