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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Bushwick Open Studios edition

1. Tour a lotta art this weekend at Bushwick Open Studios and take a look at all of the incredible art being made within Bushwick with hundreds of open studios and events. (Fri-Sun, Bushwick, FREE)

2. Celebrate the start of fall at the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and taste, experience, and celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebrating the bounties of the harvest and reunion of families. (Friday, Museum of Food and Drink, $30)

3. Bring something you’ve been working on to Open Mic Nite and celebrate and share the many talented members of the community and help raise funds to support New Women Space’s work of providing free to low-cost, accessible space for marginalized voices. (Friday, New Women Space, $5)

4. Sip on some suds at the Braven Grand Opening and come for delectable beers, delicious food, a soulful DJ set, and the infamous Braven disco ball. (Friday, Braven Brewing Company, FREE)

5. Give it all you’ve got at Balls Deep Disco, Toronto’s hottest disco party right here in NYC, with special guest DJs The Robotic Kid and Kris Steeves, and a live performance by Amy Douglas. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, $5-8)


Live in a living room near you (#10).

6. Be boat-dacious at the Red Hook Regatta, where spectators will gather on Valentino Pier to watch homemade 3D-printed and DIY boats navigate the rough seas of New York City’s shipping harbor. (Saturday, Louis Valentino Junior Park, FREE)

7. Spice things up at the Chile Pepper Festival, with six world-class musical acts including the Grammy-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers, and indulge in samples of chile infused chocolates, ice cream, jam, and more fantastic foods. (Sunday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $20-25)

8. Chill out at Keeping It Cool: A Benefit for Interference Archive for a night filled with friends, refreshments, and social movement history, celebrating one year in their new home on 7th Street, and proceeds going toward paying off their AC unit. (Saturday, Interference Archive, $20-25)

9. Bounce around Williamsburg at Brooklyn Comes Alive, which brings together some of the best and most talented musicians to deliver one jam-packed day filled with unique collaborations, all-star tribute sets, and one-time-only supergroups. (Saturday, multiple venues, $15+)

10. Get front and center at the Martin Storrow House Concert, where you’ll enjoy cake and some drinks and a musician in Paul’s living room, with Martin Storrow and his clever lyrics, an acoustic guitar, and the occasional pair of rollerblades. (Saturday, Paul’s Brooklyn House Concerts, $20)

11. No need to hide at Camouflage: A Comedy Show with a chill, house-party vibe complete with cheap drinks and free pizza, featuring Frank Conniff, Katie Hannigan, Josh Gondelman, and more. (Saturday, Big Irv’s, $5-10)

12. Laugh the night away at Side Ponytail, a fashion-forward, freaky comedy show featuring Andy Erikson, Ayo Edebiri, Jay Jurden, and more. (Saturday, Friends and Lovers, FREE)

13. Be a work of art this weekend at High Art, and in celebration of Bushwick Open Studios dress as a work of art, plus puppet burlesque karaoke, light projections, live drawing, tarot, music and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $15-20)

14. Open another dimension at Spellbound: Immersive Magickal Experience, an intimate, immersive evening of exploring transformation through ritual, with dreamy atmospheric music, magickal potions, and interactions both gentle and intense. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio Loft, $20-50)

15. Get your inner cyborg on at THEMbot for robots, queers, andros, and androids, with an outdoor patio and epic sound system to dance into the future. (Saturday, 3 Dollar Bill, $5-10)


Be a drummer for a day (#17). Photo via Facebook.

16. See dead people at Open Doors, an afternoon of exploring some of the cemetery’s most impressive and elaborate nineteenth-century mausoleums and view stunning examples of Greenwood’s distinct architecture.  (Sunday, Greenwood Cemetery, $20-25)

17. March to the beat at Drummer For A Day w/Batalá New York where attendees will learn basic Afro-Brazilian rhythms, explore musical parts and roles associated with Samba Reggae, and practice the techniques of wearing a drum and dancing while playing. (Sunday, Cumbe, $18)

18. See live music for a cause at Concert Across America To End Gun Violence raise funds for programs to prevent gun violence against children with performance by Elizabeth Rose, Bex White, and more. (Sunday, Muchmore’s, $25)

19. Take it easy with Justin Townes Earle with Lily & Madeleine, and see a light in the Americana music community with personally charged lyrical insight and infectious melodic craftsmanship.  (Sunday, Courtyard 1-2 of Industry City, $25-30)

20. Get wicked with Silvia Federici: Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women and join Silvia for the release of her newest book that examines the root causes of a new surge of interpersonal and institutional violence against women, including new witch hunts. (Sunday, Common Notions, FREE)

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