NYC Weekend Plans all Summer: Smorgasburg & The Brooklyn Flea Every Saturday and Sunday!

Image of the Brooklyn Flea market at Fort Greene in NYC with hundreds of vendor tents set up and people walking around

Large, happy crowds and a terrific collection of vendors are indication that the Brooklyn Flea and its food-only offspring, Smorgasburg, are showing no sign of slowing down in its seventh year! The often-imitated Flea concept of combining cool vintage gear, antique furnishings with newly-created wares from local artists and designers, AND lots of excellent things to eat, is as appealing and popular as ever. I've been to three of the four venues so far, and will undoubtedly return many more times from now through the fall. A very handy “in-my-back-pocket” plan every weekend. 

A man stands out of the crowds at the Brooklyn Flea market as he raises his baby up in the air playfully

The Brooklyn Flea Vendors at Fort Greene

The Brooklyn Flea takes up its accustomed spot in Fort Greene on Saturdays, in that pretty high school courtyard on Lafayette Street. Many of the most popular vendors have returned for yet another year, including:

  • Dan's Parent's House with its kitchy nostalgia from the 1960s to '90s;
  • The hand-thrown, illustrated, super durable bowls and mugs from SKT Ceramics;
  • The elegant creations of Jessica DeCarlo Jewlery, among many others.

There are also more food booths than ever at the Flea, with all-stars like Porchetta, Milk Truck Grilled Cheese, and Dough, as well as welcomed newcomers such as Gather, with its loads of sweet and savory comfort-food-ish options. Arrive hungry. Both Saturday and Sunday's a pared-down Flea, with about 30 vendors (as opposed to the 150 in Fort Greene), will be in Park Slope, along with special activities and events for kids.  

A Brooklyn Flea vendor table filled with a collection of movie memorabilia

Arrive Hungry to NYC's Smorgasburg

The Saturday Smorgasburg–starring 100-plus food vendors–remains right on the river in Williamsburg. On Sundays the whole shebang moves to Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is maybe less convenient to get to for Manhattanites (except by ferry), but is worth the trip if you haven't seen all they've done with that entire stretch of waterfront. Two sweet standouts among the several Smorgasburg newbies:

  • Gooey and Co., with five flavors of amazing Gooey Butter Cakes, which are apparently a huge thing in St. Louis, and deserve to become the same here;
  • All of the baked goodies at Girl Meets Whisk, especially the S'Mores cupcake. But really, you could eat 50 things here and they'd all be winners. 

The Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will be at their outdoor locations from now until sometime in November. All locations are accessible by subway.

Image of the Smorgasburg at Brooklyn Bridge Park in NYC with hundreds of vendor tents set up and people walking around

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