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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Labor Day edition

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

1. Delight in décor at Centerpiece: A Sculpture Garden and Musical Pop-Up where artists display their tabletop works and musicians play live. (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, $5 suggested)

2. Solve a sexy crime at Wasabassco’s Unstripped Mysteries, where Nasty Canasta leads a lineup stacked with talent on an investigative striptease. (Friday, Littlefield, $15)

3. Slice up some laughs at Comedy Hibachi, featuring three improv teams and three standup comics, each of whom builds their set around the improv that was just performed. (Friday, Legion Bar, FREE)

4. Giggle yourself bare at Mid Riff 5, with jokesters Alex Moore, Kat Burdick, Auggie Lutz, Selena Coppock, and Josh Johnson. (Friday, Precious Metal, FREE)

5. Get a taste of the playa without leaving home at Junxion’s Misfit Burn, with art cars, fire dancing, a glitter station, dance floor dust storms, and music from DJ Dirtyfinger, DJ Shakey, Joro Boro, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)


Obtain some rural vibes at the North Brooklyn Farms Labor Day party. Photo by North Brooklyn Farms
Obtain some rural vibes this Labor Day weekend(#7). Photo by North Brooklyn Farms

6. Wake up with the sun for the Early Risers Donut Ride, a six-mile cycle with stops at Bed-Stuy’s Dough and Peter Pan in Greenpoint. (Saturday, Grand Army Plaza, FREE)

7. Bask in the waterfront sunshine at the Labor Day Weekend Farm Party, with boozy popsicles, a pop-up taqueria, and music by Ivan Berko, Siobhan Benson, Steve Shakewell, and Eli Cohen. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Farms, $10)

8. Let go of your literature and bring it to the Silent Barn Book Drive, a benefit for Books Through Bars NY with readings and music throughout the day. (Saturday, Silent Barn, FREE)

9. Dance it out at the Makossa BK 2017 Season Finale, with all kinds of folks on the turntables, including Wonway Posibul, DJ Shinobi Shaw, Zephyr Ann, and DJ Bembona. (Saturday, Our Wicked Lady, FREE)

10. Go crazy at the fifth annual Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival, with 150 acts at 10 shows over eight days; the opening day alone features 60+ performers on three stages. (Saturday & Sunday, Paper Box, $20)

11. Fête femmes at whatsherface: IRL, an evening of intersectional feminist film, video, and performance featuring Lily Benson, Kayla Guthrie, Ursula Kennedy, Julia Santoli, and many more. (Saturday, The Hand, $5 suggested)

12. Honor all the hair at the 10th annual Coney Island Beard & Mustache Competition, where a panel of hirsute judges weed out the best whiskers in New York City. (Saturday, Coney Island, $20)

13. Get preppy at the Popped Collar Comedy Show, with Whitney Clarke, Sallie Smith-Fitch, Pockets Graham, Rufat Agayev, Jimmy Hoffman, and Dan Wickes. (Saturday, The Platform, FREE)

14. Feel fabulous at Yas Mama, a Latinx queer dance party with cumbia, reggae, salsa, and more by Hannah Lit and Horrorchata. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $5)

15. Bow down to the queen at Bey Night, a late-night dance-party tribute to the one and only Beyoncé. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $10)


Join the circus and run . Photo via Circus Amok
Runaway to Coney and join the circus with Circus Amok (#17). Photo via Circus Amok

16. Keep on dancing at Tiki Disco Labor Day, the second-to-last of the summer, with tunes as always by DJs Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski. (Sunday, The Well, $15)

17. Be amazed by Circus Amok, kicking off a month of activist and intersectional circus performances across the borough. (Sunday, Coney Island Boardwalk, FREE)

18. Bring out your inner demon at Diablo Fest, featuring Burn, Show Me the Body, Gortex, Ninjasonik, Ache, Man Without a Plan, and Black Punk the Bad Racket. (Sunday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $18)

19. Stomp your feet and clap your hands for Dimanche Gras, with a dozen acts including the Calypso King of the World, the Mighty Sparrow, and Sunshine the Band. (Sunday, Brooklyn Museum, $35)

20. Go back in time to the Heartland Passage Tour, where you can party like it’s 1817 on a Brooklyn barge, presenting the music of traveling troupes along the Erie Canal in its heyday. (Sunday, Brooklyn Waterfront Museum, $15)

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