A Brooklyn Summer: Annual Calendar of What's Happening in August in Brooklyn

Photo compliments of Old Stone House in Brooklyn.

 Planning a summer vacation in the city, or a "stay-cation" in Brooklyn? Well, here's here's a quick overview of the month of  August's major events in Brooklyn.

**Please note: THIS AUGUST CALENDAR IS A LISTING OF ANNUAL EVENTS that happen every August in Brooklyn. It's organized alphabetically, not by date. For more details on these annual events, please click on the links below. For more details on these annual events, please click on the links below. Also see our current monthly calendar.

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    AfroPunk Festival: Annual Two Day Event

    Brooklyn hosts a great two day AfroPunk festival. Find out where, when, what — and who's playing.
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    Bike or walk all the way to Central Park from the Brooklyn Bridge, with no traffic, for a few hours today. What a chance! Learn more.

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    Photo compliments of Old Stone House in Brooklyn.
    Attend a week long series of special events celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, billed as the " Largest Battle of
    the Revolutionary War."
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    Brooklyn Bridge Park: Right over the Brooklyn Bridge is a wonderful park with tons of educational, family friendly, and fun cultural events. You can rent a bike, have a glass of wine, see an outdoor movie, take a ferry to Williamsburg, go kayaking and more from this waterside park near DUMBO. Need Directions?   Where to eat?

    Prospect Park : Find out all the wonderful events, including kiddie activities such as a zoo and carousel, special classes, and sporting activities in Prospect Park.

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    Battle of Bklyn Revolutionary War Event in Fort Greenes: Prison Ship Events

    Find out about the POWs of yesteryear:Old Brooklynites Celebrate What's Arguably the Largest Revolutionary War Burial Ground in America get the whole story

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    Brooklyn's coolest flea market!

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    Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday, Dancing

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    Brooklyn's gem. This is  a great place to spend Thursday, Friday or Saturday night in August, until the season ends mid month. Nearly free events are held in Prospect Park's band shell, where the Celebrate Brooklyn! series regularly draws crowds of thousands to a richly varied program of music, dance, and film.  

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    Caribbean Festival Preliminaries: Church Avenue Sales, Costumes on Display

    Visit the Caribbean in Brooklyn's Church Avenue as local stores launch sales in tribute to the upcoming West Indian-American Day Parade! From E. 17th to E. 18th Streets, Parade organizers (WIADCA), Caribbean business networks, the Haitian consulate, and costume-makers with models are usually on hand with information and a sneak peek at Parade costumes.
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    Coney Island Sand Sculpture Contest (see photos)

    This is a hilarious, good natured competition to build a sand sculpture in Coney Island. Prizes, music, and some great art. Check the photos.
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    Children's Museum Hosts Food Festival for Kids

    The Brooklyn Children's Museum hosts a weekend food festival for kids, complete with sweets, cooking demos of healthful foods and meet-the-kiddie-cookbook-author events. Cute, family fun.
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    Dominican Festival

    Head to Graham Avenue and Broadway, for an all day free festival
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    Jamaica Bay is one of New York City's unsung resources. It's a national park, with tons to do. Find out what, where, and how things are going to improve here in coming years. Bring your kayak gear, too!
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    Free Friday Family Jam Series at Bklyn Children's Museum

    Come to the  Free Friday Family Jam Series. Bring the kids on "The Incredible Journey" featuring the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s puppets on a magical musical journey of make-believe. Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue

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    It's the same water as in the Hamptons. And the same beach. The crowd's more diverse, and you're in the city. Have a blast at the beach off Coney Island!

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    Bird watchers should NOT miss the annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay, a well known flyover spot.Learn more (end of August)


    Also, check out Camp Gateway Walk Up and Paddle at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn Seaplane Ramp (through August)

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    KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

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    Pretty unbelievable. As long as Mother Nature cooperates, you can see a free movie outdoors every night of the week. Better yet, these flicks are shown in the coolest of places: rooftops, on the beach, in parks with great NY Harbor views.

    Also: Indie Animation Festival

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    Get cool and out of the summer heat! For something different, head to Aviator Sports at the end of Flatbush Avenue. There's indoor skating where you can ...chill.

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    Check out the all day market in Williamsburg offering all kinds of locavore, homemade, DIY and interesting goodies. It is aptly named Smorgasburg.

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    There's nothing quite like the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with its rich military, cultural and architectural history. Today it's morphing into a green incubator for small businesses. Tours only in groups, book ahead. Is it worth it? YES.
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    Weekends: Explore Governor's Island, Catch a Ferry from Brooklyn

    Governors Island makes for a fabulous weekend outing. Take the ferry from Brooklyn to Governors Island. Bring your bike, or rent a bike there , and explore this fabulous old site. The island is open on Fridays-Sundays, and special tours are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am and 1pm.