Mark Morris Dance Group performs Words

Arts Festival

Weekend of
Oct 4th, 2019


Discover the epicenter of Brooklyn’s arts and culture.

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District is an annual celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit.

The 2019 Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival will take place from Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6. Throughout the weekend, acclaimed arts organizations across the Brooklyn Cultural District open their doors with exciting performances, talks, and tours, and present a host of free programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, including theater, poetry, dance, music, and other performances.

Read a full recap of the 2018 festival here. Stay tuned here for more information about the 2019 Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival.



2019 Highlights




Kickoff with performance by Soul Tigers Marching Band and dance party with Soul Summit.

Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland



Community Day

DBAF Community Day where people of all ages can enjoy performances and activities from the Brooklyn Cultural District’s artists and institutions. Highlights include a partnership with Bang on a Can, with an instrument-building workshop led by renowned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart (Paul Simon, Bang on a Can All-Stars) and an interactive performance of Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments in collaboration with the radical, parade spectacle street band Asphalt Orchestra; a performance of Rhys Chatham’s Le Possédé for bass flute in partnership with Issue Project Room, the opportunity to learn Mark Morris Dance Group repertoire with a Dance with MMDG dance class, and Pop-Up: An Artistic Treasure Hunt throughout Downtown Brooklyn presented by Strike Anywhere.

Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland



Performances TBA

Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland


Dance Party

Dance Party with Talib Kweli (DJ Set) and Nkiru Books Pop-Up.

Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

2019 Schedule Coming Soon