Events

The Kings County Fiber Festival returns to OSH & Washington Park for it’s 10th year!

Spend the day with natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners and weavers in the annual fiber festival. The full day event will include a marketplace for independent fiber artists from the tri-state area.

During the Festival, we host the “Make Warm Hats for the Homeless” hat drive. Make a hat for someone who really needs your help this winter. Bring your hat donation, in an individual plastic bag, to the Festival donation table. We will deliver the hats to group homes, shelters and soup kitchens within New York City. Last year we collected over 600 hats.

Apply to be a vendor here.

Featured photo: ShirstyCat.

Join us to craft the 4th Ave Yarn Bomb, a fun activity to celebrate art and community on 4th Ave in Park Slope and Gowanus! The 2021 theme is Protecting the Earth/Climate Change.

Community crafting sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5 pm -7 pm in the North Garden (off of 3rd Street) though August and September. Please bring your own supplies, open to all who knit, crochet, or weave.

The yarn bomb will be installed on October 2- 3 before the Kings County Fiber Festival on October 9.

Participants can also craft at home and drop-off pieces in October. Email fofa@parkslopeciviccouncil.org for more info.

Supported by Arts Gowanus, Why Not Art?, and the Park Slope Civic Council.

Come down to 4th Street & 5th Ave to shop affordable new and used bikes, parts, and accessories from local vendors at NYC’s only bicycle flea market. Get ready for a new commuting season and spruce up your ride through the park, to work, or school.

This event is outdoors and will be held rain or shine.

Bread and Puppet Theater comes to The Old Stone House with a brand new performance in the tradition of the Circuses that began at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont in 1970.

Traditional circus tropes are reinterpreted with the help of Bread and Puppet’s distinctive folk iconography to draw attention to the urgent issues of the day. Stilt dancers, paper maché beasts of all sizes, and a Bread and Puppet’s Fight-Against-The-End-Of-The-World Brass Band contribute their riotous inspiration to this colorful spectacle of protest and celebration.

After the show Bread and Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread & Puppet Press – will be for sale.

Show Length: Approximately 1 hour.
Tickets on sale soon at BreadandPuppet.org.
No one turned away for lack of funds

Photography by Ryan Maxwell.

What comes of incessant war? The greatest king England has ever known is dead. Now, during the bloody conflict of the One Hundred Years’ War, England enters into a dangerous transfer of power, just as a new champion arises on the French side. Can the English Lord Talbot defeat the young upstart, Joan of Arc?

Come see the first play of Shakespeare’s history cycle at the Old Stone House. Featuring puppetry, music, and daring maneuvers, Stairwell Theater’s Henry VI: Part 1 interrogates the subject of foreign wars – and the havoc they wreak on the world.

Dates: August 20, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 pm & August 28 at 2:00 pm.

Approximately 120 minutes with intermission.

Free to the public, post-show donations are appreciated.

Directed by Sam Gibbs.

Cast: Ryan Castalia, Rebecca Tyree, Su Thomas Hendrickson, Theodore Caywood, Brooks Borden, Andrew Schwartz, Andrew Lyle Sowers, Richard Ivanisin III, Anthony Leung, Sam Gibbs.

Stage Manager: Stormy Lambert.

Music: Matt Gibbs and the Talbonites.

Costume Design: Amie Schow.

Scenic Design: Andrew Lyle Sowers.

Join local artist, educator, and tour guide Rich Garr for a bicycle tour commemorating the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn.

This tour explores important sites from the borough’s Revolutionary past beginning at Grand Army Plaza and ending in Brooklyn Heights overlooking New York Harbor.

The tour is anticipated to take 2.5 hours. Limited to 15 riders so reserve soon!

Tickets are available via Eventbrite, tickets do not include a bike rental.

We’re teaming up with our friends at Green-Wood Cemetery to present a family-friendly afternoon with reenactors, demonstrations, music, storytelling, and hands-on activities. Join us to explore Brooklyn’s past!

This is an outdoor event, masks are strongly recommended regardless of vaccine status.  The event requires attendees to walk over hilly and uneven terrain, proper footwear is recommended. Please follow directions/instructions from Green-Wood’s staff and ambassadors.

Free timed-entry tickets are required for all guests over age 12, those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Get your ticket here.

Our rain date is Sunday, August 29.

See Park Slope in a whole new light while learning about the Battle of Brooklyn which was fought here 245 years ago!

Join our tour of the neighborhood led by local historian Dylan Yeats, the tour will begin and end at OSH and is expected to be 1 hour long.

Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring your water bottle.

Register here.

Join our colleagues from Green-Wood Cemetery for this Battle of Brooklyn Zoom event!

Much of the Battle of Brooklyn was fought across what is now Green-Wood’s grounds with General George Washington in command. Join Barnet Schecter, author of the widely-praised The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution, and Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, for a conversation about that battle—two days before its 245th anniversary—and what happened on that long-ago day across the roads, hills, and valleys that would become The Green-Wood Cemetery.

Barnet and Jeff will highlight several patriot defensive positions, Battle Hill (the highest natural point in Brooklyn), the gravesites of Revolutionary War soldiers (including one who took part in the Boston Tea Party and another who was captured during the Battle of Brooklyn), and much more.

$9 / $4 for GW Members

Register here.

Join us in the Great Room for the opening reception of our latest contemporary art exhibition, Land Markings.

Curated by Katherine Gressel and RedMoon Arts, Inc., Land Markings brings together four New York based artists of Indigenous heritage: Jeremy Dennis, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Ella Mahoney & Natasha Smoke Santiago, who have created works commenting on the past, present and future of land use in the areas surrounding OSH.

Their work explores such topics as the acknowledgement and preservation of local Indigenous cultural sites in Brooklyn and New York State; under-recognized histories of local trade and land transfer; and land use issues facing contemporary Indigenous and other BIPOC communities. 

A central theme in all the work is the importance of recognizing the continued presence and influence of Indigenous communities in the New York area, and the seizure of colonized land from its original inhabitants. Yet the work also suggests the limitations of mere acknowledgment, in some cases proposing or supporting models of indigenous sovereignty and sustainability that defy a singular narrative or type of mark-making. Many of the works on view combine traditional craft with contemporary art practices, while rejecting cultural assimilation and asserting the importance of craft, performance and storytelling in maintaining ties to land and community and as a form of activism.

Much of the art is site-specific and created for this exhibition, including Jeremy Dennis’s photos and map of culturally-significant Native American sites in Brooklyn; Dennis RedMoon Darkeem’s interactive gumball machine featuring trade items found on OSH land in the 1600s; Natasha Smoke Santiago’s ceramic tile made in the Iroquois pottery tradition documenting local trade history; and Ella Mahoney’s outdoor banners that draw from her Aquinnah Wampanoag background to imagine a decolonized future for the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Land Markings precedes the upcoming redesign of the Old Stone House’s permanent exhibit to include its Lenape history.  Today, despite the displacement of its original Lenape residents, New York City still has one of the largest intertribal indigenous communities in the country Land Markings is the first in a series of exhibits and programs at OSH that will provide opportunities for contemporary Indigneous artists to connect a greater awareness of the past to critical conversations about Brooklyn’s future, including fair and sustainable uses of our natural and built environment.  

The exhibition will be on view Fri – Sun from Noon – 3 pm until October 11.

Please note that the Great Room is on the second floor and unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.

Image: Dennis RedMoon Darkeem.