Saturday events

All events in Brooklyn unless noted. Sunday events to come soon. Saturday: Ninth Avenue International Food Festival May 17–18, The 15-block gastronomic extravaganza, which bills itself as the City’s oldest and largest food festival, features the cuisines of Poland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia and even barbecue and Cajun from south of the Mason-Dixon line, with music and dancing to accompany the foodstuffs. Merchants are on hand, selling jewelry, crafts, clothing and other wares, and there are plenty of amusements for the youngsters. ninthavenuefoodfestival.com. Brooklyn Half Marathon7:00 a.m. @ Prospect Park. It starts in Prospect Park and winds up on the boardwalk at Coney Island. The course covers a terrific slice of Brooklyn through the park, past the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Grand Army Plaza and onto Ocean Parkway heading for the beach. Starting Wednesday, New Balance sponsors a four day pre-party at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park that includes food, live music, fitness classes and group runs. Race starts near the Brooklyn Museum. Come the to Coney Island Boardwalk this Saturday to cheer on runners crossing the Brooklyn Half Marathon finish line. Stick around after the race for a celebration at MCU Park 1205 Boardwalk West, Brooklyn. Starting near the Brooklyn Museum and passing through Brooklyn’s Botanic Garden, Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park, the race finishes on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Brooklyn Half After-Party 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. Enjoy food, beer, and live music and entertainment while you relax and take in views of the ocean. Peggy’s Post Marathon Party 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, 8:30 am. Live music with Spoilen Rotten, hot food and $7 32oz Coors Light. http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/brooklyn-half. On A Wing: Festival, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Belvedere Castle, Central Park, Mid-Park at 79th Street, Manhattan. Meet live bats, birds of prey, and butterflies, guided bird walks in the Ramble, live music and stories, and microscopic exploration of feathers and wings that give the miraculous gift of flight. Then make the Park even more beautiful when you release live Painted Lady butterflies into the Shakespeare Garden, free. Tompkins Square Park The East Village is a perfect centerpiece for its eclectic neighborhood, which houses artists, radicals, fashion lovers, and those who have lived in the neighborhood for decades and witnessed its many changes.500 E. 9th St. Manhattan, http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/tompkinssquarepark/. “Sacred Sites” Open House Weekend Culturally important religious open to share their remarkable art and architecture with the public. See Landmarks website for a list of participating sites and hours. Various locations, http://www.nylandmar​ks.org, http://brooklynpaper.com/assets/images/link8.png, Daily, Saturday, May 17 – Sunday, May 18, Free. Viking FestThe East Coast Scandinavian hosts a Viking Fillage, half-size replica of a Viking ship and crew. Owl’s Head Park, 68th St. and Narrows Avenue, Brooklyn, 10 am–5 pm, Free. (Sheep) Fleece Festival the Zoo’s sheep lose their wooly winter coats at the hands of a master sheep shearer. Live music, fleecy fun crafts, barn animal demonstrations and keeper talks. Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave. at Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, 11 am–5 pm, daily, Saturday, May 17 – Sunday, May 18, Free, http://www.prospectp​arkzoo.com http://brooklynpaper.com/assets/images/link8.png. Spring Carnival St. Saviour Catholic Academy’s spring party with live music, magic, soccer clinic, fire truck, rides games, and more, Noon–5 pm, Free. 701 Eighth Ave, Brooklyn, ssca.pa.secretary@gmail.com, http://www.stsaviour​school.org, http://brooklynpaper.com/assets/images/link8.png. SONYA Art Walk Self-guided art studio/venue tour through Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Wallabout, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Various locations, Noon–6 pm, daily, Saturday, May 17 – Sunday, May 18, Free http://sonyaonline.o​rg http://brooklynpaper.com/assets/images/link8.png. “It’s My Park Day” at Marine ParkA variety of free activities for all ages 12 – 4 p.m., both inside and outside of the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park (3000 Fillmore Avenue at Marine Parkway), Brooklyn. Simulated cow milking, storytelling, a presentation about the neighborhood’s historic Lott House, and various exhibits are all scheduled, rain or shine, 12 pm – 4 pm, Free. email: LottHouseVolunteer@gmail.com, lottHouseVolunteer@gmail.com. Dyker Singers Concert the best vocals of the 50’s and 60’s. Dyker Library, 8202 13th Ave. at 82nd Street, Brooklyn, 1 pm. Wednesday, May 21, 3 pm, Free. Open House: Cynthia King Dance Studio, Tour facility, meet teachers and take open dance classes, dance demos, and raffles. 21 Snyder Ave. between Bedford and Flatbush Avenues, http://cynthiakingda​nce.com, http://brooklynpaper.com/assets/images/link8.png, Saturdays, 2–5 pm from Saturday, May 17 to Saturday, May 31. Free. Brooklyn College MFA Reading; Trivia, Eva Walsh, Freddy’s Bar, 627 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th Streets, http://www.freddysba​r.com http://brooklynpaper.com/assets/images/link8.png, 3:30 pm, Free. It’s My Park Day at Union Square Park 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Volunteer with the Union Square Partnership to help clean, rake, and weed the established garden beds at Union Square Park. They will also offer free Yoga, and a concert. Please RSVP. Bring your own work gloves and carry bottled water. Maphttp://maps.gstatic.com/mapfiles/arrow-down.png. Union Square Park, Manhattan. Volunteer candidates will gather at 16th Street Union Square west (near children’s playground). Spring Kids Fest 2014 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Everything is free for your little ones from snacks, live shows, arts and crafts, games, face painting, storytelling. The main stage presents shakin’ performances by Mil’s Trills (1:00 p.m.), Story Pirates (12:00 p.m.) and Field Station: Dinosaurs (11:00 a.m.). In the northern reflecting pool Songs for Seeds will be jammin’ out at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. http://maps.gstatic.com/mapfiles/arrow-down.png, Madison Square Park, Manhattan. Amazing Bronx River Flotilla & 5K Canoe Challenge 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (some paddling experience necessary). All can come cheer on the racers and enjoy an afternoon of free music, canoe trips, learn-to-ride bicycle clinics, Bronx River Ramble tours, NYC Parks Play & Fitness Mobile ZUMBA. Rain date is May 18. aphttp://maps.gstatic.com/mapfiles/arrow-down.png
Starlight Park, Bronx.

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