Your fall arts and entertainment guide for Brooklyn 2023

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Fall is chock-full of great events for Brooklynites of all ages – like Boo at the Zoo at the Prospect Park Zoo!
File photo by Elizabeth Graham

Creativity knows no bounds in Brooklyn this fall. The art scene has come alive through interactive exhibits, music festivals, science experiments and more to celebrate the new season. Take a look and discover what our borough has to offer during this enchanting time of year! 

Boo at the Zoo

Explore all the spooky things that a zoo can possess with science experiments and Wildlife Witch shows every Sunday in October! Those who attend will be able to visit the tombstones of extinct animals, learn how their actions can make a difference in preventing extinction, and tap into their Hocus Pocus energy by making playful potions. Visit Prospect Park Zoo’s website for more information. 

Mictlán: Día De Los Muertos at Green-Wood

In the spirit of Día De Los Muertos, Green-Wood Cemetery continues its heartfelt tradition of honoring the departed through music, dancing, gatherings with family and friends and ofrendas, which are offerings made on home altars. Visitors are invited to partake in this meaningful celebration by lighting candles and leaving personal offerings, such as flowers, photographs, cherished mementos, and heartfelt notes, as they pay tribute to their loved ones. It’s a touching and culturally rich experience that allows individuals to connect with their heritage and remember those who have left special marks on their lives! The altar is free to visit and open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Each year, Green-Wood invites an artist to create an altar and art installation for Día de los Muertos at the cemetery. File photo courtesy of Green-Wood Cemetery

Greg’s Pumpkin Patch 

Get some good pickin’ at Greg’s! Choose your favorite from a variety of pumpkin options including sugar pumpkins, Greg’s famous Howden carving pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, L.I. cheese pumpkins, lumina whites and mini fancy gourds! Visitors will be able to participate in pumpkin carvings, paintings photo-ops and more. But what’s a pumpkin patch without some spirits and songs? Greg’s will also have a DJ and a full bar every Saturday leading up to Halloween! Activities take place 2 p.m. – 8 p.m at Pollyn, 115 Broadway at the corner of Bedford Avenue. 

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Pick pumpkins and enjoy fall activities at Greg’s Pumpkin Patch! Photo courtesy of Greg’s Pumpkin Patch

Bushwick Film Festival

Interesting in celebrating cinema lately? From Oct. 25 – Oct. 29, Brooklyn’s own Bushwick Film Festival will celebrate its “Sweet 16” with red carpets, live screenings, movie industry conferences, screenplay competitions and award ceremonies. You’ll be able to tap into your Halloween era just in time for the holiday by watching the festival’s Halloween-inspired films. The best part? The programming is free and encourages empowerment among underrepresented storytellers!

BRIC House Jazzfest

Celebrate the fusion of jazz and hip-hop at BRIC’s ninth annual Jazzfest! From Oct. 19 – 21, attendees will be able to experience legendary performances, engaging panel discussions, film series and more. BRIC’s premiere performing arts program will blend the worlds of two genres and feature a carefully curated lineup, designed by artist Melanie Charles, Brice Rosenbloom and BRIC Producer Viviana Benitez. The days may be turning gray, but this Jazzfest will be as vibrant as ever! 

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BRIC’s JazzFest includes a lineup of beloved musicians from near and far. File photo courtesy of BRIC

Self-guided Art Tour in Bushwick

Bushwick is the ideal destination for a hot coffee break and a self-guided tour of its artistic treasures. A must-visit is the popular Bushwick Collective, the home to several incredible murals created by NYC graffiti artists, locals and street artists from around the globe. Some of the best streets to look for art are Moore Street, Siegel Street, White Street, Bogart Street, Thames Street, Grattan Street, Knickerbocker Avenue, Flushing Avenue, and Wilson Avenue.


Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tour

It doesn’t get any more fall than the combination of foliage and fear! Embark on the eeriest journey of all through Brooklyn’s more renowned neighborhoods on this luxury Victorian trolley. Those on board will listen to spooky stories from over the past 400 years and learn where all of the bodies have been buried – literally. The trolley explores concealed cemeteries, locations associated with mobster lore and even a site designated as an EPA Superfund cleanup zone. Visit Madam Morbid’s Website for tickets and more information!

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Madame Morbid will guide you through some of Brooklyn’s spookiest locales on her historic trolley tour. File photo courtesy of Madame Morbid

Brooklyn Pop-Up

Discover the best of Brooklyn’s local talent at Brooklyn Pop-Up markets from now until the end of November! These markets bring together artisans offering fashion, home goods, beauty products, handmade jewelry, ceramics and more. You’ll even discover unique boutique kids’ collections and artisanal spirits. With fall officially in season and the air turning crisp, it’s the perfect time to shop outdoors for seasonal decor and essentials while supporting local creators. Visit the website to learn more about locations, dates and times!