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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, music for the masses edition

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

1. Hear heavenly sounds at Blowhard, an experimental concert combining pipe organ and electronics, featuring Kayla Guthrie, Takuya Nakamura and Noah Prebish, Daren Ho, and M. Lamar. (Friday, San Damiano Mission, $10 suggested)

2. Queer your laughter at Kweendom, LGBTQ comedy and storytelling “so gay it would make Mike Pence uncomfortable,” with Alexis Powell, Hann Cowger, Brokelyn’s own Bobby Hankinson and more. (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)

3. Yuck it up at Camouflage Comedy, with free pizza and jokes by Roy Wood Jr, Jo Firestone, Louis Katz, Janelle James, Jenny Zigrino, Alex English, and Calvin Evans. (Friday, Big Irv’s, $5)

4. Go glam at Razor 5000, presented by Horrorchata and Merrie Cherry, with shows, DJs, high fashion, tacos, and lots more. (Friday, Secret Project Robot, $10)


Roll through your weekend with Sharkmuffin (#10). Photo via Facebook
Roll through your weekend with Sharkmuffin (#10). Photo via Facebook

5. Grab some kiddos and head to Drag Queen Story Hour, with divine queens reading from Sea Girl, the Feminist Press’s reissue of classic feminist children’s tales. (Saturday, Greenlight Books, FREE)

6. Adore independent creators at A Rebel Minded Festival, with a film festival, a fashion show, a talent showcase, live art, and music from DJs A.Z. and Mojo Jojo. (Saturday, Paper Box, $20)

7. Treat yo’self at We Gonna Be All Right, a “carefree festival for black girl magic and black boy joy” with a vendor marketplace, yoga, wellness speakers, makeup salons, and much more. (Saturday, Weeksville Heritage Center, $15)

8. Get lei-d at Hawaiian Luau, with beers from Hawaiian Breweries, Hawaiian-inspired fruited drinks, and Hawaiian food and cocktail specials. (Saturday, The Wilky, FREE)

9. Celebrate a Caribbean tradition at The Art and History of J’Ouvert, with a talk on the history of steel-pan, mask-making, and performances by Legend Stars, Oil Downers, La Troupe Zetwal, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Public Library, FREE)

10. Zoom into the day at Rock n Roll Block Party, with classic motorcycles, games, food, booze, and performances by Dirty Fences, Daddy Long Legs, Sharkmuffin, and Julia Haltigan. (Saturday, The Lot, FREE)

11. Dance it out in the daytime at the Reheated Spaghetti Backyard BBQ, with grilled meats and music by Crazy Pills, Del Caesar, Les Sans Culottes, Funcrusher, and more. (Saturday, DRTY SMMR, $7)

12. Say goodbye to another movietastic summer at Rooftop Films Closing Night, a whole slate of short films plus an after-party featuring a live performance by Chastity Belt and free food and drinks. (Saturday, Industry City, $15)

13. Feel lots of underwater angst at Sea Goth Summer, with performances by Ellen and the Degenerates, True Dreams, Wild Moon, and Mean Siders. (Saturday, The Bronze, $8)

14. Laugh at the very idea of love at Tinder Live, where Lane Moore online-dates live, with guest comedians Emmy Blotnick and Christine Nangle to help her out. (Saturday, Littlefield, $15)

15. Glower on the dance floor at Feeling Gloomy: Camp Gloomy, with DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom spinning gloomwave, grimpop, and graveyard glam, plus Girl Scout cookies, weakling tug-of-war, merit badges, and more. (Saturday, Cape House, $6)


Hear some heavenly pipes from Takuya Nakamura (#1). Photo via Facebook
Hear some heavenly pipes from Takuya Nakamura (#1). Photo via Facebook

16. Feel like a kid again at Spoons, Toons & Booze, with Saturday morning cartoons, cocktails, and a free all-you-can-eat sugar cereal bar. (Sunday, Nitehawk Cinema, $16)

17. Come together with your neighbors at CommUNITY Sunday Funday, with organizations that provide services and resources, games, giveaways, live performances, family Zumba, and more. (Sunday, Maria Hernandez Park, FREE)

18. Booze it up at the Brooklyn Homebrew Takedown, where you can try all the DIY suds and then vote for the best one. (Sunday, Hill Country BBQ, $25)

19. Animate your comedy at Picture This!, where jokesters like TJ Miller, Greg Fitzsimmons, and Jamie Lee get their jokes drawn live by Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Chrissy Fellmeth, and more. (Sunday, Union Hall, $8)

20. Rock out for a great cause at Aviv & El Goodo’s Black Lives Matter Fundraiser, with Mark Perro Band, Counterfeit Madison, No Ice, and The Regrets. (Sunday, Secret Project Robot, $8)

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