Lynn and I have been married for a number of years. When we started this blog, we really had no idea what kind of journey we were embarking on. The path has been one with many surprises, but one of the unexpected happy side effects is that we get to go on a lot of dates. Coffee dates, museum dates, let’s-try-something-new dates. Dates where we jump in a car or hop on a plane. Some dates still end up being duds, but when an event is going to check off a lot of boxes, we know the odds we’ll have a good time improve significantly. And Photoville checks off a lot of boxes.
Now in its seventh year, Photoville is the largest annual photographic event in New York City. Free and open to the public (all ages and pet-friendly), this immersive festival-style photography event presented by United Photo Industries showcases the work of over 600 visual artists, in conjunction with over 100 curatorial partners. It offers photographers of all stripes the opportunity to come together and interact with a large, diverse audience.
Some of the Photoville’s highlights include nighttime projection programs and hands-on workshops for all skill levels. There’s a beer garden with a range of food vendors supported by Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery. For those interested in learning more about the craft, there are panel discussions and talks. Gearheads can attend one of the many demonstrations. For all-ages fun, there’s a community photo book store and family-friendly photo activities.
As in previous years, Photoville is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO (which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). The plaza under the bridge transforms into an incredible modular network of galleries consisting of more than 65 repurposed shipping containers. You can wander the maze of containers and peruse the work of talented visual artists from around the world. Subjects can range from cultural exploration to current events. At night, string lights cast a warm glow over the space. And as always, the views of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park are spectacular.
So let’s recap. Enjoy the outdoors during the last few days of summer? Check. See some truly amazing art? Check. Eat and drink to your heart’s content? Check. Catch some insane views? Check. FREE? Check, check, check. If you’re looking for a date night idea–with your wife, your Insta-loving BFF or your photo-obsessed Dad–pay Photoville a visit.
To prep for your visit, check out our calendar for additional details and links.
Photoville runs through two weekends: September 13-16 and September 20-23.
Pair it with:
A meal at Buttermilk Channel
Depending upon when you visit Photoville, you may choose the path of least resistance and silence your hunger pangs with the Smorgasburg food vendors at the festival. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if you’re looking to take your date into special event territory, you can’t go wrong with Buttermilk Channel.
Buttermilk Channel celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, but the love for this restaurant is still going strong. (It’s a favorite of Beyonce’s.) This quaint Carroll Gardens eatery serves fantastic comfort food, whether you’re looking for brunch or dinner. Think buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar waffles, hearty egg dishes, sturdy biscuits, juicy burgers–all done to perfection. They take reservations for dinner, but you’ll have to show up early to avoid a wait at brunch. Believe me, it’s worth it.
524 Court St
Monday–Thursday: 11:30 am–3 pm, 5 pm–10 pm
Friday: 11:30 am–3 pm, 5 pm–11:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am–3 pm, 5 pm–11:30 pm
Sunday: 10 am–3 pm, 5 pm–10 pm
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