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Proof of vaccination is now required for entry into BRIC House. For more information, please head here.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! FAQs


What is considered acceptable proof of vaccination?

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card
  • A photo (digital or printout) of their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card
  • New York State Excelsior Pass 

How do you define fully vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days after the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

What is acceptable documentation of a negative COVID-19 test?

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival free shows will accept:

  • Printed documentation of a negative PCR test within 72 hours
  • Printed documentation of a negative rapid test within 72 hours
  • A photo (digital or printout) of a negative PCR or rapid test

**PLEASE NOTE: Ticketed benefit shows are not operated by BRIC and may require a different policy when it comes to proof of negative COVID-19 test. Please check individual show pages to ensure that you are meeting entry guidelines.**

What is the policy regarding children and entry?

People ages 2-12 who are unable to be vaccinated do not have to present a negative test to attend free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival shows, but must remain masked at all times. Children ages two and under do not need to be masked.

**PLEASE NOTE: Ticketed benefit shows are not operated by BRIC and some require children to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test. Please check individual show pages to ensure that you are meeting entry guidelines.**

Can I get my health screen early?

Yes! On show days, health screens begin at 3PM for free BCB!F shows and 9AM for ticketed benefit shows!

Completing your health screen early gets you EXPRESS ENTRY into the venue, earlier merch access and Happy Hour specials for the first hour.

Why are you implementing this policy?

We believe that coming together for live cultural events is one of the most important ways for Brooklyn to heal and move forward. This extra layer of protection is what we need right now to create an environment that is safe for us all.

When will BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival take place? Will it be at the Prospect Park bandshell?

Yes, we will be live and in-person at the Bandshell! Though, with some precautionary measures.

Over the past year, BRIC has been working closely with the City of New York, the Office of the Mayor and the Parks Department to ensure we can gather safely at the Bandshell again this summer. Guidelines, safety measures and best practices in response to the pandemic are changing every week as more and more people become vaccinated.

Our 43rd season will take place July 31 - September 18.

What can/can't I bring?

Please respect the rules of the Police Department, Department of Parks & Recreation, and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! while enjoying the performances. Do not bring cans, bottles, coolers, tents, alcoholic beverages, pets, video cameras, audio recording devices, or professional cameras to 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.

Are backpacks allowed?


Are Umbrellas allowed?


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.

Do you have a coat check/bag check?


How much does the performance cost?

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is free for all. To keep it going, we need your support. We understand some have experienced significant hardships during the last year, so please donate as you can… $5, $10, $20!
Keep it great, Give at the gate!
¡Que siga la fiesta en grande! Dona en la entrada.

* Please note, benefit concerts do have admission charges.

How can I get a schedule of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performances?

Our full schedule is on our website, or you can stay informed by signing up for our mailing list, following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, or by calling 718.683.5600.

How do I get to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival?

Please refer to the directions/map.

When do the gates open?

The site opens one (1) hour prior to the posted performance time unless otherwise noted. 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 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival 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 any staff member to speak with the house manager on the day of the performance when you reach the gate, and we will happily accommodate you. If you have any other questions about accessibility, please contact Cristina Tamarez at

Will you have an interpreter?

Yes! For our d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, we will have an ASL interpreter at all the free shows, located on the left side of the stage.

I purchased a Friends Membership in 2020. Will my membership benefits be applied to this summer’s Festival?

All memberships purchased in 2020 that were not refunded will be honored at this summer’s Festival. You should have received an email with more information about your membership and how to RSVP at this summer’s Festival. If you did not, please email us at

How can I purchase a membership to the 2021 season?

Given that so many members graciously rolled their 2020 memberships over to this year, we are unable to sell additional memberships this year. We want to make sure that our members are given the best experience possible even under best practices around COVID-19. If you are unsure as to whether or not you purchased a membership in 2020, please email us at

How can I support BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn?

Donations to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival help BRIC to continue providing exciting and eclectic performances to audiences from across Brooklyn and beyond. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, all donations to BRIC are tax-deductible and help to ensure our programs are delivered free of cost. To support BRIC and the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, please head here.

How can I sponsor BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn?

Please refer to our Sponsor page, call 718.683.5634, or e-mail at

Are all of the performances appropriate for children?

BRIC 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.

Can I bring a stroller?

Yes! Additionally, a designated space for Stroller Parking will be available on the 9th Street side of the venue. Please note, BRIC is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property.

Am I allowed to bring food and drinks into the venue? Are food and drinks for sale?

There is no outside food or beverage allowed inside the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival venue. Festival staff and volunteers will be checking for these items upon arrival at the site. Food, beer, wine, and cocktails are sold for on-site consumption and may not be removed from the site.

Is smoking permitted at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn?

BRIC 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 or work at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn?

Please refer to Job and Internship Opportunities or volunteer opportunities. After August 1, all requests will be filed for the following season, unless specified otherwise.

How can I perform at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn?

We are honored you want to play our stage. The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival 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 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival and ten 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?

Children ages 2 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Is there seating for benefit concerts?

The majority of our benefit concerts are standing room only, however, there are exceptions. Please refer to the individual events for more information.

What footwear is appropriate?

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