As seasons come and go, they bring changes in weather and holidays, not to mention plenty of annual events and festivals Brooklyn. If you’re a fan of food, music, art, cars or all of the above, there’s definitely some kind of festival around here that you’ll enjoy. Make sure to add the Best Annual Event or Festival in Brooklyn to your list of activities for the year.
2023: Brooklyn Voted Brooklyn Americana Music Festival Best Annual Event/Festival!
Brooklyn Americana Music Festival
63 Pearl Street, Brooklyn
(718) 552-5066 – bkamf.com
Taking place at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo Archway, Jalopy Theatre, 68 Jay St. Bar, Sunny’s and Superfine, this amazing event will take place between June 22 and June 25, along with Sept. 28 and Oct. 1. Artist that have been presented at past festivals include: Allison Russell, Rachel Price (Lake Street Dive), Green Sky Bluegrass, Aaron Frazer (Durand Jones), Kyshona, Caleb Caudle, Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show), Brennen Leigh, Melissa Carper, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Hello Mary, Nora Brown, Luke Winslowe King, Willi Carlisle. The concerts are free for all ages!
2022: Brooklyn Voted BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Best Annual Event/Festival!
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
647 Fulton St, Brooklyn
(718) 683-5600 – bricartsmedia.org
Brooklynites need not travel beyond their own borough for a summer full of outdoor live music. They also need not open their wallets because BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is completely free. The event series’ exciting and diverse performances attract more than 200,000 attendees for a rockin’ fun time all summer long. The concerts al fresco have been going strong for more than 40 years now, and the festival welcomes international stars and local acts alike to the Prospect Park Bandshell every year. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival not only puts on amazing shows but brings the cultural community of Brooklyn together in a meaningful way, making it the best annual event in the borough.
2020: Brooklyn Voted Coney Island Mermaid Parade Best Annual Event!
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
1208 Surf Ave, Brooklyn
(718) 372-5159 – www.coneyisland.com
Celebrate life under the sea at The Coney Island Mermaid Parade. The largest art parade in the nation, this beachside community treasure showcases the mermaid-themed creative pieces of over 3,000 artists from all five boroughs and beyond. Since 1983, floats, cars, and hoards of costumed walkers have ushered in each summer the swimming season by bringing ocean mythology to life and giving creative New Yorkers an outlet for public self-expression on Mermaid and Neptune streets.
2019: Brooklyn Voted Brooklyn Film Festival Best Annual Event!
Brooklyn Film Festival
180 S. 4th Street #2
(718) 388-4306 – brooklynfilmfestival.org
Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an International, competitive festival. BFF mission is to provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films. To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema. To encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure. BFF, inc. is a not-for-profit organization. Every year the Brooklyn Film Festival donates hundreds of complimentary tickets to Brooklyn Schools and offers to Students & Senior Citizens discounted tickets. One of BFF’s oldest programs, KidsFilmFest, an event for and by young filmmakers and film buffs, this year held at Made in NY Media Center by IFP, will be completely free of charge for all the kids and teens attending.