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Beers and bowling: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

October 17, 2019 Scott Enman

From open studios in Sunset Park to axe throwing in Gowanus to a ragas festival in Red Hook, this weekend’s events are about as cool and diverse as Brooklyn itself.

1. See art behind the scenes

An artist shows off his work to visitors. Photo courtesy of Chashama

For this weekend only, residents will have the unique opportunity of exploring the Brooklyn Army Terminal, visiting the complex’s art center and viewing the work of 96 different artists at Chashama’s Open Studios. Chashama is an organization that supports the creative community by transforming unused real estate into spaces for artists to create and present their artwork.

Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Brooklyn Army Terminal. Free. More info here.

2. Throw axes

Bury The Hatchet features eight ax-throwing lanes. Eagle file photo by Alex Wieckowski

Had a tough week? Take that stress out by throwing axes at a wooden wall. Better yet, you can drink while doing so, but please toss those sharp objects responsibly. Brooklyn boasts two venues: Kick Axe in Gowanus, which serves alcohol, and Bury the Hatchet in Greenpoint, which does not.

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Multiple times. Prices vary. More info here and here

3. Go climbing

Brooklyn Boulders. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bolders.

Head down to Gowanus’ rock climbing gym Brooklyn Boulders for a 60-minute intro to climbing class. You’ll receive expert instruction on how to get your footing at this 22,000-square-foot facility, which just celebrated its 10th year in the borough.

Multiple times. $49. More info here

4. Expand your palate

Brooklyn Brewery AP Photo/Richard Drew
Brooklyn Brewery. AP Photo/Richard Drew

Jackie Dodd, aka the Beeroness, will be signing her new cookbook, “Lush: A Season-by-Season Celebration of Craft Beer and Produce,” at no better place than the Brooklyn Brewery. Her new work shows chefs how to cook delicious dishes with beer, so they can expand their repertoire from just beer-can chicken.


Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Brewery. Free. More info here.

5. Get competitive

Bowling. Photo via Pexels

Brooklyn has no shortage of bowling alleys. From old-school vibes at Melody Lanes to Brooklyn Bowl and Gutter Bar in Williamsburg, there’s no better way to spend a weekend then throwing a ball at some pins.

Multiple times. Prices vary. More info here, here and here

6. Eat delicious food

Chefs prepare a dish. Photo by Kate Thompson

ChefsFeed Indie Week is not your average food festival where attendees are served bite-sized plates. The traveling festival is making its only New York stop in Greenpoint where 24 chefs will be coming together for “unmatched food and drink, total connection, and no pretense,” according to its website.

Friday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Rule of Thirds, 171 Banker St. $125. More info here.

7. Spend a night at the theater

BAM's employees will vote today on whether nor not to unionize. Eagle photo by Ned Berke
BAM. Eagle photo by Ned Berke

Head down to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a performance of Swan Lake/Loch na hEala. “One of Ireland’s most imaginative theater makers deconstructs the beloved classic for our modern age,” the event page reads. “Michael Keegan-Dolan and his company Teac Damsa transport audiences to a magical realist otherworld of light and dark, ecstasy and catharsis, pain and reconciliation.”

Multiple times at BAM. From $30. More info here.

8. Stroll in southern Brooklyn

No lyin’ — it’s a lovely day on 86th Street in Dyker Heights. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
86th Street in Dyker Heights. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

Take part in Eye on Real Estate’s latest walking tour, a journey down 86th street from the Bay Ridge shoreline to L&B Spumoni Gardens, the famed pizzeria in Gravesend. Expect “20th-century rowhouses with garages and porches, fine old apartment buildings and storefronts thronging with customers.”

Multiple times. Free. More info here.

9. Party for 24 hours

A raga musician. Photo via Pexels

The eighth annual Ragas Live Festival is coming to Pioneer Works this weekend. Expect 24 sets over 24 hours from more than 60 musicians. And if you can’t make it to Red Hook, all of the performances will be broadcasted live on FM station WKCR.

Saturday and Sunday at Pioneer Works. From $30. More info here.

10. Dance the day away

A partygoer shows off his moves. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

It’s the final weekend of Mr. Sunday — a weekly dance party in the backyard of Nowadays — so expect extra debauchery on the dance floor. As always, all ages are welcome and so are dogs. Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter will be behind the decks for what should be a day to remember. (After Sunday, the parties will be moving indoors.)

Sunday from 3 to 9 p.m. From $10. More info here.

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