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Wu-Tang and Walt: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

June 13, 2019 Scott Enman
The 8th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Photo courtesy of The Jazz Age Lawn Party
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It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend in Brooklyn with temperatures in the upper 70s and lower 80s. The sun will be shining on both Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, so be sure to check out one or a few of these great events.

From 1920s lawn parties on Governors Island to a Wu-Tang Clan performance in Coney Island, there’s something for everyone.

1. Party like Gatsby on Governors Island

Two attendees of a past festival show off their outfits. Photo courtesy of The Jazz Age Lawn Party.
Two attendees of a past festival show off their outfits. Photo courtesy of The Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Transport back to the Roaring ’20s at Governors Island’s 14th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. It’s the world’s largest prohibition era-inspired gathering.

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Saturday and Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm on Governors Island. More info here

2. Get down at Brooklyn Mirage

The Brooklyn Mirage last summer. Photo by Amanda Kari McHugh, www.mandakphoto.net
The Brooklyn Mirage. Photo by Amanda Kari McHugh, www.mandakphoto.net

It’s not often that English DJ Carl Cox travels across the pond, but when he does, it’s not to be missed. Dance the night away to four-on-the-floor beats at the Brooklyn Mirage, which should feel more like Ibiza than the Big Apple this weekend.

Saturday: 7 p.m to 4:30 a.m. at the Brooklyn Mirage. More info here

3. Wu-Tang on the boardwalk

Ford Amphitheater. Eagle file photo

Famed American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan is performing at its 25th Anniversary Celebration Tour, and what better place to watch them than at The People’s Playground?

Sunday: 7 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. More info here

4. A Whitman-themed walking tour

Preservation advocates continue to call for the landmarking of 99 Ryerson St., where poet Walt Whitman lived when he published his first edition of “Leaves of Grass.” AP Photo
Walt Whitman. AP Photo

Keep celebrating the Good Gray Poet’s 200th birthday with a Walt Whitman Walking Tour of DUMBO. After a reading of “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” from “Leaves of Grass,” Greg Trupiano and Stefan Killen will bring to life the “physical spaces of DUMBO through the literary themes of water, time and our interconnected modern, democratic life in America.”

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Brooklyn Historical Society. More info here

5. Catch a movie in the open air

An outdoor film is shown at Governors Island. Photo by Mettie Ostrowski
An outdoor film is shown at Governors Island. Photo by Mettie Ostrowski

Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and relax on Governors Island for a showing of “School of Rock” with Jack Black. There will be a pre-show DJ kicking off at 6 p.m. with the film slated to start at dusk. Enjoy a cold one from Threes Brewing at a beer garden and watch the sun set behind the Statue of Liberty.

Friday: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Governors Island. More info here

6. Go shopping at the museum

You can get a day pass to get into the Brooklyn Museum for free with a library card, thanks to the new Culture Pass program. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
The Brooklyn Museum. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas

More than 30 vendors will be descending on the Brooklyn Museum’s plaza this weekend to sell a variety wares. With Father’s Day on Sunday, you can buy dad a last-minute present. There will be artwork, trinkets, home goods and so much more for sale at this market reminiscent of Brooklyn Flea.

Saturday: 11a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brooklyn Museum Plaza. More info here

7. Paddle around the East River

Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo courtesy of BBP
Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Cool off this weekend by gliding across the water in a kayak at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The boats are provided by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock.

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info here

8. Get studying in the Rose Garden

Police officers are looking for a group of five men who have been wreaking havoc on parkgoers. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Prospect Park. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

Brooklyn Public Library, in collaboration with the Prospect Park Alliance, is offering University Open Air, a free three-week series of classes outside in the Rose Garden. There are more than six different events on Saturday, so be sure to check out the full schedule to see which one interests you.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Prospect Park. More info here

9. See ballet at BAM

BAM. Eagle photo by Ned Berke

See Canada’s most beloved contemporary dance company Ballet BC perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this weekend. Dance Magazine calls them “physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary.”

Friday and Saturday: 7:30 p.m. at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. More info here

10. Dance the day away at Mr. Sunday

Dance the day away on Sunday. Photo courtesy of BEMF

At Mr. Sunday, a weekly dance party in the backyard of Nowadays, all ages are welcome — and so are dogs. Drink sangria, eat from food trucks and pretend like you don’t have work the next day.

Sunday: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Nowadays. More info here

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