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The Eagle’s Top 5 Weekend Events: June 17-19

June 17, 2016 By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A fireworks display after the New York Philharmonic’s concert in Prospect Park last year. Photo by Chris Lee
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It’s no longer a secret that Brooklyn is the place to be. On any given weekend, Brooklynites have a plethora of options to take part in from a thriving music scene, to delectable restaurants, to trendy nightlife and everything in between.

With so many amazing events, it can be difficult to choose which ones to attend. The Brooklyn Eagle has therefore narrowed down a selection of five of the borough’s most eclectic, hip and noteworthy events for this weekend.  

With Father’s Day on Sunday and beautiful weather on the forecast, treat dad to one or several of these unique events.

See below and have a wonderful weekend!

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

1. New York Philharmonic in Prospect Park

The New York Philharmonic returns to Brooklyn tonight with its “Concerts in the Parks” series. After two successful jampacked shows in Central Park on Wednesday and Thursday, the Philharmonic travels across the East River to Prospect Park’s Long Meadow to perform.

The show starts at 8:00 p.m., but one should arrive early to claim a patch of grass as the lawn fills up quickly. Don’t forget blankets, snacks and your best picnic attire.

For a second year, the New York Philharmonic will be presenting Share the Stage, where local musicians from Brooklyn perform before the New York Philharmonic’s show. From 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy will take the stage.

There will be fireworks by Bay Fireworks following the performance.

What: New York Philharmonic’s “Concerts in the Parks”

When: Friday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Prospect Park’s Long Meadow

Price: Free

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2. Smith Street Stage presents “The Tempest” in Carroll Park

The Smith Street Stage will be presenting “The Tempest” as part of its seventh annual installment of its “Shakespeare in Carroll Park” series.

Performances run Wednesday through Sunday from June 8 to June 26 and start each day at 7:30 p.m., but it’s advisable to arrive 30 minutes early.

Read the Eagle’s review of “The Tempest” here:


What: Smith Street Stage Presents “The Tempest”

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.  

Where: Carroll Park on the corners of Smith and Carroll streets.

Price: Free


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3. The Cityfox Experience at the Brooklyn Mirage

Dance the afternoon and night away at the East Williamsburg pop-up club, the Brooklyn Mirage. The club is a tropical oasis in the heart of Brooklyn adorned with palm trees, imported sand, tremendous tunes and righteous vibes. The party boasts an impressive lineup with some the world’s best DJs including the techno giant and three-time DJ Awards winner, Richie Hawtin.

The club is run by Zurich-based entertainment company CityFox, and is only open in the summer. The venue runs out of an old industrial lot at 140 Stewart Ave.


What: Cityfox presents a day into night rave at the Brooklyn Mirage

When: Saturday, June 18 from 4:00 p.m. to late

Where: 140 Stewart Ave.

Price: $45-$60


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4. Smorgasburg  

Smorgasburg is quintessential Brooklyn. Every Saturday and Sunday from April through November, Smorgasburg showcases over 100 local and regional food vendors that boast more than 10,000 visitors a day.

On Saturdays, the gathering takes place at the East River State Park on 90 Kent Ave. at North Seventh Street. On Sundays, the event takes place on Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill at Lincoln Road. Whether you go on Saturday, Sunday, or both days, be sure to try the mouthwatering ramen burger or the Kimchi Tacos.

On The Chew, Mario Batali called Smorgasburg “The single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City” and The New York Times called it “The Woodstock of Eating.”


What: Smorgasburg food fair

When: Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Saturdays: 90 Kent Ave.

Sundays: Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill

Price: Free


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5. 9th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival

Come down to Red Hook for all that jazz to listen to five different bands perform at the ninth annual Red Hook Jazz Festival. The festival goes from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Urban Meadow community garden, located on the corner of President and Van Brunt streets near the Columbia Street waterfront. All kids are admitted free.


What: Red Hook Jazz Festival

When: Sunday, June 19 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 19 President St.

Price: $10


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