Red Hook Fest

Always Free. Always Fun.

One of Brooklyn’s most fun and enduring annual events, Red Hook Fest brings concert-quality performers to our scenic neighborhood for a weekend of fun. With a free community cookout, DJ-led dance party, and NYC’s top musicians and bands, Red Hook Fest delivers 2 days of summertime fun for everyone.

Part music festival. Part dance festival. Part community gathering. Part party. Red Hook Fest is guaranteed to always be free, fun, and family-friendly!

Hook Arts Media® is happy to announce that The 27th Annual Red Hook Fest, the FREE live music and dance festival on the Brooklyn waterfront, will return June 5-6, 2020! On Friday, May 31, the festival will open at 5:30 PM at PS15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC. The first day of the festival will feature a free barbecue and DJ-led dance party with special performances from pre-professional youth groups.

On Saturday, June 6, the festival will continue at Red Hook’s scenic Valentino Park and Pier, which features stunning views of Downtown Manhattan and The Statue of Liberty. Free family-friendly activities will include kayaking in the harbor, face-painting, t-shirt decorating, in addition to interactive activities from the stage. Our mainstage lineup includes some of NYC’s top performers, including:

Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone is a Native & African-American vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator. She is known for her unique gumbo of folk, blues, and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Kentucky infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American Roots music. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as a Native and Black woman and mother in the new millennium, Redbone gives voice to issues of social justice, bridging traditions from past to present, connecting cultures, and celebrating the human spirit.

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Community Groups

Hook Arts Media proudly partners with multiple organizations to bring additional free resources, education, and services to each year’s event. Activities include scavenger hunts, reading tents, face painting, button-making, poster crafting, and free kayaking on the harbor.

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Youth Groups

In addition to NYC’s most powerful dance groups and bands, Hook Arts Media is proud to bring out talented pre-professional youth groups to perform on the Red Hook Fest mainstage. Over the years, Red Hook Fest audiences have seen NYC’s most powerful young artists perform ballet, Mexican folk dance, hip hop, step, modern dance, jazz, and more. Follow Hook Arts Media on social media and subscribe to our email list to be among the first to find out which stunning youth groups will grace the Red Hook Fest stage in 2019!

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Red Hook Fest Over the Years

Red Hook’s biggest annual festival has delivered loads of summer fun and outdoor family-friendly entertainment for more than 25 years. Held in one of Red Hook’s most scenic parks with breathtaking views of NY tourist attractions, like The Statue of Liberty, Red Hook Fest is one of Brooklyn’s most scenic annual traditions. With beloved annual traditions, like kayaking in the harbor, free barbecue, DJ-led dance party, and fantastic performances by pre-professional youth groups, Red Hook Fest is a can’t miss tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike.