Besides the Music: Afropunk Fest 2013

posted by Alexandra Bauer on August 14, 2013

Photo: Afropunk Fest 2012 by Stephanie Olga for Afropunk

Brooklyn, New York-- If you're headed to Commodore Barry Park for Brooklyn's annual Afropunk Festival, the creators have mashed up a plethora of activities to keep you from standing still. Just to give you a little run down of what you should expect besides the music, this year will include a custom bike show, bites and beats food truck rally, spin thrift market, art wall, and of course, morning yoga and a rock climbing wall. With all of these events taking place from 12pm to 9pm each day on August 24-25, feel free to go ahead and cultivate the afropunk inside of you.

As in previous years, the festival is FREE and open to all ages. However the caveat this year is that if you are able to make a (suggested) donation of $25 to the Afropunk Fest, you will automatically be reserved for a Fast Track Pass which will speed up your check in process at the festival. For those of you who attended last year, you already know that the line doesn't bear remedial powers, so this is a pretty sweet deal - not to mention the fact that you get to give back to the community!

Concurrently, the creators have introduced a new V-VIP level which will allow to immerse yourself into the music, art, and food that can be purchased in the form of a single day pass ($150) or a weekend pass ($275). With this pass, you get exclusive access to the ABSOLUT X Afropunk ARTist Lounge, catered food by Chef Robie, and photographs of you by the famed Barron Claiborne, just to name a few.

Custom Bike Show:

Partnering up with Denim & Chrome and The Gentleman's Shop, Afropunk presents it's 4th annual Brooklyn Rhapsody Motorcycle Show. Festivalgoers will be able to feast their eyes on a variety of bikes from some of the most game-changing companies, including Syndicate Choppers, Indian Larry Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson of NYC, and Iacona Customs. Feel free to enter your own bikes into the show and be in the running to win a prize to be awarded on Sunday at 6pm for Best Bobber, Best Bagger, Best Chopper, and People's choice.

Bites & Beats:

For its second year, the mouth-watering food truck rally will feature 26 of New York City's top-notch food trucks. The lineup includes: Palenque Homemade Colombia Food, Wafels & Dinges, Bareburger, Big D’s Grub, Crif Dogs, Kimchi Tacos, Korilla BBQ, Luke’s Lobster, Mamu Thai Noodle, Mexicue, Phil’s Steaks, The Steel Cart, The Squeeze, Valducci’s Pizza, Domo Taco, Itizy, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Mac Truck NYC, Melt Bakery, Mike n’ Willies, Morris Grilled Cheese, Nuchas, Pago, People’s Pops, Phin & Phebes, Rickshaw Dumpling, Takumi Taco, Tiny Cup, Toum (Christine Chebli), Uncle Gussy’s, Carl’s Steak, and Wing ‘N It. Yum.

Spin Thrift Market:

Brought to you by MoCada, the Spin Thrift Market will serve as a platform for anything and everything that is either original or DIY. Here, you can find fashion, crafts, home décor items, and other neat trinkets either to display or enjoy. With an indefatigable selection from some of Brooklyn's most unique independent retailers, your shopping experience will take you on a whimsical cultural experience.

Art Wall:

Unlike any wall you have seen before, the art wall surrounding the festival stage will serve as a medium of ideas from the ingenious illustrator and animator, Ronald Wimberly. For Ronald "Drr" Wimberly, the purpose of art mediates between different realms of stories, including that of Shakespeare, Samurai's, and the hip-hop culture. The wall will also feature contributions from artists Saul Williams who will use the entirety of this project towards his Martyr Loser King project.


From 10-11am on August 24 and August 25, the Rise + Shine team will integrate good vibrations, dance, meditation, and funky beats all into a a fun yoga class. With the help of Faith Hunter, Natasha Blank, Jonni Pollard, and DJ Drez, the class will be the only one of it's kind and is open to everyone, no matter your level. Whether you are looking just to stretch, heighten your awareness or find your inner om, have a little fun and the movements will work through you.

See Also:

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