The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, science fair edition

En garde! for Silvia Salamanca (#3)

En garde! for Silvia Salamanca (#3)

1. Check out Bushwick’s newest art gallery at “Opening,” a group exhibition curated by Yael Azoulay and Sol Erez, with music by Romi Hanoch. (Friday, Space Heater, FREE)

2. Get carried away at Games, Dames, and Acromobiles, a nerdy circus revue hosted by a PhD and a former dominatrix, with contorting Avengers, kinky acrobats, airborne Pokemon trainers, and plenty more. (Friday through Sunday, Big Sky Works, $25)

3. Don’t get cut at the Swords and Skirts Showcase, starring Silvia Salamanca and belly dancers including Dalia Carella, Irina Akulenko, and Matt Elliott. (Friday, Kumble Theater, $25)

4. Screech with laughter at Bitches Brew Comedy Variety Show, with comedians including Kevin Seefried, Langston Kerman, Shalewa Sharpe, and Sam Evans, plus music by Rebecca Vigil. (Friday, Halyard’s, FREE)

5. Prove some theorems at the Treetops Mad Science Fair, an art and dance party full of strange DIY science delights, soundtracked by the founding father of acid house, DJ Pierre. (Friday, House of Yes, FREE with an outrageous costume or science project)


Join the second-line with Emperor Norton's (#16)

Join the second-line with Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (#12)

**Bonus event!** Booze it up in our sister borough at the Queens Beer Festival, with brews from every Queens-based brewery, plus a few from Brooklyn, Long Island, and Staten Island. (Saturday, LIC Flea, $39)

6. Stroll through beautiful buildings at the 38th annual Brownstones of Bed-Stuy, a self-guided walking tour in a lovely ‘hood. (Saturday, Bed-Stuy, $20)

7. See some splendid art at the 20th annual Gowanus Open Studios, with 300+ artists ready to show you what they’re working on. (Saturday & Sunday, Gowanus, FREE)

8. Watch films from other places at the KAFFNY Third Culture Cinema Festival, with Brooklyn premieres of After SpringDaddy Don’t Go, and Singers in the Band, as well as several shorts. (Saturday, Wythe Hotel, FREE)

9. Queer it up at Saturday Matinee: Dyke Bar Takeover, with performers and artists including Nalvia Rumble, Churchgoers, and DJs Pool Boi and Andro. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, $7)

10. Marvel at some cool hacks at the Maker Gallery Fair, showcasing artists, tinkerers, hackers, and makers, with performances and art for sale. (Saturday, Geek Forest, FREE)

11. Be very afraid at Terrifying Truth, where storyteller Melissa Madara illuminates the grisly beginnings of modern urban legends. (Saturday, Catland, $10)

12. Get raucous at HONK Rubulad’s Brasstastic Blowout, a night of brass bands including Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Maracatu New York, Le Pompier Pony Club, and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10 before 9pm; $20 after)

13. Throw it back at I ❤︎ the ’90s, an all-that dance party featuring six-piece band The Fresh Kids of Bel Air. (Saturday, The Hall at MP, $15)


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Banjela Davis and Das Mannequin will tell you what’s what (#19)

14. Make fascinating discoveries at City of Science, a “buzzing metropolis” full of interactive demonstrations and larger-than-life activities including a seismic accelerator and seven-foot dominoes. (Sunday, Park Slope Armory, FREE)

15. Shop strange at the Morbid Anatomy Halloween Flea Market, which will definitely be full of all the creepiest oddities and most disturbing curiosities. (Sunday, Bell House, $1)

16. Or shop fancy at Goldmine!, a costume, vintage, and craft marketplace featuring more than a dozen unusual vendors. (Sunday, Gemini & Scorpio, FREE)

17. Or shop musically at the Indie Label Market, with records, tapes, and ephemera from a whole bunch of music labels, including Exploding in Sound, Northern Spy, Infinite Best, and more. (Sunday, Sunnyvale, FREE)

18. Trick out a gourd at the October Make-a-Long: Pumpkin Hacking — BYO pumpkin to carve with a dremel or laser, then fit it with LED lights and more. (Sunday, NYC Resistor, $10)

19. Hear from fabulous folks at Legends, Statesmen, and Stars, a live talk show showcasing stars of New York’s LGBTQ and GNC communities, hosted by Banjela Davis and sidekick Das Mannequin. (Sunday, Jack, $7)

20. Groove out the end of the weekend at the Passin’ Through Festival, a series of performances including composed and improvised music by Oliver Lake’s Big Band and The Josh Evans Quintet. (Sunday, Roulette, $20)

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