Summer isn’t here yet, but the good weather is! Time to get outside.
Registration is already open for the conservancy’s Wednesday night expert-led tours in bird watching, landscape drawing and park history from the colonial era to present day. Tours are $10, and they do fill up.
Next Thursday, May 14, will kick off Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties, the preparty to the annual concert series that begins June 3 at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Beginning May 17 through next year, the park will serve as an exhibit for Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s “Please Touch the Art” sculpture garden. The objects are designed for interaction, with disappearing and reappearing “rooms” made of water, a Mirror Labyrinth and “social benches.” Also from abroad, look out for performances by the Swedish circus company Magmanus and, more locally, Gibney Dance.
Shakespeare at Sunset begins June 12 with the promisingly named “The Real Merry Housewives of Windsor, Ct.” Syfy Movies with a View will resume July 9.
The cherry blossoms are sticking around for Sunday’s Japan Day. The festival goes from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. with drumming, a performance by girl group AKB48, sword-fighting, dance and live painting.
From May 15 to June 20, the recently restored north end of the park will become a free art exhibit called “Drifting in Daylight,” described as “dreamy springtime pathway” intended to take visitors out of the busy city with recreations of movie scenes, soft-serve ice cream in the colors of the Manhattan sky, performances by both actors and visitors, and other “perceptual works.” The exhibit will be open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.; enter at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.
The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park returns to the Delacorte Theater on May 27 through July 5 with “The Tempest,” starring Sam Waterston as Prospero. From July 27 through Aug. 23, “Cymbeline” takes over the stage, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.
The Wednesday series of free after-work dance socials are already underway, being held weekly through June 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. Show off your skills or learn new ones — instructors will be on hand.
Various nightly programs, from concerts to the park’s popular yoga series, modern dance shows and a two-month tour of accordion music from around the world, will begin May 18 through Aug. 26.
Shakespeare plays return May 15 with “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” followed by “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Taming of the Shrew.” Movie buffs, the date you’re waiting for is June 22, when the Summer Film Festival begins.
New this year will be four one-day music festivals beginning June 1, featuring several bands within a theme, including jazz, Latin (music and dancing), emerging local artists and ending with a showcase of accordion bands.
All events are free.