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54 Things to Do in Brooklyn This Spring

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Spring is around the corner. That means the weather and your social calendar will be heating up. Our Spring events guide includes more than fifty ways for you to indulge in your foodie cravings, discover new music and support the geniuses behind local homemade, homebrewed and handcrafted products at festivals and markets. Expand your cultural repertoire by attending exhibits, musical and dance performances, or find things to do on the days when you're just out and about. 

 

For Foodies 

1. Take a Vegan Crash Course
Are you curious about the vegan lifestyle or skeptical about the taste of food not flavored with bacon? Have you adopted the vegan way of life but have a hard time recreating the meals you love at home? The Raw Food Workshop hosted by Bees Hive Gallery, a space dedicated to what they describe as eHealth Entertainment, will give you the tools you need. Enjoy a five course tasting menu including raw pasta with zesty sauce and mouthwatering desserts. Your ticket includes a digital copy of the book “Be a Sexy Vegan in 30 Days.”

March 9 | 4pm – 6pm | Bees Hive Gallery, 424 Classon Avenue | Clinton Hill | $50

2. Take a Spring Break Vegan Style
Who said vegans don’t know how to party? No need to hop on a plane for fun in the sun when the Spring Break Vegan Pop-up Shop is right here in Brooklyn. Get ready for drink specials and an array of vegan goodies such as raw cookies, ice cream, cinnamon rolls and gluten free cakes. Happy hour prices are in affect for the entire event. You may get a hangover but it won’t be sugar induced since you are grubbing on vegan snacks. You can also purchase clothing, skincare products and jewelry. When you catch up with your friends and are swapping spring break souvenirs, attach a note that says “I went to the Spring Break Vegan Shop-up and I brought you back way more than a t-shirt.”

March 9 | 12- 5pm | Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Gratten Street | Bushwick | Free

3. Up Your Wine Skills 
Brooklyn Winery will be hosting several workshops to help you become a wine connoisseur. Learn the proper wine pairings, take an interactive tasting class, recognize the aromas in your glass and find out the best seasonal wines for Spring.

Various Dates from March 10 – April 22 | Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street | Williamsburg | $35

4. Dine In Brooklyn
When it comes to food, many of us have gourmet taste with an all-you-can-eat budget. This March, sample almost two hundred restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a fixed low price during Dine In Brooklyn. Restaurants in every neighborhood from Bensonhurst to Bed-Stuy will be offering two-for-one specials on each meal including brunch. If you enjoyed your food, go home with a full stomach and a “dine again” card worth $10.

March 11- 21 | $20.13 Lunch, $28.00 Dinne

5. Put a Wing on It
The Best Wings in Brooklyn Competition is back in Greenpoint for a fourth year. The makers of the wings that make you sing will win bragging rights and borough-wide wing domination. The Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation will receive a portion of the proceeds to aid relief for those affected by Hurricane Sandy in Coney Island, Staten Island and the Rockaways.

March 16 | 2pm – 8pm | Red Star Bar & Grill, 37 Greenpoint Avenue | Greenpoint | Free

6. Do Some Grillin’ on the Bay 
Prefer some meaty options on your plate this spring? Kick off the season with NYC’s official BBQ. Sheepshead Bites, along with sponsors Fletcher’s, presents Grillin’ on the Bay. Teams from all over the country including Maine, Ohio and Brooklyn (of course) get up bright and early to prepare their dishes. When the gates open, sample the results of the each team’s efforts. Throughout the day, official judges will be deciding who made the best chicken wings, pork ribs, vegetables and best overall dish in the cook’s choice round. But most importantly, you get to choose who made the best chili in the People’s Choice Chili Smackdown Competition.

March 23 | 10am | 2602 E. 18th St. between Avenue Z and Jerome Avenue | Sheepshead Bay | Free to enter

7. Grab a Bite at the Park
Grab a bite at the Brooklyn Bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Their tasty concessions open up for the spring season in April. Ice cream, pizza, beer and more will be available for you to indulge in while you take a stroll through the park, sit on a bench on the waterfront or lie on the grass with a good book. Old favorites Calexico Carne Asada, Blue Marble Ice Cream and Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar will be returning, plus four new concessionaires, Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Sub, Ample Hills Creamery and Fornino - The Art & Science of Pizza will be opening when Spring transitions into Summer.

