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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, summer love edition

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

1. Twang your way into the weekend at A Taste of Brooklyn Americana, an outdoor musical explosion with Everything Turned to Color, The Maybelles, M Shanghai Stringband, Ana Egge, and Pete and the Stray Dogs. (Friday, Dumbo Archway, FREE)

2. Look at lovely pictures at the opening reception for Reappearing Memories, an exhibition of nine contemporary Korean photographers. (Friday, ArtHelix, FREE)

3. Show some attitude at Sass + Zines, a night celebrating queer POC women in print, with a collaborative mural, a photo booth, and more. (Friday, Booklyn, FREE)

4. Swing your partner over to the Brooklyn Old-Time Square Dance, featuring music and dance calling by Eli Hetko, Sarah Gibson, A’yen Tran, Indiana Hoover, and more. (Friday, The People’s Garden, $5–$15 suggested)

5. Leave the kids at home and head to Sh!t Show, featuring comedians Adira Amram, Kat Burdick, Ben Schwartz, and Abby Sher on the utter absurdity of being a parent. (Friday, Union Hall, $8)

6. Celebrate community love and diversity at the Flatbush Fest, three days of activities including a kick-off party, Flatbush Talks, and a Unity Day. (All weekend, varies, FREE)


Marvel at movement with Loni Landon Dance Project (#11). Photo via Facebook
Marvel at movement with Loni Landon Dance Project (#11). Photo via Facebook

7. Start your morning right at Extra Crispy’s The BreakFestival, a celebration of the most important meal of the day with food, drinks, games, DJs, and more. (Saturday, Industry City, FREE)

8. Live your best gig life at Hustle Fest, a freelance career fair with lectures and workshops on getting clients, personal branding, and negotiating contracts, followed by a happy hour. (Saturday, New Women Space, $25)

9. Grab the gals, some snacks, and some nonalcoholic drinks and head to the sixth annual Femme Picnic: Brooklyn Pride Edition. (Saturday, Prospect Park, FREE)

10. Lean in to literature at TFW Everything Is So Much and All the Time, a reading series where folks are encouraged to share work that’s not like what they usually write. (Saturday, Silent Barn, FREE)

11. Dive into dance at the 24th annual Red Hook Fest, with amazing movement displays from the likes of Climbing PoeTree, The Dash Ensemble, Loni Landon Dance Project, and Freedom Dabka Group. (Saturday, Louis Valentino Park, FREE)

12. Relish a radio revival at Tape Festival, a live show featuring a dozen storytellers accompanied by visuals and live music, followed by a dance party. (Saturday, Roulette, $20 with discount TAPEFEST5)

13. Rage into the night at Angry Girls 2.0, featuring pissed-off performances by Divina GranSparkle, Essence Revealed, MiscAllaneous DomTop, Mina Minou, and many more. (Saturday, Branded Saloon, $7–$20 suggested)

14. Wild out at We Are Brooklyn Pride, with aerialists, 3D visual projections, DJs Jubilee, BKLYN Storm, and Whitney Day, plus a special performance by rapper Dai Burger. (Saturday, House of Yes, $25)


Jazz it up with the Thana Alexa Project (#). Photo via Facebook
Jazz it up with the Thana Alexa Project (#16). Photo via Facebook

15. Meet your new best friend at Badass Summer Fest, a street fair with 100+ adoptable doggos, plus a doggie kissing booth, agility course, puppy photo booth, pooch-inis from Shake Shack, beer specials and more. (Sunday, Gowanus, FREE)

16. Embrace instrumentation at the 10th annual Red Hook Jazz Fest, with groups including Thana Alexa Project, Richi Debonis’ NOWtet, and Jane Ira Bloom Trio. (Sunday, Urban Meadow, $10)

17. Scare yourself silly at Blood Brunch, a Sunday afternoon mystery horror movie matinee. (Sunday, Spectacle Theater, $5)

18. Immerse yourself in art at Pioneer Works Second Sunday, with exhibitions, open studios, music by Angel Deradoorian, and participatory programs like Fact Craft, Mutual Wave Machine, and Metacloud. (Sunday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

19. Bring the whole family to the Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Day, with bouncy houses, ball pits, an ice cream social, martial arts and skateboard demos, a daylong dance party, and more. (Sunday, Grand Army Plaza, FREE)

20. Cruise into the sunset at the ’90s Skate Party, a roller-skating shindig set to all your favorite hits of yester-decade. (Sunday, Brooklyn Bridge Skate Park, $10)

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