Boxing and Beyoncé: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend
This weekend’s events are about as eclectic as Brooklyn itself. There’s a Chinese New Year parade, a podcast festival, a boozy tour of Williamsburg and a dance party in the Brooklyn Museum. Plus, there are a pair of must-see events at Barclays Center.
1. Celebrate the Chinese New Year
It’s the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese Zodiac, and there’s no better place to celebrate the Lunar New Year than in Brooklyn. Here are the top seven ways to celebrate in the borough.
Various hours and places.
2. Explore Brooklyn Bridge Park
Take a stroll through Brooklyn’s 1.3-mile park, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Lower Manhattan skyline, as well as the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Be prepared, however, to dodge throngs of tourists taking photos.
Any time at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
3. Watch boxing at Barclays
In addition to professional basketball games, Barclays Center is known for hosting some top mixed martial arts fights and boxing matches. Head down to the arena this weekend to see Danny Garcia take on Ivan Redkach in a WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator bout.
Saturday at 9 p.m. at Barclays Center. From $55.
4. Listen to podcasts live
If you’re a fan of podcasts, you’ll want to head down to The Bell House, Union Hall and BRIC House this weekend for the Brooklyn Podcast Festival presented by City Farm. The third iteration of the festival started on Wednesday and goes through Sunday. There will be 15 podcasts recorded over five days, including “Not Another True Crime Podcast” and “Secret Keepers Club.”
Various hours, venues and prices.
5. Skate and sing
Is there a better way to spend your Saturday than roller-skating to Beyoncé’s best songs? Nope.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at City Point. From $18.
6. Learn about your home
Learn the secret history of your block or home at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s intensive “If These Walls Could Talk” workshop in the beautiful Othermer Library. You’ll learn how to research and find archival images, records and documents.
Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society. $45.
7. Watch The King up close
LeBron James. Ever heard of him? He’s coming to Brooklyn tonight to take on the Brooklyn Nets. See The King go head-to-head with Kyrie Irving as the Nets try to snap their four-game losing streak.
Thursday at 8 p.m. at Barclays Center. From $113.
8. Have a Sunday Funday
Take a boozy tasting tour this weekend in Williamsburg, where you’ll be able to drink a beer at Brooklyn Brewery, a cocktail at Mable’s Smokehouse and a beverage at the neighborhood’s oldest bar. Plus, you’ll get to taste delicious food from the area including BBQ, ice cream and a Polish specialty.
Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at 218 Bedford Ave. $60.
9. Dance at the museum
Celebrate the New Year in style with a dance party at the Brooklyn Museum, featuring DJ sets, astrology-themed gallery tours and tarot card readings. Plus, there will be a pop-up market selling herbs and medicines.
Friday at 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Museum. From $15.
10. Go Bowling
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.
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