Parade with the mermaids and 17 more ways to have a magical weekend

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Be sure to get as sparkly as possible (#8). Photo by Dennis on Flickr.

1. Enjoy a multidisciplinary performance evening at Crawl Chapter 3, featuring dance by the People Movers and Grace Courvoisier, plus music from Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess. (Friday, $18–$25)

2. Dust off your soft-soled dancing shoes for Brooklyn Contra Dance with Wild Asparagus. (Friday, $15)

3. Leave your inhibitions at home and head to the Shame Game, where comics Max Silvestri, Josh Gondelman, Jacqueline Novak, and more divulge their most embarrassing secrets. (Friday, $10)

4. Get classical with Groupmuse’s Massive Muse, featuring a violin duo with light projections, followed by a classical music dance party. (Friday, $10)

5. Go all the way with Wasabassco Burlesque at the Way Station. (Friday, $20)

6. Dance like nobody but other joyful, body-positive, queer folks are watching at Rebel Cupcake. (Friday, $10)

7. Immerse yourself in Brooklyn’s massive literary scene with Popsickle Six, featuring 40+ readers over two days. (Saturday & Sunday, FREE)

8. Don your best tassels, sequins, fins, and little else, and head to the 33rd annual Mermaid Parade. (Saturday, FREE)

9. Hear writers from Buzzfeed, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork inebriatedly expound on Yeezy at the Drunk TED Talks: Kanye Edition. (Saturday, $5)

10. Spend the second-longest day of the year dancing, eating, and drinking with the North Brooklyn Boat Club—just do not fall into the Newtown Creek. (Saturday, $5)

11. Have a surreal, bizarre evening with Rooftop Films’ Dark Toons. (Saturday, $15)

12. Think silent film slapstick was only done by the menfolk? Throw that idea out the window with an evening of forgotten silent comedy femmes. (Saturday, $10)

13. Drag your saddest face to Grand Victory for Synthesizers in the Rain, Feeling Gloomy’s homage to synthpop. (Saturday, $6)

14. Marvel at the truly astonishing number of performances (1,000+!) that are part of this summer’s Make Music New York—then get out and listen to as many as you can. (Sunday, FREE)

15. Laugh until you sweat at Stand and Deliver: Dog Days of Summer Edition, featuring Sammy Ruddy, Tyler Fischer, Deb Brooks, and more. (Sunday, FREE)

16. Cheer on NYC storytelling veteran and winner of 20 Moth Slams Adam Wade as he records his first live album at the Bell House. (Sunday, $10)

17. Put on your bravest face for What Are You Afraid Of? with fears from Ariana Seigel, Mike Guild, Andrew Farmer, and Mara Wilson. (Sunday, $7)

18. Oooh and aaah at this month’s Force Majeure Vaudeville Show, featuring sword swallowing, nerdlesque, clowning, a one-man band, and more. (Sunday, $10)

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