Known for its indie-music scene, the ’Burg is a prime place to catch live music, but numerous small venues and galleries also host dance performances, arts events and some of the best free comedy shows in the city. Use our guide to the best upcoming things to do in Williamsburg to plan a day or night out in Brooklyn.
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Best things to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 10,000 visitors per day with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors. Our pro tip? Make sure you peruse the lineup before you go—those mouthwatering scents and the bevy of choices can make you dizzy (and the dense crowds can make you hangry). Highlights include Vietnamese food from Bep, Goa Taco’s avant-garde fare as well as incredible sandwiches from newbies Heros and Villians and Red Table Catering. Go on, give into gluttony. (We won’t judge.)Read more
Carolyn Busa used to call her monthly stand-up show "Williamsburg's cutest," but now that it's two-years old and weekly at Over the Eight, Side Ponytail has become a reliable night for solid sets and surprise stars. Check out sets from guests like Josh Gondelman, Carmen Lynch and Corinne Fisher at this Monday night staple.Read more
Of-the-moment California singer Chelsea Wolfe offers an improbable mix of scrappy outsider folk and black-metal atmosphere that works despite long odds. Check out her alluringly creepy Abyss for proof, and expect to hear from her brand-new singles, "Hypnos" and "Fear" tonight.Read more
This showcase offers an immersive Intro 101 course on the exciting local artists making Brooklyn’s DIY warehouse scene such a vital part of New York nightlife. Young masters of house music Anthony Naples and White Material’s Galcher Lustwerk have a sixth sense for mixing smooth, danceable beats, while Discwoman’s Umfang and Volvox reach the far edges of the techno universe. Experimental live sets from Aurora Halal, Bookworms, Ital, Via App and the techno-trio DUST (pictured) explore hardware’s alien sounds, and 1080p’s Max McFerren rounds out the bill with his own take on future house.Read more