8 Things To Do In Park Slope This Weekend


Ready to enjoy the first weekend of April? Here’s a recap of some of the events to check out in the neighborhood today and tomorrow, from the annual Opening Day parade to a guided bird walk, from a food truck rally to a night of literary erotica. Details on those and more below!

Participatory Budgeting Vote
When: Saturday, April 5, 10am-7pm
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street
What: Anyone who is 16 or older and lives in City Council District 39 can vote for up to five projects — which, in our area, include an outdoor plaza at John Jay, repairs to the Ennis Playground basketball courts, safety improvements on 4th Avenue from 8th to 18th Streets, laptops for 3rd-5th graders at PS 321 and other area schools, and more — and the winning projects will be funded.

Opening Day
When: Saturday, April 5, 10am
Where: Prospect Park
What: Festivities begin at 10am with the Opening Day Parade, in which Little Leaguers meet at 7th Avenue and Carroll Street, march down 7th Ave to 9th St, then up to the Prospect Park Bandshell to throw the first pitch of the season. Stick around Prospect Park to volunteer, garden, or enjoy other scheduled family-friendly activities.
How much: Free!

Brooklyn Boogie Brunch
When: Saturday, April 5, 12-4pm
Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street
What: A family event that will keep both kids and parents entertained with music for adults to dance to, music performed by local kids, music about unusual animals performed on unusual instruments, Brazilian drumming, and a set by Captain Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelley of The Roots. Plus, there’s brunch! All proceeds benefit PS 295.
How much: $12 adults, $8 kids 2-17, $5 for each additional family member (valid only with purchase of one adult ticket); infants worn by adults are free. Available in advance.

Mother-Daughter Knitting
When: Saturday, April 5, 1-5pm
Where: Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue
What: Always wanted to share your love of knitting with your daughter? Mothers and daughters of all ages are welcome to enjoy an afternoon of the craft.
How much: Free!

KafkaRotica: A Night Of Literary Erotica, Music, And Comedy
When: Saturday, April 5, 9pm
Where: Two Moon Art House & Cafe, 315 4th Avenue
What: Always wondered what it’d be like what if classic authors had written erotic fiction? Wonder no more, as the creators of KafkaRotica host a night of music, comedy, and erotica, including short stories like “Shake My Speare,” “The Thoreaus of Passion,” and “Camus’ Sutra.”
How much: Free!

Morning Bird Walk: Changing Seasons, Changing Birds
When: Sunday, April 6, 8am
Where: Audubon Center, Prospect Park
What: The Brooklyn Bird Club leads a tour around the park to welcome the earliest migratory birds, and also say goodbye to some of our winter residents.
How much: Free!

Food Truck Rally
When: Sunday, April 6, 11am-5pm
Where: Grand Army Plaza
What: Along with Opening Day festivities, there’s another reason to stop by Prospect Park this weekend — the food trucks are back!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
When: Sunday, April 6, 2:30pm
Where: Central Library, Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: Families with kids ages 3-5 will enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning skills, helping you and your child get ready for school. Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.
How much: Free!

Photo via KafkaRotica