Brooklyn Memorial Day Weekend 2011: DanceAfrica, BBQs and Sunday Grooves
by Brooklyn Exposed
(Photo: DanceAfrica, via Julieta Cervantes)
If you’re in town this Memorial Day Weekend, no worries because there’s lots going on. We definitely recommend checking out DanceAfrica, but we’ve got you covered with other events too, so check them out.
It’s all about Africa
Brooklyn Academy of Music is celebrating its 34th annual DanceAfrica in 2011 with a host of events for everyone. Whether you enjoy dance, music, film or food, you will find it all this Memorial Weekend. All events will take place at BAM:
Expressions and Encounters: African, Cuban and American Rhythms
As part of DanceAfrica and the SiCuba Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presents a four-day series (May 27 to May 30) of dance companies from around the world, including Santiago de Cuba-based Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, masters of the island’s vibrant Afro-Cuban and Haitian popular styles, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and others.
Two hundred plus vendors will line the streets surrounding BAM and will sell everything from food to scarves, sandals, beauty products, home décor, jewelry, clothing and so much more. May 28 (10am to 10pm) and May 29-30 (10am to 8pm).
Late Night Dance Party
Put your dancing shoes on folk, because DJ Cato aka “Congri” will be spinning samba, reggae, salsa, house, Afrobeat, Cuban and Brazilian music. May 28, 10:30pm to 2am.
Beer and Pig Fest
Fatty Cue is pulling out the stops with an outdoor, backyard style Pig and Pancakes party. Oh yes folk, pig consumption is definitely in order and it will be an all-you-can pig and beer fest. $40 will get you unlimited servings of silver dollar pancakes, pulled pig and side condiments. Wash your feast down with draught beer provided by Park Slope’s Beer Table. May 30, 12pm to 7pm.
Get your roll on at Coney Island
Grab a Nathan’s hotdog, hop on a rickshaw style buggy and take a scenic tour of Coney Island’s 2 ½ mile Boardwalk. Rickshaw-style rolling chairs are back after a 50-year hiatus and will service all your Boardwalk transport needs.
(Photo: via Guest of a Guest)
If you attended last year, then you knew it as BKLYN Yard. Well ladies and gents, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin are pulling it off again this year with a new party called Mister Sunday at the newly named Gowanus Grove (400 Carroll Street between Bond and Nevins). These resident DJs will be rockin’ it out every Sunday this Summer between 3pm and 9pm, so bring you’re a game and dancing shoes! May 29.
It’s a Bike Block Party
That’s right folk, a block party for your bicycle. Head to Williamburg with your one, two or three wheeler for an all out fun day of everything bike-related at this Bicyle Fetish extravanganza Presented by City Reliquiry, you will enjoy cool vendors and prizes and awesome activities like pimp your bike photo booth by Swimming Cities and GoldSprints, Bike pinata from Llaves Designs and Alleycat organized by Victor. Jam to Rude Mechanical Orchestra DJs Stacher & Tinseltown and head to the after-party at City Reliquary , May 28, 6-10pm.
Sunset Park Fun
Head to Sunset Park for the Eighth Avenue Festival. Treat yourself to this 10 block course (39th to 49th St) and get your fill of multi-ethnic food, games and so much more. May 29, 10am
Memorial weekend throwdown
It’s going down at Bushwick’s Hart Bar on Sun, May 29! The Soul Hangover party will have you busting out all your best dance moves as you enjoy a crazy sound system, outdoor patio and two “Vixens on the Wheels”.
Head to Full Circle Bar on May 27-29 to watch 65 ballers from across the country compete in a raucous tournament of boozy proportions at the Brewskee-Ball National Championship. Participate in the open mini-tournament on Friday (opening) night & grab 2 for $5 Gennys.
Free Italian Ices on May 28 at Uncle Louie, 233 Smith Street (b/w Butler/Douglass St) between 12pm and 2pm. You have been forewarned: Be in line by 1:45pm for these refreshing treats!
Get your vocal chords ready because it’s going down at the Bell House on Sat, May 28. Live Band Karaoke with a Bunnie England and The New Originals. This is your night to rock it out with a 200+ song list selection. $5
Guest host Rosie Perez and guest DJs Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) and Pete Rock will be present at the Fort Greene Fest Kick-off Party at Sanders Studio on May 28, 9pm to 3am. Put on your dancing shoes and drink some Red Bull, ‘cause it’s going to be a long night!
Whole lotta grillin’
Head to Williamsburg’s Huckleberry Bar for their Memorial Day BBQ for grillin’ of gourmet burgers and sausages out in the garden. Jam to the electix mix party tunes of “Ten Dice” DJ Colin Tuska and sip on complimentary beverages (while supplies last) from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Ommegang Brewery.