What do you get when you mix hipsters, blue and white collar workers, glam divas and art enthusiasts in a museum parking lot? If you're guessing First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum, then you, my friend, are correct. For a couple of years now the Target sponsored event, which is free to the general public, has grown to be a new staple of what we call Brooklyn's new renaissance. Every first Saturday of the month, an eclectic mix of people gather at the art enclave to partake in festivities that go from 5 to 11 pm.
First Saturdays offers New Yorker's a smorgasbord of activities to enjoy. From live concerts to film screenings, attendees are free to divulge in all that the museum has to offer. But the real excitement is when the dance party begins at 8 pm. If you really want to see the soul of Brooklyn at its best, this party is where you need to be.
During the summer months, the fete takes place in the museum's garage. A huge space between the rows of parked cars is allocated for a DJ booth, huge speakers, a food tent and a few small bar tables that sells fruit sangria amongst other drinks. From 8 to 10 pm, people come in their best (or not so best, depending on the fashion critic) duds and show off their dance moves. Dance circles are known to form, allowing break dancers, crazed teens and funny, seasoned party-goers to ride the DJ's beats with new and not-so-new moves.
The next First Saturday will take place June 2nd. And although the Brooklyn Museum has not released the official itinerary for that month, as a seasoned vet of this monthly program, I'd advise you to practice those dance moves in the mirror and get out your best duds.