This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

The Renegade Craft Fair (Greenpoint) [GMAP]
Hours: September 11 12—5 p.m.,  September 12—13 11 a.m.—6 p.m.

Hop on over to The Renegade Craft Fair for a variety of pop-up shops featuring artisanal and home-made crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more. Keep an eye out for some of our favorites including Hill & Velez Home Goods and clay jewelry by Melissa Diaz of Okru.

Renegade Craft Fair photo by Kaspar Metz.


This summer’s food and drink options at Jones Beach are about to expand, because Smorgasburg is bringing a beer garden and food vendors to the Central Mall, near the main entrance. SmorgasBar: Brooklyn by the Beach will feature large tents and a sandy play area for games like badminton, bocce and ping-pong. A shipping container bar will serve a raw bar by Brooklyn Oyster Party, a selection of beers from Long Island breweries, and Kelvin Slush Co. frozen drinks.

Four food vendors will be stationed at the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day: Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut (fish and chips, clams, shrimp), Home Frite (Belgian-style fries and sausage), Nolita pizza restaurant Rubirosa, and South Williasmburg juice and taco joint Summers.

SmorgasBar: Brooklyn by the Beach will be open Friday through Sunday from May 23 to June 15 (plus Monday, May 26), then daily through Labor Day. Tentative hours are 11 am to 9 pm.

Smorgasburg Is Bringing Oysters, Nachos, Beer and Ping-Pong to Jones Beach [Bedford + Bowery]


The Williamsburg outpost of the Brooklyn Flea opens this Sunday in its new home at 50 Kent Avenue in partnership with the 50 Kent Festival. That means live concerts, free outdoor movies, and lots of other fun things including roller skating and bike riding along with the Flea’s food, drink and vintage items.

This weekend, Smorgasburg in Brooklyn Bridge Park takes a temporary hiatus to make room for all the cyclists pedaling through on the Five Boro Bike Tour. But all your favorite food vendors will return to Dumbo every Sunday starting May 11.

For a full list of all Flea and Smorg locations, go here and here.


Every winter for the past five years, the Brooklyn Flea has moved indoors in December. For the past few years, the market’s been at One Hanson. This year, however, we’ve set up shop in a new 50,000-square-foot space at North 5th and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. There are about 125 flea vendors there to satisfy all your holiday shopping needs along with about 75 Smorgasburg vendors to make sure you don’t go hungry in the process.

The space is so big and jam-packed full o’ stuff that it’s hard to capture it well on film, but the photos below should give you a taste — and you can see a whole lot more on this recent Gothamist post. (Insider tip: Show up before noon and find the shortest Ramen Burger line you’ve ever seen. And wash it down with a cold one from Smorgasbar!) You can find more details on the Flea blog.

The Brooklyn Flea is open on Saturdays and Sundays at 80 North 5th Street from 10 am to 6 pm through the end of March.


The second annual Food Book Fair is hitting Williamsburg in early May, from the 3rd to the 5th to be exact. The fair features 10 cooking demos, six panel discussions, a tasting event, and more than 200 foodie books on display at the Wythe Hotel and the Brooklyn Kitchen. Check out the schedule here. Guests include food author Marion Nestle, chef Nate Appleman, and Food52 founder Merrill Stubbs. And the programs include a Coffee Crawl, a fundraiser at the Brooklyn Winery for Hurricane Sandy, and a talk by the folks behind Fleisher’s Meats. Bon Appétit Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport will even be grilling ribs at Smorgasburg Saturday. You can purchase tickets to specific programs, or the entire three-day festival, here.