This weekend proves again why Brooklyn is the spot. You can do anything and everything: food, museums, art, culture, music, dance. You name it – Brooklyn got it! Your Brooklyn Weekend starts now!

FRIDAY

WHAT: BOURBON! At the Brooklyn Historical Society – September is National Bourbon Heritage Month: a chance to celebrate an American classic. But do you know the Brooklyn story of bourbon and whiskey? Or have you ever wondered where the word “bourbon” even comes from? (Hint: France). Join the folks at the Brooklyn Historical Society for a fun evening of French music, Brooklyn drinks and far-reaching talks, all in the name of bourbon!

WHEN: Friday, September 15, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY

HOW MUCH: Free!

Ghostface & Smoke DZA!

WHAT: Ghostface Killah and Smoke DZA at Brooklyn Bowl –Wu-Tang’s Ironman will be dropping some consciousness at the Meadows Afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl, before he takes the stage himself on Sunday at the festival. Ghostface will be joined by Smoke DZA. Get out and show them some New York – Brooklyn – love! Get your tickets here.

WHEN: Friday, September 15, 11:30pm (doors open at 11:00pm)

WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11249

HOW MUCH: $25

SATURDAY

WHAT: Toast of Brooklyn, Food & Wine Festival –  Cheers to the best borough and the finest wines from around the world! Pack in some beastly bites from celebrity chefs and specialty cocktails from acclaimed mixologist, and now you have yourself this weekend’s coolest party. If you’re not a big wino, artisanal beers and spirits will be available for tastings and local artists and bands will rock the night. Get your tickets here.

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 12:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: Restoration Plaza1360 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11216

HOW MUCH: $50 – $100

WHAT: Closing Celebration: “We Wanted a Revolution” – Come together to celebrate the exhibition “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85” with artists, activists and scholars. This daylong event honors the trailblazing artists in the exhibition, and highlights the intergenerational connections between art and activism. The event includes a curator tour with Catherine Morris and Rujeko Hockley; Conversations with Howardena Pindell, Andrianna Campbell, Barbara Chase-Riboud,Thomas Lax and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on Blondell Cummings, as well as performances by Black women artists for Black Lives Matter.

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $25 for the entire program; $16 excluding the curator tour.

WHAT: Church of Broken Pieces – Opening Reception-  In “Church of Broken Pieces,” Theodore presents a body of photographs made on the streets of Philadelphia’s African American neighborhoods, many of which are endangered by gentrification. The exhibition, named after a church close to Theodore’s childhood home, explores the psychic, physical and technological translocation of black America. To attend the free opening reception, please RSVP here.

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Richard Beavers Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11216

HOW MUCH: Free! Please RSVP here.

What: SOUL in the Horn Summer is celebrating its grand Summer finale, and it’s going to be big looking at the DJ lineup: Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu, Natasha Diggs & Rich Medina, Featuring live performances by DMD, King Karnov & BZB, say what?!?! This must-do affair for eclectic music lovers is curated by DProsper and will take place at Pioneer Works.

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 9:00pm

WHERE: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

HOW MUCH: Free with RSVP.

SATURDAY/ SUNDAYWHAT: Worlds Fair Nano – This two-day festival gives you an exciting glimpse into the future. The festival features a “Technology Playground” including a solar-powered car, a 500-foot electric skateboard racetrack, a 40-person virtual reality theater and a 2,000 square-foot drone arena, as well as the world’s most socially advanced artificially intelligent robot named BINA48. Visitors can also partake in an interactive art experience and splash light on a 20-foot diameter canvas, watch the floating clouds and skyscape shift in a monet-esque reflection, or compose their own symphony by rearranging the light cubes of a room-scale installation piece. During the “Futurist Talks” speaker series fairgoers will learn about the future of artificial intelligence, vertical farming, art, psychedelic science from more than 40 experts and pioneers of future technology, art and science. Click here for more information and tickets.
WHEN: Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 10:00am – 6:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St. Brooklyn, NY. 11222

HOW MUCH: starting at $55

SUNDAY

WHAT: Brooklyn Book Festival – Where should we start? The festival is enormous with more than 300 national and international writers of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels who will participate in panels, readings and other creative performances on 14 stages around Brooklyn Borough Hall. This year’s impressive list of authors include Karl Ove Knausgård, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud, Chris Hayes, Carolyn Forché, Sarah Dessen, Alexandra Bracken, Thi Bui, Lynn Nottage, Hisham Matar, Maira Kalman – and many, many more! Really. Many more. Go here for the full list of events. Additionally, there will also be an outdoor Literary Marketplace where festivalgoers can stroll past booths and tents of more than 200 independent booksellers and publishers. Oh, and if you want to bring the kids…go Saturday for the Children’s Day!

WHEN: Sunday, September 17, 10:00am – 6:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

HOW MUCH: Free!

WHAT: JAPANFes Ramen Contest 2017 – Gather your ramen-squad and hit up the first Brooklyn Ramen contest ever! The contest will be held street fair-style at Myrtle Avenue, between Wyckoff Ave and St Nicholas Av, around the corner from the Myrtle Wykoff Avenue subway station. According to the organizers, this will be the best ramen contest ever because it features previous award winners, ramen restaurants straight from Japan and a total of 15 kind of ramen. There will also be live music by Japanese recording artists Kohei and Tia. And if you wish, you can dance, too.

WHEN: Sunday, September 17, 10:00am – 6:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn (Myrtle Ave btw Wyckoff Ave and St Nicholas Ave)

HOW MUCH: You pay as you go. One bowl of ramen is $10, you get a free drink with the purchase of three bowls.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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