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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, PRIDE edition

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

1. Rock your face off at Pizzafest 4, three days of rock & roll from King Pizza Records, including Jacques le Coque, The Rizzos, The Mad Doctors, El Silver Cabs, and lots more. (Friday & Saturday, The Gutter / El Cortez, $20)

2. See some splendid moves at Explode! Queer Dance, four days of performances and conversation, including South Asian dance, improvisation, Irish step dancing, and drag. (All weekend, Jack, $15/night)

3. Cast a spell at Magic Girl Burlesque’s One-Year Anniversary, with performances by Raina Sinclair, Paige Literati, Ruby Zipperz, SweetSamantha Jane, and more. (Friday, Catland, $10)

4. Make it to the movies for Queer | Art | Pride, a weekend of shorts and full-length screenings by rising LGBTQ filmmakers. (Friday & Saturday, Wythe Hotel, varies)

5. Come out in multicolor to Cheryl: Pride, a late-night weirdo dance party at which you are encouraged to wear your most vividly hued rags. (Friday, Secret Project Robot, $10)


Get your genders bent by Miss Malice (#14). Photo via Facebook
Get your genders bent by Miss Malice (#14). Photo via Facebook

6. Put the fun between your legs at the 13th annual Bicycle Fetish Day, a bad-ass block party, with contests, swag, accessories, and music all day. (Saturday, City Reliquary, FREE)

7. Catch some killer art at the Color Scenes Mural Fest, a public art transformation of the Silent Barn, both inside and out. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $1–$5 suggested)

8. Start a revolution at the NYC Radical Book Fair, with thousands of used books on sale, plus author readings and discussions. (Saturday, Verso Books, FREE)

9. Cosplay the day away at the NYSoM Superhero Carnival, with games, activities, demos, face-painting and tattoos, photo booths, and more. (Saturday, Raymond Bush Playground, FREE)

10. Go crazy for cartoons at 100 Years of Japanese Animation, celebrating the centennial of the anime industry with rare shorts produced between 1917 and 1935. (Saturday, Spectacle Theater, FREE)

11. Skate your way over to The Roller Wave, an evening of roll bouncing, boozing, and boogying with music by Prince Terrence and Boston Chery. (Saturday, House of Yes, $10)

12. Marvel at the new moon at Water Spirits, an astrological revel with palm reading, tarot cards, chakra balancing, poetry, projections, and music. (Saturday, Founders Lab, $5)

13. Bend all the genders at Switch n Play, a queer variety show featuring Sassabrass, Viktore Devonne, Maxxx Pleasure, Miss Malice, and more. (Saturday, Branded Saloon, $7–$20 suggested)

14. Get through this thing called life at the Purple Rain Singalong — dress in purple and sing into the wee hours. (Saturday, Videology, $15)


See what's in the eye of the beholder at the Inner Beauty Pageant (#20). Photo via Flickr
See what’s in the eye of the beholder at the Inner Beauty Pageant (#20). Photo via Flickr

15. Run to the roller-coasters for The Cyclone’s 90th Birthday Celebration, with face painting, giveaways, and special performances by the Harlem Globe Trotters and Fabolous. (Sunday, Coney Island, FREE)

16. Show your small-press love at the Snail Farm and Friends Book Fair, with zines and books from Txt Books, Soft City Printing, Potatoe Press, and more. (Sunday, Spoonbill & Sugartown, FREE)

17. Be lyrical at The Bay Ridge Poets Society, the 54th meeting of this monthly open-mic reading and performance series. (Sunday, Owl’s Head, FREE)

18. Scare yourself silly at Babadook: Queer Horror Stories, with tales from Ryan Houlihan, John Ersing, and more, plus karaoke after. (Sunday, Tilt, FREE)

19. Immerse yourself in art at SalON!, with laughs by Sam Corbin, performance by Kim Davies, saxophone by Kate Mohanty, photography by Walter Wlodarczyk, and much more. (Sunday, Vital Joint, $7–$10)

20. Show that it’s what’s inside that counts at the sixth-annual Inner Beauty Pageant, where 12 of Brooklyn’s most warm-hearted oddballs will compete for the title of innerly beautiful prize. (Sunday, Littlefield, $6)

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