47th Annual Atlantic Antic Featuring Belly Dancers, Rock Bands, Jazz Bands & More This Weekend • Brooklyn Paper

Atlantic Antic, the city’s oldest and most “unique” street fair, returns to Brooklyn Heights this Sunday, October 2, with a host of entertainers and family-friendly activities.

Organized annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, the Antic spotlights quirky neighborhood talent and fan-favorite dishes.

The Amber-Aba Orchestra will kick off the event at noon with their beloved belly dancers on the Brooklyn Heights Main Stage at 169 Atlantic Ave. between Clinton and Court streets. Rain or shine, Brooklynites are encouraged to get outside and enjoy world-class entertainment and activities.

Join your neighbors for a full day of music, entertainment, food and local vendors on October 2. Photo courtesy AALDC

On the second stage at 556 Atlantic Ave., new festival sponsor TF Cornerstone Inc. will present a diverse lineup of performances by Brooklyn Ballet; Batala, a group of women drummers; and local rock bands and R&B musicians.

Other performers include the New York Arabic Orchestra, the Dabka Team Dancers and the Benny Lopez Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Howard Kolins, acting executive director of the AALDC, said Sunday’s event is a borough tradition brimming with culturally diverse dishes, creative vendors and unique entertainment.

“We’re very proud of the Antic, it’s a very multicultural, multiethnic street fair that represents so many people in Brooklyn – so many shapes, so many sizes, so many colors,” Kolins said. “Food of all types and there is also the participation of many traders who are here [year-round.]”

Atlantic Avenue will also be lined with vendor booths filled with food and other products created by local stores and businesses.

AALDC representatives say Little Amal will also visit as part of his 6,000 mile journey around the world.

food vendor at atlantic avenue
Atlantic Avenue will be teeming with delicious food vendors, live entertainment and more during the 47th annual Atlantic Antic on October 2. Photo courtesy AALDC

The organizers ensure that participants of all ages can enjoy the fair by sponsoring a children’s zone with inflatable houses, face painting and a group for the little ones. Festival-goers of all ages can even take a break at the air-conditioned NYU Langone Health Rest Area.

More than 400,000 people attended last year’s event, Kolin told the Brooklyn Paper at the time — fewer celebrants than the festival would usually attract in a pre-pandemic year, but strong performance nonetheless.

For more information and a complete list of artists, visit the official website event website.

Virginia F. Goins