6 Must Attend Summer Festivals of Summer ’13

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Memorial Day is here!  And that means… the official start of summer, baby!  From outdoor movies, to music in the park, to stuffing ourselves with street vendor eats, there is literally something for everyone to enjoy in Brooklyn this summer.  We are blocking off 6 Must Attend Festivals on our calendars this year, because we do not want to miss out on these.  We suggest you do the same, so here is our list of the “6 Must Attend” Brooklyn festivals of 2013:

For the Movie Lovers: 

  • Tropfest– The World’s Largest Short Film Festival- June 22, Prospect Park

          Hosted by acclaimed actor, producer, director, and screenwriter Liev Schreiber on Saturday, June 22nd in Prospect Park.     This festival will feature music, food, art installations and of course, a lineup of great short films that will be screened and judged live by an esteemed panel of industry and celebrity judges. 


             The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), is an International, competitive festival. BFF mission is to provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films. To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema. http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/about/

For the Movers and Shakers:

  • Northside Festival– June 13th-20th Williamsburg and Greenpoint

The Brooklyn equivalent to SxSW, this festival has three parts- music, film and an entrepreneurial conference.  Over 350 bands will perform in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.  Brooklyn premiere films as well as documentaries and narratives will be screening at four different Williamsburg venues this year.  The NExT portion of the conference features a solid lineup of entrepreneur speakers, including those from tech companies like Thrillist, Buzzfeed, Wintercheck, and so many more!  Grab your badges here- http://northsidefestival.com/ 

  • Celebrate Brooklyn!- Kicks off June 5th, Prospect Park

              Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City’s longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals.  Featuring theatrical performances, music, and dance, Celebrate Brooklyn! is as diverse as the park that hosts it.  Patty Griffin, Barenaked Ladies, Guster have already been announced, but stay tuned for their full line up of musical performances!


For the Foodies:

  •  Smorgasburg

Sundays April 7th– September 1st   Tobacco Warehouse, Brooklyn Bridge Park

OR Saturdays April 6th – August 31st    East River State Park, Williamsburg

              The hugely popular, weekly food showcase features 75+ vendors preparing everything from freshly frosted black and white    cookies to giant turkey legs to quinoa falafel. Come enjoy a perfect day by the waterfront!  http://www.smorgasburg.com/ 

  • Food Truck Rally – First and Third Sunday of the month, all summer long- Grand Army Plaza

New York’s finest street vendors  line up in Grand Army Plaza for a celebration of great Brooklyn eats!  You will find vendors such as Wafles and Dinges, Milk Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Rickshaw.  http://www.prospectpark.org/calendar/event/food-truck-rally 


Do you have another “Must Attend” festival not listed here??  Share with us in the comments section below!  And remember, it’s easy to upload events to our event calendar, so spread the word about your organization’s events.

photo credits: Celebrate Brooklyn, Northside Festival