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Brooklyn events: What to do in spring 2016

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

Just as spring is coming to a close
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 6-12
More Info:
Northside Festival

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg, the outdoor food market, is back for
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

Break out your craziest cosplay costumes and
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

The country's largest festival devoted to African dance
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

Billed as the city's
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

Who doesn't think of Norwegian immigrants when they
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

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