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Sunday, July 15, 2018
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Monday, July 16, 2018
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Monday Volunteer Corps: Eas...

Join Prospect Park Alliance to help beautify two of the...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Brooklyn Roll: Soul Skate

Tuesday is the new Saturday at Brooklyn Roll! Join Prospect...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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The Wizard of Oz

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Prospect Park Alliance...

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead perform at the Bandshell as...

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Friday, July 20, 2018
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Lola Star's Dreamland Disco

Every Friday throughout mid-October, Lola Star hosts a DJ roller...

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Greenmarket at Grand Army P...

At what other market can you do all your food...

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Saturday, April 7, 2018
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Prospect Park

Opening Weekend 2018

All Day, Saturday, April 7, 2018

On April 7 + 8, Prospect Park Alliance kicks off the start of spring with a full weekend of special events and activities! Enjoy an family friendly fair, a scavenger hunt, a campfire conversation, Smorgasburg Prospect Park and more!  

RSVP to let us know you are coming!

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Please note: select events require advance registration + most events are rain or shine. Check back for event status updates.

Sponsored in part by NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital; Media Partner: Brownstoner.

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Saturday, April 7

Opening Weekend Family Yoga
Saturday, April 7, 8:30-9:30 am
Free, advanced registration required.

Join the Alliance and Bend + Bloom Yoga for this free family yoga class. Located in the historic Picnic House, young yogis and their families can take in stunning views of the Prospect Park Long Meadow while Bend + Bloom’s experienced instructors lead a fun and interactive class all ages will enjoy. Participants should bring their own mats. Please note: capacity is limited and paper tickets will be required for each participant. Please RSVP for yourself, your child and any other family members who wish to attend. Open to children under 12 accompanied by at least one adult.

CANCELED: Opening Weekend Baseball Parade + 1860s Exhibition Baseball Game
PLEASE NOTE: Due to field conditions the Parade + Game have been canceled. Please check our website for updates on a rescheduled game later this season.
Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Prospect Park Baseball Association for this beloved community event. Over 1,000 youth league players will parade down 7th Avenue in Park Slope, led by local marching bands and civic leaders, to the Long Meadow Ball Fields, where ceremonial first pitches will be thrown to start the season. Starting at 11 am, enjoy an 1860s exhibition game with the Brooklyn Atlantics, bedecked in historic uniforms and gear. 

Prospect Park Alliance Opening Weekend Fair
11 am–3 pm, 
Free
Bartel-Pritchard Entrance I Map It

Join the Alliance and community partners for music, activities and food the whole family will enjoy, including tennis, roller hockey and juggling clinics, face painting and craft activities, a "touch a truck" experience with the NYPD, kids zumba, the bookmobile and much more!

Prospect Park Grillout at Greenmarket
11 am–1 pm, Free

Grand Army Plaza I Map It
Join Prospect Park Alliance and GrowNYC as we celebrate spring with a grill out of meats and veggies sourced from Greenmarket farmers.

Prospect Park Running History Tour
11 am–12 pm
Free, advance registration required.

Join New York Road Runners and Prospect Park Alliance to experience the Park’s history at a comfortable pace (10 min/mile) that will allow for plenty of photo ops and questions along the way. Register today!

Prospect Park Scavenger Hunt
12–3 pm
Free, advance registration required. Please register once per team, with 4 people max per team.

Join Prospect Park Alliance and Urban Archive for an historical scavenger hunt of Prospect Park in celebration of Opening Weekend! Participants of all ages can join as a team or individuals, and explore this 151-year-old Park, locating historic landmarks and racking up points. Participants will need at least 1 team member with an iPhone (iOS 10.0+) and the Urban Archive App. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams!

Introduction to Bird Watching
12–1 pm
Prospect Park Audubon Center, Free

Join Prospect Park Alliance for a birdwatching walk in Prospect Park. Learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

Campfire Conversations: Opening Weekend Open Mic
7–8 pm, $3 Suggested Donation
Lefferts Historic House I Map It

Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of readings and talks set around an outdoor campfire, complete with music and refreshments. Bring your poetry or music to share for our first Open Mic night, in partnership with Urban Word NYC. Sign up for a 3-minute slot, available on a first come, first served basis. MC to be announced.


