The Atlantic Antic, celebrating its 35th year, is scheduled for October 4, 2009 from 10am-6pm. This quintessential Brooklyn festival spans 10 blocks — from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, passing through Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Boerum Hill — making the Atlantic Antic one of the biggest street fairs in the country. Antic veterans and newcomers alike will have the opportunity to experience ten live performance stages, meet up with local merchants and artisans, and sample culinary treats and wares from over 500 vendors lining the avenue.
Presented by the Atlantic Avenue LDC and produced by Auster Agency, this widely popular street festival is jam-packed with enough food and festivities to fill the whole day and appeal to all age groups. While adults will appreciate handmade crafts and delicacies like jambalaya or oysters, children can munch on pulled pork sandwiches and red velvet cake while participating in a wide array of activities catered specifically to youngsters.
Antic attendees can begin their journey down the avenue at The Moxie Spot on Hicks Street, sponsoring child favorites such as pony rides and an all-day concert series featuring Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees at 3pm. Additionally, while strolling up the avenue, parents and children alike will enjoy festive music from 10 live performance stages scattered throughout the festival.
Mid-way down the bustling Antic, families will arrive at the kid’s section, joined with The New York Transit Museum’s 16th annual Bus Festival providing several free education workshops, bus-related gifts, and transit memorabilia. Just blocks away, NYCExplorers, Brooklyn’s best indoor playspace, is offering fun and free educational activities. After taking part in four free classes about music, fitness, arts and crafts, and science spread throughout the day, kids will have a great time at the sponsored party playspace, featuring games, cookie decorating, and even a toddler rave dance party.
While the children are occupied by the wealth of kid-friendly rides and activities, parents will want a stop between Bond and Nevins Streets, at the booth of local merchant Artz’n, selling original Brooklyn T-shirts along with art prints, paintings, and piñatas.
The Atlantic Antic has developed over 35 years into one of the largest street fairs in the country, drawing 1 million visitors. With the huge variety of entertainment, food, and exotic wares packed along the avenue, it is impossible not to remain amused all day long – no matter your age!
Thank you to local Emma Parnass for sharing insight on this wonderful family-friendly street festival!