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

Hop, skip, and jump your way into the weekend with Double Dutch Empire (#1)
Hop, skip, and jump your way into the weekend with Double Dutch Empire (#1)

1. Relive your scholastic youth at BHS Free Friday: Back to School, with a full roster of fun including a Double Dutch Empire workshop (gym), a talk from Astronomy on Tap (science), tips from Jolie Kerr of Ask a Clean Person (home-ec), and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Celebrate another country’s rich culture at the fourth annual Venezuelan Film Festival in New York, with eight different films and curated shorts throughout the weekend. (Friday through Sunday, Syndicated, $10/film)

3. Spend the entire weekend laughing, with not one but two comedy festivals across the borough: Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and Cinder Block Comedy Fest. (Friday through Sunday, varies)

4. Prove that DIY never dies at the third anniversary celebration of stalwart underground show space Pet Rescue, with 10+ bands over three days. (Friday through Sunday, Pet Rescue, $6/show)

5. Take in highbrow art in a lowbrow space as LoftOpera opens their latest show, Così fan tutte, in a transformed East Williamsburg warehouse. (Friday through Sunday, 101 Varick Ave, $30)

6. Get weird at Oye! Avant-Garde Night, a night of eclectic theater, dance, and film curated by the Brooklyn Gypsies collective. (Friday & Saturday, Jack, $18)


Dance in a garden with Leimay (#14) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)
Dance in a garden with Leimay (#14) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

7. Have a gloriumptious time at Roald Dahl’s Wondercrump Weekend, celebrating 100 years of the awesome author with readings, ice cream, books, games, crafts, and more. (Saturday at Ample Hills; Sunday at Brooklyn Public Library Central, FREE)

8. Revel in a remarkable hood at Celebrating Red Hook 2016, a day of music, face-painting, a marketplace, activities, and fireworks. (Saturday, Erie Basin, FREE)

9. See some splendid cinema at the 16th annual Coney Island Film Festival, with documentaries, comedies, experimental films, musical films, and on and on. (Saturday & Sunday, Coney Island Museum, $15/day)

10. Dance out the wonderful warm weather at the End of Summer Block Party — the ticket price includes bites from six BBQ masters, three beers, three cocktails, lawn games, and a ton of dancing. (Saturday, The Landing, $35)

11. Look at some laughable literature at the Comedy Book Fair, an immersive comedy experience in tribute to elementary school book fairs. (Saturday, Union Hall, $6)

12. Groove it out on a toxic waterfront at Rock the Pulaski, with beer, BBQ, a bonfire, and bands including Ocho Ocho Ocho, Pat Irwin, Blacktop Daisy, and Marine Snow. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Boat Club, $5 before 7pm/$10 after.)

13. Learn a thing or two at the kickoff to the 11th season of Nerd Nite, with lectures on everything from crowds in films to stars that eat space matter to voodoo death. (Saturday, Littlefield, $10)

14. See a  surreal dance performance at Leimay’s Arts in the Gardens, “a performance of bodies suspended in time, revealing the echoes of memory, alienation, and exile.” (Saturday, Heckscher Foundation Children’s Garden, FREE)

15. Rock out with The Rookery at their three-year anniversary party, with music from Opal Rock, Mr Swiv, Lil Khalil Asmall, and Aden, plus complimentary FIOL and Casamigos Tequila toasts and happy hour all night. (Saturday, The Rookery, FREE)


Win prizes by watching chickens poop (#20)
Win prizes by watching chickens poop (#20)

**BONUS EVENT: Stuff your face with some of north Brooklyn’s best food at the seventh annual Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint. More than 40 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars and breweries will be on hand, along with live music and much more in this waterside foodie heaven in the park. The event benefits the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center. (Sunday, East River State Park, $35)

16. It’s the most literary day of the year: Brooklyn Book Festival! We wrote up some recs, but with dozens of emerging and superstar writers, plus hundreds of publishers and vendors, you can’t really go wrong. (Sunday, Brooklyn Borough Hall, FREE)

17. Join tens of thousands of your neighbors at the Sunset Park Street Festival, 15 blocks of ethnic foods and clothing, jewelry, games, crafts, bounce houses, music, and more. (Sunday, Sunset Park, FREE)

18. Party with pups at Badass Brooklyn Fall Festival, with a pittie kissing booth, agility courses, local craft and food vendors, and plenty of pets who need homes. (Sunday, President & Nevins, FREE)

19. Get out in the streets for Make It Montague, a street party with cornhole, jugglers, life-size games, a performance by Brooklyn Ballet, a piano concert, mini mani/pedis, and lots more. (Sunday, Montague & Court, FREE)

20. Watch some hens turn poop into gold at the second annual Chicken Sh*t Bingo fundraiser for Bushwick City Farm, with music, cargo-bike hayrides, piñatas, and lots of pooping chicks. (Sunday, Bushwick City Farm, $5–$10 suggested)

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