Bay Ridge

Large crowds expected at Fifth Ave. spring festival

June 1, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The festival has always featured a dazzling variety of sights and sounds. In 2014, a belly dancer entertained appreciative audiences. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas

Bay Ridge is rolling out the red carpet for the Fifth Avenue Spring Festival, an exciting event that is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the popular shopping strip.

This year’s festival will take place on Sunday, June 4, along Fifth Avenue, from Bay Ridge Avenue (69th Street) to 85th Street, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

That’s eight hours of fun!

There will be all sorts of activities for people to enjoy as they stroll along the festival route: live bands performing on concert stages, dance recitals, outdoor cafes, rides, carnival games, face painting, sidewalk sales and raffles featuring great prizes.

Sponsored by the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), the festival resembles a giant block party or a county fair in which everyone comes out to greet their neighbors.

The festival is considered by many in Bay Ridge to be a highlight of the spring season in the community.

The BID, which was founded in 2006, is a public-private partnership representing the interests of property owners, merchants and residents on Fifth Avenue between 65th and 85th streets, one of southwest Brooklyn’s premiere shopping strips.

The BID uses its funds to plant trees, install benches, sweep away litter and generally beautify the avenue to attract customers so that storeowners can benefit and the local economy can improve.

Like all BIDs in New York City, the Fifth Avenue group works in close consultation with the Department of Small Business Services.

For more information, call the BID at 718-238-8181.