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Visit Brooklyn and stay at BEST WESTERN PLUS Arena Hotel to experience all the action-packed Brooklyn events and things to do in our vibrant neighborhood. Whether you're visiting in January or July, you won't have to search hard to find fun for everyone near our Brooklyn hotel. Plan your Brooklyn vacation with these exciting upcoming events in mind.

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Brooklyn Events and the Brand New Barclays Center

Discover the thrill and excitement of the brand new Barclays Center, only two miles from BEST WESTERN PLUS Arena Hotel. The center is home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets as well as a variety of electrifying events throughout the year. World-class entertainers, conventions and sporting events are just the beginning of what the Barclays Center offers. Want to see what the center has planned during your visit? Visit the official Barclays Center calendar of events.


  1. Coney Island Polar Bears New Year's Day Dip
    Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island | Admission: Free
    The Coney Island Polar Bears Club takes its annual New Year's Day swim.
  2. Three Kings Parade
    El Museum de Barrio | Admission: Free
    Lively music, dancing and floats fill the street of El Barrio at this annual parade.
  3. Winter Antiques Show
    Park Avenue Armory | Admission: Required
    The most prestigious antiques show in America featuring pieces through the 1960s from 75 different exhibitors.


  1. Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
    Chinatown, Manhattan | Admission: Free
    Exciting Chinese New Year celebration is one of the largest in the nation.
  2. New York Fashion Week
    Lincoln Center | Admission: Limited tickets available.
    Check out the latest looks for the upcoming fall season.
  3. Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
    Madison Square Garden | Admission: Required
    American's top annual dog show


  1. Dine In Brooklyn (Restaurant Week)
    Throughout Brooklyn | Admission: Fixed Price
    Nearly 200 Brooklyn restaurants offer discounted fixed-price menus with proceeds to charity.
  2. Brooklyn Saint Patrick's Day Parade
    15th & 7th to Prospect Park | Admission: Free
    Celebrate Irish American culture at this fun, family-appropriate parade.
  3. Arts of Pacific Asia Show
    7 W New York | Admission: Required
    Peruse exquisite Asian art from over 65 leading international galleries.


  1. Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
    Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Admission: Required
    A weekend festival at the height of spring. Japanese cultural activities include music and dance, taiko drumming and tea ceremonies.
  2. Queens……a Taste of the World
    Citi Field | Admission: Required
    Savor a delicious assortment of multi-ethnic dishes.
  3. EarthFair at Grand Central
    Grand Central Station | Admission: Free
    Celebrate Earth Day at Grand Central Station with exhibitions and concerts.


  1. BKLYN Designs
    . Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO | Admission: Required
    Innovative designers from Brooklyn and all over display their boldest creations.
  2. Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition Summer Show
    At the Pier in Red Hook | Admission: Free
    Cutting-edge Brooklyn artists gather for an annual summer show at the pier.
  3. Brooklyn Half-Marathon
    Starts at Prospect Park | Registration: Required
    Test your endurance at this annual half-marathon from Prospect Park to Coney Island.
  4. BayFest / Blessing of the Fleet
    Sheepshead Bay | Admission: Free
    Brooklyn's largest waterfront event and NYC's only vendor-free street fair. Live music and sailing demos.
  5. DanceAfrica
    Brooklyn Academy of Music | Admission: Required
    Dynamic spring program of African art, dance, film and culture.
  6. Historic House and Garden Tours
    Throughout New York City | Admission: Required
    The historic homes of Brooklyn and NYC are opened to fascinating tours every May and June.
  7. Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade
    91st & 3rd to John Paul Jones Park | Admission: Free
    The nation's oldest Memorial Day parade celebrates U.S. Veterans organizations.
  8. Brooklyn Uncorked
    Brooklyn Academy of Music | Admission: Required
    Savor delectable food and the finest wines from local wineries.
  9. Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
    Ninth Ave. | Admission: Required
    Delight in a gastronomic feast at this massive international food fair covering 20 blocks from 37th to 57th Sts on Ninth Avenue.
  10. Meatpacking Design District New York
    Meatpacking District | Admission: Free
    A series of exhibitions, product launches, panel discussions and a district-wide open house in New York's most fashionable neighborhood.


