BP Weekender: 6 things to do in Brooklyn June 25-27

Smorgasburg at Marsha P. Johnson State Park before the pandemic.
File photo by Scott Lynch

Friday, June 25 

A bite of Beethoven at Green-Wood Cemetery: Brooklyn’s biggest cemetery has finally resumed its in-person concerts after a pandemic pause. This weekend, it is offering a stripped down performance of a Beethoven violin concierto that was written for a whole orchestra with a stripped down ensemble of six featuring violinist Gil Shaham and five members of the Brooklyn-based ensemble The Knights. The concert features a spirit-tasting beforehand and is a great opportunity to experience the historic burial ground after dark. June 25 from 7 pm to 10 pm at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street in Greenwood Heights, $60 tickets available here

Saturday, June 26

Be a-maze-d at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Bring the kids over to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and set them loose in the museum’s newest exhibit: a maze made completely of cardboard boxes! The huge maze fills the museum’s entire second floor exhibit space and is decorated with paintings of Brooklyn architectural icons including the King’s Theatre, the Barclays Center, and of course, the Brooklyn Bridge. Opens June 26 at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights. Buy tickets here

Kick off pool season! The New York City Park’s Departments officially opened all outdoor pools starting June 26, kicking off the best part of summer for countless Brooklyn kids. Kings County is home to 14 public pools, including the Red Hook Pool, Sunset Park Pool, and McCarren Park Pool, all three of which are outdoor olympic sized pools. Just make sure you leave your copy of Brooklyn Paper at home thanks to the Parks Department’s fanatical ban on periodicals at pools. Find pool locations and hours here

Sunday, June 27

An interactive photo experience at Brooklyn Bridge Park: A pop-up event on Sunday will feature a large fully decorated living room set designed by photographer Justin Bettman, plopped in the middle of one of Brooklyn’s most scenic parks for one day only. Attendees to the free pop-up will have the chance to speak with Bettman, and check out some of the latest photo gear from Sony, one of the sponsors of the event along with Focus Camera. Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 10 am — 7 pm, register here for free. 

All Weekend Long

Sip natural wine near Maria Hernandez Park: Lower East Side wine bar The Ten Bells helped stir the craze for natural wine currently gripping sommeliers across the city. Now, they’re opening a location in Bushwick after over a decade in Manhattan, offering an extensive natural wines list, as well as canned fish, oysters and happy hour specials, according to Eater. Check out the chic bar at 65 Irving Avenue, open 5 pm — 2 am.

Stuff your face at Smorgasburg: The ‘Woodstock of Eating’ is back in all its glory in Prospect Park. Head over to Breeze Hill near the Lincoln Road entrance on Sundays where you’ll find 35 food vendors including Parantha Valley and Vaquero Elotes, as well as a full bar. The Williamsburg location, meanwhile, will reopen on Saturday June 26 at Marsha P. Johnson State Park with an additional 35 vendors.    11 am — 6 pm at Breeze Hill in Prospect Park on Sunday and Marsha P Johnson State Park on Saturday.