The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, summer wind-down edition

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Have a hot night with Funkrust Brass Band (#14). Photo via Instagram

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

1. Cheer for ceramics at the Brooklyn Clay Tour, three days of exhibitions and events focusing on the borough’s ceramic arts community. (All weekend, varies)

2. Get chronologically confused at The History of the Future, with lectures on the science of steampunk, cities of futures past, and the next generation of spacesuits. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)

3. Fête fantastic felines at The Amazing Acro-Cats, a troupe of performing house cats who skate on skateboards and jump through hoops — with proceeds going to mobile foster and rescue efforts. (All weekend, Brooklyn Music School, $25)

4. Prove that DIY will never die at the Pet Rescue Four-Year Anniversary Weekend, with a dozen bands over two days, including The Royal They, El Silver Cabs, Holly Overton, and Milk Dick. (Friday & Saturday, Pet Rescue, $6)

5. Find your sexy Millennial mate at Young, Hot, Sluts, a modern IRL dating show hosted by Carly Ann Filbin. (Friday, Vital Joint, $7)

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Whoop and holler for fabulous felines (#). Photo via Facebook
Whoop and holler for fabulous felines (#3). Photo via Facebook

6. Cycle over to the Brooklyn Bike Jumble, a huge block party full of new and used bikes, bike accessories, and bike gear. (Saturday, Old Stone House, FREE)

7. Delight in tech detritus at the Eyebeam Yard Sale, 6,000 square feet of vintage electronics, tools, furniture, audiovisual equipment, and materials. (Saturday, Eyebeam, FREE)

8. Or just buy everything at Shop, Rock & Roll, a costumed fair where you’ll find art, tchotchkes, vinyl, vintage clothing, and lots more, plus live music, DJs, and tons of international food from the Queens Night Market. (Saturday, Industry City, FREE)

9. Immerse yourself in art at Invisible Dog’s Season 9 Opening Reception, showcasing two interactive installations: a participatory video by Canary Torsi and a huge wood and wool sculpture by Abraham McNally. (Saturday, Invisible Dog, FREE)

10. Listen to literary masters at the Live Exquisite Corpse Reading, featuring Julia Fierro, Lev Grossman, Luis Jamarillo, Lisa Ko, Justin Taylor, Porochista Khakpour, and more. (Saturday, powerHouse Arena, FREE)

11. Fling yourself around at Boomerang: For the Toward, “a performance of graceful athleticism deconstructed into raw energy.” (Saturday, Pioneer Works, $10)

12. Laugh to keep from crying at What a Joke!, an international comedy fest with proceeds going to the ACLU, featuring Jeffrey Joseph, Aaron Chasteen, Caitlin Durante, Jo Firestone, and more. (Saturday, The Gutter, $10)

13. Dress up and get awkward at Queer Prom, a time-travel soirée with performances by living statues Mia Longenecker and Becca Travis and music by DJ Anise Bananise. (Saturday, Catland, $10)

14. Relish the remains of summer at Rubulad’s Tropical Hot Dog Nights, with music from Funkrust Brass Band, Spanglish Fly, and Poof the Band, plus DJs, puppets, projections, a light circus and much more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10 before 10pm)

15. Mix up your music at Bodega Island Fest, with indie, merengue, alt, bachata, and punk from Happy Colors, Maluca, Mula, Boombox Repair Kit, and lots more. (Saturday, Paper Box, $20)

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Close out your weekend with Jezabelle von Jane (#20). Photo via Facebook
Close out your weekend with Jezabelle von Jane (#20). Photo via Facebook

16. Go out and play at McCarren Park Field Day, with kickball, tennis, running, goal scoring, and other athletic activities, plus goodie bags and refreshments. (Sunday, McCarren Park, FREE)

17. Strut your stuff at the seventh annual Bed-Stuy Pride, with artists, performances, workshops, music, vendors, family-friendly wellness, fitness activities, and more. (Sunday, Herbert Von King Park, FREE)

18. Dance for a good cause at Fvck Harvey, with music from Brasstracks, Jenaux, Birocratic, Gibbz, Josh Jacobson, and Yury, and proceeds going to hurricane relief. (Sunday, House of Yes, $20)

19. Treat yo’self at Women’s Work: A Festival of Art and Wellness, with live music, live art, mini healing sessions, astrology, palm reading, and more. (Sunday, Minka Brooklyn, FREE)

20. Be awed and amazed at the September Circus Cabaret, starring Garret Caillouet, Jen James, Adair Moran, Troy Lingelbach, Jezabelle von Jane, and more. (Sunday, The Muse, $10)

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