Dutch settlers brought the observation of Pinkster to New York during their early 17th century colonization of the land and peoples. While enslaved Africans and African Americans had limited opportunities for respite, Pinkster became one of the few instances where they were able to openly rest and practice their varied cultures among themselves. We’re excited to partner with Chief Baba Neil Clarke to bring the festival of Pinkster to Weeksville, with opportunities to learn more about the history of Black foodways, folkways, and music histories.
Join us as we team up with Jummy's Picks by Black-Owned Brooklyn at our ALL-BLACK Juneteenth Food Festival! Over 20 top-tier Black food vendors will be on deck with delicious fare spanning the Diaspora, including regions of the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. There will also be merch available from local Black-owned businesses whose focus is celebrating Black culture, pride, and liberation.
Looking for a Juneteenth Food Festival Afterparty? We've got you covered. Join us at Nowadays for Mister Sunday with Dex and Mark Flash of Underground Resistance plus Nowadays resident SHYBOI DJing all day.Underground Resistance and Weeksville Heritage Center come together to commemorate Juneteenth with an event that brings forward legacies of autonomous Black community building while celebrating in the present with a set on Nowadays’ outdoor dance floor.
Weeksville Heritage Center partners with New York Live Arts to present an in-process look at NYLA Live Feed residency artist Ni’Ja Whitson’s newest exploration: Dark Dive. A part of the Unarrival Experiments, Dark Dive is a portal into the liberatory dark of Black imagination, spiritual possibility, and Black Trans and Queer magic. It is a conjuring of the past and the future.
Held on the date of NYC Pride, Groove on the Green centers queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming farmers, urban gardeners, and land stewards – especially those who are Black, Indigenous, and Brown. An alternative to corporatized Pride events, we will uplift the ways that Black LGBTQIA2S+ liberation is tied to the land preservation, protection, & cultivation, as well as center the people who are engaged in that work.
Explore Weeksville and Black New York! Join us for one of three free tours of the historic Hunterfly Road houses and immerse yourself in Weeksville’s radical history of freedom, autonomy, and preservation. Relax on our beautiful campus and grab a free book from House of Speakeasy to learn more about the little known but incredibly rich history of central Brooklyn and greater Black Gotham. Following the country’s first national celebrations of Juneteenth and Independence Day, we’re uplifting the ways New York’s Black population has continuously defined freedom on their own terms.
Weeksville Green returns this summer, with our annual Farmers & Community Market held Saturdays from 12PM–4PM. This year, as a part of NYC DOT's Open Street initiative, the market will be held directly outside WHC on Buffalo Ave, between St. Marks Ave and Bergen St. Weeksville Green programming will continue to focus on Black foodways, urban growing, diasporic memory and community built through food at every stage––from farming to ingredients as well as cooking and mealtime.
Join in the beginning of NYC's Parable Path, a set of local events, talks and rituals centered in collaborative living that draw inspiration from the classic sci-fi novel by the late MacArthur Fellow and Hugo Award-winner Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower. Led by singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon, whose opera of the same name will premiere in New York in 2023, tonight’s event features a community choir that will direct the audience through an open and engaging evening of song, dance, and deep conversation. Come be a part of this harmonious and challenging exploration of sustainable routes onto the righteous path in an ever-changing world.
The holiday season is here and that means it’s time to celebrate Kwanzaa! Visit us at Weeksville Heritage Center on December 16-17, 2022 for this two-day celebration in collaboration with Asase Yaa. This year’s theme is “Celebrate in Principle.” We will share some of the African American artistic traditions that were prevalent during the time Kwanzaa was created. The weekend celebration will highlight all of the cultural values that exemplify the rich principles/Nguzo Saba of African American culture.