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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, rooftop edition

1. Answer the door for Ding Dong, It’s the Ocean, a story about an art collective speculating over the end of the world as they realize they’re actually living in the play that they’re building about our planet’s ailing oceans. (Fri-Sun, JACK, $18)

2. Be inspired by Yo-Yo Ma & Maria Popova in a lively performance and conversation series in which they share their passion for music and explore ideas, making surprising connections, plus an audience Q&A. (Friday, National Sawdust, $25)

3. Smells like blue suede shoes at Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana, who will play through Nirvana’s catalogue whilst splicing in grunged up sections of Elvis’ finest rockabilly moments, culminating in a mega mash up, with Dum Cheeta: Def Leppard Tribute opening. (Friday, Saint Vitus Bar, $12-15)

4. Hang out with some crawdads at Swamp in the City, a Cajun music and dance festival that celebrates the traditional music, culture, and cuisine of Southwest Louisiana. Featuring live music and partner dancing, musical instrument workshops, backyard Cajun music jams, and delicious food. (Fri-Sun, various locations, $25+)

5. Tap into your darker side at Subvert: Wunderkammer, a celebration of subculture, queerness, and kink with live music, night market, cuddle dungeon and a cabaret of curiosities on a hidden ship. (Friday, secret location, $10-20)


Rock out to a Nirvana and Elvis live band mashup. Photo via Facebook.


6. Pretend you’re aristocracy at the Royal Wedding and sip on fancy teas sourced from around the world while watching the nuptials from start to finish. (Saturday, The Williamsburg Hotel, FREE)

7. Scour the bins at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair happening right next to Smorgasburg. Spend a morning flipping through records from dozens of dealers on the edge of the water with some good food waiting for you next door. (Saturday, East River State Park, FREE)

8. Groove at Move for Equality, an outdoor dance party with live DJs, food, raffles, and prizes, with all proceeds going towards Black Youth Project. (Saturday, Roberta’s, suggested $10)

9. Watch them blow at Hot Glass, Cold Beer that’ll show off demonstrations in glassblowing, neon bending and flameworking. Plus all advance ticket holders will receive a unique handmade drinking glass, which will overflow with free beverages. (Saturday, Brooklyn Glass, $25)

10. Support your local artists at Keep It 100 Art Show bringing in loads of artists that are selling their work for close to or under $100, with art, music, and a dance party all night. (Saturday, The Deep End, $10-15)

11. See an intimate performance at a House Concert with Edie Carey, where Edie will perform in someone’s actual living room while you drink wine, eat cake, and enjoy hearing a great singer-songwriter. (Saturday, Paul’s Brooklyn House Concerts, $15)

12. Go between two floors of action at Rooftop Show Pt. Deux, starting in the afternoon and going all night with stages on both the rooftop and in the living room, a rooftop BBQ, bands like Darkwing and Retail, karaoke, and DJs late night. (Saturday, hartstop, $5)

13. Dive into a story at Constellations of Ego, and take a journey skyward to the roof for a constellation of tales and connection across the glow of electric firelight facilitated by local storytellers as you gaze into the city skyline. (Saturday, secret location, $5)

14. Hear a spin on the classics at New Bedtime Stories, where comedians put a new twist on popular fairy tales and fables from childhood, showcasing new versions of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and more. (Saturday, Cherry Tree Bar, FREE)

15. Jazz it up at Swing House, a classic speakeasy party with live swingin’ sounds by vintage jazz bands, blazing burlesque divas, and electro-swing DJs remixing and reinventing vintage grooves late into the night. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio, $20)


Become a crate digger at the record fair (#7). Photo via Facebook.


16. Spend a day at Queer Bazaar: Block Party Edition with an all day event in the back yard with jenga, beer pong and other activities. With a live art wall, jerk chicken and nutcrackers, and many QWOC and QPOC vendors and artists. (Sunday, Luv Story Bar, $7)

17. Keep the vampires at bay at the Garlic Takedown, where cooks from all over Brooklyn will make their favorite and finest fare using garlic cooked every which way, so bring some breath mints for after. (Sunday, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, $25)

18. Dance on top at Rocket Jamz Rooftop Day Party and take advantage of the outdoor rooftop while dancing to DJs Mojo Jojo, Sisi Black, Canary Swords, and more. (Sunday, Our Wicked Lady, $5)

19. Get some grooves at Faith Lift Party and celebrate its one year anniversary by dancing the evening away with deep house, soul and funk music, with guest DJ Victor Simonelli. (Sunday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)

20. Change your sexpectations at Consider This: A Day of Challenging the Status Quo in Sex & Relationships and immerse yourself into a full day of talks, panels, and performances that reframe sex and relationships in an entirely new way, with prolific authors, researchers, activists, and comedians. (Sunday, Littlefield, $28+)

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