Events - Prospect Park Alliance

Past Event

Location

Prospect Park

Time

All Day

Admission

Free
Martin Seck

Spring Fling

On May 17–19, Prospect Park Alliance celebrates spring in Prospect Park with a full weekend of special events and activities that brings together the entire community! Enjoy a staged reading of Molière's The Misanthrope featuring original music by Tony and two-time Obie Award winner STEW and a themed '90s roller disco featuring Lola Star, watch an 1860s-style ballgame, bring the whole family to the Alliance’s Spring Fling Fair, and get active with trail running, birdwatching, a park history walking tour and much more! Looking for even more fun? All weekend long, visit the Prospect Park Zoo for sheep shearing demonstrations, plus enjoy boating, biking and roller skating at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside and get your fill of unique eats at Smorgasburg.

RSVP to let us know if you are attending, and enter to win a $150 Alliance Family Membership! Please note that some events require separate registration, see below. All events are subject to change, so please check our website.

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Friday, May 17

Lola Star’s Dreamland Disco
7:30–10:30 pm, $20 
LeFrak Center at Lakeside

This event sells out! Get tickets at prospectpark.org/lola
Kick off Spring Fling Weekend with a Beverly Hills 90210 Lola Star Dreamland Roller Disco Skating Party at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside! Skate your heart out while enjoying dazzling performers, kitschy contests, giveaways and more. Guests must be 21+ (valid photo ID required for entry).

Saturday, May 18

Brooklyn Half Marathon Cheer Station
May 18, 7-10 am, Free
Park Circle (Prospect Park Southwest + Parkside Avenue)

Come out to cheer on the runners in the 2019 Popular Brooklyn Half! Join the New York Road Runners and Prospect Park Alliance to greet the runners as they run the park and head down to Coney Island.

Early Morning Bird Walk
May 18, 7:15–8:15 am, Free
Ocean and Parkside Entrance

Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Bird Club to listen and learn about Neotropical migratory bird songs during peak migration. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow, although not required to enjoy the walk.

Prospect Park Grill Out
May 18, 11 am–1 pm, Free
GrowNYC Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza

Join Prospect Park Alliance and GrowNYC at the Brooklyn's flagship greenmarket as we celebrate spring with a grill out of meats and veggies sourced from greenmarket farmers.

Brooklyn Atlantics 1860s Ballgame
May 18, 11 am–2 pm, Free
Long Meadow Ball Field 1

Enjoy an 1860s exhibition baseball ballgame with the Brooklyn Atlantics, as they play against the Monmouth NJ Furnaces in historic uniforms and gear. The games will present "base ball" as it was played in 1864, the year of Brooklyn's first undefeated championship season. Come see the ghosts of history come to life and don’t forget to root for the home team, the Atlantics!

Introduction to Birdwatching
May 18, 12–1 pm, Free
Prospect Park Audubon Center

Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Please note this tour leaves promptly at 12 pm.

Harvesting Color + Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
May 18, 2–4 pm workshops + 1 pm performance
$3 Suggested Donation
Lefferts Historic House

Join Prospect Park Alliance on an exploration of color from the natural world in workshops from 2-4 pm. Learn how to use natural ingredients such as flowers, berries and food scraps to naturally dye fabrics. Bring one natural fiber item (cotton, linen, canvas, or silk) to dye. Space is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. At 1 pm, enjoy a performance by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre of Bessie’s Big Shot, about a cow dreaming of joining the circus (45 minute performance). 

Sunday, May 19

Art + Architecture Tour of Prospect Park
May 19, 10:30 am–12:30 pm, $20
Advance registration required: turnstiletours.com/prospect-park-tours

For over 150 years, Prospect Park has been a showcase for beautiful public buildings and artwork, with representations from eras including Beaux-Arts, City Beautiful, the New Deal Modernism and contemporary LEED-certified projects. This tour, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, will examine some of the fine architectural details and current restoration work, from the era of Vaux and Olmsted to the present day. 

Trail Run 
May 19, 10–11:30 am, Free
Prospect Park Wellhouse

Enjoy a relaxed pace five-mile route through the park’s trails with the Prospect Park Track Club, incorporating historic points of interest along the way. 

It’s My Park! Day
May 19, 10 am–1 pm, Free
Registration Required: prospectpark.org/volunteer

Join Prospect Park Alliance and REI to care for your park! Volunteer during It’s My Park! Day, and participate in our biggest community clean up in spring. 
 
Smorgasburg Prospect Park
May 19, 11 am–6 pm, Free
Breeze Hill

Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, Smorgasburg Prospect Park is considered the "Woodstock of eating," with a range of unique eats and cuisines from 100+ local and regional food vendors. 
 
Spring Fling Fair
May 19, 12–3 pm, Free
Prospect Park Children's Corner 

Join the Alliance and community partners to welcome spring in Brooklyn’s Backyard! Enjoy music, activities and food the whole family will enjoy. At this year’s fair, among many fun activities, families can get moving with Bend + Bloom Yoga, celebrate National Scooter Day with a Micro Kickboardscooter giveaway, enjoy a pop-up soccer clinic with Super Soccer Stars. Plus, stop by the Brooklyn Public Library Bookmobile; learn about renewable energy from Green Mountain Energy; make giant bubbles with Park Slope Parents, enjoy performing and visual arts fun with BAX, nature games at the Alliance's Pop-Up Audubon, stained glass art making and subway history fun with the New York Transit Museum, face painting with Prospect Park YMCA, breakfast tacos from King David Tacos, and much more!

Spring Blooms 
May 19, 1–4 pm, $3 Suggested Donation
Lefferts Historic House

Join Prospect Park Alliance to welcome spring with paper flower making at the Lefferts Historic House! After you've rolled a paper flower, roll up a recycled newspaper flower pot and plant real seeds to take home. While you're here, enjoy traditional folk songs and old-time music performed by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music's Bluegrass Jam Ensemble. 

Molière in the Park: The Misanthrope
May 19, 7 pm, Free
For reserved seating, visit moliereinthepark.org
LeFrak Center at Lakeside

Join a talented cast for a staged reading of Molière's masterpiece, The Misanthrope featuring original music by Tony and two-time Obie Award winner Stew, presented by Molière in the Park in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. In a time of fake news, fake politicians and the increasing normalization of hypocrisy, Molière’s classic comedy is a refreshing, timely, biting satire and love story with humor tailor-made for a contemporary Twitter account. A second reading will take place Monday, May 20, at 7 pm, and both are free and open to the public. For reserved seating visit moliereinthepark.org, or bring a blanket and grab a patch of grass! Refreshments will be available at Lakeside's Bluestone Cafe.

All Weekend

Nature Exploration
May 18 + 19, 10 am–1 pm, Free
Prospect Park Audubon Center

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park
Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Enjoy Animal Encounter (11 am) and Nature’s Helpers (12 pm). Also pick up a Discovery Kit filled with family activities.

Wild and Wooly Festival
May 18 + 19, 10 am–4 pm, Activities Free with Paid Admission
Prospect Park Zoo

It’s a wild and wooly celebration at Prospect Park Zoo! This weekend only, witness the fascinating shearing of sheep by a professional shearer. Plus, learn how goat herders in Mongolia are actually saving local wildlife in the cashmere industry and enjoy special talks and crafts about the Zoo's barnyard animals.

Boating, Biking and Roller Skating at Lakeside!
May 18 + 19, Hours Vary, visit prospectpark.org/lakeside for more info
LeFrak Center at Lakeside

Visit the LeFrak Center at Lakeside for a full weekend of boating, biking and rollerskating! Plus, grab a bite at the Bluestone Cafe. 

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