Block parties

Spend a day in a new neighborhood, or rediscover your own.

  • Animation Block Party

  • The Brooklyn Boogaloo & Barbecue

  • New Museum Block Party

  • Second Annual Pig Roast & Dance Party

Animation Block Party

Friday 24--Sunday 26

Animation Block Party
Indulge in the grown-up version of a Saturday morning cartoon blitz: At the sixth annual Animation Block Party, more than 80 international shorts will be screened in Brooklyn. The three-day fest kicks off on Friday 24 with a special installment of Rooftop Films at the Automotive High School in Williamsburg, including “Cooking 420 with Chef Barry,” a Claymation series about how to bake with, um, “oregano.” Cap off the night with an after-party at Williamsburg’s Matchless, where you can chat up animators in person, a free pilsner in hand. Over the weekend, hit BAMcinmatek for more screenings; must-sees include New Zealander Alex Dron’s “FOT: The Next Big Thing,” featuring a voiceover from Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords (Sunday 26 at 2, 6:50pm). Toast your favorite films with more free booze: Budweiser on Saturday at Fourth Avenue Pub and Sixpoint Ale on Sunday at Habana Outpost, during the nightly aprs-screening parties. Various times and locations; visit for more info. $9--$11.

Saturday 25

The Brooklyn Boogaloo & Barbecue
Unless you know someone who lives in a brownstone, chances are you’re not attending any backyard barbecues this summer—or so you thought. Thanks to the City Reliquary’s annual summer fund-raiser, you can get your grill fix with pulled-pork sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs from Lodge. Sip homemade rum-based Sweet Summer Punch while you groove to the sounds of DJ Stacher, who will be spinning boogaloo—a blend of Latin jazz, soul and R&B that originated in the Bronx in the late 1960s. Next, check out the Reliquary’s current exhibit, “Indigenous,” on view through August 15. The group show features images and poetry (including an ode to empty parking lots) that pay tribute to beloved spots around the city. The City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-4842, 6--10pm, suggested donation $25--$100.

Sunday 26

New Museum Block Party
Make your own fun—literally—at this art-and-community-themed block party, where New Museum artists and educators will lead a series of hands-on workshops. Fashion old magazines and plastic bags into beaded jewelry, construct percussion instruments from plastic bottles and paper plates, sketch banners inspired by the New Museum’s current exhibit “Emory Douglas: Black Panther” and design costumes using found fabric. Then, put your creations to good use during the raucous Block Party Parade, which will march from Sara D. Roosevelt Park to the New Museum. Whole Foods will supply snacks, and once you reach your destination, you can explore exhibition highlights through a free docent-led tour—event participants get a complimentary day pass. And for a souvenir, the Bowery Poetry Club will turn your name into an acrostic. FREE Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Broome St between Chrystie and Forsyth Sts (212-219-1222, Noon--7pm.

Sunday 26

Second Annual Pig Roast & Dance Party
Carnivores, rejoice! For the second year, Marlow & Sons’ cult butcher Tom Mylan will be roasting whole hogs in 3rd Ward’s courtyard, slicing the meat into pork tacos ($3 each) with the help of Ward chef Eric Sherman. To help wash down the 200 pounds of pig, there will be buckets of Colt 45 (free from 4--5pm), PBR (two for $5), whiskey and vodka drinks ($5 each), and summer lemonade spiked with rum ($6). Chill out to live music by Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers and the Stumblebum Brass Band, whose lead singer has been known to swap the mike for a megaphone. Celebrate a long weekend of culture, drinking and swine meat by getting your picture snapped in the digital photo booth—costumes will be provided for on-the-spot improvisation. FREE 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave at Stagg St, Bushwick, Brooklyn (718-715-4961, 4--9pm. R.S.V.P. to

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