Lifestyle Brooklyn events: What to do in spring 2016 By Georgia Kral Updated April 28, 2016 3:34 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email There are always lots of things to do in Brooklyn, but spring brings great events and outdoor activities that are made even more exciting by the arrival of warm weather. From art to food to history, here's what to do in the borough of Kings this month. Northside Festival Photo Credit: Northside Festival Just as spring is coming to a close and summer is starting to show up in the form of tank tops and sweat stains, Northside Fest begins. Founded by the Northside Media Group seven years ago, the festival has morphed from a few days of underground bands to nearly a week of bands (some huge names), tech (they call it innovation), art and film. It's like SXSW for Brooklyn, but chiller. Highlights this year: Conor Oberst, Wolf Parade and Brian Wilson performing "Pet Sounds." When: June 6-12More Info: Northside Festival Smorgasburg Photo Credit: Flickr / Bex Walton Smorgasburg, the outdoor food market, is back for the season. Stopping by for delicious eats is a rite of passage every spring. There are new vendors each year as well as the old favorites. When: Continues through fall is in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays More Info: Smorgasburg Cherry Blossom Festival Photo Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden / Michael Ratliff Break out your craziest cosplay costumes and "Kill Bill" fantasies and get yourself to the Sakura Matsuri -- cherry blossom festival -- at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this spring. Anita Jacobs, director of public programs at the garden, says that in recent years the festival has attracted an increasing number of fans of Japanese manga comics and cosplay, in which people dress up as Japanese pop culture characters. "What's kind of cute is that cosplayers spend a year putting together their costumes," she said. Pop culture and tradition mix throughout the two-day event. Fashion shows will feature cosplay as well as traditional kimono dress. Tea ceremonies will be hosted by a nonagenarian Japanese expert. But the main attraction, of course, are the flowers. With more than 220 trees and 66 varieties, BBG is a destination for Japanese travelers who spend the season on the cherry blossom festival circuit. Admission is $25 for adults; $20 for students and seniors and free for children under 12 and for members. When: April 30 and May 1 More Info: Brooklyn Botanical Garden DanceAfrica 2016 Photo Credit: BAM The country's largest festival devoted to African dance returns to BAM this spring for its 39th year. Many events will be held, from film to art to dance, all of it from the African diaspora. Also don't miss the DanceAfrica bazaar, with more than 150 vendors selling African, Caribbean and African-American food, crafts and fashion. When: May 25-30 More Info: BAM 17th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival Photo Credit: Kathyrn Kirk Billed as the city's "longest continually running grass roots festival dedicated to jazz," this musical celebration includes more than 50 events featuring more than 500 artists. What started out as a nine-day event at venues in neighborhoods like Bedford-Stuyvesant and Fort Greene is now a monthlong series spreading from Coney Island to Williamsburg. Even with this expansion, the focus remains on promoting live music to generally underserved communities. When: Through May 15 More Info: Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium Norwegian culture at the 17th of May Parade Photo Credit: Flickr / vipnyc Who doesn't think of Norwegian immigrants when they hear South Brooklyn? Bay Ridge recalls its past as a beacon for Norwegian immigrants with the 17th of May parade, in which participants don plastic-horned Viking hats and travel in floats shaped like Viking ships along the neighborhood's main commercial thoroughfares. Once home to thousands of immigrants from Norway, it was known as Little Oslo. May 17 is recognized as Constitution Day in Norway. When: May 15 More Info: 17th of May Parade Committee By Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic What to eat at Smorgasburg: Pasta 'burgers' and cheese curdsThe outdoor food market opens April 4. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.