The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) is upon us, which means this borough will be showcasing the world of film until June 7. Over 100 films will be shown at the Wythe Hotel, a cool place to stay, in Williamsburg and Windmill Studios NYC in Greenpoint. Filmmakers of this year’s festival hail from over 20 different countries. A full festival pass is $100; a four pack pass (4 films) is $35; and single program passes are $13 and $10 for student and seniors.
June 1st kicks off with an annual food and music festival in the heart of the city. From 5-9pm you can get a taste of over 50 of Times Square’s best restaurants, including Dos Caminos, Shake Shack, Junior’s, Blue Fin, Hard Rock Cafe, even a beer garden, since we’re really into drinking, and many more. The celebration takes place on 46th Street between Broadway and 9th Avenue and on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. This is a free event, however “tastes” and beverages are paid for using tickets, which can be purchased in advance to skip long lines. Tickets are $1 each, and most “tastes” are $2-$6. Bon Appetit!
If you'd like to test your athleticism, you should ride the Tour de Brooklyn starting in Erie Basin Park in Red Hook. On Sunday, June 7 at 8am, for about 20 miles, over 1000 cyclists will pedal through “some of Brooklyn’s most iconic neighborhoods, including Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Flatbush, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg. [The] rest stop will be at one of Crown Heights' crown jewels, Lincoln Terrace Park.” You must register and sign a waiver before participating. The price is $17.50 for T.A. members and $22.50 for nonmembers.
If you’re curious about this relatively new Brooklyn neighborhood, Red Hook, consider attending the Red Hook festival this Thursday, June 5 until Saturday, June 7. Or, come for Red Hook Boaters’ free kayak rides in the New York harbor, facepainting, trivia, and so much more.The first day of the festival boasts a happy hour kickoff from 6-8pm, while the remainder of the festival has live performances, a free BBQ, DJ dance party, and endless activities for the entire family, so check out the line-up.
Not much has to be said about this multi-day music festival. This festival will be June 5-7 on Randall’s Island and has everything you could expect an infamous festival to have: food. booze, activities, world-famous musicians and artists, after-parties, and lots of new friends.
Not all buffalo wings are the same! Are you a chicken wing enthusiast? If so, here’s a Chicken Wing Festival for you. This Sunday, June 7 at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury, from 11am-7pm, you can join award-winning restaurants and prior champions who specialize in chicken wings and sauces in celebrating this mouth-watering event. There will be activities, amusements, and free samples for the whole family to enjoy. And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a wing-eating contest for all ages! General admission is $10, and children 5 and under are free.