Sunday, April 8

Early Morning Bird Walk

8 am–9 am​, Free
Audubon Center | Map It

Join Prospect Park Alliance to welcome the earliest migrants of the year, and to say goodbye to some of our winter residents. This birdwatching tour is led by the Brooklyn Bird Club and leaves promptly at 8 am.

Opening Weekend Fun Run
9 am–10 am
Free, advance registration required.

Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Prospect Park Track Club for a celebratory run through Brooklyn's Backyard! The route will spell out "Park" in honor of Prospect Park's Opening Weekend. 

Prospect Park History Walking Tour
Sunday, April 8, 10:30 am–12:30 pm 
$20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for children
Advance registration required.

Join Prospect Park Alliance and Turnstile Tours for a special guided walking tour of Prospect Park, which will examine the Park’s many layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology to the architectural eras visible in the built environment.

Smorgasburg Prospect Park
11 am–6 pm
Breeze Hill I Map It

Ring in spring with a visit to Smorgasburg Prospect Park, the celebrated open-air food market. On Sundays from April through October, over 100 local and regional food purveyors will gather on Breeze Hill to offer a range of cuisines.

All Weekend

Spring Planting 
Saturday + Sunday, 1–4 pm, $3 Suggested Donation 
Lefferts Historic House I 

It's time for spring planting. Join Prospect Park Alliance to celebrate the start of spring at Lefferts Historic House! Help plant our annual flax crop, then make a small newspaper pot, fill it with soil and plant some seeds to take home.

Nature Exploration
Saturday + Sunday, 10 am–1 pm, Free 
Prospect Park Audubon Center I Map It

Celebrate the season opening of the Prospect Park Audubon Center! Join the Prospect Park Alliance for Animal Encounters (11 am–12 pm), where you can learn more about the animals in the Center's collection; and Nature's Helpers (12–1 pm), where you can help the Alliance clean up the lakeshore. Families are also invited to check out a free Discovery Pack, ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.

Ice Skating Fun
Saturday, 12–9 pm + Sunday, 12–5 pm 
$10 Admission; $7 Skate Rentals
LeFrak Center at Lakeside I Map It

Last chance to hit the ice! Come out to the LeFrak Center at Lakeside for this final weekend of ice skating before the rink closes for the season.

Carousel Rides  I Map It
Saturday + Sunday, 12–5 pm
$2.50 per ride; ​$11.50 for book of 5 rides; Free with Alliance Family Supporter membership. 

What better way to enjoy the start of spring then with a spin on the Park's historic 1912 Carousel, featuring hand-painted horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer and two dragon-pulled chariots. 

Prospect Park Zoo  I Map It
Saturday + Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Children under 12 free; Adults, $8; Seniors (65+), $6

Prospect Park Zoo is home to nearly 400 animals of more than 100 species. Kids will be amazed by close-up views of some of the wild’s most unusual animals. For Opening Weekend, all children 12 and under can visit for free!

 

 


 

 

Admission

Free, RSVP

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Grand Army Plaza

Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza

Saturday, April 7 , 8 am – 4 pm, 2016

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn's favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market. EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round. For a full calendar of events and a list of sellers, visit GrowNYC.

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Audubon Center

Introduction to Birdwatching

Saturday, April 7 , 12 pm – 1 pm, 2018

Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday for a birdwatching tour to learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them! 

Admission

Free
Picnic House

Coffee Bark

Saturday, April 7 , 7 am – 9 am, 2018

Bring your pups to the Park for treats and great company. FIDO in Prospect Park offers free goodies for dogs and their owners and provides information pertaining to off-leash activities and issues. Please note that the Rain Date is Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Admission

Free

Map It

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Audubon Center

Opening Weekend Nature Exploration

Saturday, April 7 , 10 am – 1 pm, 2018

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. This event is part of Prospect Park Alliance’s Opening Weekend celebrations. Learn more + register for Opening Weekend in Prospect Park.