Beginning in April | Brooklyn Bridge Park | Brooklyn Heights to Dumbo

8. Do Some Humanitarian Drinking
BeerAdvocate and Sixpoint Brewery host the Beer for Beasts charity event. Help support the Humane Society of New York City and enjoy exclusive beers, food vendors offering tastings and live entertainment.

April 6 | 1pm-5pm & 6pm-10pm | Bellhouse, 149 7th Street | Gowanus | $65 

9. Do the Smorgasburg
The outdoor event that gave us tons of vendors selling the tastiest goodies in Brooklyn will return on the first weekend in April. Show up hungry and ready to locate your favorite booths from the previous season. But also look out for some newbies setting up tables in the lot as the masterminds behind the Smorgasburg lineup are still taking applications and testing out the food of the of interested vendors.

Starting April 6 & 7 | 11am – 6pm | Saturdays between N. 6th and N. 7th Streets (at the East River) in Williamsburg & Sundays at Tobacco Warehouse in Dumbo.

10. Cause Some Chaos 
Bring your own everything to Chaos Cooking Cambodia hosted by the Gowanus Girls. Pack your knives, pots, pans, ingredients and a mingling spirit and get cooking. In support of the Forward Festival at Gowanus Loft, Season of Cambodia cooks are encouraged to make dishes with some Asian flair or any international cuisine of their choice. There will be music played which adds some spice to your mood and hopefully your dish. Don’t forget to also bring a bottle of bubbly. Share wine, food and laughs at this culinary mixer.

April 11 | 7pm – 12am | Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street #C8 | Gowanus | $35

11. Taste Brooklyn
Brooklyn Exposed is celebrating three years of delivering your everything guide to our wonderful borough. Celebrate with us by bringing your party hats and appetites to our annual event, Tasting Brooklyn. The borough is becoming a hot spot for everything from fine dining and multicultural cuisine to fun and eclectic food. The line up includes more than twenty-five restaurants you may have been dying to try as well as some of your old favorites. We’re sure that you will also discover new restaurants to add to your culinary rounds after this event. Share a bite with your sweetie or meet your foodie match as you both reach for the same treat. DJ Nutritious will be providing the tunes as you dance your way to the drink station to choose from the bountiful cocktails, beer and wine offerings. A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Brooklyn will go to The Brooklyn Recovery Fund, aiding those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

April 16 | 6:30pm to 9pm | The Green Building, 422 Union Street at Bond Street | Gowanus | $50 General Admission/ $75 VIP

12. Become a Homebrew Aficionado 
The Pride of Brooklyn Homebrewing Competition gives you a chance to taste more than 20 home brewed concoctions from makers all over the city. Find out what’s in your favorite local homebrews. Vote on the one you like the best and pick up a few tips on how to make your own brew.

April 27 | 12pm | Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street | Gowanus | $25

13. Eat Beef, Drink Beer
Carnivores rejoice! At Brooklyn Beefsteak, there’s a safe haven for meat lovers who know the value of a good cut of beef and a tall glass of beer to wash it down . If you have no qualms about stuffing your face with large quantities of meaty goodness while only armed with a napkin, then you don’t want to miss a gathering of like-minded folks. There will be an endless amount of La Frieda Cut Steaks, a steady flow of McSorley’s Light & Dark, and not a fork or knife in sight.  Wipe your hands on the Beefsteak 2013 apron you get when you attend, or keep as proof that you survived. Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company (SIT&DIE) round out the affair performing hillbilly tunes throughout the event.