  1. Brooklyn International Film Festival
    Brooklyn Heights Cinema and Others | Admission: Required
    Small but passionate film festival dedicated to the efforts of independent filmmakers the world over.
  2. Boricua Festival / Salsa at the Waterfront
    58th Street Pier | Admission: Free
    Spanish and Latin culture festival serves up fun music and authentic cuisine.
  3. Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival
    Prospect Park
    Bandshell | Admission: Free and Paid options
    A summer performance series combining indie film screenings and big name concert performances.
  4. Brooklyn Puerto Rican Parade
    Graham Ave & Broadway | Admission: Free
    Local and popular Puerto Rican performers highlight this raucous parade.
  5. LGBT Pride Week
    Prospect Park and City-Wide | Admission: Free
    City-wide festival culminates with Pride Day at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
  6. Mermaid Parade
    Coney Island Boardwalk | Admission: Free
    The nation's largest art parade, participants dress up in colorful mermaid, Neptune and sea creature costumes.
  7. Russian Heritage Week
    Asset Levy Seaside Park | Admission: Free
    A wide swath of Russian cultural groups and Russian vendors with this an exceptional Brooklyn festival.
  8. Gateway to Nations Native American Heritage Festival
    Gateway National Recreation Area | Admission: Required
    Explore Native American culture through song, dance, crafts, jewelry and food at this three-day Brooklyn festival.


  1. International African Arts Festival
    Commodore Barry Park | Admission: Free
    Major festival in Brooklyn boasts four days of African music, culture and art as well as family entertainment.
  2. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival (Giglio)
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel | Admission: Required
    12-day religious festival in support of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
  3. Bastille Day
    Cobble Hill | Admission: Free
    Parades and other lively festivities celebrate French Independence on this popular holiday.
  4. Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series
    Wingate Field | Admission: Free
    Summer concert series brings big names in soul and R&B to Brooklyn.
  5. Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
    Brooklyn Waterfront (various) | Admission: Required
    A six-day celebration of hip-hop culture and music featuring local and international artists.
  6. Seaside Summer Concert Series
    Asser Levy/Seaside Park | Admission: Free
    Classic rock & roll and contemporary acts keep Seaside Park jumping all summer long.
  7. Siren Music Festival
    Coney Island | Admission: Free
    Exciting all ages-appropriate summer music festival in Brooklyn.
  8. Harlem Book Fair
    Harlem | Admission: Free
    The nation's largest African American literary event features an author panel discussion and outdoor fair; highlighted by the Wheatley Book Awards ceremony.


  1. Brighton Jubilee Festival
    Brighton Beach | Admission: Free
    Vibrant multi-cultural street festival is Brighton Beach's largest event. Food, music, arts and crafts and more.
  2. Battle Week at the Old Stone House
    The Old Stone House | Admission: Free and Paid options
    Diverse program commemorates the largest battle of the Revolutionary War with unique daily events.


  1. Brooklyn Book Festival
    Throughout Brooklyn | Admission: Free
    Large Brooklyn event bringing together book-lovers, literary legends and emerging authors for meet-and-greets and networking.
  2. Atlantic Antic Street Festival
    Atlantic Ave
    from Hicks St to 4th St | Admission: Free
    A massive block party in Brooklyn's beautiful brownstone neighborhood. Eleven live entertainment stages.
  3. West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade
    Brooklyn Museum
    | Admission: Required
    Four wildly different nights of music and fanfare precede the Labor Day parade and carnival.
  4. Great Irish Fair
    MCU Park | Admission: Required (for charity)
    Popular festival featuring traditional and contemporary Irish performers and entertainment.
  5. DUMBO Arts Festival
    DUMBO Neighborhood | Admission: Free
    A variety of visual, music and performance artists display their boldest work.
  6. Flatbush Frolic
    Cortelyou Rd at Coney Island Ave | Admission: Free
    Open air street fair celebrating the Flatbush community. Emphasizes local vendors and cuisine.
  7. Ragamuffin Parade
    Third Ave
    in Bay Ridge | Admission: Free
    Lighthearted parade starring thousands of little ones dressed up in costume.
  8. New York Fashion Week
    Lincoln Center | Admission: Limited tickets available.
    Get the scoop on the hottest upcoming fashion trends for next spring.


  1. Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade
    Join over 35,000 people at this popular annual parade stretching from Fifth Avenue at 44th Street to 79th Street.
  2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Chile Pepper Fiesta
    Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Admission: Required
    This spicy event is all about the amazing chile pepper. Includes live bands, cooking demonstrations and contests.
  3. Next Wave Festival
    Brooklyn Academy of Music | Admission: Free and Paid options
    A stirring art festival dedicated to boundary-pushing artists just now emerging.
  4. Halloween Haunted Walk & Carnival
    Prospect Park | Admission: Free
    This old-fashioned ghost walk at Prospect Park is a favorite of local families.
  5. Park Slope Children's Halloween Parade
    15th St & 7th St to the Old Stone House | Admission: Free
    The largest children's parade in the country, hosted on Halloween.


  1. Winter Festival at Prospect Park
    Prospect Park (Lefferts House) | Admission: Free
    Another kid-friendly Brooklyn events. Children learn how to make popular kids games by hand.


  1. Holiday Lights in Brooklyn
    Throughout Brooklyn | Admission: Free
    Watch Brooklyn come alive in the colorful glow of holiday lights. Holiday lights at Prospect Park are especially popular.

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