Summer may be winding down but the food festivals are just gearing up! Mark these urban block parties on your calendar...
Summer Streets:Saturdays in August, starting August 1 Described as “part bike tour, part walking tour, and part block party,” Summer Streets spans seven miles of New York City roads. From the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, avenues and streets convert to car-free promenades so you can roam and bike carefree. It’s a unique experience to snack on food truck treats as you walk the traffic line of Park Avenue.
Tap+Cork Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest:August 14 – 15 Now in its third year, Tap+Cork has introduced a pre-game event to its increasingly popular tasting fest: TapNight Out kicks off on Friday 14 with a pub crawl throughout Bed-Stuy’s watering holes. On Saturday 15, the official festival begins, featuring more than 50 samples of artisanal wines and craft beers. The Bad Boy vs. Roc-a-Fella spin-off pits the notorious record labels' best known rappers against each other in this epic music battle.
Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ:August 22 If you didn’t get your fill at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in June, consider this your second chance to indulge in some sauce-slathered, hickory-smoked goodness. The free Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ returns but in a new, bigger location at Chelsea’s Pier 26. Tear into ribs from some of the city’s best pit masters like Mighty Quinn’s and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and take in the sounds of the Deep South with blues performances by Otis Taylor Band and The Ed Palermo Big Band.
Central Park Conservancy Film Festival:August 25 – 29 Unfurl your picnic blanket at the Central Park Conservancy’s Film Festival, the city dweller's equivalent to a drive-in movie theater. The private, not-for-profit organization is responsible for the massive clean-up of the once-seedy park: hauling away litter, scrubbing clean graffiti, and reviving Central Park’s manicured lawns and lush greenery. In honor of the group's 35th anniversary, the film festival will screen now-classic movies that debuted in 1980, including Raging Bull and The Blues Brothers.
Brighton Jubilee: August 30 At the bottom-most tip of Brooklyn, just a hop away from iconic Coney Island, is Brighton Beach. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, Russian immigrants largely populated the waterfront neighborhood. In 1976, the first Brighton Jubilee Festival was held as a celebration of the area’s Russian heritage and culture. Now in its 39th year, the festival offers an array of international foods, music, and crafts.