Who's Playing at Prospect Park's Summer Concerts? Celebrate Brooklyn!

Insider's Guide to Celebrate Brooklyn

••• Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series in Prospect Park offers global music, local artists, and draws huge crowds. Photo courtesy of BRIC

Get a feel for what Brooklyn's really all about. See a concert at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell, where you can get enjoy an intimate outdoor performance from legendary performers. 

One of the best places to spend any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night during a New York summer is 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.

 Wonder who's performing this summer? 

Fans of indie rock will enjoy the lineup, which includes old school favorite the Violent Femmes, and indie favs, Alvvays, Ducktails, Big Thief and many other acts. If you have kids in tow, you can have them rock out to some indie music, but it's probably best if you stick to the Dan Zanes show. The one-time indie rocker now turned kid favorite, performs for family show on June 11th at 4pm. 

Celebrate Bastille Day on July 14th with a screening of THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE with live score by Benoit Charest / Jessica Fichot at Celebrate Brooklyn. Film lovers should also head back to the series for the foreign classic RUN LOLA RUN  with live score by The Bays / Joan as Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davison on August 4th.

If you can't make it to Havana this summer, you can still dance to cuban music on June 24th with ¡Cubanismo! / Ricardo Lemvo with L’Orchestre Afrisa International.

Enjoy a night of Latin music  led by trumpeter Jesús Alémañy. 

Although not all concerts are free, there are a few ticketed benefit concerts during the season. This summer, get tickets to see Aussie rockers, Tame Impala for two nights on June 14th and 15th. On July 26th, see Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs perform a benefit concert.


​There are many concerts and films to satiate everyone's appetite. From family shows to edgy old school acts. Here's the complete summer schedule--Celebrate Brooklyn concert and event schedule.

In the mood for a picnic? You're invited to bring food and blanket and picnic on the grassy area at Celebrate Brooklyn. However, keep the Celebrate Brooklyn policy in mind--"We encourage picnicking, however the policies of the NYC Police Department, the Department of NYC Parks & Recreation, and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! do not allow patrons to bring cans or bottles into the site. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! staff and volunteers will be checking for these items upon arrival of the site. Beer and wine are sold for on-site consumption and may not be removed from the site."

I'm always up for grabbing a meal at the two kiosks on site, one is run by Ditmas Park favorite, The Farm at Adderley and The Good Batch. They even have great veggie options. If you plan on bringing a picnic, get there early to secure a shady spot. The gates open one hour before the show, but folks line up much earlier. Also if you want a drink, head to that kiosk early since the lines can get long.

Need directions to Celebrate Brooklyn?It's easy to reach Celebrate Brooklyn's concerts from any borough.Here's how to get to Celebrate Brooklyn! events in Prospect Park's Bandshell.

Another suggestion. It's probably wise to review the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website. 

Other tips: You can sit in the grass for free, or grab a seat for a $3 admission fee (except for special, ticketed concerts). There's good food for sale on site, as well as booths selling cool made in Brooklyn stuff, including ETSY vendors. But do get there early for popular shows; if the crowd is too large, they have to start turning folks away.

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


Edited by Alison Lowenstein