07/01/14 7:16am

Looking for something to do on the Fourth? Here are nine ways to celebrate Independence Day around Brooklyn.

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Friday for the first time since 2008. As expected, the coincidence has created an abundance of stars-and-stripes themed events. From backyard barbecues to pool parties and fireworks displays, if you’re planning to stick around Brooklyn this weekend, you’ll have plenty of ways to celebrate America’s independence. Here is a roundup of local events we recommend checking out this holiday.

Macy’s Fireworks Display
After detonating its annual pyrotechnics show over the Hudson River for the past couple of years, Macy’s is making its way back over to the East River for the first time since 2009, which makes Brooklyn the place to be to watch this year’s spectacular. The department store plans to set off 50,000 pounds of fireworks this Friday night, with the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop (in fact they’ll be launching fireworks from the bridge itself), so make your way to the waterfront (or find a rooftop with a view) in time to take it all in from our home turf.

Fireworks at Coney Island
Coney Island lights up the skies over its boardwalk with a fireworks display every friday during the summer, but this week’s exhibition will be extra special as it coincides with other Fourth of July festivities in the area, like Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, which takes place at noon on Friday.

Brooklyn Grange 4th of July Party
Speaking of Brooklyn rooftops with an amazing view of the East River fireworks, few compare to the space Brooklyn Grange occupies in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a point the urban farm plans to capitalize on by throwing a rooftop party this Friday night. Eat, drink and dance under the stars and stripes with beers from Brooklyn Brewery, sandwiches from BrisketTown and music from DJ Yohey. Tickets are $100. (more…)

11/01/13 5:06pm
Sun November 10, 2013

ShesCrafty_Logo 2There’s something about fall that brings out the artsy fartsy in all of us. And if you’re itching to get out your glue gun and get down to a little DIY decorating and designing, get your tickets now for She’s Crafty and spend an afternoon with a group of ladies who do more than lunch. Both the wine and the creativity will be flowing at 61 Local in Cobble Hill where the Gowanus Girls, who run Curious Jane craft camps for kids, will be hosting a ladies only arts & crafts session starting at 2pm on Nov. 10. So grab a couple girlfriends and plan to spend the day getting a head start creating your holiday decorations or whatever else strikes your fancy. Tickets are $35 and include a free glass of bubbly, finger foods and all your craft materials.

10/21/13 4:00pm
Sat October 26, 2013

Halloween might present a lot of creepy crawlers and spooky shenanigans but one type of crawler that shouldn’t be overly creepy is the Atlantic Avenue Halloween Pub Crawl this Saturday, Oct. 26. A wristband entitles you to discounts at participating pubs on Atlantic Ave. from the waterfront over to Atlantic Terminal, like $5 drafts and well drinks at The Brazen Head, $2 cans of Labbatt Blue at Mile End, and a special cocktail, the Apple Jack ‘o Lantern, for $8 at Henry Public (which is a deal if you know the prices at Henry Public). Prizes will be given out for the best costume, both individual and group costumes, so don’t be afraid to get a group of friends and dress up as the Spice Girls or the Tea Party or whatever makes you feel scary. It’s free to attend, just register here, and check in at one of the four check in spots listed here when you arrive.

10/15/13 2:00pm
Wed October 16, 2013
Samples of Madiba's South African fare are among offerings at Brookyn Bounty, the celebration of Brooklyn Historical Society's 150th anniversary, happening Oct. 16. Photo: BHS

Samples of Madiba’s South African fare will be among the offerings at Brookyn Bounty, a party celebrating Brooklyn Historical Society’s 150th anniversary, happening Oct. 16. Photo: BHS

This Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Brooklyn Historical Society is celebrating its 150th anniversary by tucking into an evening of tastings from more than 20 of Brooklyn’s best chefs and restaurants. The lineup includes eateries from all over Brooklyn–everyone from Allswell to Fort Reno, Brookyn Brine, Chavela’s, Egg, Madiba and Steve’s Key Lime Pie will be on hand, and the historical society will be honoring restauranteurs Peter Aschkenasy and Andrew Tarlow, as well as Heritage Radio Network for its foodie coverage. Put on your most festive attire and toast BHS with a couple historic cocktails. Tickets start at $200 for singles–steep to be sure, but how often do you have a chance to celebrate 150 years of anything?

08/12/13 9:19am
Fri August 16, 2013 - Sun August 18, 2013
Fulfill your quote for random facts and figures this weekend at the first ever Nerd Nite Festival in Park Slope. Photo: NNF

Fulfill your quota for random facts and figures this weekend at the first ever Nerd Nite Festival in Park Slope. Photo: NNF

Nerds have come a long way since the days when Lewis and Gilbert were getting pummeled by Booger, and Urkel was constantly wondering, “Did I do that?” And while it may not be hip to be square, it’s definitely hip to be smart, so put on your spectacles and pocket protecters for the first-ever Nerd Nite Festival this weekend at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Drink free beer and cheap wine while you check out Drunk Science, hosted by the producers of Radiolab and Popular Science‘s Jake Ward. Or maybe you’ll want to check out the history of Godzilla, the inner workings of alien minds, or what went on inside the head of that squid before it became calamari. If these are the types of things that concern you, $100 for the whole weekend will get you the answers; individual day passes are available for $30 (Friday), $65 (Saturday) and $50 (Sunday). Secure your tickets and suspenders before it sells out.