Festive Brooklyn takes to the streets

September 6, 2012 Compiled by Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The days are warm and the breezes are cool: September is the month for some of Brooklyn’s best street fairs and festivals — from the gargantuan Atlantic Antic, to the literary Brooklyn Book Festival to the quintessentially Brooklyn Ragamuffin Parade. Here’s a listing of this month’s street happenings, in order of occurrence:

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint
Sunday, Sept. 6, 1 to 5 p.m., Waterfront at Citi-Storage, 5 N.11 St. at Kent Ave. TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is an outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor. A block party-style tasting event, held rain or shine. Sample food tastes and sips of brews and wines from over 40 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, breweries, and wineries, along with live music. More at tastewg.wordpress.com/

4th Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival
Saturday, Sept. 8, 12 to 6 p.m. Columbia Street (from DeGraw to Union streets) and Union Street (from Columbia to Hicks streets). Thousands of visitors and community residents are set to enjoy a day of food, fun for all ages, shopping, live entertainment, games and rides. More at carrollgardensassociation.com/


From Sunset Park's Fifth Avenue event. Eagle file photo

5th Avenue Street Festival
Sunday Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Along 5th Avenue from 44th to 59th streets. Since 1999, the Sunset Park Business Improvement District has been hosting this 15-block long event, attended by around 50,000 fair-goers. It features hundreds of vendors, local businesses and not-for-profits offering ethnic foods, music, jewelry, clothing, gift items, toys, pony rides, games and massages, along with free popcorn, cotton candy, face paintings, balloons, pretzels, spin art, rides and more. Two stages offer continuous performances and there is a full block of free inflatable rides for kids. For updates, visit sunsetparkbid.org/events_festival.php or call 718-439-7767.

Sunset Park BID photo

Brighton 6th Street Fair. Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brighton 6 Street between Brighton Beach Avenue and Brightwater Court.

Montague Street Summer Space. Photo by Mary Frost

Montague Street Summer Space
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 montaguebid.com/summerspace/

Eagle file photo

31st Annual Great Irish Fair of New York
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. West 21st Street and Surf Avenue near MCU Park. The Great Irish Fair is a family-friendly event celebrating New York City’s great Irish-American heritage and culture. Attractions include the annual 5k Run/Walk on the Riegelmann Boardwalk (Saturday); traditional and contemporary Irish Music and dance with local bands; great pub food; Irish goods and children’s rides and activities. More at gifnyc.com/


Photo courtesy flatbushfrolic.org

36th Annual Flatbush Frolic
Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cortelyou Road between Coney Island and Ocean avenues. Sponsored by the Flatbush Development Corporation, Flatbush Frolic is an free open-air street fair that celebrates the Flatbush community. Every year, live bands, food and merchandise dealers, artists and crafters perform and exhibit their unique wares – including an emphasis on local restaurants, musicians, businesses and artists — and games for the kids. More at flatbushfrolic.org

Myrtle Avenue Festival
Sept. 16. Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Wyckoff Street in Bushwick.


Photo by Mary Frost

Brooklyn Book Festival
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 brooklynbookfestival.org/BBF/Home

Montague Street Summer Space
Sunday, Sept. 23 (See Sept. 9)


DUMBO Art Festival. Photo by Mary Frost16th Annual DUMBO Arts Festival
Weekend 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 dumboartsfestival.com/

Ragamuffin Parade. Eagle file photo
46th Annual Ragamuffin Parade
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 facebook.com/pages/Ragamuffin-Parade/263866333658856

Antic on Atlantic. Photo by Mary Frost38th Annual Atlantic Antic
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 atlanticave.org/

Third Avenue Festival. Eagle file photo

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

38th Annual 3rd Avenue Festival
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 festival features tons of food, merchandise vendors, rides, bands, demonstrations, contests and more. See brooklyn.com/eventdetail-2012930336.html

Eddie the Eagle and Lori Pedone share a cheerful moment with Senator Marty Golden on Third Avenue. Eagle file photo

State Sen. Marty Golden speaks to a colorful crowd (including Minnie Mouse) on Third Avenue. Eagle file photo

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