Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will now be required for festival-goers wanting to join in on BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn events.

The negative COVID-19 test needs to be taken within 72 hours of entry.

The arts and media organization announced the new policy on Monday, saying it will go into effect this Thursday, August 19.

Organizers said the decision came after music festivals across the country, include New York’s SummerStage, rolled out similar protocols due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the rise of the Delta variant.

“While BRIC remains committed to creating open and accessible musical experiences for all of New York City, we must also ensure the safety of our staff, our audiences and the communities that we serve,” Lia Camille Crockett, executive producer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, said.

“We wholeheartedly believe that coming together for live cultural events is one of the most important ways for us to heal and move forward. This extra layer of protection is what we need right now to create an environment that is safe for us all.”

People aged 2-12 who are unable to be vaccinated do not have to present a negative test to attend, but must remain masked at all times at the free festival shows, organizers said. Some ticketed benefit shows have a different testing policy, which can be found on individual show pages. 

BRIC recently announced that the return of JazzFest in-person at BRIC House Oct. 21-23 will also require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.

BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is running through September, bringing a number of live performances to the borough. All of the acts are free, aside from a small number of ticketed benefit concerts.

The lineup for the remainder of the festival includes:

  • “Celebrate Biggie” with performances by Busta Rhymes / Lil Kim / The Lox / DJ Stephcakes and more [21+]
    Thursday, August 19th 
  • Junglepussy / Tygapaw / Mari World 
    Friday, August 20th
  • Lido Pimienta / Rita Indiana / YENDRY 
    Saturday, August 21st *Doors 6:00pm/Show 7:00pm
  • Movie Night: In The Heights *Show 8:00pm
  • Yaeji / KeiyaA / Nappy Nina 
    Friday, August 27th *Doors 6:00pm/Show 7:00pm
  • San Fermin / Attacca Quartet / Son Little 
    Saturday, August 28th *Doors 6:00pm/Show 7:00pm
  • Elsie Fest 
    Sunday, August 29th **Benefit concert
  • Glass Animals 
    Tuesday, August 31st **Benefit concert; Tickets via 
  • Club Quarantine Live: D-Nice with Special Guests 
    Thursday, September 2nd **Benefit concert
  • Passion Fruit Dance Company / Saadiq Bolden / Soul Summit Dance Party / St James Joy 
    Friday, September 10th
  • Wizkid 
    Saturday, September 11th **Benefit concert
  • Mr. Eazi / Bembona / AJO 
    Friday, September 17th *Doors 6:00pm/Show 7:00pm
  • Trombone Shorty with Orleans Avenue / MICHELLE 
    Saturday, September 18th

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