July 2: Shuffleboard may have emerged as the most twee of senior sports to take hold here in Brooklyn, but bocce is not far behind. If you’re into the Italian leisure sport and looking for an organized way to play this summer, the Brooklyn Bocce League is looking for new players. Co-ed games take place every weeknight from 7-9pm in Greenwood Park, and the social league is open to players of all ages, genders and abilities.
July 3: If you like not paying for awesome shows, then Vans House Parties Summer Music Series has got you covered. This Thursday night Atlanta’s most bad-ass garage punk band, The Black Lips (whose latest album Underneath the Rainbow was co-produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, ha!) throws down at the House of Vans. RSVP for free entry. Admission is first come, first serve, and trust us, these shows hit capacity fast.
July 4: Plan on staying local this Fourth of July? If so, you’ll find no shortage of ways to celebrate Independence Day here in Brooklyn, especially because this year it falls on a Friday. We’ve put together a holiday roundup here with some of our top picks of events taking place on Friday, including a free barbecue at Freddy’s, a picnic along the Williamsburg waterfront and a rooftop dinner under the fireworks.
July 5: The free ferry to Red Hook is back, making it much easier to access all the waterfront neighborhood offers to eat and drink—recent highlights include cocktails at Fort Defiance, the lobster roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound, dinner at Hometown BBQ, and after-dinner beers at Sunny’s Bar. Whatever you decide to do, don’t leave without savoring a Swingle while watching the kayakers at Valentino Pier.
July 6: If you haven’t seen Kara Walker’s 35-foot-tall sugar sphinx inside the old Domino Factory yet, today is your last chance to do so. Queues have consistently overflowed onto Kent Avenue since the exhibition’s opening on May 10, turning the site-specific artwork into Brooklyn’s own Rain Room, but hours will be extended today from 11am to 7pm to accommodate the closing-day crowds.
July 7: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Books Beneath the Bridge has become a favorite summer reading series within the local literary scene. This year’s programming, which is curated by Brooklyn’s independent bookstores, starts today with a discussion about the history of the Statue of Liberty—a fitting topic to round out the holiday weekend—conducted by Elizabeth Mitchell, author of Liberty’s Torch. Find details on the rest of the series here.
July 8: Red Hook Flicks kicks things off the heart of the free outdoor movie season with Dazed & Confused today (check out our master calendar of all the movies in Brooklyn for more info). Head down to Valentino Pier to watch Matthew McConaughey in his most quotable role to date and marvel over his career trajectory from “alright, alright, alright” to Oscar acceptance speech, all while enjoying food from sponsors Red Hook Bait & Tackle and the Good Fork and a view of the sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty.