Celebrate East New York with Something Positive, Inc. (#2). Photo via Facebook

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Raise your consciousness at Upstanders Fest, where you’ll learn to stand up, speak up, and act up through dialogue, storytelling, performance, crafts, curated exhibits, and more. (Friday, Old Stone House, FREE)

2. See some shitty cinema at the Bad Film Fest, three days of “weird, shocking, ridiculous, mind-bending, and stupid” shorts. (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $8)

3. Or see some splendid cinema at the Rooftop Films 2017 season opener: This Is What We Mean by Short Films, with live music by Innov Gnawa beforehand and a boozy after-party after. (Friday, Old American Can Factory, $15)

4. Marvel at movement at East New York in Motion, with dance companies including Amira Mor, Something Positive, Inc., Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, Purelements, and Allure Latin Dance. (Friday, St. Paul Baptist Church, FREE)

5. Queer up your contact sports at Spectrum Wrestling Night, a sweaty spectacle under chandeliers and mood lighting; all genders, skill levels, and orientations welcome. (Friday, The Spectrum, $10)

6. Laugh at love during Couples Therapy, a stand-up show featuring real couples, both romantic and platonic, doing sets together. (Friday, Union Hall, $8)


Roar your way over to a Viking Fest (#8). Photo via Facebook
Maraud your way over to Viking Fest (#7). Photo via Facebook

7. Go medieval at Viking Fest 2017, featuring a replica Viking ship and crew, reenactors, a Viking treasure hunt, Scandinavian food, Norwegian rosemaling, and much more. (Saturday, Owl’s Head Park, FREE)

8. Get dirty at Expo Gowanus, a “carnival of art, science, and toxic waste,” with art-making, activism, dance and music performances, food, sports, and more. (Saturday, Thomas Green Park, FREE)

9. Take a creative stroll through the Myrtle Ave Artwalk, with 35 artists on display in businesses, galleries, and public spaces in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. (Saturday, Myrtle Ave, FREE)

10. Queer up the boardwalk at Brighton Beach Pride, the first-ever Russian-speaking pride march in the U.S. (Saturday, Brighton Beach Boardwalk, FREE)

11. Peruse pretty periodicals at the Brooklyn Art Book Fair, with dozens of small and indie presses hawking their literary wares. (Saturday & Sunday, McCarren Park Play Center, FREE)

12. Peek at plenty of art during Industry City Open Studios, showcasing 100+ artist, including painters, photographers, sculptors, architects, woodworkers, makers, and manufacturers. (Saturday & Sunday, Industry City, FREE)

13. Have a musical bonanza at Super Friends Fest, the first music event at the new Secret Project Robot, with 30+ performers including Fluct, Dean Cercone, Smhoak Mosheein, Robot Death, and New Castrati. (Saturday, Secret Project Robot, FREE)

14. Be girly at LadyQueen’s second annual Dragucation Showcase, a klatch of female drag performers including Krymson Scholar, Pierretta Viktori, Sugar Magnolia, and Clara Coquette. (Saturday, Bizarre Bushwick, $10)

15. Lose yourself at Sanctuary, a performance installation and ritual journey based on the motif of the labyrinth. (Saturday & Sunday, Jack, $18)

16. Flock to the FOMO event of the century: a Brooklyn art-party recreation of Fyre Island, promising to be an experience of “unbound opulence” and “total fulfillment of desire.” (Saturday, Rubulad, $15)


Drag yourself out to see Krymson Scholar (#16). Photo via Facebook
Drag yourself out to see Krymson Scholar (#14). Photo via Facebook

17. Treat yo’ self at The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair, a dozen blocks of vendors, food, crafts, music and dance performances, tattoos, and more. (Sunday, Fifth Ave, FREE)

18. Get outside at the 13th annual Kite Festival, with field day activities, entertainment, food, and tons of kites. (Sunday, East Rive State Park, FREE)

19. Travel to a place both wonderful and strange at the Twin Peaks Premiere Party, with old episodes all day leading up to the new season, plus themed drink specials, black coffee, cherry pie, and more. (Sunday, Videology, FREE)

20. Dance down the dregs of the weekend at Sunset Boogie, a new party with DJs Selectress Iriela, Dante Ross, and Joey Carvello spinning funk, soul, disco, electronic, and house. (Sunday, Analog BKNY, FREE)

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