Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) today announced the fall season of its annual events series, Downtown Brooklyn Presents, which celebrates the people and the plazas of one of the nation’s fastest growing downtowns. The DTBK Presents program provides a great way for the neighborhood to celebrate together outdoors. The full calendar is here and below.

Crowd favorites are back! Zumba classes with Dodge YMCA return to Albee Square, music flows throughout Willoughby Plaza with our Lunchtime Concert Series and, Ping Pong with The Push is returning to Brooklyn Commons. Debuting at Albee Square is Boom.Bap.Soul!, a new music showcase featuring some of Brooklyn’s rising musicians.

The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival, a celebratory weekend of the Brooklyn Cultural District at the end of September, will feature highlights like The Knights, the neighborhood’s original dance party, Soul Summit, and Brooklyn music collective Sample Sale Music featuring Tai Allen. Mark Morris Dance Center will offer free classes and The Center for Fiction partners with The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for Music and Storytime Hour. Closing this year’s festival is world-renowned DJ, remixer, artist and producer DJ Spinna.

Broadway in the Boros returns to Downtown Brooklyn for the first time since 2019 with performances from Broadway favorites Beetlejuice, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, and Little Shop of Horrors at The Plaza at 300 Ashland. We join St. Ann’s Warehouse and BAM in welcoming Little Amal as she explores Downtown Brooklyn spreading her message of unity, and kick-off BRIC Jazz Fest with a free concert featuring soul-jazz-hip hop fusion sensation Burnt Sugar Arkestra.

“Downtown Brooklyn will once again come alive this fall with dance, music, theater, fitness and more,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer. “The neighborhood is coming together to transform our streets into stages and plazas into performance pieces to showcase the best of what Downtown Brooklyn has to offer. Whether it’s an evening Zumba class, a lunchtime musical performance, or a chance to see the famous Little Amal, we hope everyone enjoys Downtown Brooklyn Presents this fall.”

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN PRESENTS 2022

Fall Calendar:

Ping Pong Happy Hours
Tuesdays, August 29 to September 29 | 4:30PM-dusk
Brooklyn Commons Park
Ping pong returns! DJ Mike sets the soundtrack on Tuesday evenings while you enjoy friendly ping pong games with The Push. We’ll have a tournament with prizes on September 27th!

Zumba with Dodge YMCA
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28| 6PM-7PM
Albee Square
Sweat it out Wednesday evenings with free Zumba classes by the Dodge YMCA with Dodge Y favorite, Natarsha McQueen! Participant waiver required.

Willoughby Plaza Lunchtime Music Series
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28 |12-2PM
Willoughby Plaza
NYC’s best musicians provide a soundtrack to lunchtimes at Willoughby Plaza. Audience members also participate in a round of Downtown Brooklyn Trivia with special prizes from some of our delicious food vendors.

  • September 7 | Afrazz
    Multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Roc has been a staple in Brooklyn’s music scene for over two decades. His Afrazz collective, with Richie Robles’s pulsating bass and the melodic Sam Berrios on keys, is a sonic and rhythmic journey through time.
  • September 14 | Eiko Rikuhashi and Jose Candelaria
    Pianist Eiko Rikuhashi made Brooklyn her home in 2007. In 2011, the Osaka, Japan native debuted her first album, “Restart.” Since then, she has become a major player in the Jazz, R&B, and Afro-Cuban scenes. Joining Eiko will be the multi-talented vocalist and songwriter, Jose Candelaria. Together they create a sonorous fusion of harmonic exultation.
  • September 21 | Greg Gonzalez’s Palava!
    Willoughby Plaza finds itself in a little “palava” (African idiom for trouble) with Greg Gonzalez, Music Director and drummer for the Tony Award winning Broadway show FELA! Along with keyboardist Alex Collins and renowned bassist Danton Boller. Greg Gonzalez’s Palava! brings classic Afrobeat music with mischievous blends of Rock, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban sounds.
  • September 28 | Skye Steele
    Puerto Rican-American violinist and songwriter Skye Steele has played fiddle with artists ranging from names like Vanessa Carlton and Willie Nelson, to jazz legends Anthony Braxton and Henry Butler, and indie darlings like Jolie Holland and Deer Tick. Steele’s 2017’s All That Light, garnered notice for him in Rolling Stone, as an “alum of New York’s busking scene reeling off dreamy folk tinged power pop.”

