Celebrate Brooklyn!/Prospect Park Bandshell

Performing Arts Venue, Music Venue, and Concert Hall
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 1, 2013
    The setting is amazing, especially on a nice summer night. Bring a blanket, some food and some friends, and grab a seat on the lawn. Make sure to come very early, as the line to get in can be crazy!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 11, 2013
    Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell gets our vote for best park-based music series by rocking not only a virtuosic and varied lineup of acts, but also mouth-watering local Brooklyn food. Read more
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.June 10, 2016
    thank you celebrate brooklyn and prospect park for one of my favorite places in all of ny! always a great summer line up and food from the farm on adderley. If show is free, go early for a seat
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanAugust 2, 2015
    Amazing spot, and great free shows. Seats are a nice idea, but if it's a popular act everyone will crowd near the stage, and you will probably have to give up your seat if you want to see anything.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh H.August 4, 2016
    Great venue. Bring a picnic and settle in early for a good spot. Alcohol can't be brought in but beer and wine can be purchased there.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Look for silent film nights accompanied by innovative live music or spoken word performances. Pack a picnic or buy food from local, on-site vendors like the Farm on Adderley. Read more
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinMay 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can't snag a ticket for the paid benefit shows in the summer, grab a blanket + friends and chill outside the walls, you'll still be able to hear fine. Look out for dancing children.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RosenJune 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great music last night. Good food concession & great beers. I enjoyed a blanket on the lawn with friends, and then had no problem finding a seat to watch the main act.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkMay 30, 2013
    Thanks to Celebrate Brooklyn!, the Prospect Park Bandshell is to Brooklynites what Central Park SummerStage is to Manhattan residents—the place to hear great music in the great outdoors. Read more
  • Fanny M.
    Fanny MAugust 12, 2014
    The space was good, loved the vibe and the sound, great god option too! Liked it better than Central Park concerts
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJune 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrive early to stake out a picnic spot on the lawn. Bring blankets, food, and whatever else you need to have a great night with music and friends.
  • Marie A.
    Marie AzcuetaJune 5, 2014
    Go early when gates open to avoid the line that extends outside of the park. Otherwise bring a blanket and snacks and lounge right outside of the event space, skipping said line.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    Since its founding in 1979, more than 2,000 musical acts have have performed at the Prospect Park Bandshell, which draws 250,000 people each summer to watch.
  • Sheena
    SheenaJune 19, 2016
    Bring your own food and alcohol as long as it's not in a glass container! Save $$ (though the food is quite good too). Also a blanket a must.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfAugust 24, 2016
    Love the summer series. Pack a picnic and arrive early to nab a spot on the grass up the back. Best seat in the house!
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KronovetAugust 5, 2016
    If the concert is too pricey, join the rest of the millennials and sit on the nearby grass. You can still hear the band and the vibe is rad.
  • Jill C.
    Jill CornellAugust 11, 2013
    Come early for a good seat. Or even better but a membership. Great benefits and you also get he warm fuzzies from supporting a great Brooklyn happening.
  • Danny Z.
    Danny ZlobinskyJuly 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Always easy to grab a spot on the grass next to the back of the actual venue to get a free seat for the show.
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RhoadesJuly 24, 2011
    Beautiful venue, great sound. The benefit shows are worth paying the extra cash to support the many free events they host all summer long.
  • David T.
    David TaylorJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pack a picnic and arrive really early to snag a good blanket spot on the hill.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerJune 21, 2015
    Ridiculously good sound for an outdoor venue, and the weirdos who come out of the woodwork are as entertaining to watch as the acts on stage.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RitterJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Stake out a spot stage right (house left) and you'll have groove space and short beer & bathroom lines all night.
  • Nikki M M.
    Nikki M MascaliJuly 28, 2013
    This was such a great, beautiful venue to see a show (especially Robert Plant!)! So easy to get to, too.
  • Markeisha G.
    Markeisha GrantJune 5, 2014
    Get here at least an hour and a half in advance if you want to see the concerts. The lines get really crazy.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a picnic and listen to great music outdoors all summer long. $3 donation suggested.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AnthonyOctober 10, 2016
    No need to come early to shows. Always seats and great food and drink selections.
  • John H.
    John HarringtonJune 11, 2011
    Don't be discouraged by the long line.. you'll get in. This is a great venue.. much better than Central Park SummerStage.
