Looking like equal parts Spike Lee music video, rave scene from the The Matrix, and ragtag block party, there's nothing as wonderfully Brooklyn as the Soul Summit in Fort Greene Park. Occurring from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sundays in July and August, it's probably the biggest party in the city that is devoid of corporate sponsorship or cannibalized by vendors. Instead, it's a magical, organic party: up to a thousand people dancing together with music and amps that are paid for by crowd donations. It's one of the few places in the city where you can find black and white girls and boys (and bois), age two to 90, dancing together. Hip-hop, r&b, dancehall, and the occasional gospel track are spun by talented DJs in ways you rarely get to hear outdoors. There's a killer view of Manhattan, and an even more killer dance "floor" (the party happens on top of the Prison Ship Martyrs' Memorial, where 12,000 bodies from the American Revolutionary War are buried). The city seems to look the other way when it comes to open containers and the occasional joint, but it's really a family-friendly scene. Stay for the post-party drum circle, when the fireflies start to come out.  

Location Details

Myrtle Ave. and Cumberland St.
Brooklyn NY 11217


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