April 28 | 1pm - 4pm & 5pm - 8pm | Bellhouse, 149 7th Street | Gowanus | $55 individual / $45 per person for group of 4+

14. Take a Ride at the Googamooga!
Take your belly for a ride at the 3-day 2013 Googamooga extravaganza. This amusement park style event offers themed pavilions designed for you to experience all types of food and drink. Last year’s festivities included pavilions filled with pizza, wine, ham, tasty treats and more. Be careful this year not to go into a food coma with food and drink options from 85 restaurants, 75 breweries and 100 wineries.  Not to mention, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Flaming Lips grace the stage opening day.

May 17 - 19 | Free to $79.50

 

Theater and Film

15. See, Hear, Taste, Touch 
The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company celebrates Women’s History Month with their second season of See, Hear, Taste, Touch. This multi-sensory exhibit features mixed media, painting and photography created by local women artists that will tickle your senses. See works from members of the International Womens Artists’ Salon and Loresa Lanceta, Diana Liao, Joy Lanceta and Larissa Belcic. Along with visual art this exhibit also features theatrical performances of six one-act plays written by female playwrights. After the performance there will be a Q&A with the artists.

March 15 & 16 | 8pm | The Great Room, 138 South Oxford Street | Fort Greene | $20 for a single ticket/ $35 for two tickets in advance

16. See A Twist to a Classic
The Royal Shakespeare Company presents the classic play Julius Caesar in a new way, set in present-day Africa featuring an all-black cast with a soundtrack of West African music and aiming to draw a comparison of the themes in the play to the state of the some of the government structures across the continent of Africa.

April 10 – 28 | BAM Harvey Theater, 30 Lafayette Avenue | Fort Greene | Tickets start at $25

17. Eat Popcorn on the Roof
Good people, good weather and excellent movies brought to you by Rooftop films. Last year they screened over 30 feature films, and 150 short films under a starlit sky all over the city. They are gearing up to bring you a lineup for Spring. A night at the movies will never be the same after you attend one of their screenings popping up at a scenic outdoor location near you.

Starting May 10 | 2013 Schedule will be announced in April. 

18. Join The Master Builder
A love triangle ensues after a past love reenters the life of brutal yet honored architect Halvard Solness in The Master Builder starring John Turturro, Wrenn Schmidt and Katherine Borowitz. His wife Aline who is troubled due to tragedies she has experienced, observes as Hilde derails her husband from his work focused lifestyle with her overflowing sexual energy coupled with reminders of the past.

May 12 – Jun 9 | BAM Harvey Theater, 30 Lafayette Avenue | Fort Greene | Tickets start at $25

19. See Brooklyn on the Big Screen 
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival will be back for the third year screening films by Brooklyn-based filmmakers as well as movies shot in and inspired by Brooklyn from all genres. Submissions for this year’s festival will be accepted until March 29. The panel of judges include Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos, Jungle Fever), Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty, Resident Evil), and more to be announced. Q&A’s with directors, writers and actors will take place after some of the showings. Past festivals have also included opportunities to attend free screenings and events with live music as well as discounts from participating businesses in the area.

May 15 - 19 | St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street | Brooklyn Heights

 

Just Dance

20. Get Moved by Literature
San Francisco-based contemporary dance company Liss Fain Dance brings their performance installation style to our side of the country in a two night engagement of The Water is Clear and Still. The dancers will fuse Fain’s chorography with readings from the short stories by acclaimed author, Jamaica Kincaid performed by actor Val Sinckler. Kincaid will be in attendance on day one of performance to sign copies of her books. Use a $5 discount you receive upon purchasing your ticket to buy the book of your choice.

March 7 8:30pm – 10pm & March 8 9pm – 10pm | powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street | Dumbo | $25

21. Get 4D'd at The Ballet Mash-up
The Brooklyn Ballet presents their 2013 season: In 4D. This season is filled with mash-ups of techno, digital and hip hop merging with ballet. Choreographer Lynn Parkerson and hacker collective NYCResistor collaborate with a new dance/digital format for the performance Tracking Back. London-based choreographer Julia K. Gleich brings the movement of hip hop and ballet together to the music of J.S. Bach and contemporary composer V. Barkauskas. A world premiere of Lynn Parkerson's Spiders, Cooks and Mood Swings, includes different styles of music to Stravinsky's Italian Suite.

