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

1. Plant yourself at the Vegetation Celebration, bringing together a collection of artists that have depicted vegetation in their artworks, whether it be trees, flowers, moss, or other greenery, all will be celebrated. (Friday, Court Tree Collective, FREE)

2. Get high at Rooftop Films screening Wrestle, a documentary that follows the wrestling team at Johnson High School in Huntsville, which has been on Alabama’s failing schools list for many years, followed by a Q&A with director Suzannah Herbert and co-director Lauren Belfer. (Friday, MetroTech Commons, FREE)

3. Get a glimpse into another life at Cosmic Warrior, a play about an African-American Muslim family living in Brooklyn, whose son joins ISIS to go to war against the United States, with themes of family loyalty, honor, patriotism, and religion. (Friday, Brownsville Heritage House Inc, $15-20)

4. Wrap it up at The Scientists: A Comedy Show, where Madelyn Freed will host a lecture about contraception with a representative from Planned Parenthood, plus comedy on the same topic from John Thibodeaux, Rachel Joravsky, and Jennifer Mills. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)

5. Acknowledge those that operate late at the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards, which will highlight personalities and the creative individuals that wake at night and bring entertainment to the masses, and everyone has the ability to vote for their favorites. (Friday, Gold Sounds, $10-15)


Parade your pets at the pet costume contest at Coney Island (#8). Photo via.

6. Support your LGBTQIA+ friends, or own your fabulous self at Brooklyn Pride all day Saturday, with various activities such as a 5k in the morning and a multicultural festival, culminating in the only evening parade in NYC. (Saturday, various locations, FREE)

7. Leave your glue and scissors at home for Cut & Crafted, where you can shop unique finds from over 60 handpicked vendors selling fine home goods, jewelry, kids clothing, small batch foods and more. Plus, check out modern artwork from local gallery CUSP and Instagram-worthy photo walls. (Sat-Sun, Industry City, FREE)

8. Dress up your pets for the 8th Annual Pet Day & Costume Contest on the Coney Island boardwalk, with three different categories for up to 25 four-legged entrants, and pets ride the Wonder Wheel for free when accompanied by their owners. (Saturday, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, FREE)

9. Moog your way over for the fifth annual Brooklyn Synth Expo for a huge interactive display of synthesizers to play and buy from your favorite brands like MOOG, Roland, Korg, and so many others. (Sat-Sun, Absurd Conclave, FREE)

10. Be a hit at your next party when you after you go to Ice Cream: How to Make Your Own & History and learn the simple steps of making homemade ice cream, address how to make sorbets, and chat about the history of ice cream in America and popular flavors from the past. (Saturday, Brooklyn Brainery, $27)

11. Find a statement piece at Fascination Street Summer Market, featuring punk, rock, goth, kawaii, and Lolita fashion, jewelry, art, oddities and more. And, there will be live music by Prosody, Trick Blue, and Molly Arnone & Dani Putrino. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, FREE)

12. Swap ’til you drop at One Hoe’s Trash Clothing Swap, and haul in your gently used items and snag whatever you please from other people’s items, plus drinks will be served. (Saturday, 769 Monroe St, $10-15)

13. Flip through the pages at LAAB Magazine Release Show, marking the debut release of Ronald Wimbly’s new newspaper that interrogates black identity performance and the ideology of form in comics and pop-culture, with pages filled with a cadre of bold thinkers, writers, artists, musicians, and genre-defiers. (Saturday, Superchief Gallery Greenpoint, FREE)

14. Watch movies so bad they’re good at Bad Film Fest, a celebration of odd, bizarre, hilarious, and strange short films along with outright cinema trash. Genres include animation, sci-fi, documentary, experimental, music video, horror, satire, dance and drama from the US and beyond. (Sat-Sun, Cloud City, $5-8)

15. Amplify yourself at YES! Brooklyn Pride, celebrating LGBTQueers, kweens, girls, bois, butches, femmes, daddys, zaddys, sixtrixes, transfam and NB folk coming together in an over-the-top, all-night celebration of love, uniqueness, freedom, glitter, and pride. (Saturday, House of Yes, $25-35)


Put a Korg in it at the 5th annual Synth Expo (#9). Photo via Facebook.

16. Travel without leaving at Shamanic and Indigenous Arts Market for a brand new showing of spectacular visionary art and hand made, one of a kind indigenous handicrafts from around the globe, plus vegetarian food and drink for purchase. (Sunday, Sacred Arts Research Foundation, FREE)

17. Go back in time at Telling the Art Deco Story of Brighton Beach and discover the neighborhood’s fascinating art deco architecture and design of the 1920s and ’30s with an expert from the Art Deco Society of New York, architectural historian Matt Postal. (Sunday, Shorefront Y, FREE)

18. Sake to me at Brewery Passport to Japan, an intimate tasting with 12 breweries from across Japan where you will meet the brewers and brewery owners and enjoy some of the best sakes made in Japan. (Sunday, Brooklyn Kura, $25)

19. Find a reason to leave BK at 3rd annual Flux-A-Thon: part parade, part dinner and dance party, part participatory art showdown, part walkathon. But this event is 100% Fluxy in support of the longest running artist-run organization in LIC. (Sunday, Flux Factory, $25)

20. Hear something unique at Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble, where video artist Shawn Lawson will live-code real time computer graphics with live music by The Progression Ensemble. (Sunday, $8, ShapeShifter Lab)

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