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Sound & Color! Spring Festival

Location

Pier 5

Date

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Time

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join for our free all-day festival, with kite flying at Pier 5, and live music throughout the Park!

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May 18 @ 11:00 am 5:00 pm

EVENT ALERT: Afternoon live music for Sound & Color! Spring Festival cancelled due to rain. Thanks to all who came out! Park Alerts & Updates

Sound & Color! Spring Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park is a celebration of colors, culture, spring and unity. Expanding the Conservancy’s beloved Kite Festival, this year we’re adding music to our Colors throughout the Park! This event is free.

Watch your kite soar above the Manhattan skyline the one day of the year kite-flying is open to the public at Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 5. Join for kite-making workshops and be awed at the talent of expert flying instructors – and learn some tips! This family-friendly festival unites S.T.E.A.M concepts, the Caribbean’s rich history of kite-flying, and outdoor adventures. Launch your kites, enjoy live entertainment and music, and learn all about the science of flight through kite-flying activities and experiments.

LIVE MUSIC

Enjoy live music performances throughout the day – and throughout the Park! Learn more about the artists below.

Afternoon live music for Sound & Color! Spring Festival cancelled due to rain.

Map of Brooklyn Bridge Park with Sound & Color! Spring Festival 2024 live music performances: Eruption Steel Orchestra 11:45 AM - Pier 5 Turf New Jazz Underground 3:30 PM - Pier 3, Greenway Terrace Shenel Johns Quartet 4:00 PM - Pier 1, Granite Prospect Igmar Thomas Trio 4:30 PM - Pier 3, Greenway Terrace Fogo Azul Drum Line 5:15 PM - Pier 1, Harbor View Lawn Shenel Johns Quartet 6:00 PM - Pier 3, Greenway Terrace

PARTNERS & ACTIVITIES: ALL DAY!

In addition to public kite flying, join for arts and crafts, kite decorating, assembly, and flying instruction, and other family-friendly activities from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Pier 5! Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site. Don’t miss our highlights:

  • The Craft Pavilion hosted by Private Picassos: Drop in, assemble and decorate your kite!
  • Nory STEM Robotics Workshop: Enjoy NORY STEM’s hands-on projects: young inventors will be thrilled as they build a motorized propeller project, learning about circuits and components, while older creators transform everyday objects into interactive computer controllers with our captivating robotics activities!
  • Face Painting: Jolie Henna (Helen Ekladious) provides face painting on site! Due to high demand, designs will be limited to roughly 5 minute time limit, and be first come, first serve. A $5 donation is suggested per face painting, cash only.
  • Bi-Lingual Birdies Sing-Along
  • Lawn Games… and so much more!

View our full list of partners and activities below!

KITE FLYING

We highly encourage families to celebrate their own kite-flying traditions as well as their heritage by bringing their own kites. Kites will also be for sale, alongside workshops to make kites in the Caribbean tradition.

  1. Join us at Pier 5 – the event kicks off at 11:00 AM and is free to attend!
  2. Bring your own kite – or purchase from a selection of kite kits when you arrive.
  3. Assemble Your Kite! Kite guru Charles Stewart of Let’s Fly Kites will help you get your kite assembled.
  4. Decorate your Kite! Private Picassos will host an Arts & Crafts Pavilion
  5. Fly Your Kite! Professional kite instructor Glenn Davison will provide his expertise – internationally known as a kite workshop leader, kite builder, kite designer, author, speaker, and kite flyer.
  6. Enjoy the Day! Explore our partner activities and live music throughout the Park, taking place all day!

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Crowd of people flying kites on a sunny day.

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© Glenn Davison

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PARTNERS & ACTIVITIES

Multiple partners join us at Pier 5 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM to bring activities and crafts! Continue to check back for full details.

PARTNERS & ACTIVITIES

  • The Craft Pavilion hosted by Private Picassos: Drop in, assemble and decorate your kite!
  • Nory STEM Robotics Workshop: Enjoy NORY STEM’s hands-on projects: young inventors will be thrilled as they build a motorized propeller project, learning about circuits and components, while older creators transform everyday objects into interactive computer controllers with our captivating robotics activities!
  • Face Painting: Jolie Henna (Helen Ekladious) provides face painting on site! Due to high demand, designs will be limited to roughly 5 minute time limit, and be first come, first serve. A $5 donation is suggested per face painting, cash only.
  • Bi-Lingual Birdies Sing-Along
  • Conservancy Environmental Education Pavilion: Learn about the fine feathered friends that fly across Brooklyn Bridge Park! Our activities and games will test your knowledge of our Park’s local bird species. Measure your wingspan, feel and examine real feathers, and identify bird songs! Waddle over because we’ll have some egg-cellent interactive visuals and field guides to discover.
  • The Craft Studio
  • Genspace: Community Bio Lab will be flying kites and taking a look at microbes caught on the spring breeze, looking at microcosmos on petri-dishes with their microscopes.
  • Let’s Fly Kites: Kite guru Charles Stewart help you get your kite assembled.
  • Park Slope Parents: will provide fun crafts and their signature giant bubbles.
  • Metro Soccer: Kids can test their scores skills with Metro Soccer’s giant inflatable soccer goals!
  • Trail Blazers: The Trail Blazers team join with a craft – kites may seem like toys but they have taught us a lot about flight! Over time, kites have been replaced by airplanes and they’ll be teaching how to make and fly your own paper planes.
  • The Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • North American Indigenous Center
  • YMCA

FOOD & BEVERAGES

Enjoy the following food trucks on site – or enjoy our Park concessions!

  • Exotic Bowls
  • Nuchas Empanadas: serving a variety of freshly made empanadas and cold drinks
  • OddFellas Ice Cream (concessions stand)
  • Cacio Pop: popcorn with cacio de pepe flavoring!
  • Cloudy Donut: serving coffee & donuts

ABOUT THE MUSIC ARTISTS

Eruption Steel Orchestra

New Jazz Underground (Sebastian Rios)

Shenel Johns Quartet

Igmar Thomas Trio

Fogo Azul Drum Line

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