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The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, art-splosion edition

Dance it all out at Papi Juice (#5)
Dance it all out at Papi Juice (#5)

1. It’s practically October — say “Prost!” to the first Oktoberfest celebration of many this month, with Bavarian-inspired food and plenty of beers. (Friday, Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten, FREE)

2. Steep yourself in Shakespeare at Dzieci Theater’s immersive, interactive Makbet performed inside a recycling center. (Friday through Sunday, Sure We Can, $10)

3. Do some creative shopping at Shwick’s Artmart, with arts and crafts, performances and visuals, fashion and installations. (Friday through Sunday, 395 Johnson Ave., FREE)

4. Get political at the release of “The Quiet American,” a newspaper full of reporting from the RNC, plus Tiny Loves breakdancers, a Trump piñata, music from Feral Foster and The Horse-Eyed Men, and more. (Friday, Standard Toykraft, $5–$10)

5. Find your very own beat at Papi Juice, a dance party celebrating queer and trans people of color with DJ sets from Leonce, Joey Labeija, Haram, Riobamba, and more. (Friday, Lot 45 Bushwick, FREE)

Get queer AF with Lady Quesa'dilla (#) (pic by Maro Hagopian)
Get queer AF with Lady Quesa’dilla (#15) (pic by Maro Hagopian)

6. Bring lots of water to the 2016 Chile Pepper Festival, featuring 60+ spicy food artisans and a half-dozen bands, including the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Hazmat Modine, and Dahka Band. (Saturday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $20)

7. See ALL the art at the 10th anniversary of NYC’s biggest art event: Bushwick Open Studios, with nearly 400 artists showing work in every kind of discipline imaginable. (Saturday & Sunday, Bushwick, FREE)

8. Or get your art on down south at I Am Art NYC, with a visual art showcase, live painting, installations, culinary demonstrations, a handful of DJs, and live music including Eric Robertson and Unlocking the Truth. (Saturday & Sunday, Industry City, $20/day; $30/weekend)

9. Get super sexy at Yes Yes Yes! Erotic Art Show & Aphrodisiac Brunch, with “sensual explorations” in various media by 20+ artists, curated by Eric Schmallenberger. (Saturday & Sunday, House of Yes, FREE)

10. Be extremely carnivorous at Sycamore’s Pig & Goat Roast, with meat from Fleishers Craft Butchery prepared by Insa Korean BBQ. Ticket price includes food, a pint of beer, and two raffle tickets. (Saturday, Sycamore Bar, $30)

11. Explore a famous relic without getting your shoes dirty at the opening reception for “Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion.” (Saturday, City Reliquary, FREE)

12. Laugh it up at Comedy Quarterly: Fall Edition, with Aparna Nancherla, Tyler Richardson, Maurice Licorice, Calvin Cato, and more. (Saturday, Bluebird, FREE)

13. Find a way to the Source360 Festival for BRC Orchestra’s A Tribe Called Quest Retrospective, showcasing some of the group’s best work and choice cuts from classic albums. (Saturday, BAMcafé, FREE)

14. Shuffle around awkwardly at Young Adult Friction: An Indie / Alt Dance Party, with DJs Doug Dealer and Brace Yrself playing plenty of indie pop, post-punk, and alternative. (Saturday, Alphaville, FREE)

15. Queer up the dance floor at Yas Mama, with DJs Di Cap, Horrorchata, and Hanna Lou, shows by Lady Quesa’dilla and Pan Dulce, and more. (Saturday, Littlefield, $5)

Twang your way through brunch with Aron Blue & the Bootleggers (#16)
Twang your way through brunch with Aron Blue & the Bootleggers (#16)

16. Stomp your feet and clap your hands at Honky-Tonk Brunch, with tunes from Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers, Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, and surprise guests. (Sunday, Hank’s Saloon, FREE)

17. Watch some wild performances at Big Irv’s Big-Ass Variety Show, with storytelling, comedy, and music from Michael Maffei, Momoh Pujeh, Stacy Curry, Nick Padilla, and more. (Sunday, Big Irv’s, FREE)

18. Have your consciousness bedeviled at Genuine Fake Films, “a veritable stampede of visual strangeness, theoretical acrobatics, and sociocultural redefinition” curated by cultural provocateur Gerry Fialka. (Sunday, UnionDocs, $9)

19. Show off all your knowledge at Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia, with Qs on clips, pictures, and general knowledge, plus a surprise round to test even the most diehard fans. (Sunday, Videology, FREE)

20. Go back in time at First Set, where comedians Victor Varnado, Christian Polanco, Rebecca Vigil, and Joe Zimmerman share footage of some of their earliest shows, then redeem themselves with new material. (Sunday, Union Hall, $7)

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