The Fort Greene Park Conservancy is excited to announce our full lineup of free programming for the summer months. With a number of returning family-favorite programs, as well as the addition of a brand new summer movie series and dance program, summer in Fort Greene will have something for everyone! Read more below to learn about all the fun Fort Greene Park has to offer.
Continued growth and capacity-building has allowed us to offer more new and exciting programs in Fort Greene Park than ever before. New program support from the New York State Council for the Humanities and National Environmental Education Foundation, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Whole Foods Market 365, Chelsea Piers Fitness, the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as continued sponsorship from longtime partners in NYC Parks, Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, the Eloise Susanna Gale Foundation, and the Butler Family Foundation, has helped sustain existing programming (Kids Concerts, Wallabout Historic Walking Tours, Walt Whitman Walking Tours), and expand offerings (Myrtle Movies, Dance and Music with Cumbe Kidz, Yoga with Chelsea Piers Fitness).
See the full list of programs below! Want to make a gift to support summer in Fort Greene Park and FGPC's free programs? Check out our membership options here, or make a 100% tax deductible contribution!
Myrtle Movies with Rooftop Films
Thursdays, June 14, July 19, August 23, 7:00pm-11:00pm
FGPC is excited to announce a brand-new partnership with Rooftoop Films to bring you our first-ever FREE summer movie series! Join us and our friends at Rooftop on the lawn overlooking Myrtle Avenue for three nights of incredible open-air cinema, featuring neighborhood favorites and some of the best new independent films. Myrtle Movies are generously supported by the Brooklyn Hospital Center and Whole Foods Market 365. July and August screenings will include live music performances before films begin.
Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival
Two Days–July 21 and September 8, 3:00p-7:00p
For two days this summer, local jazz legend Eric Frazier will again bring in all-star lineup of some of the finest musicians in New York City to Fort Greene Park for its eighth year. Special features this year will include special performances from Hanka G, Stacey Haughton, Sivan Arbel, Rome Neal, and Eric Frazier, as well as performances from other special guests. There will also be free giveaways on both Saturdays. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.fortgreeneparkjazzfestival.com for more information.
Two Days, July 8 and August 12, 4:00p-8:00p
A true neighborhood institution, Soul Summit will bring two Sundays of house music and community to Fort Greene Park in their 15th year. Free and open to the public. Visit www.soulsummitmusic.com for more information.
Shakespeare in the Park with Hip to Hip Theatre Company
Two Fridays, July 27, and Friday August 3, 7:00pm
FGPC partners with Hip to Hip Theatre Company to bring a special performance of two Shakespeare classics to Fort Greene Park. Both performances will also feature a special Kids and the Classics workshop before the show starts. Free and open to the public. Learn more at www.hiptohip.org.
Dance and Music with Cumbe Kidz
Tuesdays, July 17, July 24, July 31, 10:00am-11:00am
Join FGPC and Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance as we take a fun journey through the African diaspora by way of Fort Greene Park! We invite families to visit Jamaica, Cuba and the U.S. through our interactive Caribbean, Hip Hop and Afro-Cuban classes. Watch master artists perform, then experience the joy and learn the movements through a class and a dance jam. This special workshop series is supported in part by a generous grant from the Eloise Susanna Gale Foundation.
Performances are free, suitable for children of all ages and require no prior formal instruction. Meet in the Monument Plaza’s western wing.
July 17: Art of Legohn (Afro-Caribbean w/ live percussion)
July 24: Art of Legohn (Hip Hop)
July 31: Afro Cuban with Tony Domenech
Music in the Grove: Kids Concerts
Wednesdays, June 20-August 8, 10:00am-11:00am
A perennial favorite among young families in the neighborhood, FGPC’s Music in the Grove: Kids Concerts series returns for its seventh season. These free hour-long concerts bring parents and children of all ages together with some of the finest talent in Brooklyn for a romping, stomping good time! Supported by a generous multi-year grant from the Butler Family Foundation in the name of Hugh and Karen Butler Connell, as well as NYC Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo. Performances are free and open to children and caretakers of all ages.
June 20: Suzi Shelton
June 27: The Dad Beats
July 11: Flor Bromley
July 18: Mil’s Trills
July 25: Astrograss
August 1: Soul Science Lab
August 8: Baby in Tune
Music in the Grove: Sunday Kids Concerts
Sundays, July 15, July 29, August 5, 11:00am-12:00pm:
To meet the tremendous demand for more family programming in Fort Greene Park, FGPC is pleased to announce the expansion of Music In the Grove: Kids Concerts to include three special Sunday performances! Made possible by special funding from the Butler Family Foundation and NYC Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo. July 15 will feature a special partnership with Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance!
July 15: Kotchgna Dance Company
July 29: Rolie Polie Guacamole
August 5: Hopalong Andrew
Historic Walking Tour Series
Select Saturdays, June 9-October 20, 11:00am-12:30pm
FGPC is excited to announce another full season of neighborhood walking tours for 2018. The ever-popular Wallabout Historic Walking Tour series returns, produced in partnership with the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project, as well as our well-loved Walt Whitman Walking Tours of Fort Greene, which concentrate on the park, Walt Whitman’s life and work, as well as early Brooklyn History. All tours include special musical performances, produced in collaboration with the Walt Whitman Project and American Opera Projects. Walt Whitman Walking Tours are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as The Corcoran Group.
June 9: Walt Whitman Walking Tour
June 16: Wallabout Historic Walking Tour
July 14: Walt Whitman Walking Tour
July 21: Wallabout Historic Walking Tour
August 11: Walt Whitman Walking Tour
August 18: Wallabout Historic Walking Tour
September 15: Wallabout Historic Walking Tour
October 20: Wallabout Historic Walking Tour
Free, but registration required via Eventbrite. Sign up through the links above.
New for 2018: Free Yoga with Chelsea Piers Fitness
Saturdays, June 9-October 20, 11:00am
Chelsea Piers Fitness & The Fort Greene Park Conservancy have teamed up for an incredible Summer Yoga Series. Connect with the Earth and its energy at the Monument Greene Lawns in Fort Greene Park. Chelsea Piers Fitness Evolve Yoga instructors will lead an all level one-hour Vinyasa class every Saturday morning at 11:00am from June through mid-October, weather permitting.
Free Tai Chi Group
Sundays, June 3-September 30 10:00am-11:15pm
Together with local Tai Chi leaders Leon Chung and Marilyn Fleming, FGPC will bring a full summer of free Tai Chi practice to Fort Greene Park. Group will meet on the Monument Plaza adjacent to the Visitor Center. There is a brief introduction and movement mostly in silence following the leaders’ movements. Practitioners of all levels welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Class will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or rain.
Learn more at www.taichibklyn.com.