Park Slope Planner: The Best Events July 31-August 3

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Jimmy Bosch y Su Estrellas via Celebrate Brooklyn on FB
We’ve got a weekend packed with fun (and a lot of free) events in the neighborhood, from a chance to dance to Latin rhythms at Celebrate Brooklyn, to a gathering of Harry Potter fanatics, to a vegan balls cook-off. Details on those and more below.

Looking for more family-friendly things to do? Check out our roundup of children’s events!

Dance Theatre of Harlem / Leyla McCalla
When: Thursday, July 31, 7:30pm
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West
What: The Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to the world stage after a nine-year hiatus, bringing exciting ballet to the park. Leyla McCalla, a New York-born, New Orleans-based cellist and singer, will perform as well.
How much: $3 suggested donation.

Shape Up NYC: Cardio Toning
When: Friday, August 1, 12pm
Where: Audubon Center, Prospect Park
What: Shape up your core with a free cardio class in Prospect Park that will combine strength, balance, and toning exercises. No reservation is required, but it is recommended that you bring a workout mat.
How much: Free!

Kings Of Karaoke
When: Friday, August 1, 11:59pm
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union Street
What: You’ve got a song in your heart whether you can actually sing or not, and here’s the place to let it out.
How much: Free!

Jimmy Bosch y Su Estrellas / Pedrito Martinez Group Featuring Ariance Trujillo
When: Friday, August 1, 7:30pm
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West
What: Expect a Latin dance party of epic proportions!
How much: $3 suggested donation.

PotterCon
When: Saturday, August 2, 2-8pm
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street
What: Attention grown-up Harry Potter nerds! It’s the second annual celebration of all things Potter, including trivia, a costume contest, a sorting, prizes, and more.
How much: Free!

Kes The Band / Kuenta i Tambu / DJ Dr Wax / Steel Sensations
When: Saturday, August 2, 7:30pm
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West
What: A tropical blast of Carnival heat from Trinidad’s Kes, plus an mix of the Afro Caribbean party music of its Curuçao heritage with club beats from its Amsterdam home of Kuenta i Tambu, and a steel drum band and a DJ…a fun night!
How much: $3 suggested donation.

Food Truck Rally
When: Sunday, August 3, 11am-5pm
Where: Grand Army Plaza
What: Have the munchies? Stop by Prospect Park on Sunday — the food trucks are back!

NYC Vegan Cook-Off: Best Balls Competition
When: Sunday, August 3, 2pm
Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street
What: About a dozen home cooks will dish up anything in a ball shape — whether it’s a meatless meatball, rice ball, chocolate ball, popcorn ball, you name it. And the winner is selected by judges and the audience, for a very tasty afternoon indeed.
How much: $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Photo via Celebrate Brooklyn

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