BP Weekender: Six things to do in Brooklyn April 1-3

Coney Island’s Luna Park will reopen for 2022 on Saturday, April 2.
Alliance for Coney Island

Friday, April 1

Charmaine Warren’s Black Dance Stories: Created to give Black dancers an outlet in the midst of the pandemic and to support the Black Lives Matter Movement, Black Dance Stories has featured discussions with more than 80 Black dance artists in the last two years. Now, Black Dance Stories will be presented live for the first time as part of the LIVE @651ARTS series. Rena Butler, Reggie Wilson, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, and Jamar Roberts will dance together and solo and discuss their work. 

7:30-9:30 pm. $25. James and Martha Duffy Performance Space at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave. between Rockwell and Ashland places in Downtown Brooklyn.

Saturday, April 2

Luna Park Opens at Coney Island: Brooklyn’s iconic amusement park re-opens for the season with the egg cream christening of the 95-year-old Cyclone rollercoaster and $20 “Extraordinary Wristbands,” which grant access to the whole park. 

11 am. $20. Purchase wristbands online. 1000 Surf Ave., between W 10th and W 11th streets in Coney Island.

Celebrate Holi at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Bring the whole family to celebrate the beginning of the spring season and the festival of colors at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Jiva Performing Arts and the Ajna Dance Company will perform and hold dance workshops alongside a feast of delicious food. A Dhol drum session will culminate in the central color powder celebration at Brower Park.

10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm. $13. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave. between Prospect Place and St. Mark’s Avenue in Crown Heights.

Sunday, April 3

Smorgasburg at Prospect Park: Brooklyn’s favorite seasonal food fest is back! Enjoy Prospect Park’s beautiful grounds as you sample all kinds of foods from dozens of local vendors including Oconomi, Bao Tea House, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and more. 

11 am-6 pm. Free to attend, food prices vary. Breeze Hill in Prospect Park. Enter at the Lincoln Road entrance at Ocean Avenue.

Laughing on the Outside Exhibition Opening: Five Brooklyn artists including Marlene Weisman, Brian Goldfarb, and Demarcus McGaughey present darkly funny artworks in a pop-up exhibition curated by Why Not Art. Take in the art on its very first day on display at its fitting new home, Littlefield NYC, an arts and events space best known for its comedy shows. 

4-6 pm. Free to attend. Littlefield NYC, 635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus.

Brooklyn United Youth Fair: Dozens of youth-centered sports leagues, clubs, dance teams, marching bands, and more come together for a day of expos and performances so local kids and parents can explore the resources and activities available in the neighborhood.

12-6 pm. Free to attend. Albee Square at the corner of Fulton and Bond streets in Downtown Brooklyn.