Back to School: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Flatbed Follies
Saturday, Sep 10 |12PM – 2PM
Albee Square
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Flatbed Follies is a mobile venue that brings circus and variety arts to the outdoors. Flatbed Follies has become a vehicle offering joy and wonder to a recovering world. Performances take place upon an innovative series of parade float stages modified to present circus acts. There is even a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music.

Mark Morris Open House
Saturday, Sep 10 | 11AM–2:45PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
After a two-year break, Mark Morris Dance Center is back for their 2022-2023 school year Open House! This all-day event provides a free sampling of a wide array of programming, including dance and music classes for children, teens, and families. In addition to free classes, MMDC Open House will feature a performance from the Mark Morris Dance Group, Arts Immersion, Student Company, and more.

Center for Fiction and Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival present: The Caribbean Pantheon: Goddesses and the Divine in Caribbean Spirituality
Saturday, Sep 10 | 4PM–7PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Join writer/host Katia D. Ulysees and Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, author of the deeply evocative novel, A Woman of Endurance in a conversation intended to cast a wider net across and about Afro-Caribbean spirituality, the ideas of the African sacred feminine, the divine, and sisterhood in Caribbean culture.

Chelsea Piers HIIT the Floor
Mondays, September 12 – September 26 | 6PM – 7PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Start your week with Chelsea Piers HITT the Floor! Push your body to new limits in this class that combines bodyweight strength and cardio, challenging both your energy systems and motor control. This class is open to all levels. Participant waiver required.

Broadway in the Boros
Friday, Sep 16 | 1PM-2:30PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Hosted by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), Broadway in the Boros brings a great lunchtime show featuring performers from Broadway’s most popular shows to every borough. For Brooklyn, this year’s exciting line-up includes segments from Beetlejuice, Book of Mormon, Chicago, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Little Amal Walks Downtown Brooklyn
Presented by St. Ann’s Warehouse and BAM
Tuesday, Sep 19 | 5PM-7PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Join Little Amal as she explores Downtown Brooklyn. The 12-foot-tall puppet represents a 10-year-old Syrian refugee and has become an international symbol of human rights, specifically highlighting the plight of all refugees. Little Amal begins her Downtown Brooklyn walk at Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall and makes her way to The Plaza at 300 Ashland. There, she will be met by Syrian American hip-hop artist and peace activist Omar Offendum in a concert presented by BAM and featuring students from the Mark Morris Dance Center.

Boom. Bap. Soul! New Music Showcase!
Thursdays, Sep 15 + Oct 20 | 6PM-8PM
Albee Square
Downtown Brooklyn’s New Music Showcase features some of Brooklyn’s rising musical stars, backed by Brooklyn own, The Dirty Spirituals. The September 15 lineup includes Persian folk and soul singer Bakko; soul singer and emcee Reg Wyns; and alt-pop soul artist Sasha Che aka motorcyclemami. The October 20 lineup will be announced closer to the date.

Brews at Brooklyn Commons
Thursdays, September 22, 29 + October 6 | 4PM-8PM
Brooklyn Commons Park
Come together with friends and coworkers as you share a toast under the stars and enjoy a revolving menu of the best craft beer from Brooklyn and beyond. Free admission – beer and food available for purchase.

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival
Friday, September 30 | 4PM-8pm
Saturday, October 1 | 11AM-8PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Downtown Brooklyn’s celebration of cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit. Visit www.dbartsfestival.org soon for more information.

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance’s Teen Showcase (TBD)
Saturday, October 15 | 3PM-5PM
Albee Square

BKLYN BOO!
Saturday, Oct 29 | 2PM-5PM
Albee Square
Join us at Albee Square for an early Halloween celebration with music, performances, and prizes. More TBA at www.downtownbrooklyn.com/events.

NYRR NYC Marathon Cheering Station
Sunday, November 6 | 10AM-1:00PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Join us at Mile 8 of the NYC Marathon to cheer on the brave souls tackling the 26.2-mile challenge with music and free coffee from our friends at Coffee Project! Grab a signature Downtown Brooklyn cowbell to make some (extra) noise!

DTBK Gets Lit: Holiday Lighting Party!
Thursday, November 17 | 5PM-6PM
Albee Square
Our annual holiday season kickoff – Downtown Brooklyn style. Join us at Albee Square for special guest performances and the countdown to holiday lights ON!

Holiday Party on the Plaza
Saturday, December 3 | 11AM-12PM
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Join the Mark Morris Dance Center for a little caroling and holiday cheer! MMDG Music Director, Colin Fowler, will lead the singing and there will be a short performance by the MMDG Student Company inspired by The Hard Nut.