Set your mouth on fire at the Chile Pepper Fest, and 23 more ways to have a hot weekend

Be careful what you eat this weekend (#9).

Be careful what you eat this weekend (#8).

1. Meet some radical compatriots at the open house for new social-justice community hub Mayday Space. (Friday, FREE)

2. Hobnob with Brooklyn litterati at Pioneer Works during the launch party for n+1‘s 23rd issue, “As If.” (Friday, $10)

3. Listen to a slew of queer stories at the Eulogy for the Dyke Bar reception, which, due to overwhelming interest, will be livestreamed to the Spectrum for folks who can’t get in the door. (Friday, FREE)

4. Get back to your roots at the Brooklyn Americana Festival, which opens at Jalopy Theater and carries on through the weekend with forty bands at five locations. (Friday through Sunday, FREE)

5. Embrace non-normativity at Freak Out Fest, a queer/trans punk festival featuring two dozen bands over three days. (Friday through Sunday, $10)

6. Go highbrows with LoftOpera’s Summer Session: a selection of fully staged works by Verdi performed at the cavernous circus space The Muse. (Friday & Saturday, $20)

7. Squeeze into the McKibben Lofts for the Secret Loft Show, a comedy show dance party featuring the Lucas Bros, Frank Conniff, Mike Recine, Sean Donnelly, and free pizza. (Friday, FREE)

8. Burn the hell out of your mouth at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 23rd annual Chile Pepper Festival. (Saturday, $20)

9. Coffee shop/bar/perpetual thorn in the side of Starbucks The West is celebrating five years of slinging coffee and alcohol with a party featuring an open bar, a DJ, food, and prizes. (Saturday, FREE)

10. Be arty with two different open studio events to choose from in Sunset Park: the NARS Foundation and chashama at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. (Saturday, FREE)

11. Watch some very fit people compete in events like an IKEA Bag Race at the Punk Rope Games, with profits going towards the International Rescue Committee’s Syrian refugee relief efforts (Saturday, $10)

12. Try your luck at the Great Irish Fair, two days of pipe bands, dancers, musicians, and more. (Saturday & Sunday, $15)

13. Embrace the twang at the 16th annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree. (Saturday, FREE)

14. Or embrace your bae at Babeland with the Foliage and Fall-atio Brunch. (Saturday, FREE)

15. Get giddy for fall brews at two different Oktoberfests: at Industry City Distillery or Sycamore Bar. (Saturday, $40 / FREE)

16. Or of you’re into a different kind of buzz, head to the Wythe Hotel for for the inaugural New York City Cannabis Film Fest. (Saturday, $20)

17. Say a super-sad goodbye to Bergen Street Comics at their Farewell Party. (Saturday, FREE)

18. Get free candy, free hugs, and lots of laughs at the Comic Sans comedy show. (Saturday, FREE)

19. Experience history you can sit down on at the NY Transit Museum’s 22nd annual Bus Festival. (Sunday, FREE)

20. Get crazy at the 41st annual Atlantic Antic, NY’s oldest and largest street festival, with 11 stages and more than 500 food and craft vendors. (Sunday, FREE)

21. Take in a brunch flick at Nitehawk, which is celebrating the films of cinema’s first female director, Alice Guy Blaché, with a series of silent films live-scored by Reel Orchestrette. (Sunday, $16)

22. Lament the changing seasons while stuffing your face with seafood at Threes Brewing’s End of Summer Crab Boil. (Sunday, $35)

23. Forget sanity at the Mental Health Happy Hour, a comedy interview show hosted by Paul Gilmartin, with special guest Lane Moore. (Sunday, $15)

24. See what you can see at Picture This, a comedy show where animators illustrate the comics while they perform. (Sunday, $8)

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