The fall lineup for the 2019 events series, “Downtown Brooklyn Presents,” is here, celebrating the people and the plazas of one of the nation’s fastest-growing downtowns.
Sponsored by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, this year’s exciting events will take place across Albee Square, MetroTech Commons, Willoughby Plaza, and the Plaza at 300 Ashland.
Kicking off the season is the one-of-a-kind swing dance series, Dance Around Downtown: Swing, at MetroTech Commons, hosted each week by MC Dandy Wellington alongside the best bands, DJs, and dance teachers in the city.
The lineup also includes lunchtime jazz concerts in September; plaza parties with local legends Brooklyn United youth marching band; an immersive site-specific street performance around Downtown Brooklyn with Begat Theater Company as part of the French Embassy’s Brooklyn Falls for France season; and Brooklyn Brews, a celebration of Brooklyn breweries presented by Brookfield Properties.
Seasonal favorites – Halloween’s BK Boo! and DTBK Gets Lit! holiday lights celebration – will return to Albee Square, while the weekend-long Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (DBAF) and BRIC JazzFest kickoff concert will be held once again at the Plaza at 300 Ashland.
Here are just a few of the sizzling events to keep all Brooklyn residents moving!
Dance Around Downtown: Swing!
September Thursdays | 5PM-8PM
The final dance and stop on the Dance Around Downtown series is Swing at MetroTech Commons! Join us every Thursday in September for live music and dancing, hosted each week by MC Dandy Wellington, featuring the best bands, DJs, and dance teachers in the Big Apple. In partnership with Prohibition Productions.
9/12: Gordon Webster + Friends, with DJ Odysseus Bailer, and lesson with Jennifer Sowden + Brooklyn Swings
9/19: Charles Turner + Uptown Swing, with DJ Brian Ferdman, and lesson with Gaby Cook
9/26: Eyal Vilner Big Band + Queen Esther, with DJ Ryan Swift from Frim Fram, and lesson with Evita Arce
Lunchtime Jazz Concerts
September Fridays | 12:00PM-1:30PM
Columbus Park Plaza, Brooklyn Borough Hall
Fridays in September, lunch outside at Columbus Park Plaza accompanied by Brooklyn’s best jazz musicians. Presented by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, DBP, and the Jazz Foundation of America with partial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, the NYS Legislature, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and NY City Council.
9/13: Tulivu’s Seasoned Elegance
9/20: Gene Ghee Quartet
9/27: Greg Lewis Organ Monk
Brooklyn Brews presented by Brookfield Properties
Friday Sept 13, 4PM-8PM | Saturday Sept 14, 12PM-5PM
Brooklyn Brews presented by Brookfield Properties is a celebration of the local community featuring Brooklyn breweries, tasty bites, music, lawn games, and kid-friendly activities! This event is both family and dog-friendly.
Brooklyn United Back-to-School Day at Albee Square
Saturday Sept 14 | 11AM-6PM
Going back to school is FUN, especially on the Fulton Mall! Brooklyn’s own marching band and dance group, Brooklyn United, hosts a back-to-school #BUday at Albee Square with dancing and drumming workshops and live performances. Have fun and be in it to win some neat Downtown Brooklyn back-to-school swag.
Brooklyn United Day at the Plaza at 300 Ashland
Saturday Sept 21 | 11AM-6PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Brooklyn’s own marching band and dance group, Brooklyn United, hosts another #BUday, this time at the Plaza at 300 Ashland! A day of dancing and drumming workshops and live performances.
Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day
Saturday Sept 21 | 10AM-4PM
The Brooklyn Book Festival brings back its popular Children’s Day, a full day celebration of free literary activities targeting young book lovers. Attend workshops and visit the beloved Picture Book Tent and Young Readers Stage.
Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (DBAF)
Friday Oct 4 – Sunday Oct 6
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Downtown Brooklyn’s celebration of cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit. Full schedule TBA.
Visit dbartsfestival.org for more information.
BRIC JazzFest Kickoff Concert
Saturday Oct 19 | 3PM-5PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Brooklyn’s ultimate jazz festival launches with a free outdoor concert in Downtown Brooklyn! Stay tuned for the featured artist announcement.
Saturday Oct 26 | 2PM-5PM
Come to Albee Square for a multicultural Halloween celebration with fun activities, live music, and art. And be sure to visit their neighbors at City Point to continue the fun!
DTBK Gets Lit! Holiday Lighting Party
Thursday Nov 21 | 5PM-6PM
Join the annual holiday season kickoff – Downtown Brooklyn style– at Albee Square for special guest performances and the countdown to holiday lights ON!
To see the full calendar of events, go here.
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