Fifth Ave. and 25th St., Brooklyn
Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, VIP entry 6:00 ($75), general admission 7:00 ($40)
Between 1823 and 1895, Irish immigrant William Niblo (1789–1878) operated three iterations of Niblo’s Garden, a theater on Broadway near Prince Street that specialized in Victorian entertainment. Historic Green-Wood Cemetery takes you back to those times with the seventh annual “A Night at Niblo’s Garden,” two nights of a vaudevillian extravaganza curated by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, with live music, contortionists, fire-eaters, and more, performing on the banks of Crescent Water, in front of Niblo’s newly restored mausoleum. Niblo will again be portrayed by Ben Feldman, while Mrs. Niblo joins in the fun this year, chosen from social media auditions. VIP entry begins at 6:00 and includes a tour of the mausoleum, refreshments, and prime seats; general admission opens at 7:00. Picnics are encouraged — right where Niblo and his family used to gather for food and drink with family and friends — but no coolers or outside alcohol is permitted.