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Drummers have gathered in this welcoming corner of Prospect Park for over 30 years. It is difficult to pass by the Drummer’s Grove on a Sunday afternoon without being lured by the irresistible rhythm, the vibrant dancers, and the celebratory atmosphere that pervades the air.
In 1968, the Congo Square Drummers began gathering here informally. Since then, the circle has expanded to include an ever-evolving mix of musicians, dancers, and vendors. The growing popularity of this area as a site for a weekly drumming circle inspired the Prospect Park Alliance to add seating and officially name the site. Anyone is free to bring their drums and participate, or just stop and listen while passing by on the East Drive.
The Drummer’s Grove was a part of a $1 million renovation of the Parkside Avenue/Ocean Avenue entrance to the Park that occurred in 1997. This project included new pavement, annual flower beds, asphalt paths, and a new Rustic Shelter next to the Lake.
The Drummer’s Grove is located just inside the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance.
By Public Transportation: MTA Maps
• Q Train to Parkside Avenue station
• B16 Bus to Ocean and Parkside Avenues
• B12 Bus to Parkside and Ocean Avenues
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza, continue on Flatbush, make right on Ocean Avenue, right on Parkside Avenue.
From Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Take BQE to Prospect Expressway, Park Circle exit. Take Parkside Avenue off of Circle to Ocean Avenue
April through October, every Sunday from 2 p.m. to dusk.