  • Yan P.
    Yan PAugust 5, 2016
    Great venue. Bring lawn chairs. Get there early and claim a spot.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJuly 15, 2014
    Get your tickets now to see the legendary alt-rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds! Devendra Banhart & Nicole Atkins join the group for this Brooklyn set. Sat, 7/26, 7pm, $71.90. Read more
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McKennaJuly 24, 2012
    Wheelchair seating is behind all the people standing in front. Try ( legal ) ADA seating line of sight viewing!!!
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾July 6, 2015
    A great place to being a picnic and catch a show or outdoor movie.
  • Bryan O.
    Bryan OrtizJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    There's a great, fun, intense boot camp that meets in front of the statue monday,tues,thurs & sat mornings visit ortizfitness.com for more into
  • Carolyn W.
    Carolyn WeissJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a friend pass for $50 - it lets you cut the long line all summer long!
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergJune 4, 2013
    Welcome to Celebrate Brooklyn! The arts have never been stronger or more vibrant here in New York City: http://bit.ly/18LOcF6
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenthalJune 10, 2013
    One of the coolest venues to see a show. Small enough to be personal, but outdoors!
  • Michael
    MichaelAugust 2, 2010
    Went to see Sonic Youth last Friday. They're still as mad as ever. Just with better equipment and better roadies than the old days. It was great. Only a few shows left.
  • Julia V.
    Julia VasindaAugust 12, 2016
    Beautiful venue, lots of space but the bathroom line gets very long
  • Miss T. H.
    Miss T. HoopsJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring food and non-alcoholic drinks, have a picnic, listen to great live music! <3
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasJuly 12, 2015
    Pro tip: don't go into the festival, just sit behind the fence, enjoy the music and have a nice picnic
  • Glenn F.
    Glenn FujimuraJuly 28, 2012
    If you're going to stand up on the grassy knoll at least have the decency to watch the show.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsJune 13, 2015
    Get there early for a good seat, or bring a blanket if you come later.
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongAugust 27, 2011
    What Brooklyn summers are made of. Bring a blanket and an intimate group of friends.
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HealyJuly 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Wood Brothers were amazing. Plus, Aoife O'Donovan signed my CD! (swoon)
  • Steve C.
    Steve CraigJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    bring a blanket but leave the glass containers at home!
    Upvoted Apr 2
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJune 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrive early if it's a free show to snag a prime spot.
  • Darryl M.
    Darryl McKinneyJune 4, 2014
    Celebrate Brooklyn is always a time for great fun and Prospect Park has so much to offer
  • Henry C.
    Henry CaseyAugust 10, 2014
    Be prepared to deal with a lack of organization and a lot of snotty families. Headphones required while you wait.
  • Bing
    BingJuly 6, 2012
    Location of Celebrate Brooklyn!, a series of free summer parties and events throughout the summer.
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HyatJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to the back of the venue w a blanket buy a beer or wine and soak in the birds eye view!
  • Ann-Sophie F.
    Get there early and remember to bring a blanket to sit on!
  • John H.
    John HeathJune 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemme know if you're going to a show. I live about 2 blocks away. Come by and say hi.
  • Celia A.
    Celia AlicataJune 18, 2014
    Awesome venue for live music Sound is remarkable.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GruchaczAugust 15, 2011
    Sold out? Grab a seat on the lawn and take a listen. Most musicians aren't that attractive anyway... Read more
  • Barbara R.
    Barbara RogersJune 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Definitely become a Friend of Celebrate Brooklyn! for a more civilized experience.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyJuly 27, 2010
    At national concert. Bring Camel Bak and load it up with 5 beers!
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PowerAugust 3, 2013
    Be respectful of your other concert goers- be a people not a sheeple!
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SweeneyJuly 28, 2015
    great concerts, nice space!
  • Kate S.
    Kate SochaAugust 12, 2013
    It was fantastic, great movie great music, I loved it!
  • Patti M.
    Patti MMay 1, 2010
    Check out the New York Yoga Club. Started in May and will be meeting here regularly for classes. Great location, people and teacher. Read more
  • Ben F.
    Ben FortneyJune 17, 2016
    Try to get a seat around the sound booth. Acoustics get worse as you move left/right of the stage.
  • Abbas M.
    Abbas MoosaviJune 12, 2014
    Awesome place to lay out on the lawn and listen to great music
  • Bill M.
