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The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, dogs in wigs edition

Get witchy with Reverend Mother Flash (#4)
Get witchy with Reverend Mother Flash (#4)

1. Booze it up at this month’s BHS Free Friday: Oktoberfest, with Brooklyn beer history from the archives, a beer tasting with Brooklyn Brewery, a screening of Beauty and the Beer, and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Giggle demurely at LAWL: Ladies and Women Laughing, an all-gal comedy show with Jenny Nelson, Keisha Zollar, Rachel Joravsky, and Nayomi Reghay. (Friday, New Women Space, $10)

3. Go on an odd journey to Wonder Island: The Pointless Sock Pursuit, which promises capers, historical artifacts, tight coconuts, and more strangeness. (Friday, Cloud City, $5)

4. Cast a spell at Tarot Society’s All of Them Witches, with rituals, readings, tarot, and “songs for the spirits” by Reverend Mother Flash, Laura Ortman, Kate Mohanty, and more. (Friday, Park Church Co-Op, $10)

5. Tie all the knots at Haus of Yas: Best Wedding Ever, with champagne toasts all night, a free drink to the first 20 people (of any gender) to show up in a wedding dress, a real chapel, and tons of wedding cake. (Friday, House of Yes, FREE before 11 w/ RSVP; $15 after)


Don't stop til you get enough of pups in costumes (#)
Don’t stop til you get enough of pups in costumes (#8) (photo by istolethetv/Flickr)

6. Show your love of literature at the Greenlight Seventh Anniversary Celebration, with 20% off everything in the store all weekend long. (Saturday & Sunday, Greenlight Books, FREE)

7. Celebrate transnationally at the Barrio Roots Street Art Fest, which explores the identities of Mexican migration through art, music, and community muralism. (Saturday, Mayday Space, FREE)

8. Bark with joy at Howl-a-Ween, a doggie costume festival and pet resource day, with dog-training demos, Ask a Vet, animal reiki, free pet food, and more. (Saturday, Irving Square Park, FREE)

9. Join the NY Adventure Club for A Private Look Inside Weeksville’s Hunterfly Road Houses, restored homes of 19th-century free African Americans in Brooklyn. (Saturday, Weeksville Heritage Center, $25)

10. Bring your masterpiece gourd to the Crest Pumpkin Carving Contest, with music, dancing, food, refreshments, and prizes for the best pumpkins. (Saturday, Crest Hardware, FREE)

11. Twang it out at Uke Fest 2016, featuring Cat Smith, Emma Caywood, Katie Pierce, Ariah Noetzel, Sarah Bisman, and Kari Love. (Saturday, Way Station, FREE)

12. Shop like a sorcerous at the Witches’ Night Out Fall Market, full of coven crafters, macabre makers, and plenty of purveyors of witchy wares. (Saturday, Bat Haus, FREE)

13. Go grunge at Wasapalooza, a burlesque celebration of angst and apathy starring Amanda Whip, Dangrrr Doll, Delysia La Chatte, Mala Morrigan, Penny Wren, and many more. (Saturday, Bell House, just $10 with code “grunge”)

14. Groove the night away at Shake! a 45 RPM dance party with DJ Monk One and DJ Prestige spinning early funk, proto-disco, disco, and other classics. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)

15. Or for a darker late-night dance party, head to Feeling Gloomy: Donnie Darko Edition, where DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom will play selections by Oingo Boingo, Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears, and plenty more gloomy favorites. (Saturday, Halyards, $6)


Howl with laughter at Friends Who Folk (#19)
Scream with laughter at Friends Who Folk (#19)

16. Grab any little ones you know and head to Brooklyn Based’s new family food fair, One More Bite, which aims to encourage kids to try new foods and learn how food is made. (Sunday, The Green Building, $5)

17. Get suuuuper carnivorous at the Brooklyn Bacon Takedown, which promises “an ass-ton” of bacon-y goodness. (Sunday, Arrogant Swine, $20)

18. Work up a refined buzz at The Spirited Pen, where Clay Risen, author of American Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rye, will host of a distillery tour while recounting tales of drunken writers. (Sunday, Kings County Distillery, $14)

19. Take home prizes after You Get a Spoon, where comedians Chris Duffy, Elna Baker, and Friends Who Folk perform sets and then extol the virtues of an object — then give that thing out to everyone in the crowd. (Sunday, Union Hall, $15)

20. Scare yourself silly at Spooky Fest IV: Rise of the Spookening, a program of classic horror films remixed by Brooklyn horror film collective Video Mass. (Sunday, Syndicated, $5)

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