  • Discovery Pack, 10 am -12 pm The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
  • Animal Encounter, 11 am-12 pm Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11 am.
  • Nature’s Helpers, 12-1 pm Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12 pm.

RSVP to let us know you are coming! 

Admission

Free
Lefferts Historic House

Autism April: Spring Sprouts

Saturday, April 7 , 11 am – 12 pm, 2018

It's time for spring planting! Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House for an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The museum will open an hour early and you and your family can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil and plant some seeds to take home. Have a fun day of interactive learning experiences with sensory-friendly exhibits and activities that provide fun for a wide range of preferences. Space in our yard for picnics is also available.

Please note: in order to maintain a comfortable, protected, and welcoming environment, pre-registration is required for this event.

Download our pre-trip Social Narrative
 

Register today to let us know you are coming!

 

Admission

$3 Suggested Donation, Advanced Registration Required
Lefferts Historic House

Autisim April: Spring Sprouts

Saturday, April 7 , 11 am – 12 pm, 2018

It's time for spring planting! Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House for an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The museum will open an hour early and you and your family can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil and plant some seeds to take home. Have a fun day of interactive learning experiences with sensory-friendly exhibits and activities that provide fun for a wide range of preferences. Space in our yard for picnics is also available.

Please note: in order to maintain a comfortable, protected, and welcoming environment, pre-registration is required for this event. Contact rshafer@prospectpark.org for more information and to register.

Download our pre-trip Social Narrative

 

 

Admission

$3 suggested donation, Registration Required
Lefferts Historic House

Spring Sprouts

Saturday, April 7 , 2 pm – 4 pm, 2018

It's time for spring planting. Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday and Sunday in April to celebrate the season opening of Lefferts Historic House! Make a small newspaper pot, fill it with soil and plant some seeds to take home.

Admission

$3 suggested donation
Lefferts Historic House

Campfire Conversations: Opening Weekend Open Mic

Saturday, April 7 , 7 pm – 8 pm, 2018

Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of readings and talks set around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House, complete with music and refreshments. This month, bring your poetry or music to share for our first Open Mic night, in partnership with Urban Word NYC. Sign up for a 3-minute slot, available on a first come, first served basis. MC to be announced.

This event is part of Prospect Park Alliance’s Opening Weekend celebrations.

Learn more + RSVP for Opening Weekend in Prospect Park.

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Admission

Free, RSVP
Bartel-Pritchard Square, Grand Army Plaza

Art in the Parks: Fitzhugh Karol

All Day, Saturday, April 7, 2018

Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks presents a public sculpture exhibition by artist Fitzhugh Karol through the NYC Parks Art in the Parks program. Two sculptures of colorful intersecting steel shapes reference familiar silhouettes of stairs and hillsides. Their abstract and playful shapes invite interaction and are a reminder of man’s imprint on the landscape. The two sculptures, titled “Searches” and “Reaches,” will be on display through Fall 2018.

About the Artist:
Fitzhugh Baylies Karol is a Brooklyn-based sculptor and designer interested in the integration of sculpture within landscape and architecture. Fitzhugh’s large outdoor sculptures and public works were be exhibited in three New York City parks in 2017. He has previously exhibited at the Bartow-Pell Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The LongHouse Reserve, Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, and The Aidron Duckworth Museum.

Admission

Free

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Brooklyn Historical Society

The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

All Day, Saturday, April 7, 2018

On view July 13 through September 2018

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park, Brooklyn Historical Society and Prospect Park Alliance present an exhibition that celebrates the founding vision of the Park, traces its social and historical trajectories, and examines the important role that Prospect Park has played as “Brooklyn’s Backyard” for 150 years. 

The Brooklyn Historical Society is closed on major holidays. 

Visit the Brooklyn Historical Society website for hours of operation.