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BP Weekender: Six things to do in Brooklyn July 9-11

Main event: Giglio Boys Club members hoist the massive Giglio tower into the air.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Friday, July 9

Brazil beneath the bridge: The Dumbo Archway beneath the Manhattan bridge will become alive with Brazillian music and art on Friday and Saturday nights. The two nights will feature some of the biggest names in New York’s Brazillian music scene including Luan Barbosa’s Roda de Samba, and Batala, an all women’s percussion ensemble. Fri-Sat, 6-9:30 pm at 155 Water Street. Free. 

Saturday, July 10 

Yoga on Eastern Parkway: Start your Saturday with a stretch at Brooklyn Museum with ‘Yoga on the Stoop.’ Local yogis lead classes on the steps of the Brooklyn Museum covering yoga and guided meditation. The fee for the class includes admission to the museum, so you can check out the KAWS exhibit when it wraps up. 10am at 200 Eastern Parkway, $16.  

It’s a city of water: Celebrate City of Water Day at multiple locations across the borough on Saturday, with community organizations working to preserve the city’s waterways taking the lead. Three events are planned along the Gowanus Canal all planned by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, including a walking tour of watermarks along the fetid waterway, a health Gcheck on the efforts to bring a colony of oysters to the canal, and an art walk along the canal’s shoreline. Down on Jamaica Bay, a number of organizations have partnered to put on the Jamaica Bay Festival, offering boating, shoreline cleanups, and a Kayak Parade. Multiple locations, all day long, more information available here

Sunday, July 11

Daytime disco: Bushwick nightclub Elsewhere boasts a rooftop space with a expansive view of the industrial neighborhood surrounding it. Stop by on Sunday for a daytime performance featuring Poolside DJ Set, Chances with Wolves, and Fundido. Sunday at 3:00 pm at 599 Johnson Avenue in Bushwick, $35. 

All weekend long

Prepare to hoist the Giglio!: The century old annual hoist of the Giglio in Williamsburg is back after a pandemic induced pause. The festival centers around the impressive lift of the seven-story four-ton tower which is performed by 100 burly men. The tradition was brought over by Italian immigrants from the town of Nola in 1903, where it was carried to signify the return of Paulinus, who sacrificed himself for his son when the town was invaded by pirates, and was showered with lilies (gigli) upon his return. The festival will run through July 18 on North 8th Street near Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. 

Get over to Greenpoint: The Greenpoint Terminal Market outdoor flea market has been going strong since being founded in the midst of the pandemic. The market offers skyline views and riverfront breezes while perusing through dozens of vendors hawking vintage clothes, handmade goods, and street food. The market also has skateboarding obstacles, classes, and live music, which will include a performance by King Crash and Aunellify this Saturday. July 10 and 11 at 2 Box Street, 10 am-6pm. 

Brooklyn International Music Festival: The festival returns to Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook after a pause during the pandemic, bringing an eclectic mix of traditional music from outside the United States. The festival will emphasize how those musical styles are sustained and evolve through the immigrant experience. Performers include Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars, The Winogrand Klezmer Trio, and Ukrainian Village Voices.  All weekend long at 315 Columbia Street, $25. 

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