March 8 - 9 8pm & March 10 4pm | Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street | Downtown Brooklyn | $25 for adults/ $15 for seniors and students

22. Capture Southeast Asian Spirits
BAM and Season of Cambodia present The Legend of Aspara Mera, a ballet performance choreographed by former prima ballerina, Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi. The Legend of Aspara Mera holds true to the Khmer tradition and captures the spirit of Southeast Asia. The performance is reminiscent of the stories “Chuming of the Sea of Milk” and “The Legend of Kambu and Mera" and is brought to life through the modern form of dance that was once only reserved for the gods. An artist talk will follow the show on May 3.

May 2 - 4 | BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue | Fort Greene | Tickets start at $20

23. Hear The Sounds of Africa
BAM’s longest running show, Dance Africa has been taking to the stage for thirty six years. Celebrate African and African American music, culture and movement, atch dance performances, listen to the sounds of Africa and shop at the outdoor bazaar for African, African American, and Caribbean food, arts, and crafts.

May 19 - May 27 | BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue | Fort Greene


Get Active

24. Get in On a Road Race 
Cyclists and runners take over the streets at the first round of the Red Hook Crit. Road racers, track specialists, bike messengers and urban athletes are grabbing their helmets or running shoes and getting ready to be crowned one of the best athletes in Brooklyn. The runners have four laps and the cyclists have twenty two laps to showcase their skills. Sign up or cheer them on.

March 30 | Races begin at 7pm | Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, 72 Bowne Street | Red Hook | Registration $35

 

Entertainment

25. Laugh Uncontrollably
BAM and IFC present this month’s Get it Out There show with an all-female comedian line up curated by Caroline Craighead and hosted by Emily Heller, comedians Nikki Glaser, Marina Franklin, Kendra Cunningham, Naomi Ekperigin and Heather Lawless. These funny women have been seen on MTV, Chappelle Show, Funny or Die, Comedy Central and more.

March 7 | 8pm | BAMcafe, 30 Lafayette Avenue | Fort Greene | Free

26. Get Geeky With Movies
All month, catch screenings of classic movies at Videology. Watch your favorite TV shows and compete in film and television themed trivia games. Watch the fierce RuPaul sashay and shantay with the contestants on this season’s RuPaul’s Drag Race or cheer on the first Jamaican Bobsled team in Cool Runnings. Big Quiz Thing quizmaster Noah Tarnow, pops in on March 8 to host Movieoke. Bring your own DVD or pick one from the stacked shelves at Videology. You act out your favorite scene A cappella so to speak, as it plays on the big screen with captions and no sound.

March 8 | 8pm | Videology, 308 Bedford Avenue | Williamsburg | Free

27. Do a Flash Back
Get gussied up in your best 1950’s inspired black tie attire to celebrate one of the greatest art forms of that time, burlesque, as the Bushwick Burlesque presents Sepia Seduction. The talented Jean Idelle, Dirty Martini, The World Famous *BOB* Tigger, The Maine Attraction, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Legs Malone and Chivaca Honeychild will shimmy and show a little leg to raise money for Jean Idelle and the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Legends Challenge. (The address to the exclusive location will be given upon purchase of your ticket).

March 16 | 8pm – 12am | House of Collection | Williamsburg | $40

28. Get on a Boat
Gather for wine and humor with a group of writers who have a knack for comedy at Steamboat. Comedian and author of Happy Cruelty Day, Bob Powers hosts the event featuring Rosie Schaap author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir and Dave Bry, author of the newly released memoir Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples with a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time. The lineup will also include few other people who are guaranteed to make you laugh.

March 21 | 7:30pm | Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street | Fort Greene | Free
 

For the Artsy Folks

29. Get Framed
As a part of Armory Arts Week, artist Ryan Frank will combine his photography with handmade sculptural frames. His photography collection on display captures landscapes from his travels around the world and in his own backyard. This exhibit will run until April 16.

