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Van Alen Block Party

Van Alen Block Party

Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Van Alen
Douglass Street & Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly


Join a day of food, music, and dancing in the streets. Celebrate joyful, welcoming public spaces that truly serve communities. Free and open to the public, the Van Alen Block Party showcases the creative energy of Gowanus and celebrates the power of bringing people together.

Performances include Batalá New York Procession and drumline by the all-women, Black-led, Afrocentric drumming ensemble; Son de Brooklyn, contagiously fun, rum-drenched music of Latin America with a modern Brooklyn sensibility; KONANTÜ, a participatory performance that circulate good luck objects from artists Courtney Smith and Iván Navarro, Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York, DJ Scribe and more.

Food vendors include Ample Hills Creamery Four and Twenty Blackbirds GG’s Fish and Chips

Family activities include lawn games, free face painting and book giveaways.

DUMBO x Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market

The Brooklyn Flea brings 40+ vintage and handmade vendors to the DUMBO Archway in a curated Holiday Market.

Also visit the DUMBO Holiday Tree + Santa’s Mailbox.

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Indigenous Storytelling

Haudenosaunee storyteller and cultural educator, Perry Ground, shares some of his favorite stories in a family-friendly, captivating and engaging way.  Space is limited, so RSVP online.

Oral traditions, like storytelling, have been essential to passing down indigenous knowledge and culture to younger generations. Traditional indigenous stories often teach about the origins of the natural world…

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Fornino Pizza Workshop

Learn how to make delicious pizza from one of NYC’s best pizza joints, Fornino, at Time Out Market New York.

Every other Saturday morning, Fornino leads a group of newbies in how to craft the perfect pie. Pizza-making materials provided: dough, toppings, individual workstations, chef hats and aprons as well as sparkling pomegranate toast,…

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Cosmic CAMP

Jump across lava fields, drive rovers, participate in intergalactic trivia, decode ice crystals, collect coins, and shoot through three slides at an intergalactic adventure for all ages.

At experiential toy store CAMP, with free hands-on fun for all behind a secret bookcase. Inside a shopping complex with lots of food and shops; see our More info

Brooklyn Bridge Park Playgrounds

This expansive park has great attractions and a gorgeous only-in-NYC view. Explore refurbished piers, most of which host playgrounds (our favorites are at Pier 6 including giant Slide Mountain, Sandbox Village, Swing Valley and the splashy Water Lab). Play in the sand and admire tide pools at Pier 4 Beach (no swimming/wading).

Find a variety of yummy concessions throughout the park and restrooms at Piers 2,5 & 6. 

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