Celebrate Red Hook’s arts and culture at Red Hook Fest

Face painting at last year's Red Hook Fest (via flickr user DTETC

Face painting at last year’s Red Hook Fest (via flickr user DTETC

Red Hook is home to more than wonderful bars and street hockey and maritime toughs who coulda been contenders. It’s also home to a thriving arts scene, and that suffered along with everyone else during Sandy. The recovery effort has been underway for a little while, but there are still plenty of people in the neighborhood that are struggling to get back on their feet. All the more reason, then, to come out and celebrate all the neighborhood has to offer at this year’s upcoming Red Hook Fest.

The annual bash, hosted by arts organization Dance Theatre Etcetera, is in its 20th year, and the organizers are bringing tons of cool arts and music events to the neighborhood. Expect performances by local dance company Nicholas Leichter Dance, WNYC Battle of the Boroughs winners the Brown Rice Family and the Hungry March Band, who will kick off the festivities by leading a raucous parade celebrating Red Hook’s rebirth through the ‘hood. Also free kayak rides, courtesy of the Red Hook Boaters, and a barbecue/outdoor dance party in front of P.S. 15 on Sullivan Street.

The festival is on May 30 and June 1, with a youth kick-off event on Thursday, the barbecue Friday and parade on Saturday; swing by and celebrate the resilience of one of Brooklyn’s most most ass-kicking spots.