Rum and reggae: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend
Welcome to the weekend, Brooklyn. We’ve once again selected the top 10 events for your pleasure. There’s yoga in Prospect Park, live music underneath the Manhattan Bridge, a rum festival at a historic Brooklyn site, and so much more.
1. Eat your way into the weekend
Thursday and Friday are your last chances to indulge in New York City Restaurant Week. From Williamsburg and Park Slope to Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill, lots of Brooklyn eateries are taking part in the biannual event. Take advantage of great deals like a two-course lunch for $26 or a three-course dinner for $42.
Through Aug. 16 at multiple locations. Prices vary. More info here.
2. Stretch at sunset
Unwind from the week in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow North tonight with a free yoga class. Be sure to bring your own mat or towel.
Thursday at 7 p.m. at Prospect Park. Free. More info here.
3. Listen to some live music
Tonight is the third to last “Live at the Archway” free concert, and it’s not one to be missed. Brooklyn-based East-African retro-pop group Alsarah & the Nubatones will be performing at the iconic venue with dance group konverjdans starting the night off.
Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the DUMBO Archway. Free. More info here.
4. Learn something new
Head to the Brooklyn Historical Society for “Watched: Coming of Age Under Surveillance,” a screening and discussion with Brooklyn College students, journalists and a director about how the NYPD “increased the intensity and scope of its surveillance of Muslim communities in New York City” after 2001.
Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Free. More info here.
5. Honor a legend
Celebrate the life and legacy of renowned novelist and Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, who passed away on Aug. 5, with a screening of “The Pieces I Am” at the Brooklyn Museum.
Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Brooklyn Museum. Free. More info here.
6. Celebrate history
More than a dozen events to commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn will be taking place from Aug. 15 to Aug. 27. Here’s a list of all the events, including a monuments tour and a Revolutionary War flag display this weekend.
Multiple times throughout the weekend. More info here.
7. Drink and play
Grab a beer (or two) and challenge your friends to drunken Jenga and Connect Four. There will be tournaments and prizes.
Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Industry City. Free. More info here.
8. Party for a cause
The Bushwick Food Cooperative is hosting a fundraising party to help them repair their building, which was damaged in a fire. There will be a DJ, live bands, aerial performers, a live art show, a raffle and a silent auction.
Friday from 6-11 p.m. at The Muse. $20 suggested donation. More info here.
9. Stroll into another era
Take a seaside stroll from Coney Island to Brighton Beach and learn about the boardwalk, the former amusement park, Jackie Robinson and other tidbits about the People’s Playground.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Coney Island. $20. More info here.
10. Taste some rum
This weekend at the second annual Brooklyn Rum Festival — at the historic Weeksville Heritage Center — there will be rum from Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia, among other places. A ticket, starting at $35, gets you complimentary jerk chicken, two free cocktails and Caribbean deserts. After imbibing, dance the afternoon away to soca, reggae and afro beats.
Saturday from 3-8 p.m. at the Weeksville Heritage Center. From $35. More info here.
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