Even though summer is nowhere near over, you might want to capitalize on outdoor festivals while you still can. Fill your summer street fair quota by heading to the 6th Annual Wash Ave. Rocks! on the border of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights this Sunday! The event, presented by the Washington Avenue Prospect Heights Association (WAPHA), celebrates some of the best the neighborhood has to offer, from its global cultures and proud history to its diverse vendors, artists, and restaurant scene. This year’s is centered around “family, food, fashion, and fun” so, c’mon, you probably like at least one of those things. And even if you don’t, there’s also beer!
The aforementioned nouns all sound appealing, but what are they applying to in the context of this event? Highlights of the 2015 festival, which goes down on Sunday, August 16, include, but are not limited to, a food tasting provided by local favorites like B Cake NY, whose motto “Anything Can BCake” should be your life mantra/Tinder bio/next tattoo, authentic(ally delicious) Mexican eatery Citrico, sweet sweet Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen and Little Miss Muffin, home-cooked away from home Shane’s, and more, as well a a beer garden sponsored by good ol’ Brooklyn Brewery and one of our favorite nerd hangouts, Way Station. Proceeds from both of these indulgent happenings will go toward WAPHA’s various neighborhood initiatives and events throughout the year. Read: Eating and drinking delicious things will directly benefit a Brooklyn community even more than it usually does.
But wait, there’s more! A hair and fashion runway show is being presented by Divine Connection Hair Spa, Idalias Salon & Beauty Bar, Nu Wave Kultural Kreations, Futa by Chama, Gureje, Stephen Daniels, Tafari Tribe, and Imani Jewelry. You can catch live music and dance performances from Higher Levin Steel Orchestra, African Drum and Dance + Capoeira by Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, and The Latin Jazz Five, along with what will likely be a badass martial arts demonstration by Martial Arts USA. There is a Pooch Parade by Pooch Purrfect, which may be even more delightful than those alliterations, as well as a carnival with rides and face-painting for kids, if you have those or are one.
“Wash Ave. Rocks is definitely the highlight of WAPHA’s year and we always look forward to the opportunity to share all the great things that this avenue and neighborhood have to offer,” WAPHA president Bradford Nicoll told us. “Washington Avenue is a gateway to the Brooklyn Museum, the Botanical Gardens, and Prospect Park, but it’s also the heart of a neighborhood that a lot of people are fiercely proud to call home.”
So head to Washington Avenue between Prospect Pl. and St. Mark’s Avenue this Sunday between 12pm and 6pm, to check out all the reasons that Wash. Ave., indeed, rocks.