Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) and the Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association (TAMA) have just announced the return of the 9th Annual TAMA Summerfest. 

This year, the TAMA Summerfest will be taking over Tompkins Avenue, between Halsey Street and Gates Avenue, with activities, live music and lots of great local food on Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, August 17. 

TAMA Summerfest invites the natives and newcomers of Bedford Stuyvesant to celebrate the community and support the local businesses along Tompkins Avenue which is home to an eclectic mix of artisans, boutiques, bars, eateries, and wellness and health services.

Each year, the Summerfest transforms the business corridor into a vehicle-free pedestrian space offering children’s games, book readings, food, dancing, live music, mobile health stations, discounts, prizes and more. Merchants along Tompkins Avenue, as well as assorted community organizations and vendors, will have tables along the street offering product demonstrations, samples, information and resources.

And a packed program with live performances will certainly keep the crowd entertained. This year’s performances include nationally recognized dance troupes Asase Yaa and Cumbe Dance, live music provided by Rapper Sean Pen and R&B Singer Rkhty as well as short film screenings by Luminal Theater, the Bed-Stuy based theater dedicated to the diverse cinema and media of the Black/African diaspora

“TAMA SummerFest has grown from less than 100 in attendance to over 2000 attending every year,” said Tiecha Merritt, president of TAMA and owner of The Bush Doctor Juice Bar. “We truly appreciate the love and support received from the community.”

TAMA Summerfest

When: Saturday, July 20 and August 17 | 12:00pm – 7:00pm | Free

Where: Tompkins Avenue (between Halsey Street and Gates Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11221

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