All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Many are bars so check if under age. If you can’t drink you might be able to eat there.
Saturday, July 15: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, 1 pm, $65. Bad boy rapper DMX headlines alongside fellow ’90s phenomenons The Lox. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier One, Old Fulton Street at Furman Street. Ben L’Oncle Soul, Sweet Crude, 7:30 pm, Prospect Park Band Shell. City of Water Day, 10 am, held on the New York and New Jersey waterfronts and on Governors Island. A bevy of free boat tours on a few tall ships and plenty of shorter ones (fireboats, tugboats). Other highlights include live music, a food court, Disney-sponsored kids’ activities, and a cardboard kayak race. Various locations. Canarsie Day, 8 am-7 pm, a day of fitness, baseball, soccer, cricket, rides, food, and giveaways. Canarsie EIP, 1651 Ralph Ave. Free Rowing Lessons, 12-5 pm. For City of Water Day, dress appropriately for both the weather and the water of Jamaica Bay. Paerdegat Basin Launch, 1310 Paerdegat Ave. North at Paerdegat 11th Street. South Summer Strolls, 5-9 pm. Climb a rock wall, hop around a bouncy house, explore fitness on fifth classes. Freddy’s Bar’s Doggy Fashion Show, Fifth Avenue from 12th to 18th Street. Film Screenings of 20 short films, 7:30 pm, 21+, $15 with the theme “Spoiler Alert,” along with music. Rough Trade NYC, 64 N. Ninth St. between Kent and Wythe Avenues. Sara Bouchard, 9 pm. Sound artist, conceptual songwriter, and longtime South Sloper performs “The News: Monday-Friday,” an ecological and political song cycle with lyrics entirely taken from words and phrases found in the newspaper. Open Source Gallery, 306 17th St. at Sixth Avenue. The Messy Show, 8 pm, $5. An experimental, outrageous comedy show with sketch group SOAP hosts a slew of great acts from the stand up and improv scene for a night of punk AF comedy. The Diamond, 43 Franklin St. at Calyer Street. A Red Summer Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball, 10 pm, 21+. Wear a mask and red outfit to this dance party with DJs, music from High Waisted, and a performance from La Danseurs de la Nuit Rouge. Tilt, 248 McKibbin St. between McKibbin and Siegel Courts. Pop-Up Pool, daily, 10 am to 6 pm until Monday, Sept. 4. The Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool is 30’x50’ pool and includes a sandy beach and play area with food and drinks from Lizzmonade. Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Greenway and Per 2 Promenade. WitchsFest USA: A Pagan Street Faire, 10 am, a source of female empowerment and support; at worst, in the habit of certain politicians to use witch as a derogatory term for outspoken women, a full day of workshops, performances, and vendors to meet all your witchy needs. Learn about “conjuring magickal protection”, jam to the Dragon Ritual Drummers and Shakti Thara, then wind down in the afternoon with a summer blessing ritual. Astor Place, Broadway and Lafayette St, Manhattan. Dale Chihuly, 10 am, free to $27. Cheery, saccharine work, sculptures made of ribbons and swirls of glass in bright and vibrant colors, play nicely with flowers and against a green backdrop. Included in the show are more than twenty works, three of which are new, and drawings that reveal his process. NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Gibney Dance at Brooklyn Bridge, summer Saturdays at 7 p.m., enjoy sunset performances on the East River, “class on the grass,” and installations created especially for this glorious site. Excerpts from Folding In, a 2016 contemporary dance by Gina Gibney with music by Hildur Guðnadóttir, will be shown on July 15 and 29; on July 22, come for a class at 5 and stay for a performance at 7 by Kinesis Project Dance Theatre. (Gibney’s dancers will also perform at Union Square Park in Manhattan at 5 pm. on July 27.) Brooklyn Bridge Park. The US Navy During World War II, 10-11 am, learn all about naval service in NYC in WWII. Floyd Bennett Field, Ryan Visitor Center.
Ongoing: see past descriptions. Art Installation, Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?, Angry Bird’s Universe, Art Island Outpost, Coney Island Circus Sideshow,Music in Motion, Giglio, Tai Chi in the Park, Graham Avenue Farmers Market, Citizenship Prep & U.S. Civics, Yoga in Prospect Park, Kayak Polo.
Sunday, July 16: Bastille Day Street Festival, 12-10 pm, celebrate the French Independence Day at this street festival outside the Bar Tabac bistro, featuring live music, drinks, and a petanque tournament. Cheer the French Revolution with Champagne and lawn games. Bar Tabac and its fellow restaurants turn Smith Street into one long pétanque court (72 teams compete in a tournament) and pastis haven. Vive les aperitif. Smith Street between Bergen and Pacific Streets. In the Arms of the Pack-Audience Edition, 7 pm, $20. In this theatrical game, half the audience plays a pack of vampires and werewolves, while the other half works together to create a narrative. The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Ave. between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street.
NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard, 10 am, not free tickets. National Ice Cream Day, honor the sweetest of the many inconsequential food-related holidays, the weekly Grand Bazaar NYC indoor/outdoor market will be showcasing vendors who make the frozen treat. Over one hundred local artists, antique dealers, supporting the market helps contribute to programs at four nearby public schools, with all proceeds going to them. Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street, Manhattan. Tickets.
Sasheer Zamata Party Time, 8 pm, $8-$10. Sasheer Zamata will be leaving SNL this season, this is a send-off show. Beyond playing Michelle Obama and a regular contestant on Black Jeopardy, see her stand-up act here, where she’ll be joined by Emmy-winning Wyatt Cenac, whose subtle observations call to mind some of his best Daily Show segments. The Bell House. Laughter in the Park 2017, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park. Learn how to build a shelter in the wild, 1-2:30 pm. Shelter Building, 218th Street and Indian Road in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan.