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Pizza and parades: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

September 26, 2019 Scott Enman
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Who knew the last weekend of September had so many festivals? We didn’t — but we’re not mad about it. It’s officially fall, but it still feels like August, so why not soak up the last rays of summer sun at an outdoor event this weekend?

There’s the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chile Pepper Festival, the Third Avenue Festival, the Mexican Independence Festival, and the oldest and largest festival in Brooklyn — the Atlantic Antic.

Bonus points if you make it to all four.

1. Go apple picking

Apples. Image via Pexels

New York is called the Big Apple, but it’s pretty difficult to pick the fruit in the city. Luckily, there are orchards and farms just a short train ride away — like these six.

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(Can’t make it to any of those? Fishkill Farms sells its produce at the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.)

Multiple locations. More info here.

2. Listen to bluegrass

The Old Stone House, a key site during the Battle of Brooklyn, is the jewel of present-day Fifth Avenue in Park Slope.
The Old Stone House. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

Head down to the Old Stone House and Washington Park for an all-day jamboree, featuring more than 20 artists playing bluegrass and old-time tunes. There will also be banjo, fiddle, mandolin and songwriting workshops.

Friday at 8 p.m. at Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 Third St. From $15. More info here.

3. Test your tastebuds’ limits

Capsaicin, the active component of chili peppers, can make people feel high. Photo via Pexels
Chili peppers. Photo via Pexels

Many travel to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for its famous cherry blossom festival, aka Sakura Matsuri, but some may not know about its Chile Pepper Festival. Attendees can sample some of the hottest peppers in the world, as well as the hot sauces made from them.

There will be music from a Trinidadian steel drummer, as well as Grammy winner Irma Thomas. For the bold, there’s also a hot pepper-eating contest featuring Brooklyn-grown peppers. Contestants must be 18 years or older. Sorry, kids.

Saturday at 11 a.m. at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 455 Flatbush Ave. $30. More info here.

4. Five slices. Five boroughs. One day.

Pizza. Photo courtesy of 5 boro pizza challenge via Instagram

The fourth annual 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is returning this weekend, and last year’s champion, Brandon Chamberlin from Park Slope, will be looking to retain his title. The fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives is a race to see who can sample slices from all five boroughs the fastest — without using a car. (The Staten Island Ferry is fair game.)

Saturday at 11 a.m. starting at the Red Cube, 140 Broadway. $35. More info here.

5. See some kid-friendly classical music

The Knights. Photo by David Andrako

Bring your kids (or yourself) down to BRIC this weekend for a one-hour show where the New York-based orchestra, The Knights, will introduce children to classical music. “The Knights are known for connecting with audiences of all ages and educating while entertaining, so even if your little ones arrive sleepy, cranky, wiggly … they’re guaranteed to leave happy and inspired!” according to the event page.

Sunday at 2 p.m. at BRIC House Ballroom, 647 Fulton St. $10. More info here.

6. Dance for the climate

A child from the Climate Strike. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

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. This week, you’ll be dancing for a good cause. Ten percent of all funds will go toward Sunrise Movement, an organization of young people with the goal of stopping climate change.

There will also be a panel of New York City politicians who are at the forefront of pushing legislation fighting climate change, including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, State Sen. Julia Salazar and Councilmember Rafael Espinal.

Sunday at 3 p.m. at Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave. From $10. More info here.

7. Shop till you drop

The Atlantic Antic takes place Sunday, Sept. 28 from noon to 6 p.m. Photo by Mary Frost
The Atlantic Antic. Eagle file photo by Mary Frost

The oldest and largest street festival is returning for its 45th year. Head down to the Atlantic Antic for food, art, music, shopping and festivities. The event is “a living tribute to the myriad of heritages that coexist in Brooklyn,” according to the event page, and spans Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn.

Sunday at 12 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue. Free. More info here.

8. Explore Bay Ridge

The Third Avenue Festival. Photo by Steve Solomonson

The 46th Annual Third Avenue Festival, spanning 35 blocks, will once again be returning to Bay Ridge this weekend, and the event organizers say there will be a strong focus on music this year.

Sunday at 10 a.m. on Third Avenue. Free. More info here.

9. Celebrate Mexican Independence

A Mexican flag. Image via Pexels

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at a parade and festival this Sunday in Sunset Park, a neighborhood with a large Mexican American population. There will be Mexican folkloric dance companies performing, as well as community bands and singers.

Sunday at 11:30 a.m. starting at 38th Street and Fifth Avenue. Free. More info here.

10. Listen to music in wild locations

Sofar Sounds hosts intimate concerts in the living rooms of people’s apartments in more than 350 cities across the world. Photo by Sean McGlynn
Sofar Sounds hosts intimate concerts in the living rooms of people’s apartments in more than 350 cities across the world. Photo by Sean McGlynn

From the top of a ski jump in Norway to the highest floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago, concert series Sofar Sounds is redefining live music events with secret performances in offbeat locations.

Sofar’s intimate gigs are held in both residential and commercial settings, and Brooklyn’s unique urban makeup of waterfront warehouses, factories and industrial buildings provides extravagant, unconventional venues for the gatherings. Here’s a list of all the concerts happening this weekend.

Multiple Locations. More info here.

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