Special events

When it comes to festivals and events, Brooklyn has it all.

The borough is home of the largest weekly food market in America: each weekend, more than 20,000 people come to Smorgasburg to try heavenly dishes, drinks, and desserts from 100 local vendors, making it one of the most fun things to do in Brooklyn! 

During the summer months, there are plenty of events to choose from.

Prospect Park hosts New York’s longest-running, free music festival—Celebrate Brooklyn! The largest art parade in the U.S. is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade; it has been held annually in Coney Island since 1983 and celebrates the arrival of the summer season. Also in Coney Island, there is the famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, an annual hot dog eating competition, held each year on Independence Day at the original and best-known restaurant Nathan’s Famous Corporation’s.

The Labor Day Parade, an annual celebration held on Labor Day, whose main event is the West Indian Day Parade, first held in 1947, which attracts between one and three million participants.

In October a perfect time for kids to dress up and indulge their imagination and creativity, and a great time for adults who love just hanging out, it surely is Halloween. And Halloween’s huge in Brooklyn. Its neighborhoods put on over a dozen different parades for kids most of which, but not all, are on Halloween itself, or the weekend before. 

In addition to the famous Park Slope Halloween parade, there are parades everywhere from Coney Island to Bay Ridge to Williamsburg.

When Christmas time comes, some of the best sights to be seen are in Dyker Heights, an affluent residential neighborhood where, since the 1980’s, Christmas started getting bigger and brighter with each passing year. As one of the most popular Brooklyn attractions, the event attracts crowds with inflatable Santas, snowmen and more than ten thousands of lights.