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15 Things to Do in Your Brooklyn Neighborhood This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | July 9, 2015 7:29pm 

 Here's what's going on in the neighborhood this weekend. 
Brooklyn's Get Out and Do This (July 10 to July 12)
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These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Brooklyn reporters Camille Bautista, Serena Dai, Rachel Holliday Smith, Leslie Albrecht, Janet Upadhye and Nikhita Venugopal.

All Weekend

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Where: All over Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival started Wednesday and continues through the weekend, with such events as a tour of the best restaurants in “Brooklyn hip-hop’s most historic neighborhoods” and a show with music. The finale on Saturday night features Chicago rapper Common. Check out their website for a full listing of events and ticket prices.

Afro-Latino Festival

Where: Williamsburg, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Celebrate Afro-Latino history and heritage this weekend with music, dancing, art, and lectures. This year’s festivities expand to Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bed-Stuy to include panel discussions and film screenings. Check out Saturday’s dance party at The Wick or stroll through the street fair at Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza on Sunday. Day passes and concert tickets range from $15 to 40.

Opening of “The Rise of Sneaker Culture”

Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

Get pumped for seriously sweet shoes at the Brooklyn Museum’s latest exhibit, opening Friday, which shows off the history, technology and cultural cache of the athletic shoes-turned-fashion-statement we call sneakers. The new exhibit features hundreds of pairs of kicks, from 1930s sprinting shoes to 1985 Air Jordans to current designs by Kanye West and Christian Louboutin. Free with museum admission, which is $16 for adults.

Friday, July 10

Hot Girls Eating Pizza Party

Where: The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg

When: 8 p.m.

The City Reliquary continues celebrating its pizza box exhibit with a backyard party with Instagram's “Hot Girls Eating Pizza.” A $10 ticket will get you in the doors to see the exhibit, along with a slice of pizza, a beer and time with the creator of the ubiquitous feed of sexy ladies eating the world’s best food.

Jazz at Medgar Evers College

Where: Bedford Avenue and Crown Street, Crown Heights

When: 7 to 10 p.m.

Free Friday night jazz performances start on July 10 in front of Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights with appearances from soloists, quartets and the college’s jazz ensemble band. Seating at the free event is first come, first served.

Farewell Party for Proteus Gowanus

Where: Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St., Gowanus    

When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

After 10 years in business interdisciplinary gallery and event space Proteus Gowanus has closed its doors. Bid farewell to this Gowanus institution at a final party with wine, music and memories. Admission is free.

Saturday, July 11

French Bulldog Party

Where: By Brooklyn, 261 Smith St., Carroll Gardens

When: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

By Brooklyn, a fine goods shop, is hosting its fourth annual “French Bulldog Party” in honor of Bastille Day with beer and snacks for humans and a backyard to play in for pups. All net proceeds from the event will be donated to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. Beer will be served by Threes Brewing and food from Stinky Bklyn. Admission costs $10 with a french bulldog (or any dog); $15 without a dog

Free Canoe Trips on Newtown Creek

Where: North Brooklyn Boat Club, 49 Ash St., Greenpoint

When: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Want to learn more about Newtown Creek? North Brooklyn Boat Club has two free canoe paddling trips at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Members will provide tours of the club’s aquariums as well as information on the creek during the canoe ride. Each one lasts about two hours, and all ages and skill levels are welcome. The event is free. 

Bushwick History Photo Walk

Where: BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St., Bushwick

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After photographer Mary Meisler’s new exhibit about the 70s at BIZARRE, the venue is hosting a free walking tour of the neighborhood with local historians and photography enthusiasts. Bring your own camera to snap photos and the results will be put together in a story for local blog Bushwick Daily. 

Big Break Comedy

Where: Bluebird Cafe, 504 Flatbush Ave., Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

When: 8 p.m.

The new “Big Break” comedy show put on by two Prospect-Lefferts Gardens locals features five stand-up acts this Saturday night at the Bluebird cafe and restaurant on Flatbush Avenue. Tickets are $5.

► BYOB Literary Reading

Where: 760 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights

When: 7 p.m.

Bring some booze and hear some great writing at “Readings in Color,” a Prospect Heights-based literary event held every month in the neighborhood since last fall. Admission is free.

Concord 7: The Rebirth, Deluxe Edition

Where: Bed-Vyne Cocktail, 305 Halsey St., Bedford-Stuyvesant

When: 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Sample spirits and cigars, whiskey, and wine at Concord Events’ cocktail party. Enjoy some hors d’oeuves with the featured Blackwell Rum and Hispaniola Cigars, or take in the nightlife at Bed-Vyne Cocktail’s backyard. A portion of ticket proceeds will go toward nonprofit Kings County Tennis League. Tickets start at $39.99

Sunday, July 12

Second Sundays at Pioneer Works

Where: 159 Pioneer St.     

When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Head to Red Hook for Pioneer Works’ monthly series featuring live music, open studios and exhibits. A few things to look forward to are Robyn Renee Hasty’s new series of glass plate portraits, Mexican ice pops from La Newyorkina and musical performances from Bulla En El Barrio. There's a $10 suggested donation.

Last chance for drinks and dinner at Char No. 4

Where: 196 Smith St., Boerum Hill

When: 5 p.m. to midnight

The beloved whiskey bar is shuttering Sunday after seven years in the neighborhood. All week, Char No. 4 has been offering food and drink specials leading up to its final day in business, so its closing meal will likely be something to look forward to. Specials will be announced this weekend via Char No. 4’s mailing list.

Brooklyn Premiere of “Sound & Chaos: The Story of BC Studio”

Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus

When: Doors at 7 p.m. show at 8 p.m.

Members of Sonic Youth and Swans will be on hand for a jam session at this screening of “Sound & Chaos,” a documentary about the underground Gowanus recording studio where producer Martin Bisi has worked with the likes of Brian Eno and The Dresden Dolls. Admission is $8 to $10.