Opening Reception March 9 | 6pm - 10pm | The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street | Cobble Hill | Free

30. Enjoy Hand Crafted
Brooklyn Creates brings art and food together in a way that highlights the process of creation to execution. Brooklyn Glass and Brooklyn Metal Works put the spotlight on artistically crafted tableware, farm to table foods and handcrafted brews. Enjoy good eats from food sponsor Smorgasburg served on metal tableware while sipping drinks from DIY brewers Bitter & Esters in glass made with an artsy touch.

March 9 | 7pm - 9pm | Brooklyn Glass Studio, 142 13th Street | Gowanus | $25

31. Get an Inside Look 
Take advantage of the only chance you will have to get a sneak peak of the projects the thirty five artists-in-residence are working on at The Invisible Dog’s Workspace + Open Studios. This is a rare opportunity to see a work in progress and get a look at the artist’s creative process.

March 9-10 | 12pm – 5pm (Opening Reception March 9 6pm – 10pm) | The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street | Cobble Hill | Free

32. Get Remixed
Graphic Designer Mike Joyner combined his love for Swiss Modernism with his fandom of all things punk rock. The result is a remix and restructuring of vintage hardcore, new wave, punk and indie rock event flyers into an international typographical style work of art in the form of posters. He calls this ongoing project, Swissted. Purchase the prints during the exhibit or the buy the coinciding book featuring each of his creations at the book release party. 

Exhibit: March 11 - 25 during store hours| Book Launch: March 14 at 7pm - 9pm | powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street | Dumbo | Free

33. See a Brushstroke Battle
Brooklyn has been the host to every kind of takedown where foodies have sharpened their knives to compete to be the last person standing in culinary competitions. Attend a takedown where the only palette that matters is covered with every shade on the color wheel and the only utensil required is a paintbrush when artists go head to head in the Painting Takedown. Watch as they take on the challenge to create Bob Ross inspired landscapes. As soon as the paint dries on the canvases, they will be up for auction so you can take home the work of your favorite takedown competitor. People’s Choice awards win $100, $150 and $250 prizes sponsored by Utrecht. All proceeds go to Citymeals-On-Wheels.

March 24 | 6pm -9pm | The Active Space, 566 Johnson Ave | Bushwick | Free

34. Get Experimental
Experimental artists use their medium of choice and personal method of creation to bring forth works that integrate sound and moving images in Music Mate. Featured artists David Schafer, Alfredo Marin and Bob Bellerue will present a mixture of interpretations of the theme. Works on display will use a wide range of algorithmic media, technology, analog media in conjunction with composition, performance-installations and other interdisciplinary methods.

March 29 | 8pm | The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street | Cobble Hill | Free

35. Picture This
Artist 2Fik's last showing at The Invisible Dog captured him as multiple characters telling a story about identity, sexuality and religion with his work. He returns to the scene of the crime with a new collection where he is again at  the center of each piece. This time he presents photographic recreations of popular European paintings in 2Fik’s Museum. This exhibit will be on display until May 18.

Opening Reception April 20 | 6pm- 10pm | The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street | Cobble Hill | Free

 

Book Lovers

36. Chat With Al Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore has been a longtime messenger about the outlook of our future. Though many have found his predictions to be “inconvenient” he continues to provide a forecast of what we have to look forward to if we continue to treat our surroundings in the manner in which we do. Gore switches gears from climate change to bringing attention to global change in his newest book The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. Meet Gore and participate in a discussion of his view of the future as he delves deeper into the six points he identifies as factors driving the change in our global affairs. Get a signed copy of his book with the purchase of your ticket.

March 8 | 6pm - 8pm | powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street | Dumbo | $45 General Admission/ $50 preferred seating/ $35 tickets for students at the door if space permits.

37. Enjoy A Musical Book Party
Journalist, outspoken commentator and Fort Greene resident Toure presents his new book about Prince entitled I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon in the best way anyone could celebrate the artist, with a dance party. A normal book reading would not do justice to Prince’s prolific contributions to music and culture. Get a signed copy from Toure while a guest DJ spins classic songs by Prince all night.

