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13 Things to Do in Your Brooklyn Neighborhood This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | May 12, 2016 5:08pm 

 Registration is now open for a Bike Rave, a 7.5 mile nighttime bike ride along the waterfront on May 14.
Registration is now open for a Bike Rave, a 7.5 mile nighttime bike ride along the waterfront on May 14.
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All Weekend

► 600 Cats, Dogs and Rabbits Up for Adoption

Where: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Greenpoint
When: Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday.

More than 600 cats, dogs and rabbits will be up for adoption at this massive weekend-long pet adoption bonanza in Greenpoint.

Saturday, May 14

 Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run

Where: Prospect Park, Bartel Pritchard Square, Park Slope
When: 10 a.m.

This annual fun run through Prospect Park helped raise money for more than 60 Brooklyn public schools last year.

 Walt Whitman Tour of Fort Greene Park

Where: Fort Greene Park Visitors Center, Fort Greene
When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.    

See Fort Greene Park through the eyes of poet and Brooklynite Walt Whitman. Join the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project, the Walt Whitman Project and American Opera Projects for this walking tour of the park. Admission is free with registration.

 Touch a Truck Street Fair

Where: P.S. 295, 18th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, South Slope
When: 12 to 5 p.m.

Toddlers and other fans of large vehicles will get a kick out of this annual street fair, where visitors get up close and personal views of an FDNY fire engine, a tow truck, a bucket truck, a front loader and more. Tickets are $8 and proceeds support the P.S. 295 PTA.

 Kingston Avenue Festival

Where: Kingston Avenue from Bergen to Pacific streets, Crown Heights
When: 1 to 5 p.m.

Enjoy crafts, games, face painting, free food and live music at this annual block party and festival on Kingston Avenue hosted by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center.

 Parkside Plaza Bash

Where: Ocean and Flatbush avenues, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
When: 1 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the new Parkside Plaza in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens with music, local food and a pop-up library.

 “The Freedom Riders 1961: Celebrating The 55th Anniversary of an Economic Movement” Opening Reception

Where: Richard Beavers Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Bed-Stuy
When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Artist Charlotta Janssen pays tribute to civil rights activists the Freedom Riders in this exhibit. On Sunday, following the opening reception there will also be a Q&A with the artist from 3 to 6 p.m. at the gallery.

 Choreographers-in-Residence Showcase

Where: Ground floor studio, 247 Herkimer St., Bed-Stuy
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Choreographers from the Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration show off their work, with free performances from Nadia Joseph, Christopher “Sweat” White, Pure Onyx Movement, Restoration Dance Theater Company and more.

 Brooklyn Bike Rave

Where: Greenpoint, Waterfront Greenway, Greenpoint
When: 7 to 10 p.m.

Bedazzle your bike with multi-colored lights and speakers and take off on a group bike ride along Brooklyn’s Waterfront Greenway, starting in Greenpoint and ending up in Red Hook.

Sunday, May 15

 f.a.d. weekend

Where: 22 Boerum Place, Downtown Brooklyn
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays through June 26

Shop from local makers, designers and artists at the f.a.d. weekend pop-up market, which will feature paintings, photos, illustrations, clothing, jewelry, stationary, furniture and more. Enjoy coffee and confections from Everyman Espresso, Liddabit Sweets, Elements Truffles, Haute Chocolate Brooklyn, Dana Confections, D’Amico Coffee Roasters, Pony Cakes and Twizzles Tasty Treats. f.a.d. weekend is free and open to the public.

 Stop ‘n Swap at P.S. 9

Where: 80 Underhill Ave., Prospect Heights
When: 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

Get rid of stuff and get something new for your place at this “Stop ‘n’ Swap” event co-hosted by P.S. 9 and GrowNYC. Items include clothing, electronics, books and toys — but, sorry, no furniture or large items allowed.

 Park Slope Civic Council House Tour

Where: Throughout Park Slope; exact addresses revealed with ticket purchase
When: 12 to 5:30 p.m.

See inside seven Park Slope homes selected for their beautiful interiors on this self-guided tour. Highlights includes a house with a bathroom big enough for a small family to live in, and a house with a chandelier that was once owned by theater impresario Billy Rose. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of, and proceeds support grants to local schools and nonprofits.

 Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair

Where: Fifth Avenue between Sterling and 12th streets, Park Slope
When: 12 to 6 p.m.

Live music, local food, vintage cars, rides, crafts and more can be found at this annual community event in Park Slope.

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