Atlantic Avenue, between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn
The largest street festival in NYC turns 40 this year! Spanning four neighborhoods, the festival features tons of live music, food from around the world, deals from trendy stores and restaurants, and even pony rides. Giddy up!
Party Like It’s 1985
Friday, 9 p.m.
The Bell House
149 Seventh St., Gowanus
1985 brought the world “Growing Pains,” “Back to the Future,” Nintendo, “Take on Me” and a whole slew of amazing stuff, whether you loved it or are trying to forget its fashion missteps. Celebrate all things 1985 with DJ Steve Reynolds as he rolls back the radio dial.
’80s New Wave Roller Skate Party
Friday, 8 p.m.
Lefrak Center at Lakeside
171 East Dr., Prospect Park
Whether you want to rock the cradle of love, dance by yourself or purr like love cats, this party has exactly what you need, with a pair of roller skates. DJ Bill Coleman spins you right round with new wave jams, and prizes will be handed out for best costume and dance — bring your best Kajagoogoo.
Experi-MENTAL Festival 6
Silent Barn & Spectrum
603 Bushwick Ave., Bushwick
121 Ludlow St.
Some people enjoy the monotony of formulaic pop music with a pretty face; others want their ears to be challenged. For five days, visual artists, musicians and DJs will create a new music experience.
FOOD & DRINK
Plate by Plate
Friday, 6 p.m.
125 W. 18th St.; $130-$175
Every year Plate by Plate showcases NYC’s top restaurants, offering attendees a chance to sample bites of each eatery’s signature dishes while also raising money for charity.
David Alan Grier
Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Caroline’s, 1626 Broadway
David Alan Grier — the name conjures up images of “Men on Film” giving “Dances With Wolves” two snaps and a twist on everyone’s favorite ’90s sketch comedy show “In Living Color.” While there’s no guarantee that he’ll be bringing back Antoine Merriweather, it’s guaranteed he’ll be very funny.
Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Skylight One Hanson
1 Hanson Pl., Ft. Greene,718-783-5437
Food and music are just side dishes to the more than 100 craft beers, with seasonal, micro and reserve brews from all over the country (but with a focus on the tri-state area). Demonstrations, talks and other fun activities round out your beer education.
Chile Pepper Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
150 Eastern Parkway
Don’t get your hopes up for Anthony Kiedis or Flea to make a cameo, but there will be six bands, fire breathers, chocolate, food and a whole lotta garden. Mike’s Hot Honey, Mrs Kim’s Kimchi and Pelzer’s Pretzels are just a few of the “fiery food artisans” burning things up alongside chile chocolatiers like Cacao Prieto.
Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Fiction
Sunday, 2 p.m.
126 Franklin St., Greenpoint
Learn the ropes of writing from a pro at this fiction-writing workshop taught by the aptly named Jessica Penner, author of “Shaken in the Water” who’s taught classes at James Madison University and the Long Island Business Institute.
‘Biggie and Tupac’
Thursday, 9 p.m.
Walter Reade Theater
165 W. 65th St., 212-875-5600
Conspiracy theorists can never satisfy their thirst for new conspiracies, so filmmaker Nick Broomfield made “Kurt & Courtney,” in which he claims Courtney Love killed Kurt Cobain and proves it by interviewing lots of crazy people. The one everyone has laughed at. This didn’t stop Broomfield from tackling the East Coast/West Coast rivalry of the late ’90s. Spoiler alert: Suge Knight is the culprit this time.