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

1. Relax on the river at the Americana Festival: Unplugged featuring intimate, unplugged sets by musical duos, with Will Scott and Charlie Burnham playing distinct finger picking and slide guitar, and violin that crosses genres. (Friday, Pier 3, FREE)

2. Have a puppet party at Labapalooza, which showcases works-in-progress developed over the course of a year in the Puppet Lab: an experimental haven for artists making interdisciplinary puppet and object theater. (Fri-Sun, St. Ann’s Warehouse, $20-25)

3. Load up on Faygo before Rooftop Films with Insane Clown Posse and watch a film about a girl who runs away to become a juggalo, with a special live performance by ICP themselves after the film. Woop woop! (Friday, The Well, $16)

4. Don’t panic at the disco during the Emo Prom Skate Party, a themed roller skating night that’ll bring a tear to your emo eyes, with a skate dance competition, costume contest, and more. (Friday, Dreamland Roller Disco, $23)

5. Take me out to D.A.N.C.E. Blog Haus Night with a DJ set by Computer Magic, and resident DJs Alex English and Flying Horse will play your favorite electro from the 2000’s. (Friday, Knitting Factory, FREE before midnight)


Play Powerboat and other indie video games (#11). Photo via Powerboat.


6. Take a tour Inside NYC’s Largest Letterpress Studio for a rare look inside Woodside Press, best known for its amazing collection of classic typefaces from before the digital era in cast metal, carved wood, and made to order on their Linotype machines. (Saturday, Brooklyn Roasting Company, $30)

7. Dive into yourself at Entering an Alpha State: Techniques, Triggers, and Long Distance Healing, a workshop combining both theory and practice on the Alpha state and how it can be used for meditation, spellwork, and healing. Plus, receive exercises and techniques to practice entering an Alpha state. (Saturday, Catland, $30)

8. Uncover a secret language at Secrets In Stone and learn about the inverted torch, bales of wheat, an hourglass with wings, and the meaning of these eternal and cryptic images. (Saturday, Greenwood Cemetery, $20)

9. Broaden your horizons at International African Arts Festival for a day of world class performances featuring artists from throughout the African diaspora, featuring Elida Almeida, Reggie Workman Ensemble, Oyu Oro, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and more. (Saturday, Commodore Barry Park, $5 suggested)

10. Celebrate the blues at the Big Eyed Blues Festival, starting off with a blues dance demo, followed by performances by Lamont Jack Pearley, Vienna Carroll and the Folks, and Irving Louis Lattin. (Saturday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $25-30)

11. No need for a lifejacket at Boat Night with Death By Audio Arcade, a tournament for the fastest button-mashing boat racers with prizes, plus additional arcade games Dobotone, Arpongi, and Red Hot Richochet. (Saturday, Our Wicked Lady, FREE)

12. Laugh like a hyena at Party Animals, for a full night of comedy and a chance to win free drinks, featuring jokes from Alex Fossella, Defne Gencler, Aaron Kaplan, and more. (Saturday, The Platform, FREE)

13. Play ball at Satur-day Ni-ght Base Ball Broad Cast, a Jason Weitzman show where a baseball diamond is used as a metaphor for sex, with live announcers narrating from the booth, and more base-related goodness. (Saturday, Vital Joint, FREE)

14.  Hip Hop Karaoke and let go of singing a rock or pop song, and embrace your lyrical knowledge of your favorite hip hop songs live in front of a huge crowd. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $7-10)

15. Look up at the Coney Island Laser Show and swim in a sea of color as the air is transformed into a fully immersive, mind blowing laser light experience along to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, with a special live sideshow performance by Serpentina and Nola Star. (Saturday, Coney Island USA, $15)


Take a tour inside Woodside Press (#6). Photo via Facebook.


16. Get stretched at All Levels Yoga in the Park, an opportunity to get outside, rejuvenate your body and calm your mind while taking in some Vitamin D, with yoga focusing on both strength and energy combined with balance and mindfulness. (Sunday, Bushwick Inlet Park, donation based)

17. Drag yourself to Get Your Panties in a Brunch for dragalicious performances by The Nobodies and Emi Grate, plus bottomless mimosas and raffle prizes in addition to food and fun. (Sunday, Bizarre Bar, FREE entrance)

18. Deck yourself out in red and white for Canada D’eh, starting out with brunch including maple syrup and Canadian bacon, a large selection of Canadian craft beers, musical performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, and more.(Sunday, The Well, FREE)

19. Beat the queue for Dope BBQ, a pre-Independence Day celebration filled with friends, barbecue, and music during a whole daylong party, and tickets include a plate of food. (Sunday, Knockdown Center, $15-30)

20. Oh the places you’ll go during Seussical, put on by an immersive theater company that casts the audience in speaking roles alongside the actors with scripts, props and costumes provided to bring your favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life. (Sunday, Muchmore’s, $15-18)

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