Spring really is coming and just in time to reassure of us of that fact is the opening weekend of Prospect Park in April. To celebrate another warm weather season in Brooklyn’s backyard, the Prospect Park Alliance is hosting a packed weekend of activities.
With more than a dozen special events spread out over April 7 and 8, there is something for everyone, from bird watching to baseball.
Opening weekend kicks off on Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. with the annual baseball parade. Cheer on young players and local marching bands as they march down 7th Avenue towards the Long Meadow Ball Fields for the ceremonial first pitch of the season. If your baseball interests take a historic bent, stick around for the 11 a.m. exhibition game of 1860s-style baseball with the Brooklyn Atlantics.
You won’t have to leave the park for snacking options between activities: There’s grilling with veggies and meats from the Greenmarket with GrownNYC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More food will be on hand at the Prospect Park Alliance Opening Weekend Fair along with music and activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be plenty of opportunities to get out, burn off some energy and explore the park with a running history tour, scavenger hunt and bird watching, all on Saturday.
Wrap up the day with some campfire conversations at Lefferts Historic House and the Brooklyn Public Library on Saturday night from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring a story to share and enjoy the warmth of the communal spirit as well as a toasty fire, music and refreshments.
The fun continues on Sunday with a walking tour, a fun run and more than 100 local and regional food vendors at Smorgasburg.
Throughout the weekend you can also stop by the Carousel, Lefferts Farmhouse, the Audobon Center, the Zoo and, if you want to get one last ice skating session in, the LeFrak Center.
The full list of events with exact times and locations can be found here. Many of the events are free, but some do require an RSVP. Brownstoner is a media sponsor for the weekend events.
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