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Honoring Juneteenth

Honoring Juneteenth

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly


Honor Juneteenth—the annual holiday commemorating the end of legal slavery in the United States—and enjoy a a full day of activities in celebration of Black liberation and creativity. Taking place on Father’s Day, this year’s event will feature activities for the whole family.

In the morning, join Good Company Bike Club to kick off their Freedom Ride, a daylong tour of historic Brooklyn locations and landmarks relevant to the Black community, including stops at Black-owned restaurants to rest and replenish. Participate in Kemetic breathwork, drawn from a form of yoga inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, and meditation for liberation led by Maya Eberhart and Steven Rousseau. Enjoy poetry performances within the galleries, presented by the Breathing Space.

Throughout the day, families can join family programming partners Cool Culture and Culture Connected for drop-in art-making, a reading corner, a sound bath with Rena Anakwe, book giveaways, an Afrocentric dance workshop with Tiffany Barett, and more in the outdoor space behind the Museum.

Participate in community portraits by Brooklyn photography collective Souls in Focus while grooving to Brown Sugar Bounce, a celebration of Blackness and soulful music in its purest form featuring music by ClassicNewWave.

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Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

The first museum exhibition devoted to late visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh work spans two decades of the artist’s multidisciplinary practice, including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas, among others; material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black…

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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

New York’s longest-running, free outdoor performing arts festival returns to the Prospect Park Bandshell. See free, outdoor music in a range of diverse styles, plus dance, spoken word and theater at a historic outdoor venue.

Some chairs available, or bring your own chair or blanket.

Presented by BRIC in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance.

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Pinocchio: Collodi’s Adventures of a Marionette

Adapted by Puppetworks’ Artistic Director, Nicolas Coppola, Pinocchio features traditional hand-carved wooden marionettes, an original song score, the Blue Fairy, and a “live” actor as Stromboli the Puppet Master.

Six colorful scenes range from the excitement of Boobyland with its Donkey Machine to the eerie glow of the undersea where the Whale lives.

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Smorgasburg In Prospect Park

Nosh at the largest weekly open-air food market in America featuring 35 local vendors—including Parantha Alley and Vaquero Elotes—and a full bar.  At what the New York Times calls “The Woodstock of Eating,” try Amazeballs meatballs by NFL player Derrell Smith, egg sandwiches based on Japanese tamagoyaki, Fluffies’ thick soufflé pancakes. Portuguese sandwiches, Afghan comfort…

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J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons.

A gated toddler area features bucket swings,…

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Zucker Natural Exploration Area

Strategically placed branches and stumps of trees damaged by storms and other materials from within Prospect Park invite engagement nature and unstructured play in this magical playground. several areas to explore including sand for digging and water features for pumping and splashing.

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