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Boxing and Beyoncé: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

January 23, 2020 Scott Enman

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

Sunset Park Lunar New Year Parade
Scenes from last year’s Lunar New Year parade in Sunset Park. Photo: Corazon Aguirre

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.

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2. Explore Brooklyn Bridge Park

This end of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 is a popular place to pose for pictures. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle
This end of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 is a popular place to pose for pictures. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

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

Danny “Swift” Garcia appeared fit and ready Wednesday at Brooklyn’s Gleason’s Gym as he got in a final media workout before his Saturday fight against Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach. Photo courtesy of Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME.

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

A microphone. Photo: Pexels

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

Roller skates. Photo: Pexels

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 more about your home and Brooklyn as a whole. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society

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. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

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

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

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

The Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Richard Barnes

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

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.

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