March 29 | 7pm- 9pm | Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street | Fort Greene | Free

38. See Some Blond Ambition
Celebrate the book launch of Selena Coppock’s New Rules for Blondes featuring a collection of her hilarious essays. The night will be filled with fun, drinks and homemade blondie treats. Despite the title of the book, this is a party for bold women everywhere. Blondes, brunettes, redheads and fearless women with pink streaks are all welcome. 

April 23 | 7:30pm | Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street | Gowanus| Free

39. Gear up for Books and Crawling
This year’s dates for the Brooklyn Lit Crawl have been announced but itinerary for the event has not been released. This is the time to get involved as the event begins to take shape. If you would like to be a curator, contact the organizers and tell them about yourself. Writers, sign up be an author sponsor, and in turn your book will be promoted on the homepage of their website. If you want to volunteer to keep the events running smoothly this year they’re looking for you as well.

May 18 | More information to be announced

 

Music

40. Do a Hip Hop Takeover 
The influence of Hip Hop has spread all over the world and become a part of the music culture of many countries. Though the music is seen as entertainment, a large amount of it is birthed from narratives about social and political issues and call for change. Today that tradition continues in the music produced in other countries as reflected in Mic Check: Hip Hop from North Africa and the Middle East. Experience a fusion of rap musicians Amkoullel (Mali), Deeb (Egypt), El General (Tunisia), Shadia Mansour (Palestine/ UK) and traditional musicians Brahim Fribgane and Yacouba as they use a contemporary musical style to share their message.

March 9 | 7:30pm | BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue | Fort Greene | $20

41. Bowl With Beats
For two nights, Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli blesses the mic with his masterful and thought provoking lyrics with beats provided by a live band. His music has been educating and entertaining the masses over the airwaves since he first stepped onto the Hip Hop scene in 1990 with the group Black Star. The rapper will be joined by producer and performer Cory Mo.

March 17 & 18 | 9pm | Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue | Williamsburg | $15/ $25 for  two day pass

42. Enjoy a Festival of Fruits
Experience three days of performances from two dozen Brooklyn-based bands at the Aputumpu Music Festival. The festival shares its name with the Aputumpu fruit, known for its sweet taste once you get past the rough exterior. The bands featured in the festival have an edgy appearance and performance style with deep, meaningful lyrics and messages in their music. Party into the wee hours of the morning to pop, indie, electronic, lofi and rock. The festival will take place in venues in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. Brooklyn venues include the Cameo Gallery, Public Assembly and Loft 594.

March 28 - 30 | 6pm – 3am | Williamsburg and Bushwick | $30 Festival Pass, $10 in Advance, $12 at the door

43. Get in On The Poetry
Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic team up with Ishmael Islam, the 2012 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, in a night of poetry with contemporary chamber music accompaniment. Islam will perform pieces from his debut collection entitled Meet at Greene along with Brooklyn Phil string members Mark Mellits, Don Byron and Randall Woolf (Blues for Black Hoodies). Some people believe that the best lyrics are simply poetry set to music. Witness the fusion of two art forms as Islam’s words sync with the instrumental melodies of the featured musicians at Strings and Slam Poets. Stick around for a Q&A with the performers after the concert.

April 7 | 4pm | S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, 10 Grand Army Plaza | Prospect Heights | Free

44. Have A Folking Good Time
The 5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival is three days of all things folk. This festival, brought to you by Down Home Radio Show and The Fabulous Jalopy, features music from more than two dozen bands, readings, workshops, film screenings and even a good old fashioned square dance. Or you can bring the kids and participate in a sing-along. Tap your feet to the best bands in the genre playing folk, bluegrass, blues and more.

April 19 - 21 | Bellhouse, 149 7th Street | Gowanus | $15

45. Hear A Few Musical Fellows
Could you imagine a more beautiful soundtrack for Spring than original beautifully composed string quartet music? Listen to world premiere compositions performed by new string quartets from the 2012 - 2013 Outside-In Fellows of the Brooklyn Phil, featuring fellows Jesse Krakow, Toshi Reagon and Hadi Eldebek. Also experience new work all about life in Nepal from resident composer and mentor Randall Woolf, including a film by Mary Harron and John C. Walsh of Ruby Nation Films, Inc., for Brooklyn Phil concertmaster Deborah Buck. 

