Your Guide to this year’s Northside Festival in Williamsburg

Northside Festival is back for its seventh year at McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The festival has a SxSW-esque format, hosting more than 450 bands in music, 150 speakers in innovation, and 50 films in film, spread over seven days. You can buy badges to one or all programs here. All told, about 100,000 attendees are expected to attend this year, with the overwhelming majority of those going to the music events.

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Here’s a guide to what’s happening at Northside Festival this year and some tips on places to eat, drink, & stay in the Williamsburg area.

Film: June 8-10

Schedule

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Northside Film takes place during the first three days of the Northside Festival at Nitehawk Cinemas, Videology, the Wythe Hotel and UnionDocs. Three films you’ll want to see:

Eden 

Wednesday, June 10th, 9:30pm

Nitehawk Cinema

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Devil Town 

Tuesday, June 9th, 9:30pm

Nitehawk Cinema

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Aspie Seeks Love 

Tuesday, June 9th, 7pm

Union Docs

View trailer

Innovation: June 11-12

Schedule

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According to Northside’s website, Northside Innovation is where those in the know come to discover what’s next in technology, entrepreneurship, content and design.  Northside Innovation has two major components: the Northside Innovation Expo and the Northside Innovation Conference. With original programming across three verticals, entrepreneurship,  content  and design, the Conference includes keynotes, fireside chats, panels, workshops and pitch competitions from the world’s innovation leaders.

Here are six panels not to miss:

Swissmiss, Queen of Design, Thursday June 11th, 10am

Entrepreneurship Stage at the Wythe Main Room

Popular blogger and founder of Creative Mornings, Tina Roth Eisenberg shares her personal rule of making and how complaining has transformed her life.

The Power of the New Mobile, Thursday June 11th, 10:20am

Entrepreneurship Stage at the Wythe Main Room

Mobile designers and CEOs talk about what is happening in the mobile space, from augmented reality to seamless user experience. With Trond Werner Hansen, CEO of Kite and Benjamin Wilson, mobile tech lead at Refinery29.

Capitalizing on the Moment, Friday June 12th, 2:50pm

Dell Innovators Lounge at the Brooklyn Brewery

A group of CEOs share how they are leveraging the cultural shift on their respective industries. With Alex Blumberg, head of Gimlet Media.

At the Intersection of Content & Commerce, Friday June 12th, 10:40am

Dell Innovators Lounge at the Brooklyn Brewery

With Any Dunn, Founder of Bonobos, whose revenues are estimated to be over $40 million.

An Unexpected Challenge: How to Market the Next Big Thing, Thursday, June 11th, 3pm

Dell Innovators Lounge at the Brooklyn Brewery

With Bill Macaitis, CMO of Slack, and how he plans to market his product that is valued at $2.5 billion.

Music: June 11-14

Schedule

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Headliners this year include Best Coast, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Seligh Bells and others. New this year, Northside will have free concerts on each of the four days.

Run the Jewels 

Sunday, June 14th, 6pm
50 Kent Ave.

Rhye 

Friday, June 12th, 6pm
50 Kent Ave.

Against Me! 

Saturday, June 13th, 2:30pm
McCarren Park

Best Coast 

Saturday, June 13th, 5pm
50 Kent Ave.

Ryan Hemsworth 

Friday, June 12th, 11:55pm
Palisades

You can’t go wrong in Williamsburg when it comes to food & drink. Here are some cool spots to eat, drink, and stay:

Eat: Cherry Izakaya, Cafe Mogador, Juliette, BrisketTown, Delaware and Hudson

Drink: Radegast, Hotel Delmano, Brooklyn Winery

Stay: Wythe Hotel, McCarren Hotel, Urban Cowboy B&B

Bonus: Soak in Northside Festival at the Kite Lounge

Northside Festival attendees and passersby’s can grab a free drink, recharge, and attend special programming events at the Kite Lounge, from June 12-14th at Reverse on 48 Frost Street in Brooklyn.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMANDA EFTHIMIOU

IMG_9202I’m the Senior Editor of Women’s iLab and the Director of Operations for Kite, an app that allows you to share news and articles. One of my labors of love is co-organizing #ArtsTech meetup, which focuses on the intersection of art and technology. One of my greatest passions is world travel: when I’m not home in New York City, you’ll find me somewhere in Europe, Asia, or Latin America. I graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in Art History. Get in touch with me on twitter @amaiou.
 
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