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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Cinco de Derby edition

1. Art it up at The Other Art Fair with handpicked work spanning all mediums from emerging and independent artists with a unique and immersive visitor experience. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, FREE w/code from link)

2. Don’t forget your helmet (or get a new one) at Bike Expo New York, where cyclists from across the country and around the world roll through to meet, greet, & talk shop with one another and 100+ exhibitors, from big brands to local innovators. (Fri-Sat, Pier 12, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, FREE)

3. Celebrate surefooted and strong women at Feminist Goddesses & Rebel Saints and discuss the essential narrative for healing, what the function of storytelling is to the human mind, and re-tell the myths & accounts of true icons of feminine sovereignty. (Friday, Catland, $15)

4. Bingo was his name-o at Rock-N-Roll Radio Bingo Fundraiser, which includes prizes, dancing and a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds will benefitting The Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation. (Friday, Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, $30)

5. Transport to the glitter and glam era at Studio 54 Returns and heat up the decks with the world’s finest disco, funk-soul gems, and other bangin’ grooves. Plus there will be a few galactic surprises in honor of May the 4th. (Friday, Our Wicked Lady, $5)


Studio 54 returns to Our Wicked Lady (#5).


6. Go fly a kite at Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival, where folks of all ages can watch kites soar above the Manhattan skyline and enjoy special activities exploring the science of flight. (Saturday, Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn, FREE)

7. See the circle of art at Art 360º: Fort Greene and discover the art and culture in the neighborhood, featuring events like live window painting, free guided walking tours, artist exhibits, open house receptions, and more. (Saturday, Fort Greene, FREE)

8. Take a peek into the Plymouth Church Open House, offering guided tours and musical performances highlighting the 170-year history of the progressive congregation, its impressive pipe organ, and its role in creating the first hymnal. (Sat-Sun, Plymouth Church, FREE)

9. Be beautiful, bold, and body positive at P.S. Bklyn: Plus Size Fashion Market and shop from more than 20 plus sized brands, the closets of your favorite bloggers, giveaways, and more. (Sat-Sun, City Point BKLYN, FREE)

10. Dapper dressers should head to Pete’s 193rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party, featuring a list of events such as a millinery parade, the Nik Westman derby taco experience, Pete’s paddock and discotheque, the hooker’s handicap, idiot stakes, and of course, parimutuel pastimes. (Saturday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)

11. High stakes and high hats are abound at The Inaugural Derby Day, so catch all the action on three indoor and outdoor screens, plus contests, drinks, a photo booth, and prizes for those in the best derby attire. (Saturday, Parklife, FREE w/RSVP required)

12. Get radicalized at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday: Radical Women featuring experimental women filmmakers from Latin America, learn about Civil Rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera, and musical performances by Batala New York, Combo Chimbita, and Jarina De Marco. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

13. Mark it down, it’s Karl Marx’s 200th Birthday Party. Join Sven-Eric Liedman, author of a major new Marx biography, for a wide-ranging conversation on Marx’s life and legacy with a book signing and birthday cake. (Saturday, Verso Books, FREE)

14. Make sure the math adds up at One Comedian, Two Tits, with hostess Courtney Maginnis leading a night of standup, sketches and drinking games, and standup from Patrick Schroeder. (Saturday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

15. Brazil meets New Orleans at Zest with live music by Maracatu New York, Nation Beat, and The L Train Brass Band, plus visuals, headdresses, and dancing in the yard. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10-15)


Go fly a kite at the waterfront kite festival (#6). Photo by Alexa Hoyer.


16. It’s ok to be a gold digger at the $1 Vinyl Record Sale, with over 7,500 LPs, 12″s, and 45s – all at $1 each, plus cold brew coffees and treats for all attendees. (Sunday, Black Gold Records, FREE)

17. Call your mom from the Mother’s Day Flea Market, with a curated selection of handmade and vintage stuff: records, books, toys, collectibles, jewelry, clothing, plus glamour shots, massages, and drink specials. (Sunday, Saint Vitus, FREE)

18. Visit a meatless meet up at the Vegan Market with plenty of hot food and snacks as well as cosmetics, apparel, and bath & body products that are all completely vegan. (Sunday, Market Hotel, FREE)

19. Celebrate the coming of spring at Ederlezi – Spring Awaking, where Ederlezi is the Romani name for the Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian Feast of Saint George, with a roasted lamb, Romani song and dance, Bulgarian Voices Trio, DJs, and more. (Sunday, X Marks the Loft, $donation)

20. You can’t beat the prices of a $3 Rap Show for organic, affordable, locally sourced hip-hop, featuring Young Toussaint, Poetic Boy D, Shade B Crazy, and more. (Sunday, Muchmore’s, $3)

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