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

Have a jamboree with Queen Esther (#2) (pix by Paul Ker)
Have a jamboree with Queen Esther (#2) (pic by Paul Ker)

1. Start your weekend off with a plethora of plays at Pop! Performance Festival, with more than 30 works around Bushwick throughout the weekend. (Friday through Sunday, various locations, FREE)

2. Stomp your feet and clap your hands for the second annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, with nearly 50 bands at several bars and venues, from Queen Esther to The Defibulators to Alex Battles. (Friday through Sunday, various locations, FREE)

3. Blast off at Midnight Radio Show’s Tour of the Galaxy Cabaret, with shadow puppets, dance, poetry, music, and more. (Friday, Fairyland, $20)

4. Get delirious for Princess, an all-Prince cover band starring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum. (Friday & Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $30)

5. Choose sides at Film Face-Off, where Late Night Basement comedians debate the merits of two movies, and then the audience decides which one to watch. (Friday, Syndicated, $10)

6. Don’t miss a thing at FOMOParty, where you can dance it all out to DJs Tap1.0, Darling Chuck, and The Yellow R. Kel. (Friday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)


Blast off at the brand new Rubulad with Anna Copa Cabanna (#15)
Fly high at the brand new Rubulad with Anna Copa Cabanna (#15)

7. Flaunt your feminine side at the New Women Space grand opening, a day of workshops and wellness events followed by a night of music by Got a Girl Crush, Bethany Robertson, and more. (Saturday, New Women Space, $15)

8. Wander through an awesome ‘hood at Brooklyn Based’s Total Bed-Stuy Immersion, with deals on drinks and food at a dozen excellent local spots. (Saturday, Bed-Stuy, $15–$25)

9. Sail away at the annual Red Hook Regatta, where you’ll watch a fleet of 3D-printed, radio-controlled DIY boats race around through New York’s rough seas. (Saturday, Valentino Pier, FREE)

10. Get rustic at the Fifth Breuckelen County Fair, a day of colonial and urban homesteading at NYC’s oldest house. (Saturday, Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, FREE)

11. Don’t break anything at UrbanGlass’s September Open Studios, with demonstrations and workshops on glassblowing, flameworking, bead-stringing, and mosaics. (Saturday, UrbanGlass, FREE)

12. Celebrate community and culture in Bed-Stuy at The Laundromat Project Field Day, with a wide range of interactive activities including a mask-making workshop, performance art, creative walks, and more. (Saturday, Bed-Stuy, FREE)

13. See drawn-out comedy at Picture This, where jokesters are paired with illustrators who animate their material in real time as it comes out of their mouths. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

14. Be the first to check out New Lab, an 84,000-square-foot interdisciplinary space for entrepreneurs in emerging technologies, at their grand opening party, with food trucks, free beer and wine, GIF photobooths, music, and more. (Saturday, New Lab, FREE)

15. Soar into the stars at Happy Landings Cosmic Airstrip, with live music by Anna Copa Cabanna and The MG5, Funkrust Brass Band, and Popular Pig, plus DJs, a silent disco, projections, and surprises. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10 before 9pm; $20 after)


Party with some very distinguished gentlemen (#18)
Party with some very distinguished gentlemen (#18) (pic by Kody Melton)

16. Join thousands of your closest friends at the 42nd annual Atlantic Antic, one of the largest street fairs in NYC, with 15 live music stages, hundreds of local vendors, and more. (Sunday, Atlantic Ave, FREE)

17. Fire up your tastebuds for the Hatch Chile Roast, a New Mexico–style outdoor roast of Big Jims (medium heat) and Sandias (high heat) from Zia Green Chile Company. (Sunday, Brooklyn Kitchen, FREE)

18. Get dapper at Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride After Party, with grooming by Blind Barber, shoe shines by Red Wing shoes, snacks by Depanneur, and complimentary cocktails by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. (Sunday, Jane Motorcycles, FREE)

19. Bring any kick-flipping gals you know to Girlskate, with an open skate session with coaches on hand, followed by a BBQ and party with live music by all-girl skater band Witch Slap. (Sunday, East River Skate Shop, FREE)

20. Close out the weekend laughing at Just a Show, a comedy/variety show starring Murderfist, Julio Torres, Brendan Eyre, and Marcia Belsky. (Sunday, Sunnyvale Bk, $6)

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