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Things to do in Brooklyn this summer

Summer fun awaits in Brooklyn with museums, parks, festivals, film screenings and more.

Catch an outdoor movie screening, stroll through one of the borough’s parks or find a new favorite performer at a free concert. From Coney Island to Bushwick, Brooklyn has plenty in store for summer.

Take a look for some of our summer picks.

Writing On It All

If your mother scolded you on more than
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If your mother scolded you on more than a few occasions for scribbling on the walls, this event is probably for you. Artists and writers lead sessions where participants write on the interior walls of an out-of-use house on Governors Island. Sessions are held each weekend of June and are open to all. writingonitall.com

Rooftop Films Summer Series

Rooftop Films' summer series brings independent movies and
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Rooftop Films' summer series brings independent movies and blockbusters alike to rooftops and parks all over the city. In the summer of 2015, they brought 200 films to 47 different events, and 2016 has a well-stocked schedule posted on their site. rooftopfilms.com

Dysfunctional Collective

The Dysfunctional Theatre Company puts on works of
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The Dysfunctional Theatre Company puts on works of art, poetry and performance each weekend in House 8B on Governors Island, in Nolan Park. From rehearsals of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" to photography exhibitions, there is plenty of art to see and explore. dysfunctionaltheatre.org

Prospect Park Yoga

The Prospect Park Alliance, lululemon Brooklyn and Bend
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The Prospect Park Alliance, lululemon Brooklyn and Bend + Bloom Yoga are putting on their eighth year of free outdoor yoga on Thursday nights until Aug. 25. The class is open to those with any level of yoga experience, but participants are asked to bring their own mats. bendandbloom.com

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

If nature gets you into the spirit of
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If nature gets you into the spirit of summer, check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Take a walk through the garden or try one of their classes in topics like floral design or watercolors. Admission to the garden is $12 for adults, $6 for students with ID or seniors and is free for children under age 12, but Saturdays are free. bbg.org

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

This summer music festival runs June through August,
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This summer music festival runs June through August, featuring concerts and other performances of spoken word, theater, music and dance at the Prospect Park Bandshell. More than 250,000 people attend the festival each summer. Bigger name artists like the Lumineers or Tame Impala tend to perform benefit concerts with ticket prices sitting around $40, but other performances are free. bricartsmedia.org

Nathan’s 2016 Hot Dog Eating Contest

What better way to spend the Fourth of
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What better way to spend the Fourth of July than watching people attempt to consume an incredible number of hot dogs as fast as possible? Head to Coney Island for a contest you probably won't forget. Plus, it's the 100th anniversary of Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, so there's bound to be plenty to do, see and eat. nathansfamous.com

Free summer movies

Use free movies as an excuse to explore
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Use free movies as an excuse to explore Brooklyn's parks. Popular movies from the past and present -- including hits like "Singin' In the Rain," "Scream", "10 Things I Hate About You," "Selma" and many more -- will be screened during the evenings for free in park locations all summer long. nycgovparks.org/events

Check out amNY.com's list for the schedule: amny.com/entertainment

City of Water Day

Celebrate New York's waterfront with water-based activities like
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Celebrate New York's waterfront with water-based activities like kayaking, paddle-boarding, rowing and free boat tours for the City of Water Day harbor festival on July 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. waterfrontalliance.org

Books Beneath the Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Park will see readings, discussions and
Photo Credit: Julienne Schaer / Brooklyn Bridge Park via Facebook

Brooklyn Bridge Park will see readings, discussions and book signings for six featured authors on Monday nights this July and August. brooklynbridgepark.org/

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' midnight release party

Jealous of the Londoners and their early access
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Jealous of the Londoners and their early access to J.K. Rowling's newest Harry Potter story? Celebrate the release of the play's script with fellow Harry Potter fans at the WORD Brooklyn Bookstore at Villain LLC on July 30 at 9 p.m. before you run home to read the entire play. wordbookstores.com

Animation Block Party

Now in its 13th year, this film festival
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Now in its 13th year, this film festival features screenings of domestic, international and student animated films, as well as panel discussions, showcases and after-parties. The four-day festival will be held July 28 through July 31 at Rooftop Films and BAMcinématek. The 2015 festival kicked off with a free screening of short films, including exclusives from Nickelodeon and Dreamworks, but the rest of the event is ticketed. animationblock.com

Brooklyn Museum

Get your art and culture fix at the
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Get your art and culture fix at the Brooklyn Museum with exhibits ranging from Coney Island-style paintings to African masks and boombox sculptures to artwork designed for social change. Plus, on the first Saturday of every month except September, the Brooklyn Museum offers "Target First Saturdays," a free art and entertainment experience, from 5 to 11 p.m., so be sure to check it out on July 2 and Aug. 6. For the rest of the month (except when it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), admission to the museum is $16 for adults, $10 for students with ID or seniors and is free for anyone under age 20. brooklynmuseum.org

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach

Beat the Monday blues in July and August
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Beat the Monday blues in July and August with free movies on the West 10th Street beach of Coney Island. Featured films include "Inside Out," "Jurassic World" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." coneyisland.com

Summer Streets

Almost seven miles of New York City, streets
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Almost seven miles of New York City, streets are closed to taxis, buses, Ubers and other cars for three Saturdays in August, leaving you with the perfect opportunity to run, dance or bike in the middle of the road. Summer Streets takes place between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., running from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets. nyc.gov

Brooklyn Comedy Festival

If you're in need of a laugh, check
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If you're in need of a laugh, check out the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, which brings together both established and up-and-coming comedians from stand-up to webseries. Past performers include Hannibal Buress, Trevor Noah, Hari Kondabolu and Sasheer Zamata. This year's festival takes place Aug. 22-28. http://bkcomedyfestival.com/about/

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