If you're headed to Brooklyn this spring. Here are six ways you can enjoy this warm season. From a cherry blossom festival to the opening day at a seaside amusement park, there are many fun ways you can celebrate the season in Brooklyn.
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The 34th Annual "Blessing of the Rides" at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park takes place on Palm Sunday, March 25, at 10:45AM on the boardwalk in front of Deno's. The first 98 people get a free ride on Deno's Wonder Wheel to celebrate the landmark ride's 98th Year! The park opens after the blessing.
On Saturday, April 9th at 10 am, be one of the first 100 on line for the Cyclone and ride for free. You can't hop on until after the annual Egg Cream Christening of the roller coaster's front car.
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Eat at the Smorgasburg in Prospect Park
The Smorgasburg, Brooklyn's favorite weekly foodie fair, will open for the season in Williamsburg on Saturday March 31st. On Sundays, it's located in Prospect Park. On Sunday, April 1st, you can start heading to the scenic park and peruse the many vendors selling artisanal treats. Fingers crossed Wowfulls will be one of the vendors at the summer location.
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Maybe you grew up skating underneath a disco ball wearing a glow stick necklace (I did), but there is nothing better than roller skating on a pier with a backdrop of stunning views of Lower Manhattan. Starting Friday March 30th. Brooklyn Bridge Park opens for the season. Enjoy skating at this covered outdoor skating rink. After you skating session, be sure to order a cone from the Ample Hills kiosk.
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Sakura Matsuri Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The window for viewing cherry blossoms is very short. Look at the picturesque cherry blossoms at the 35th annual Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival during the weekend of April 28th-May 29th and enjoy a weekend-long celebration that includes taiko drumming, comedy, a flower hat procession and many other events. If you can't make it to the festival, check out the species and cultivars at the garden at your leisure.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Have a Drink at the Barge Bar
The Brooklyn Barge Bar opens for the season on May 1st. Enjoy a drink at this seasonal Greenpoint bar housed on a barge. Dine on veggie burgers and corn on the cob, while sipping a cold brew and enjoy a spring day on the NYC waterfront. If you really want to embrace spring, Brooklyn Barge Bar also has "kayaking, fishing, science and historic programs for kids and adults of all interests."
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After you've finished your spring cleaning and made room for some new vinyl, head to the WFMU Record Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. Yes, Brooklyn is home to wonderful record stores, but on April 27th- April 29th, you should check out this annual record fair. If you did serious spring cleaning and have albums you'd like to donate, contact the folks at the fair, they are seeking out vinyl and CDs.