Downtown Brooklyn Partnership announces 2017 events calendar

“Downtown Brooklyn Presents” Features Free Concerts, Outdoor Movie Screenings, BK Block Parties, Outdoor Games and Exercise Classes All Season Long

May 4, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) today announced the lineup for its 2017 events series, “Downtown Brooklyn Presents,” which brings residents and local workers out into the public plazas of one of the nation’s fastest growing downtowns. The calendar of events includes free outdoor movie screenings, concerts, festivals, fitness classes, dance parties, and ping pong tournaments. The series continues all the way through the season to the annual Halloween party.

As part of the series, DBP is partnering with Forest City Ratner Companies to bring a a fresh slate of free events and activities to the Summer@MetroTech programming for the thousands who call Downtown Brooklyn their workplace or home. The legendary BAM R&B Festival will be returning to the MetroTech Commons for its 23rd season of lunchtime concerts.

Also for the first time, in partnership with Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), Downtown Brooklyn Presents is bringing the fun to the Atlantic Terminal Plaza on June Saturdays with Hip-Hop, Afro-Haitian, and Salsa dance performances followed by drop- in classes with MMDG faculty.

Partners for this season’s events also include Brooklyn Academy of Music, Paper Garden Records, Rooftop Films, the Brooklyn Book Festival, La Défense Bakery and Bistro, Con Edison and Macy’s.

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“The summer lineup in Downtown Brooklyn is packed with events ranging from ping pong tournaments to our fun-packed family parties and fitness classes,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer. “We’re especially excited to have expanded Downtown Brooklyn Presents even further this year to reflect Downtown Brooklyn’s status as one of the most diverse, exciting and fastest growing communities in the country. This great series of eventsand programs really captures the vibrancy of our growing community.”

“Forest City is proud to be a part of ‘Downtown Brooklyn Presents’, which helps cultivate community in our neighborhood” said MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City New York and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership co-chair. “We love seeing our neighbors and tenants enjoying the Commons through our Summer@MetroTech programming.”



BK Block Parties @ Albee Square

April – October. 11:00AM-1:00PM
Albee Square Plaza
We’re back with our monthly BK Block Parties starting on April 22nd! Kick off the day with a family friendly concert, giveaways, balloon animals and face painting for the kids. Then get some shopping done at Fulton Street Mall with our exclusive deals of the day.

May 20 – Jah Pan – Steel drum and calypso musicians from Trinidad and Tobago play island classics and Caribbean-influenced interpretations of today’s hit songs

June 17 – Shira & Friends – an interactive extravaganza combining original tunes with classics for a sing-along, dance-along good time

July 15 – Rolie Polie Guacamole – parent-friendly music that dresses up original tunes and classic covers

Aug 19 – Burdetsky Family Circus – an amazing family circus featuring contortionists and dancing dog acts

Sept 16 – Astrograss – gets kids and parents dancing and singing together with their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time, and folk music

Oct 28 – Halloween Party featuring a dance party and kids costume fashion show


Wednesdays @ Willoughby

Wednesdays, June 7 –215:00PM – 7:00PM
Willoughby Plaza
Partnering with Downtown Brooklyn’s own Paper Garden Records, DBP hosts free after work concerts at Willoughby Plaza for a great way to unwind in the middle of your work week.

June 7 – Brittany Campbell and Caleb Hawley

June 14 – The City and Horses and Emanuel and the Fear

June 21 – New Myths and People’s Champs

June 28 – Yotoco, Backtrack, and Denny Love


Mark Morris Dance Group @ Atlantic Terminal Plaza

Thursdays, June 3 – June 243:00PM-4:30PM
Atlantic Terminal Plaza
By public demand, we are bringing the best of the Brooklyn Cultural District outdoors!

June 3 – Mark Morris Dance Group Arts Immersion student performance followed by a drop in Jazz/Hip-Hop Dance Class led by Mark Morris Dance Center faculty Calvin Rollins and Nicole Restani

June 10 – Salsa performance by Dance Center faculty members Andre Degas and Cynthia Dowden followed by a drop-in Salsa class

June 17 – Afro-Haitian performance featuring Dance Center faculty and drummers followed by an Afro-Haitian class with live drumming led by Dance Center faculty

June 24 – It’s Showtime NYC! A Hip-Hop performance followed by a Hip-Hop dance jam led by artists from the performance group


Happy Hours @ MetroTech

Thursdays, June-September. 5:00PM-7:00PM
MetroTech Commons
Summer Thursday evenings in Downtown Brooklyn are about to get happy! Happy Hours @ MetroTech will feature friendly ping pong tournaments in June, Double Dutch classes in July, and corn hole competitions in August. DJs will set the soundtrack for the evenings. Get a glass of wine or a beer outdoors at La Defense and Luciano’s and enjoy the summer evenings in MetroTech.


Yoga Tuesdays

Tuesdays, June – August. 7:00-8:00am
MetroTech Commons
Ease into the week with morning yoga in the Commons. Provided by Mark Morris Dance Group, the 1-hour sessions take place on the northwest end of the Commons in the grassy area. Participants bring their own mats.


Bootcamp Wednesdays

Wednesdays, June – August. 7:00-8:00am
MetroTech Commons
Get pumped up for the day with a bootcamp work out. These 1-hour classes will focus on building strength, endurance,and stability. Classes will take place in front of 5 MetroTech. All necessary exercise equipment supplied.


Sports on the Commons (all summer long), MetroTech Commons

Come watch the summer’s hottest sporting events broadcast on the big screen.


Rooftop Films

MetroTech Commons
Three nights of independent films under the stars in the Commons. Seating opens at 8:00PM, with live music at 8:30PM and screenings at 9:00PM

Thursday, May 25
FridayJune 16
FridayJuly 21


BAM R&B Festival

Thursdays, June 8 – August 312:00PM
MetroTech Commons
The legendary lunchtime BAM R&B Festival returns to the Commons for its 23rd season. An amazing lineup will be announced soon, so mark these dates on your calendar, grab your lunch and get dancing!


Bastille Day Celebration

Saturday, July 810:30AM – 4:00PM
MetroTech Commons
A day-long Bastille Day celebration presented by La Defense, featuring Downtown Brooklyn’s own Petanque Tournament on professional-grade courts, plus food, live music, and fun for all.



Wednesdays, July 5 – July 2., Sunset
MetroTech Commons
Gather your friends and family, grab your picnic blankets, and join the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership for film nights in July. The popcorn is on us.

Wednesday, July 5: Finding Dory

Wednesday, July 12: Madagascar

Wednesday, July 19: A Bug’s Life

Wednesday, July 26: Zootopia

Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day

Saturday, September 1610AM-2:00PM
MetroTech Commons
Bring the kids and come out to enjoy authors and illustrators of children’s books, both new and beloved. There will be readings, performances, workshops, music, costumed characters, author signings, and a bookseller marketplace.


Salsa September

Wednesdays Sept 7-285:00PM-8:00PM
Willoughby Plaza
Our friends at Salsa Salsa Dance Studio will be back every Wednesday in September for our popular salsa nights. They’ll teach you the basics for the first hour, and then you practice your new moves under the stars to tunes spun by DJ John John Acevedo.

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