Brooklyn Currents | 7/01/2013 | 1 comments


Here's a list of some of the many free or low-cost events and activities around Brooklyn.
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The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series returns with  performances in the parks of all five boroughs. FREE.
Thursdays through August 8, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn. FREE

BAM presents R&B Festival at MetroTech. Now in its 19th year, the festival, presented by BAM, features R&B legends alongside vibrant newcomers with 10 free outdoor concerts.

Summerstage: Free Summer Concerts in Parks Citywide - City Parks Foundation's SummerStage will bring over 100 performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. Through August 29. For a complete listing visit FREE.

The Seaside Concert Series, W. 21st St. and Surf Ave. in Coney Island, (718) 222-0600, is under way Thursday nights. For artists and schedules, visit
For info on the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series, Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road. and Winthrop Street Monday nights, For info, visit

Celebrate Brooklyn! - This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the dynamic concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell presented by BRIC Arts | Media | BKLYN and featuring a diverse range of music, dance and film events. Through August 10. Select performances are listed below. Suggested admission is $3.
August 1, 8:00 PM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
 August 10, 7:30 PM - They Might Be Giants / Moon Hooch
For a complete program listing visit

On Stage at Kingsborough Hot Summer Nights Concert Series - Kingsborough Community College presents a series of summer concerts at its outdoor bandshell, with iconic views of the New York waterfront.
Big Apple-based jazz bands offer free outdoor concerts each Saturday evening in July at the Kingsborough Community College bandshell.
The George Gee Swing Orchestra took the stage on July 13; The Hot Sardines play on July 20, and on July 27 it's David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band.

Hot Summer Nights concert series, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (718) 368-5596, June 13, 20 and 27, doors open 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Visit

Performances in Parks Citywide
In addition to larger music festivals, the Parks Department is hosting dozens of artists to standalone performances all summer long. Some of the many concerts taking place include:

July 30, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn. FREE. - "King Kong" Written by Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner / Directed by Alfred Preisser. As part of SummerStage, Randy Weiner and director Alfred Preisser team up for a hip-hop themed theater remake of "King Kong", a totally original music/dance/comedy spectacle that upends everything you thought you knew about one of the most famous love stories of all time. Presented By Time Warner.
For a complete listing of events taking place in parks, visit 


Summer Streets - Part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party, Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City's most valuable public space–our streets. On three Saturdays this August, nearly seven consecutive miles of NYC's streets will be opened for New Yorkers and visitors alike to play, walk and bike. The route extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, with easy side travel options to the Hudson River Greenway, Harlem, Brooklyn and Governors Island, and will feature a broad range of activities for all ages. Check later in the summer for more information. All activities are FREE.

Weekend Walks - DOT is once again partnering with community groups in every borough to present Weekend Walks. These temporary pedestrian streets expand the doorsteps of local businesses and cultural institutions while promoting healthy, safe, and fun recreation. Hosted by local community groups and merchants, each Weekend Walk features a range of family-friendly activities, from music performances to arts and crafts to classes and youth programming. This year there are 24 Weekend Walks events in all five boroughs through October. For a list of locations and dates, visit or call 311. All activities are FREE.
For more information visit

Public Art Fund - The Public Art Fund hosts temporary, site-specific public art installations throughout the city year round. This summer's exhibitions include:
Configurations brings together new and recent works by four artists who share a concern with one of the essential questions of sculpture: what happens when we walk around an object. Through September 16, MetroTech Center, Brooklyn. FREE.
Oscar Tuazon: People consists of three related sculptures inspired by the resourceful creativity of urban neighborhoods, suggesting sculptural variations on familiar playground designs. Through October 13, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn. FREE.

The Water Tank Project - Word Above the Street - A public art and environmental advocacy campaign that will transform the New York City skyline for three months beginning in August 2013. More than  100 water tanks across all five boroughs will be wrapped with water-themed contemporary art by both leading and emerging artists to draw awareness to our most precious resource - water. Art up above will be grounded in a variety of educational programs and social media initiatives. Starting in August, citywide. FREE.

Art in the Parks - NYC Parks hosts temporary public art exhibitions in public spaces in all five boroughs throughout the year.
Ben Snead, Fish Farm (Brooklyn Snappers) - Three large fish heads sprout from the corner of this slopping lawn bordered by the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Presented by Two Trees Development. Through September 27, Clumber Corner, Brooklyn. FREE.
For a complete listing of public art installed in city parks, visit


Free Movies in the Parks - NYC Parks host dozens of free film screenings in parks throughout the boroughs through September. Visit for a complete listing. Film series in New York City parks include:
Films on the Green - Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with NYC Parks Department. This year the festival explores the many facets of love with works by established and new directors. Fridays through August 2, times and locations vary. FREE.

Syfy Movies with a View - Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy - Now in its 14th season, Movies with a View is one of the most popular summer film series in New York City. This year's films include Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Vertigo, and a film to be determined by a public vote. Evenings start with a DJ at 6:00 PM. Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 6:00 PM (movies start at sun down), Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn. FREE.

Rooftop Films Summer Series - During the summer of 2013, Rooftop will present over 40 nights of film to 25,000 audience members in spectacular outdoor locations throughout New York City. Through August 17, times and locations vary. Several screenings are FREE.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach - The Coney Island Development Corporation and NYC & Company in conjunction with Rooftop Films present a free beachside film series in Coney Island. Mondays, July 1 - August 19, films start at dusk, on the beach at W 10th Street, Brooklyn. FREE.

2013 BAM Senior Cinema - BAM's popular monthly Senior Cinema program returns bringing classics to the big screen. Senior Cinema provides moviegoers 65 years of age and older free admission to a movie with complimentary popcorn and soda. BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave. Fridays at 10:00 AM. FREE.


The City of New York is home to more than 700 galleries, 380 nonprofit theater companies, 330 dance companies, 131 museums, 96 orchestras, 40 Broadway theaters, 15 major concert halls, five zoos, five botanical gardens, and an aquarium.  Many institutions offer free hours or suggested admission:

Free Hours at Cultural Venues - Brooklyn Botanic Garden | - Free admission on Saturdays from 10 AM–Noon, all day Tuesdays, winter weekdays, and Fridays for seniors. 

Brooklyn Children's Museum | - Free admission every third Thursday  4–7 PM and the first full weekend of every month 2–5 PM, except holiday weekends.

New York Aquarium | - Suggested donation Fridays after 3 PM.

New York Botanical Garden | - Free all day Wednesdays, and Saturday 10 AM–Noon. 


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