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Celebrate Brooklyn! FAQ

What is the rain policy?
Performances are RAIN OR SHINE except where indicated, there are no rain dates. All best efforts will be made to present performances regardless of weather.

How can I get a schedule of Celebrate Brooklyn! performances?
You can stay informed by signing up for our mailing list, joining us on Facebook and Twitter or by calling 718.683.5600. We also distribute brochures all around Brooklyn so check your local merchants!

How much does the performance cost?
There is a suggested donation of $3 except for benefit concerts, which do have an admission charge unless otherwise noted. "Keep it great, Give $3 at the gate" en español, "¡Que siga la fiesta en grand! Dona $3 a la entrada."

How do I get to Celebrate Brooklyn?
Please refer to the directions/map.

When do the gates open?
The site opens one (1) hour prior to the posted performance time. You may line up prior to the opening of gates.

What is the seating policy at the Prospect Park Bandshell?

  • Configurations change depending on the event, so please refer to individual event web pages for configurations at specific performances.
  • Generally, there are 2,000 chairs in front of the stage at the Bandshell. The rear lawn, where you can bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket, can fit approximately 5,000 people.
  • Some seats are reserved for Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn members, donors and artists guests.
  • All other seats and lawn areas are first come, first served.

Is the Prospect Park Bandshell accessible?
The facility is completely wheelchair accessible. If you require special seating arrangements, please ask to speak with the house manager on the day of the performance when you reach the gate.

How can I get reserved seats?
Reserved seats are for Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn!, members who directly support free programming.

How can I support Celebrate Brooklyn?
Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Or, for as little as $50, you can become a Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn! and enjoy benefits throughout the summer! The details of the donor levels and the benefits for Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn! are outlined on our website.

How can I sponsor Celebrate Brooklyn?
Please refer to our Sponsor page, call 718.683.5634 or e-mail at

Are all of the performances appropriate for children?
Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are geared towards adults and families with children. We will make every attempt to inform audiences if a performance contains strong adult themes or language.

Am I allowed to bring food and drinks into the venue? Are food and drinks for sale?
We encourage picnicking, however the policies of the NYC Police Department, the Department of NYC Parks & Recreation, and Celebrate Brooklyn do not allow patrons to bring cans or bottles into the site. Celebrate Brooklyn! staff and volunteers will be checking for these items upon arrival of the site. Beer and wine are sold for on-site consumption and may not be removed from the site.

What other rules are there on pets, cameras, bikes, etc.?

Rules Grid

Please respect the rules of the Police Department, Department of Parks & Recreation and Celebrate Brooklyn! while enjoying the performances. Do not bring cans, bottles, coolers, tents, alcoholic beverages, pets, video cameras, audio recording devices, or professional cameras into the festival site. Beer and wine are sold for on-site consumption and may not be removed from the site. Keep Prospect Park beautiful and clean by placing all litter in trash receptacles.

Is smoking permitted at Celebrate Brooklyn?
Celebrate Brooklyn! complies with the direction of the City of New York on the ban on smoking in public parks. "No Smoking" is clearly posted among rules on our entrance signs. Enforcement is solely administered by Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP).

How can I volunteer at Celebrate Brooklyn?
Please fill out our volunteer form. After August 1st, all submitted forms will be filed for the 2016 season, unless specified otherwise.

How can I work at Celebrate Brooklyn?
Please refer to Job and Internship Opportunities or volunteer opportunities.

How can I perform at Celebrate Brooklyn?
We are honored you want to play our stage. However, Celebrate Brooklyn! is curated by an artistic team guided by our history and mission, so we do not accept unsolicited performance proposals. Best of luck to you and keep the music playing!

Who do I contact regarding items left at the site during a concert?
Please e-mail You can also make inquiries at the Parks Department Bandshell Maintenance office located at the rear of the Bandshell, near the public women's bathroom.

Why are some events ticketed while others are free?
To make free concerts possible throughout the summer, BRIC relies on a mix of income sources. Corporate sponsorship, our Opening Night Gala, as well as Benefit Concerts and Friends Memberships all help pay for the total cost of presenting Celebrate Brooklyn! and nine weeks of free performing arts events. Another important source of revenue comes from attendees who contribute donations at the gate.

Does my baby/toddler/child need a ticket to a benefit (ticketed) show?
Yes. Every human being must be ticketed regardless of age.

Is there seating for benefit concerts?
No, benefit concerts are standing room only.

What footwear is appropriate?
The Bandshell is an outdoor space. Footwear that is comfortable and appropriate for outdoor environments is suggested.

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