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The 20 best things to do this weekend, pre-Independence edition

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

1. Fancy yourself on an island at The Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert Series, featuring Haitian artists Sabine Blaizin, Rodney “Okai” Fleurimont, Veroneque Ignace, and Sherley Davilmar. (Friday, Westbrook Memorial Gardens, FREE)

2. Fall into a vintage fantasy at The Champagne Riot, with old-timey burlesque from Angie Pontani, The Maine Attraction, Topher Bousquet, and more, plus jazz from the Gelber & Manning Band. (Friday, Guadalupe Inn, $20)

3. Marvel at marvelous moves at Garth Fagan Dance, showcasing an innovative blend of modern dance, ballet, and Afro-Caribbean dance. (Friday, Prospect Park, FREE)

4. Giggle demurely at LAWL, an all-female comedy show with Kady Ruth Ashcraft, Mary Jo Bono, Suraiyah Ortiz, and Lillian Devane. (Friday, New Women Space, $5)

5. Hit the hight notes at LoftOpera’s Pergolesi and Vivaldi, with a staged production of Stabat Mater as well as arias and chamber works by Vivaldi. (Friday & Saturday, The Muse, $20 with code SUMMER)

6. Be awed and amazed by Triple Threat, a “Wild West ritual love song circus showdown” featuring Cohdi Harrell, Laura Stokes, and Tanya Marie Gagne. (Friday, Big Sky Works, $25)

7. Go goth at Arkham: A Tribute to Italian Horror, a gothic dance party with DJs Alex Von Nihil, The Maldic!on, and Templar, live performances by Imbolg, absinthe cocktails, and more. (Friday, Bizarre Bushwick, FREE)


See a Wild West circus showdown at Triple Threat (#6). Photo via Facebook
See a Wild West circus showdown at Triple Threat (#6). Photo via Facebook

8. Cheer for our northerly neighbors at Canada D’Eh 2017, with music, games, drinks, food, and festivities in honor of the country’s 150th birthday. (Saturday, The Well, FREE)

9. Party poolside at That Summer Feeling Popup, with free drinks and snacks, art by Maddie Owens and Stick Figure Girl, and a look at 323 Clothing’s new collection. (Saturday, Tropical Paradise in Bushwick, FREE)

10. Try some world-ending shading at the launch of coloring book Zombie Apocalypse in Ditmas Park, with coloring contests, neighborhood trivia, and a zombie costume contest. (Saturday, Sycamore, FREE)

11. Start a revolution at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday, with a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon with The Black Lunch Table, poetry by Morgan Parker, and music by Tamara Renée, Billy Dean Thomas, and DJ Reborn. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum FREE)

12. Dance it out in the daytime at Everyday People, starting with a beatboxing workshop with Scratch Academy, then grooving out with DJs Moma and Rich Knight and live performances. (Saturday, Betsy Head Park, FREE)

13. Be patriotic at Swing Out America, featuring the Rob Stoneback Big Band with guest vocalists Kathy Jenkins & Rob Kevlin to get you in the Independence Day mood. (Saturday, Kingsborough Community College, FREE)

14. Get weird at The Forever Festival, an “avant-garde pop celebration” with music, performance art, mirror dance, circus freaks, a sound bath, a baptism, a wedding, and a funeral. (Saturday, 315 Ten Eyck, $15)

15. Head to where the air is sweet at Burlesqe-a-Me Street, starring Rita MenWeep, Tiger Bay, Boo Bess, Mary Cyn, and Manchego. (Saturday, Coney Island, $15)

16. Baille the night away at Yas Mama, a Latina queer party with music by Hannah Lit and Horrorchata, DJ P_A_T, and performances by Jenn D Role and more. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $5)


Get your twang on with My Gay Banjo (#18). Photo via Facebook
Get your twang on with My Gay Banjo (#18). Photo via Facebook

17. Start your holiday early at the Dope BBQ, with day drinking, plenty of food, and music by DJ Jus, DJ 8PM, DJ L-Squared, DJ Trueblends Free Wifi, and Proper.Edakit. (Sunday, Knockdown Center, $20)

18. Twang it out at Another Country Festival, featuring 15+ acts including My Gay Banjo, Cactus Rose, Karen & The Sorrows, Yva Las Vegass, and many more. (Sunday, Littlefield, $15)

19. Get drunk on braaaaains at the NYC Zombie Crawl, featuring zombie makeup stations, a zombie pizza party, a buncha bars, and an afterparty with Everything Is Terrible. (Sunday, North BK, $20)

20. See some patriotic pasties at Wasabassco’s seventh annual America F*ck Yeah!, starring Hazel Honeysuckle, Medianoche, Mr Gorgeous, Nina La Voix, Poison Ivory, and many more. (Sunday, Bell House, $20)

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