    Bill Mc BJuly 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place. Makes me feel lucky to live in walking distance!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooJuly 22, 2011
    One of the best if not THE best way to enjoy summer, friends & amazing music in Brooklyn!
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NAugust 14, 2015
    You have to go to at least one of these every summer.
  • Rob T.
    Rob TrautnerAugust 10, 2014
    Show up really early to get a seat for the free BRIC concerts.
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidJune 5, 2014
    Get here early, bring picnic, make ne2 friends, celebrate life!
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongFebruary 13, 2012
    It's a treat to live near here during the summertime when there's always great concerts.
  • Jill C.
    Jill CornellJune 16, 2013
    Check out the Etsy shop. Cute and Brooklyn made.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SweetFebruary 19, 2016
    Great bands and films
  • Cristina
    CristinaAugust 31, 2014
    Love this venue! Thank you NY for the free concerts. Come to enjoy!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KlachkinAugust 10, 2014
    St. Vincent's rocked this here night. Thanks for sponsoring this.
  • NYC K.
    NYC KennedyJune 14, 2011
    Stop by the watering hole to pick up a Goose Island IPA, chicago's finest beer
  • Martha
    MarthaJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    not my favorite outdoor venue, but the sound and lighting are always solid.
  • NYC K.
    NYC KennedyJune 14, 2011
    If you are here in the rain, be careful you dont poke your friends in the eyeballs when opening your umbrella
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJuly 9, 2016
    Bring a blanket and a picnic, then settle onto the lawn.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SimmsSeptember 6, 2015
    Dont go inside. Blanket, wine, and people watching. That's the move.
  • A D.
    A DelJuly 26, 2015
    Chill vibes and great picnicking opportunity
  • Jay C.
    Jay CaseyAugust 3, 2011
    That squeaking you hear at dusk, those are bats. That grunting? Batman. He's protecting your bike.
  • Tiff M.
    Tiff MoralesAugust 10, 2013
    Shaggy was worth the trip, he was truly entertaining.
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidJune 5, 2014
    Awesome! Heard Ms. Thang do her thang!
  • Ali R.
    Ali RoseJune 22, 2014
    Free concerts all summer long!
  • Sticker P.
    Sticker PrintingMarch 20, 2012
    Prospect Park loves Celebrate Brooklyn! Find out what else is going on at the Park Sticker Printing Services Read more
  • Jon B.
    Jon BurkeJuly 24, 2011
    Don't get the eggplant sandwich from the farm - size of a slider and total ripoff.
  • Jon C.
    Jon CNovember 27, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Although the entrance to Bandshell is located at Prospect Park West and 9th Street, its GPS Coords are N 40 39.801, W 73 58.591 Read more
  • Corey S.
    Corey SchneidermanJune 19, 2014
    Sit outside the Bandshell and kick it!
  • Mat M.
    Mat MAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Summer just isn't summer until I go to the free concerts here
  • James G.
    James GJune 20, 2014
    Come early, have rain gear of some kind.
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaAugust 15, 2011
    Home to some of the best free summer concerts in NYC! Read more
  • Amy J.
    Amy JacobsJuly 24, 2015
    Great concerts, for free!
  • Ann R.
    Ann R.May 15, 2015
    The summer jams/concerts are the coolest!!
  • Paul K.
    Paul KuhnJune 15, 2013
    More swaying than a Dead show. Ignore the haters who tell you to sit down.
  • Nina R.
    Nina RissmannJune 11, 2014
    Jack Johnson!!!
  • Evan R.
    Evan RabeckJune 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    For popular shows the line at the 9th St. entrance grows faster than the line at 11th St.
  • Jill C.
    Jill CornellJune 29, 2013
    Bring an umbrella or a poncho. It's raining.
  • Keilon L.
    Keilon LawrenceJune 25, 2016
    Good Brooklyn vibes
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 16, 2011
    bring a picnic blanket and chill out
  • Suman G.
    Suman GanguliJune 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hang out around the bandshell mid/late aft b4 a show & listen to the soundcheck
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SitnickJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Show up early and line up by 11th street. Also go to bathroom beforehand because the are nasty.
  • Denis L.
    Denis LoyolaJune 11, 2014
    Awesome!!!
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RamosJune 11, 2011
    Go to the bar in the back. Much quicker.
  • Turkiyeassist A.
    super cok cok guzel
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