Borough’s oldest street fair, Atlantic Antic, to return this fall

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Tom Callan

One of Brooklyn’s oldest, largest, and most beloved street fairs is set to triumphantly return Oct. 3.

The Atlantic Antic Festival will return for its 46th iteration this Sunday, bringing with it small businesses vending all sorts of paraphernalia and all manner of performances on a stretch spanning 10 blocks of the namesake avenue, from Fourth Avenue near the Barclays Center to the Brooklyn waterfront. The festival, like most events, had to be canceled last year due to the coronavirus.

The annual affair, hosted by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), has brought revelry to the stretch since 1974.

The event will take place from noon to 6 pm on Sunday, Oct. 3, rain or shine, organizers say.

“The return of the Annual Atlantic Antic is special because the community can once again come together to celebrate the community, cultures, tradition, and food, all in one place,” AALDC said in a statement.

The festival will also be welcoming, for the first time, a circus to the avenue. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a homegrown Brooklyn circus act that tours regionally and nationally, will be doing pop-up performances at various locales in the festival area. Other performances include the tween group Kids Rock for Kids, the New York Arabic Orchestra, the Center for African Diaspora Dance, and plenty of others. A full list of performers can be found here.

Little ones can stay occupied with a variety of fun activities like visiting a petting zoo, a bouncy house, riding around on a pony, or creating “slime” at the arts & crafts station.

Organizers are encouraging all attendees to be vaccinated and to maintain adequate social distance, and for all vendors to wear masks during festivities. MetroPlus Health will be onsite at the festival to provide COVID vaccines and tests.