Ask any Brooklynite what’s the best thing about their borough and they’ll likely say, “EVERYTHING!”
We at crownheightsmom will have to agree. In fact, no matter the season something fun is always happening across the borough of Brooklyn.
Annual events from the Cherry Blossom Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to the highly in demand monthly Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum of Art are the most talked about but on any given day there is always something happening here. In fact, when it comes to putting its culture on display Brooklyn hands down seems to be doing it best.
Japanese Culture at Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A Traditional Geisha at the Sakura Matsuri Festival at BBG in 2016
That’s why when we found out about the second annual Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Weekend which took place June 10th and 11th along the famed Eastern Parkway we had to go. It was a fun weekend spent out with the kids and was celebrated with a movie night happening on Saturday and an outdoors street festival showcasing the best of the borough’s foods, arts, crafts, culture and contributors occurring on Sunday.
A Flyer of the 2-day event celebrating Central Brooklyn
At the outdoor street festival on June 11 the festivities kicked off with Borough President, Eric Adams honoring two outstanding talents from Brooklyn — multi platinum MC and Hip-Hop artist, John “Fabolous” Jackson and the late, world renowned abstract artist and Neo-Expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat, (whose family represented for him).
Rapper Fabolous receives the Key to Brooklyn from Borough President Eric Adams
Both Fab and Basquiat(posthumously) were awarded with the “Keys to Brooklyn” and bestowed with individual stepping stones inscribed with their names and placed within the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s famed Celebrity Path. The two sons of Brooklyn are now counted along the celebrity walkway amongst 160 others famous Brooklynites past and present including poets, performers, artists, and athletes who lived or were born in the borough and all made outstanding contributions to the borough.
Fabolous strikes a pose with Borough President Eric Adams next to his inscribed stepping stone in the Celebrity Path at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The outdoor street festival saw locals, families and visiting tourists coming out to rejoice in the arts, foods and culture along Eastern Parkway .
Brooklyn residents check out the vendors along Eastern Parkway
Seafood lovers were all about getting their boxed food at Catch It
The Brooklyn Museum brought its arts outdoors while a balloon vendor brings smiles to faces
My 9-year old son had a blast checking out the vendors and the performances as well as tasting some of the delicious food options on sale. He definitely liked the roasted corn which he eagerly covered in butter and a hefty shaking of parmesan cheese. So delicious.
There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a sweet roasted corn on the cob
Brooklynites grabbed Smooth smoothies as they walked the path along Eastern Parkway
The high 80’s temperature definitely led to a beautiful day outdoors with attendees enjoying and basking in the music, dance and theatrical plays happening on the main stage set up at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch at Grand Army Plaza. The breeze and water spraying from the fountain made for a refreshing feel.
Those walking along the Eastern Parkway corridor beginning at Flatbush Avenue and heading towards Washington Avenue got to choose from an array of vendors offering food, drink as well as the purchase crafts and fashionable items from jewelry to kids clothing.
Lots of activities were available and included fun games, bouncy houses and arts and crafts for the kids, a dance party and theatrical performances courtesy of the Prospect Park Zoo, the Jewish Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the New York Aquarium
A band performs on the main stage at Grand Army Plaza
The 2-day cultural arts inspired events were brought together and presented by Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams in partnership with One Brooklyn Fund, Inc., All in all it was fun for the entire family.
The office of Brooklyn’s Borough President, Eric Adams out on the Parkway
With smiles on our faces we left the festival eagerly looking forward to next year’s celebration .
Enjoying the day with my son
Crownheightsmom Media CEO, Debra Lewis-Boothman’s outdoor street festival fashion included an african head-wrap and a blush silk romper paired with hightop Converse sneakers.
If you also attended this event please share your thoughts about the weekend in our comments section below.