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Spring Fling in Prospect PArk
Enjoy a staged reading of Molière’s The Misanthrope featuring Orange is the New Black actress Samira Wiley and a themed ’90s roller disco featuring Lola Star, watch an 1860s-style ballgame, bring the whole family to the Alliance’s Spring Fling Family Fair, and get active with trail running, birdwatching, a park history walking tour and much more! Looking for even more fun? All weekend long, visit the Prospect Park Zoo for sheep shearing demonstrations, plus enjoy boating, biking and roller skating at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside and get your fill of unique eats at Smorgasburg.
View the full schedule + RSVP to enter to win an Alliance Family Membership! www.prospectpark.org/
Please note that some events require separate registration, see below. All events are subject to change, so please check the website at prospectpark.org/springfling.
Friday, May 17
Lola Star’s Dreamland Disco
7:30–10:30 pm, $20+ (Guests must be 21+)
LeFrak Center at Lakeside
This event sells out! Advance tickets recommended at prospectpark.org/lola
Kick off Spring Fling Weekend with a Beverly Hills 90210 Lola Star Dreamland Roller Disco Skating Party at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside! Skate your heart out while enjoying dazzling performers, kitschy contests, giveaways and more. Guests must be 21+ (valid photo ID required for entry).
Saturday, May 18
Brooklyn Half Marathon Cheer Station
May 18, 7-10 am, Free
Park Circle (Prospect Park Southwest + Parkside Avenue)
Come out to cheer on the runners in the 2019 Popular Brooklyn Half! Join the New York Road Runners and Prospect Park Alliance to greet the runners as they run the park and head down to Coney Island.
Early Morning Bird Walk
7:15–8:15 am, Free
Ocean and Parkside Entrance
Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Bird Club to listen and learn about Neotropical migratory bird songs during peak migration. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow, although not required to enjoy the walk.
Prospect Park Grill Out
May 18, 11 am–1 pm, Free
GrowNYC Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
Join Prospect Park Alliance and GrowNYC at the Brooklyn’s flagship greenmarket as we celebrate spring with a grill out of meats and veggies sourced from greenmarket farmers.
Brooklyn Atlantics 1860s Ballgame
May 18, 11 am–2 pm, Free
Long Meadow Ball Field 1
Enjoy an 1860s exhibition ballgame with the Brooklyn Atlantics, as they play against the Monmouth NJ Furnaces in historic uniforms and gear. The games will present “base ball” as it was played in 1864, the year of Brooklyn’s first undefeated championship season. Come see the ghosts of history come to life and don’t forget to root for the home team, the Atlantics!
Introduction to Birdwatching
May 18, 12–1 pm, Free
Prospect Park Audubon Center
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Please note this tour leaves promptly at 12 pm.
Harvesting Color + Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
May 18, 2–4 pm workshops + 1 pm performance
$3 Suggested Donation
Lefferts Historic House
Join Prospect Park Alliance on an exploration of color from the natural world in workshops from 2-4 pm. Learn how to use natural ingredients such as flowers, berries and food scraps to naturally dye fabrics. Bring one natural fiber item (cotton, linen, canvas, or silk) to dye. Space is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. At 1 pm, enjoy a performance by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre of Bessie’s Big Shot, about a cow dreaming of joining the circus (45 minute performance).
Sunday, May 19
Art + Architecture Tour of Prospect Park
May 19, 10:30 am–12:30 pm, $20
Advance registration required: turnstiletours.com/prospect-
For over 150 years, Prospect Park has been a showcase for beautiful public buildings and artwork, with representations from eras including Beaux-Arts, City Beautiful, the New Deal Modernism and contemporary LEED-certified projects. This tour, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, will examine some of the fine architectural details and current restoration work, from the era of Vaux and Olmsted to the present day.
May 19, 10–11:30 am, Free
Prospect Park Wellhouse
Enjoy a relaxed pace five-mile route through the park’s trails with the Prospect Park Track Club, incorporating historic points of interest along the way.
It’s My Park! Day
May 19, 10 am–1 pm
Advance Registration Required: prospectpark.org/volunteer
Join Prospect Park Alliance and REI to care for your park! Volunteer during It’s My Park! Day, and participate in our biggest community clean up in spring.
Smorgasburg Prospect Park
May 19, 11 am–6 pm, Free
Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, Smorgasburg Prospect Park is considered the “Woodstock of eating,” with a range of unique eats and cuisines from 100+ local and regional food vendors.
Spring Fling Fair
May 19, 12–3 pm, Free
Prospect Park Children’s Corner
Join Prospect Park Alliance and community partners to welcome spring in Brooklyn’s Backyard! Enjoy music, activities and food the whole family will enjoy. At this year’s fair, among many fun activities, families can get moving with Bend + Bloom Yoga, celebrate National Scooter Day with a Micro Kickboard scooter giveaway, enjoy a pop-up soccer clinic with Super Soccer Stars. Plus, stop by the Brooklyn Public Library Bookmobile; learn about renewable energy from Green Mountain Energy; make giant bubbles with Park Slope Parents, enjoy performing and visual arts fun with BAX, nature games at the Alliance’s Pop-Up Audubon, stained glass art making and subway history fun with the New York Transit Museum, face painting with Prospect Park YMCA, breakfast tacos with King David Tacos and much more!
May 19, 1–4 pm
Lefferts Historic House
Join Prospect Park Alliance to welcome spring with paper flower making at the Lefferts Historic House! After you’ve rolled a paper flower, roll up a recycled newspaper flower pot and plant real seeds to take home. While you’re here, enjoy traditional folk songs and old-time music performed by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Bluegrass Jam Ensemble.
Molière in the Park: The Misanthrope
May 19, 7 pm, Free
For reserved seating, visit moliereinthepark.org
LeFrak Center at Lakeside
Join Emmy Award winning actress Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) and a talented cast for a staged reading of Molière’s masterpiece, The Misanthrope, presented by Molière in the Park in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. In a time of fake news, fake politicians and the increasing normalization of hypocrisy, Molière’s classic comedy is a refreshing, timely, biting satire and love story with humor tailor-made for a contemporary Twitter account. A second reading will take place Monday, May 20, at 7 pm, and both are free and open to the public. For reserved seating visit moliereinthepark.org, or bring a blanket and grab a patch of grass! Refreshments will be available at Lakeside’s Bluestone Cafe.
May 18 + 19, 10 am–1 pm, Free