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The 20 best things to do this weekend, Comic Con edition

1. Detox your closet at Swapping is the New Shopping and bring your no longer worn (and clean) clothes and swap it for something else, and what’s left will be donated. (Friday, Daya Yoga Studio, FREE)

2. Make the most of this fall weather with Sammy Rae & The Friends, where a group of French expats are opening up their fairy-lit backyard to host an evening of energetic soul and feel-good community vibes with Sammy Rae & the Friends. (Friday, Bushwick, $15)

3. Pull a sick ollie at Thrasher x Vans Death Match NYC, a two-day bash bringing together music and skateboarding for the ultimate skater’s party, with open skate and performances by GZA, Gorilla Biscuits, and more. (Fri-Sat, Knockdown Center, FREE w/RSVP)

4. Get your kicks at the Rock ‘n Roll Blowout, featuring The Martinets, Wide Ride, Mighty Fine, and Les Sans Culottes in a battle for sonic supremacy. (Friday, Hank’s Saloon, $??)

5. Dance to the beat at Wax Makossa, an underground West African themed party featuring a carefully curated list of DJs and artists to celebrate and bring forth the rich African culture to the masses. (Friday, AP Cafe, $5)


Swipe right for Tinder Live (#14). Photo via Facebook.

6. Get your buzz on at Blocktoberfest, bringing together over 25 breweries for an awesome backyard bash featuring DJ Rob Swift, food, yard games, and lots of delicious NYC brewed beer. (Saturday, The Well, $14-35)

7. Walk this way to the South Williamsburg Walking Tour and see buildings left behind from Williamsburg’s industrial and brewing heritage, as well as landmark civic, commercial and religious buildings. (Saturday, City Reliquary, $15)

8. Savor some ciders at Ciderfest & Harvest Carnival and sample some amazing New York ciders, natural wines, local craft beers, hot cider, and food, with lawn games and a square dance with a live bluegrass band. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Farms, FREE-$50)

9. Color your mind at the Ragas Live Festival, an epic 24-hour, 24-set festival featuring over 60 world-class musicians featuring traditional Indian classical music and contemporary cross-cultural collaborations. (Sat-Sun, Pioneer Works, $30)

10. See a new retelling of Makbet, where Shakespeare’s tale of greed, omens, and foul deeds, comes alive through the unflinching performance of a handful of actors who take turns spontaneously trading off parts (quite literally) at the drop of a hat. (Sat-Sun, Sure We Can, $20)

11. It’s ok to be scared at Death Becomes Her, where iconic ladies of the macabre will leave you shrieking in horror and delight, featuring a star studded line up of burlesque’s deadliest femme fatales. (Saturday, Eris Evolution, $10)

12. Enjoy a variety of programming at First Saturday and come together to honor the resilience and diversity of Latinx communities in Brooklyn through a dynamic lineup of art-making, film, music, and poetry. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

13. Hear some interesting discourse at The Connection Podcast Taping with Agunda Okeyo, an ongoing conversation between writers, comedians, activists, musicians and all manner of thinking people discussing life in NYC, current events and the implicit value of creativity. (Saturday, The Bell House, $12)

14. Swipe right on Tinder Live, a totally improvised, anything-can-happen interactive comedy event with real-time swiping, messaging, and sometimes real-time phone calls with Tinder matches. (Saturday, Littlefield, $15)

15. Get lucky at Daft Disco, A night of French touch, French house, disco house and more, inspired by the music of Daft Punk, Todd Terje, Giorgio Moroder, and more. (Saturday, Knitting Factory, FREE w/RSVP before midnight-$10)


Enjoy an artsy block party (#16). Photo via Facebook.

16. Enjoy an artsy block party at the Bushwick Troutman Art Fest, celebrating art in the community with the many artists that live or work in the neighborhood, with local musical talent, performance art, costumes and puppetry for a mini art parade, body painting, and more. (Sunday, Troutman Street, FREE)

17. Spook up your life at the Halloween Flea and shop a curated selection of handmade and vintage stuff: records, books, toys, collectibles. jewelry, clothing, guitar pedals, and more. (Sunday, Saint Vitus Bar, FREE)

18. Shop local at Colored Girls Hustle Marketplace, a curated pop-up shopping experience featuring women of color artists and makers with a fresh line up of vendors. (Sunday, New Women Space, FREE)

19. Enter the ring with Kaiju Big Battel and watch huge costumed Japanese monsters battle each other Lucha Libre style, with good monsters battling the evil Dr. Cube and his cohorts. (Sunday, The Bell House, $15-30)

20. Get sorted at A Very Harry Halloween, where aerialists, variety artists, and dancers will perform along with an array of amazing Harry Potter themed raffle prizes, and the audience can help win house points throughout the show. (Sunday, The Deep End, $15-20)

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