Spring Is in the Air! 8 Must-Do Things to Cross Off Your Bucket List This Spring in Brooklyn

This Sunday marks the first official day of spring. 

While it may not actually feel like it, we can assure you it's the spring solstice. 

So get our your bucket lists, Brooklyn, because we've found some of the coolest things going down right as the flowers begin to bloom. 

Whether we're rocking out at Brooklyn's annual Bayfest or just sipping some brews atop Berry Park, we've got a little bit of something for everyone.

Here's 8 things you'd be crazy not to do this spring in Brooklyn. 

Black Party (1260 Atlantic Avenue)


Got plans on Saturday, March 19th? How about attending gay New York's biggest night of the year at The Black Party, one of the longest running gay events in New York City. 

It's also one of the biggest dance parties in the world, attracting more than 5,000 people to the city every spring. Apart from talented DJ's, The Black Party hosts word class performers and live acts for your entertainment. 


This year, the event is being held at Studio E Warehouse. The venue will offer complimentary shuttle bus services from the nearby subway and trains stations. 

Luna Park (1000 Surf Avenue)

Want to ride the Cyclone with the warm spring breeze rushing through your hair? You're in luck! Luna Park opens for the season on the first day of spring: Sunday, March 20. 

So get yourself out to Coney Island on Sunday Funday, grab yourself a Famous Nathan's hotdog, a frozen lemonade, and check out one of NYC's favorite historical amusement parks. 

Smorgasburg in Prospect Park


Rejoice foodies! Smorgasburg returns to Prospect Park on Sundays, starting this April 3rd. For those of you who are unaware of the glory of Smorgasburg, let us enlighten you... it's the delicious, gourmet food market of all of our wildest dreams.


Though Smorgasburg continued throughout the winter in Industry City, we're looking forward to the return to Prospect Park, where we can nosh on ramen burgers while checking out the wildflowers and trees in bloom

Rooftop Bars

Spring is a time for sitting outside... and drinking. So why not combine the two and sit on a rooftop sipping some killer cocktails or craft beers? 

That was a rhetorical question. 

You need to get yourself to rooftop bars like Juliette or The Ides to jump start your vitamin D intake, and take in some incredible spring sunsets with a drink in your hand. 


Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (990 Washington Avenue)

Looking for some beautiful spring florals and foliage without leaving NYC? 

Head over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to check out their incredible collection of cherry trees during the cherry blossom season, happening right now. 


Afraid you'll miss out on the blooms? The Brooklyn Botanic Garden updates their "Cherrywatch" each weekday, alerting you of the exact stage of bloom of the trees in their park. Currently, there is only one tree experiencing "first bloom," while the rest are still hovering at the "pre-bloom" stage. 

Tickets are $12 for adults, but free for children under 12, and only $6 for students who come prepared with a school ID. 

Fourth Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo (79 Franklin Street)


On April 23rd and 24th, the Brooklyn Expo Center will be hot... or well, spicy. The Fourth Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo will be blazing people's mouths with spicy wings, bloody marys, and a guacamole eating contest. 

Drink some beer or cocktails (depending on your ticket level), eat some insanely delicious BBQ or wings, and find your new favorite hot sauce at this flaming hot festival. 

Five Boro Craft Beer Fest (272 Meserole Street)

Want to celebrate the the beginning of spring with a gloriously delicious brew? Check out the Third Annual Five Boro Craft Beer Fest, with some of the best local and out-of-state beers and ciders to keep you cool as the weather warms up. 

This can't-miss event is happening at The Well Public House, rain or shine, on May 6th at 6:30 p.m. Your ticket includes unlimited 2 oz. beer and cider tastings, food, live music, and a 5 oz. tasting glass. 


We don't know what you're doing May 6th, but we certainly know our plans. 

Bayfest (Emmons Avenue)

Brooklyn's Bayfest 2016 is happening on May 15th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. What is Bayfest? It's a free event spanning Emmons Avenue from East 27th Street to Ocean Avenue, filled with live bands, performers, and booths from local organizations. 

It's essentially a block party for the entire Brooklyn community imbibing the spirit of old school Brooklyn right on the waterfront. Better yet? It's free. 

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