Brooklyn Roots Festival

Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) present the Brooklyn Roots Festival as part of BAC’s summer-long Tradition as Resistance Festival, celebrating the work and perseverance of Brooklyn’s traditional and folk artists in a moment of social and political ferment. The folk arts festival celebrates Brooklyn’s traditional artists and immigrant communities through a daylong schedule of performances, workshops, interactive family activities, and more. 


This daylong event celebrates Brooklyn’s diverse traditional art forms through a lively, family-friendly afternoon of performances, workshops, interactive kids activities and more. Come on out for a day in the park to learn, play and express yourself in Brooklyn’s Backyard!

The festival’s Main Stage will feature Palestinian dance ensemble Freedom Dabkah, Haitian drumming group Fanmi Asòtò, Afro-Puerto Rican drum and dance ensemble Bomba Yo, and other groups representing Yiddish, Serbian, and the African diaspora. In addition to the performance Main Stage, a workshop station will engage audiences with activities led by groups including the Queer Kitchen Brigade, the food-agro project working in solidarity with Puerto Rico’s sustainable agroecology movement; Gran Bwa and the Congo Square Drummers, sharing their longtime tradition of sharing tradition and ritual in the Prospect Park Drummer’s Grove; and dance and music workshops.

A children’s section at the Lefferts Historic House presents acclaimed “King of the Dance Party” Father Goose Music with a journey through Caribbean and multicultural music, East Asian folk children’s group Rabbit Days and Dumplings featuring Elena Moon Park, and puppetry presentations by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre. City Lore is also partnering with BAC to present the multimedia theater piece What We Bring: Stories of Migration. 

View the full program schedule here.

Food trucks will be on-site with refreshments for purchase. 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to let us know if you are coming! 

Presented by the Brooklyn Arts Council in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance.