Summer may be over (though yesterday's balmy weather may argue otherwise), but outdoor festivals continue, especially in Brooklyn. They're great for not only discovering (or re-discovering) local eateries—many of whom host food stands—and mom-and-pops, and to brush up on local history, too, but for getting re-acquainted with neighbors with whom you may have lost touch during the vacation-heavy months of July and August. Get your party on before the blustery winds of autumn move in for good.
Southside Connex and WEPA! Festival, Saturdays, September 19th and 26th, 1 pm to 6 pm
South Williamsburg's Havemeyer Street plays host to merengue and salsa bands, theater performances, yoga classes and more on two Saturdays. For more information, check out the festival's Facebook page.
Flatbush Frolic, Sunday, September 20th, 11 am to 6 pm
This weekend's festivities marks the 40th anniversary of the Flatbush Frolic, which is expected to attract 10,000 visitors and 150 vendors to Cortelyou Road and surrounding areas. Neighborhood blog Ditmas Park Corner says to expect musical performances, a kids' area, and crafty artisans to make an appearance.
The 4th Annual Breukelen Country Fair, Saturday, September 26, 1 pm to 5 pm
As festivals go, this one's pretty young (not even five years old) and contained (it's at the Wyckoff House Museum). But it's worth a visit for a chance to explore not just one neighborhood, but an entire borough's agricultural history. (Given all the condos rising in Brooklyn, it's hard to picture it as rolling in fields and meadows, but yes.)
Atlantic Antic, Sunday, September 27, 12 noon to 6 pm
One week later, Atlantic Avenue gets in on the action with this street fest, which is just one year older (41 years and counting!) than the Frolic. The event will run from from Hicks Street to Fourth Street, giving party-goers a taste of a handful of Brooklyn neighborhoods.