The 18th Annual Red Hook Festival

InSpirit dance group

What: 18th Annual Red Hook Festival

Where: Louis J. Valentino Park & Pier (Coffey St. & Ferris St.)

When: June 3rd 6-9p.m., June 4th 11 a.m.-7p.m.

Why: There’s a local stage in South Brooklyn set to kick off a summer tradition of international art. It’s the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook where a village of artists will have a home grown arts throw down this June.

In the spirit of this year’s focus—participatory arts making—the festivities begin on Friday afternoon with a dance party and sunset picnic to usher in the evening. Once the sun sets, visitors can watch a mélange of culture; Dance Theatre Etcetera will take the stage for a celebratory performance of community. Hip hop theater duo Climbing Poetree will use video and visual art to bring meaning to words and the female dance collective INSPIRIT will intimate meaning through movement.

Begin your Saturday outdoors with the natural elements of Red Hook. You can paddle on the public waters of its harbor with the Red Hook Boaters on a free kayak ride, join The Circle Rules Federation on the green for some healthy football competition, or dance your Saturday away with a duo of groups–the Boricua roots band Tato Torres & Yerbabuena and the sounds of  American rock band Paul Josephs & the Metrosonics.

With such cultural activities lined up, you’re sure to be hooked up here for the summer.

Cost: Free

How to get there: Take a Downtown F/G train to Smith 9th Streets. Head South on smith to Garnet. Right on Centre, left Onto Columbia, right onto Bush, left on Dwight and right onto Coffey. The adventure is worth all the turns. (718.643.6790,