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15 Things To Do in Brooklyn Neighborhoods This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | April 21, 2016 2:15pm 

 Test out hot sauces from around the world and watch food eating contests at this weekend's NYC Hot Sauce Expo.
Test out hot sauces from around the world and watch food eating contests at this weekend's NYC Hot Sauce Expo.
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NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Where: Brooklyn EXPO Center, 79 Franklin St., Greenpoint
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Test out hot sauces from all over the world and gawk at the food eating contests where competitors will shovel spicy meatballs, guacamole and tacos down their gullets. Tickets range from $10 to $100. 

Boombox Retrospective

Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

This weekend is the opening of Tom Sachs’ “Boombox Retrospective,” an exhibit paying tribute to “a defining icon of street culture,” the museum says. The exhibit will be on view until August 14.

Friday, April 22

Pop-up Taiwanese Supper Club

Where: 159 Graham Ave., Williamsburg
When: 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Enjoy an elegant, five-course Taiwanese tasting menu featuring pork dumplings, pineapple cake, five-spice peanuts, marinated cucumbers and chicken buns at this pop-up supper club. The evening is $35 per person and includes a five course meal, but not drinks or tip. A second evening will be held the week after on Friday, April 29.

Faculty Concert at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Where: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 Seventh Ave., Park Slope
When: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $15 for general admission for this concert of violin duets by Luis Enrique Casal and Francisco Salazar. They’ll perform works by Mozart, Ponce and Martinu.

Saturday, April 23

NYCares Day - Spruce Up Fort Greene Park

Where: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Give Fort Greene Park a little love by volunteering this Saturday with New York Cares. All equipment and tools will be provided. Volunteers will meet in front of the park’s Visitor Center at 10 a.m. RSVP by emailing volunteer@fortgreenepark.org.

DUMBO Family Festival

Where: Main Street and John Street Parks, Brooklyn Bridge Park
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate warmer temperatures on the waterfront at this year’s DUMBO Family Festival. Kids can scale the DUMBO Boulders rock climbing walls, explore nature at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Environmental Education Center, boogie with mom and dad at a dance party, decorate a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge with flowers, and play classic games under the Manhattan Bridge. This free event will also feature face painting for the first 100 kids, free glitter tattoos and a “Book Match” with the Brooklyn Public Library.

Gowanus Grind

Where: Thomas Greene Park, Third Avenue and Degraw Street, Gowanus
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate spring with live music, food from local restaurants, a skateboarding clinic and competition, a Brooklyn Boulders obstacle course and other family-friendly activities at Thomas Greene Park.

Celebration of Renaming of Degraw St. For Robert “PH” Diaz

Where: Starts at corner of Fifth Avenue and Degraw, then goes to Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See Degraw Street be officially co-named in honor of Park Slope rapper Robert “Pumpkinhead” Diaz, then go to Littlefield to celebrate his life and music with food by El Pollito Mexicano and Mulino Ristorante Italiano and music by DJ Neil Armstrong, Mista Sinista, DP One, DJ Cabin, Kilz, Joe Bodega, DJ ECLIPSE, and Suce (Sucio Smash). The street sign unveiling is free and open to the public. Tickets to the Littlefield event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Shwick Makers Market

Where: Be Electric Studios, 1298 Willoughby Ave., Bushwick
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More than 80 local vendors sporting food, clothing, jewelry, art, decorative objects, bath and body products will gather to peddle their wares Saturday.

BUST Craftacular Spring Market

Where: Industry City, 233 37th St., Sunset Park
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What better way to celebrate the warmer days of spring than with a wardrobe overhaul? Dozens of fashion, art, food, accessory and antique vendors will be selling their wares at BUST’s spring market on Saturday. There will also be DJ sets, live music and craft hubs. For more information and to RSVP on Facebook, click here.  

Rock the Bell’s! Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeover

Where: Bed-Vyne Brew, 370 Tompkins Ave., Bed-Stuy
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Michigan company Bell’s Brewery will be on hand at craft beer bar Bed-Vyne to talk about their drinks and spin some old school hip hop. DJs will be also be on site and company reps will give away a limited amount of free brewery products.

Comedy at Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen

Where: Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen, 794 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights
When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Get some very serious grilled cheese and then sit back for some laughs at Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen’s comedy night, featuring five comics hosted by comedian Jesse Baltes.

Sunday, April 24

Bark Avenue Adopt-A-Thon

Where: Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens
When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Looking for a furry friend? This might be the place for you. Several animal shelters and rescue groups will be attending, as well as animal communicator Sue Pike, who can help you talk to your pet. There will also be a dog photo booth and activities for kids and pups alike.

Sunday Sounds feat. Shira, Jak Lizard and Jess Best

Where: 61 Local, 61 Bergen St., Boerum Hill
When: 7:30 p.m.

61 Local, a cafe, bar and hotspot for freelancers, is back with its weekend music series “Sunday Sounds” that showcases local talent in the venue’s intimate upstairs performance space. 

Gelsey Bell: Collaborative Duets

Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn
When: 8 to 10 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Gelsey Bell wraps up her three-day residency at Roulette with two duets: a new piece created with her sister, choreographer and dancer Biba Bell, and a concert version of music created with John King last year for Compagnie CNDC-Angers’s performance of Merce Cunningham. Tickets are $20.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Brooklyn reporters Leslie Albrecht, Camille Bautista, Gwynne Hogan, Rachel Holliday Smith, Alexandra Leon and Nikhita Venugopal.