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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, pre-Pride edition

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Art it up at the opening of Bigger, Bolder, Better, a group show inspired by the Women’s March that includes 15 female artists and was curated by Chashama. (Friday, 470 Vanderbilt, FREE)

2. Delve into dance at How High Is the Ceiling in My Glass Castle?, a selection of works by six international dance artists speaking to the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” (Friday & Saturday, Triskelion Arts, $20)

3. Enjoy an explosion of culture at Confetti Machine, a media, music, and arts festival with artists performing in real time, including Videopunks, Ashcan Orchestra, Diamond Terrifier, and more. (All weekend, Outpost Artist Resources, $15)

4. Marvel at movies on the opening night of the 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival, now incredibly in its 20th year, showcasing 120 films over ten days across North BK. (All weekend, various, $15)

5. Drag yourself out to Muthur, a night of gender-bending performances by Chris of Hur, Hamm, Shane Shane, Olive d’Nightlife, and more, plus house band Sis Privilege. (Friday, Alphaville, $10)

6. Go in the back door for Keister Productions’ Butter Face Burlesque, with Fem Appeal, Mister Rawnchy, Holly Ween, Iris Explosion, Jenny C Quoi, and many more. (Friday, Coney Island, $15)


Get ready for Pride with Sassyblack (#11). Photo via Facebook
Get ready for Pride with Sassyblack (#11). Photo via Facebook

7. Add some color to your life at the Bushwick Collective Block Party, with 35+ graffiti and street artists, free face-painting, and live music by Tone Atlas, Educated Little Monsters, and Statik Selektah and Freinds. (Saturday, Bushwick Collective, FREE)

8. Be awed by art at Greenpoint Open Studios, when dozens of artists doing painting, sculpture, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more invite you in to see what they’re working on. (Saturday & Sunday, Greenpoint, FREE)

9. Get sustainable at the Go Green Brooklyn Festival, with local food, art, and music, plus tabling from “green” orgs all over the city. (Saturday, McCarren Park, FREE)

10. Race around outside at Hack the Park, a scavenger hunt combined with participatory learning, including games like Prospect Park Bingo, Tree Identify and Seek, and historical reenactments. (Saturday, Prospect Park, $20)

11. Go crazy for Pride at First Saturday: Queer Continuums, with music from the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Sassyblack, queer Arab films, performances by Taja Lindley and D’hana Perry, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

12. Mash it up at Norte Maar’s Brooklyn Performance Combine, a durational performance combining poets, painters, performers, and a meteorologist. (Saturday, The Muse, $20)

13. Soothe your classical cravings at Groupmuse’s 12 Strings in a Bushwick Warehouse, featuring musician-led orchestra Palaver Strings performing works by Anton Arensky, Dowland, and Bèla Bàrtok. (Saturday, Bushwick warehouse, $15)

14. Laugh it up at the Postman Sketch Show, billed as “chaotic, physical, ultra-dumb comedy” where every character is equally insane. (Saturday, Cloud City, $5)

15. Go twee at Young Adult Friction, an indie-pop dance party celebrating alternative music both new and old. (Saturday, El Cortez, FREE)


Drag yourself out to see Olive d'Nightlife (
Drag yourself out to see Olive d’Nightlife (#5). Photo via Facebook

16. Take a splendid stroll through Bay Ridge at the 5th Avenue Spring Festival, with live music, rides, games, food, crafts, vendors, and plenty more. (Sunday, 5th Avenue, FREE)

17. Fight the good fight at the Activist Art and Cocktail Party, where you can sip libations and stock up on Ts, postcards, linocuts, and cocktail glasses; proceeds to Planned Parenthood and ACLU. (Sunday, Hootenanny Art House, FREE)

18. Gorge gleefully at the third annual FnL Crawfish Boil, with piles of food, Sazerac slushies, and the Zulu Kings Trio to accompany your feast. (Sunday, Friends & Lovers, $25)

19. Wish a wildly happy birthday at Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room Turns 21, a 1996 throwback party with a Macarena dance-off, pog making, Beanie Baby bar games, plus loads of booze and treats. (Sunday, Brooklyn Brewery, $7)

20. Treat yourself to tales at the Big Irv’s Storytelling Roadshow, featuring Jeff Simmermon, Sean O’Brien, Richard Cardillo, Jake Hart, and many more. (Sunday, Big Irv’s, FREE)

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