Directions - How to Get to Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Concerts?

Getting to Celebrate Brooklyn!

2016 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Digable Planets & Camp Lo NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30
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This summer, Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park bandshell has an incredible line up of free concerts including Lisa Loeb and The Knights, Andrew Bird, and many others. There are also benefit concerts with The Shins, Sylvan Esso, Conor Oberst, and Fleet Foxes. The summer-long series will also screen the film Selma with a live score by Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra and Brooklyn United Marching Band. Peruse the 2017 calendar for this popular outdoor concert series.

Question: Directions - How to Get to Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Concerts?

So you want to go to one of Brooklyn's famous summer concerts in Prospect Park, organized by Celebrate Brooklyn! but aren't sure how to get there? The first thing to know is that you are headed toward the neighborhood of Park Slope. Celebrate Brooklyn! is easy to reach, and worth the effort!

Answer: The best ways to reach the Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series in Park Slope, Brooklyn, are by foot, by bike, or by subway. You can drive, but parking is hard to find in the area. 

By Bike

There's valet bike parking for Celebrate Brooklyn! concerts, so this biking is a nice, green option. Just remember that you'll be biking home again in the dark!

The Celebrate Brooklyn! Bike Zone is located at 11th Street and Prospect Park West.

By Subway

Brooklyn is well served by subways, though it's always important to check with the MTA about possible repair-related changes or delays. That said, you can change trains at Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street hub station from just about any train to the following:

  1. F and G Trains - Closest to Prospect Park Bandshell The closest subway is the F or G to the 7th Avenue stop. If you exit at the front of the Brooklyn-bound train, you will emerge at 8th Avenue and 9th Street, just one 1 block to Prospect Park's 9th Street entrance, where the band shell is located. However, if you want to grab a slice of pizza or picnic fixings, head toward the 7th Avenue exit of the train, pick up your provisions and walk two blocks uphill.
  2. #2 or #3 Trains to Grand Army Plaza (about .7 mile or 1 kilometer to Prospect Park Bandshell). Alternatively, take the often more convenient 2 or 3 trains to the stop at Grand Army Plaza.Option 1: Prospect Park West - You can walk 13 blocks along lovely, urban mansion-lined Prospect Park West to 9th Street. (about .7 mile or 1 kilometer).
    1. Option 2: Inside the Park - Or, if you prefer a pretty park walk, go into the park at Grand Army Plaza, and walk along the paved park roadway to 9th Street (there is no car traffic on weekends). It's safe, and don't worry about getting lost; unless you fall asleep on your feet, you will not miss the huge Celebrate Brooklyn! tent on the right-hand side. This route is fine for folks who plan to sit on the grass; but if you plan to pay $3 for a seat, the entrance is closer to Prospect Park West.
  1. B or Q Trains(about 1 mile or 1.6 kilometers to Prospect Park Bandshell) A few blocks further away, you can catch the B or Q to 7th Avenue stop (which leaves you standing on Flatbush Avenue). Ask which way Prospect Park is, or just walk uphill, and to the right. Find Prospect Park West and continue as above.
  2. B, Q (alternate) or S Trains to Prospect Park. Enter Park at Flatbush and Ocean Avenues, follow the Blue Trail across the Park to the bandshell

By Bus

You can also go by bus:

  • B61 / B68 to Prospect Park West
  • B69 / B67 to 9th Street
  • B41 or B71 to Grand Army Plaza

By Car

A word of warning about cars: If you want to drive, be forewarned that street parking is tough to find and that double-parking will likely get you a ticket. Worse, illegally parked cars are often towed away.

Celebrate Brooklyn! is the flagship performing arts program of the borough's cultural arm, called BRIC Arts | Media.

Edited by Alison Lowenstein