May 1 | 8pm | Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street | Dumbo| $15
 

Out & About 

46. Shop, Eat, Drink
The Gowanus Market is back. A continued collaboration with Film Biz Recycling guarantees you tons of square footage lined with creatively decorated booths of vendors selling one-of-a-kind goods. Peruse the selection of movie props while enjoying live music, beer, food and more.

March 16 &17 | 7pm – 2am | Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street #C8 | Gowanus | Free

47. Do It Local 
No need to travel to Texas for SXSW when you can be among some of the best music, beer, food, artists and more at Local X Local. Brooklyn Brewery hosts this event to celebrate twenty five years in the brewing business while showcasing all of the local talent we have in our own backyard. The band Beach Fossils will be in the house to entertain you while you’re shopping and sampling.

March 20 | 6pm | Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue | Williamsburg | Free with RSVP/ $5 on the day of the show

48. Celebrate Japan in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is in full bloom this Spring with floral and nature filled exhibits that will make you forget about the horrible winter we experienced. Celebrate Japanese culture at Sakura Matsuri, which features an array of the most beautiful and diverse cherry trees you can find in our country. The celebration also includes tea ceremonies, performances, a fashion show, workshops and more. On another trip to the garden, bring your kids or reawaken your child-like spirit when you visit Roderick Romano’s tree house installation made out of pieces found after Hurricane Sandy.

(Tree house) Begins April 6, (Sakura Matsuri) April 27 & 28 | 10am – 6pm | Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, 150 Eastern Parkway | Free for members / $5 for kids/ $10 for adults/ special pricing for Sakura Matsuri

49. Put a String On It
Musicians and aspiring rock stars gather to check out the merchandise at the Brooklyn Springtime Guitar Show. Vendors will be selling every accessory you need for your guitar from straps and picks to strings and cables. Buy, sell and trade musical equipment. Start a band, get your old band back together or buy an acoustic so you could start blowing people away at open mics.

April 7 | 11am | Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue| Williamsburg | Free

50. Step Out on the Zine
Though the digital age is upon us, there are still some of us who enjoy flipping through an actual magazine at our leisure. Admire the glossy pages and purchase magazines from more than eighty publishers, artists and writers who have self-published magazines at this year’s Brooklyn Zine Fest. Find zines that speak to your interests and hobbies or discover the something new.

April 21 | 11am | Public Assembly, 70 North 6 Street | Williamsburg | Free

51. Cross the Brooklyn Ferry
Three nights of late night dance parties, live bands and short film screenings will take place under one roof at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival. Get ready for another year of bands and artists from every genre including experimental music curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of Brooklyn’s own The National.

April 25- 27 | BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue | Fort Greene | $50 

52. Keep On Spinning
There is something to be said about evolution in the portability of music, especially when you can plug in your headphones and block out the wondrously weird things that may happen on your commute. However, putting a 33 or 45 on a turntable, placing the needle just right and listening to the rich sound come out of your speakers at home is also quite desirable. Add to your record collection after browsing through thousands of  LP’s representing every genre at the Vinyl Revolution Record Show.

April 28| 11am | Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street | Gowanus | $3- $10

53. Eat, Drink, Party at Night
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar was the place to be in the Fall and now it will be back this Spring. Shop, eat, drink, play and party at the event where a 40,000 square foot warehouse is packed with bands, vendors and lively Brooklynites.

Beginning in May | More details to be announced

54. Design Brooklyn
Feel like there's been a void in your living room? That’s because BKLYN Designs was on hiatus for two years. But have no fear because they are back this year featuring Brooklyn-made furnishings and decorative pieces for homeowners and apartment dwellers with a contemporary style.

May 10- 12 | Dumbo | Time and location TBA

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