Willoughby Walks Street Parties

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 29 2019.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Info

For three consecutive Wednesdays from 12pm to 8pm, enjoy a traffic-free oasis on Willoughby Street, opened up to offer fun activities for kids, live music, giant games, and more. 

Willoughby Jazz Fest: May 15
On the heels of New Orleans’ annual Jazz Fest, we’re bringing the celebration to Downtown Brooklyn with brass bands, a second line parade, and a 1920s hot jazz dance party - dress the part.
12:00PM Second Line
Beginning on Lawrence and Fulton Streets, continuing to Willoughby and Jay Street.
Join us for the launch of the Willoughby Walks series with a New Orleans-style second line parade! Brooklyn’s own Soul Tigers Marching Band starts the day, followed by a joyous pedicab parade, with renowned High & Mighty Brass Band leading the second line and starting the show.

12:15 - 1:45PM High & Mighty Brass Band
The Stage at Jay
There’s a reason that musical trailblazers like Galactic, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, and DJ Logic have chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band. This dynamic krewe combines classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences.

1:45 - 2:45PM Hot Hand Band
Moving throughout Willoughby Walks
Hot Hand Band continues the revelry with party and dance music, all on brass!

2:45 - 3:30PM Plezi Rara
Moving throughout Willoughby Walks
Rara is a form of festival music that formed in Haiti, used for street processions and played metal trumpets , made from recycled coffee cans. The band Plezi Rara takes to the Brooklyn streets.

3:30 - 4:30PM Drag Queen Story Hour
Willoughby at Bridge St.
Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories, imagining a world where people can present as they wish and where dress up is real. DQSH captures the imagination and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.

5:00-8:00PM Jazz Age Lawn Party 
The Stage at Jay
“The biggest (not to mention the cleanest and most family-oriented) regular event in the ‘Retro Nouveau’” (WSJ) movement comes to Brooklyn! The Prohibition era-inspired gathering is a magical opportunity to travel back in time with live music by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. Be inspired and dress your 1920s best.

Willoughby Street Art: May 22
Highlighting the cultural Mecca that is Downtown Brooklyn, we’ll have breakdance performances, pop and locking classes, public art activations, DJs, an open mic, all ending in a dance party with all music spun on vinyl.

12:00 - 1:00PM The Drumadics
The Stage at Jay
Driven by the raw power of the bucket drum and a strong emphasis on the down beat, the beat-n-brass Drumadics fuse woodwinds, brass, and unorthodox drum styles to deliver a unique, distinct, and fun sound.

1:00 - 2:30PM DJ ACE The Cut Lieutenant/Acu Rhodes
The Stage at Jay
Brooklyn-born DJ ACE The Cut Lieutenant/ Acu Rhodes has been DJing for 35 years and with the NYPD for 22. He has appeared on NY1, FOX 5, showcased on Funkmaster Flex’s Five Minutes of Funk series and is currently working with LL COOL J on Rock the Bells Radio.

2:30 - 3:30PM Hip Hop Jam Session + Cipher with Luss
Willoughby near Jay Street
A variety of beats will be played and everyone is encouraged to come up and freestyle.

3:30 - 4:30PM It’s Showtime NYC!
On Willoughby near Bridge
It’s Showtime NYC! celebrates street culture and provides performance and professional opportunities to street and subway dancers as a legal alternative to dancing in subway cars. Join in for a performance, pop n lock workshop, and a Seven to Smoke battle.

5:00 - 8:00PM Vinyl Nights Summer Kick Off with DJ Misbehaviour & Kenny Parker (Boogie Down Productions)
The Stage at Jay
Now in its 4th year, NYC’s largest vinyl outdoor dance party comes to Downtown Brooklyn with all the classic hits that shaped NYC club culture from 1972 to 1992.



Cirque du Willoughby: May 29
Willoughby Street transforms into a magical wonderland with street theater, stilt walkers, unicyclists, and magicians, with a cabaret to wrap up the evening.

12:00 - 5:30PM HONK bands (including Magic Brian)
In partnership with the annual HONK NYC Festival, experience five street bands, marching down our own Willoughby Street.

1:30 - 4:30PM Alice Farley Dance Theater
Moving throughout Willoughby Walks
Alice Farley Dance Theater creates imaginary landscapes through sculptural costuming, illusion, puppetry, stilts and circus skills. Their surrealist street theater will create a dream life in the natural environs of Willoughby Street.

3:30 - 4:30PM Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents a Juggling Workshop

6:00 - 8:00PM Bryant Park Jugglers
Willoughby at Lawrence
The Bryant Park Jugglers come to Downtown Brooklyn. Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test.



Willoughby Street
Corner of Willoughby and Lawrence Streets
Brooklyn , NY 40° 41' 31.9056" N, 73° 59' 10.5828" W
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