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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, block party edition

1. Fizzy up the girl at Tour, Tasting, & Egg Cream Reception for an exclusive tour and tasting of a seltzer factory that has been hand-filling bottles and delivering them to customers’ doorsteps for over fifty years. (Friday, Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, $29-32)

2. See splashy performances at Breaking Surface, and journey be led on an acrobatic adventure over a darkly flooded stage during a multi-faceted performance of incredible skill and poetic beauty. (Fri-Sun, secret Williamsburg location, $50)

3. Come together for Talk Back: Three Day Convening and join disabled artists, organizers, activists and allies from around the country who will speak, perform, and lead workshops and discussions. (Fri-Sun, Flux Factory, FREE)

4. Discuss the important topics at ACLU 100 Year Anniversary which will spark a conversation about the challenging, civil liberties battles of the nation’s past, present, and future, with free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. (Friday, The Dumbo Archway, FREE)

5. Laugh on top at Rooftop Comedy and finally enjoy the good weather on a rooftop with free beer while it lasts, and laugh from comedians Mike Recine, Katie Hannigan, Alexis Guerreros, and more.(Friday, secret location, $10)


See the kickoff to this magic tour (#11). Photo via.

6. Party in the streets at the Bushwick Collective Block Party with live street art being made, a huge merchant market of prints, clothing, and more, food trucks, product samplings, live performances, and much more. (Saturday, Bushwick Collective, FREE)

7. Take the paddling to the public at Public Paddle and access the waterways in canoe tours with views of Manhattan, with tasty beverages and snacks on the shores of Newtown Creek. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Boat Club, FREE)

8. Sew up those holes at Visible Mending: Sashiko and learn the basic techniques of this classic repair technique combined with needle-woven patches, which can be used to make your own fabric to cover smaller holes. (Saturday, Brooklyn Brainery, $35)

9. Kick off Pride Month at First Saturday with the exhibit Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall during an evening of live music, film, art-making, community workshops, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

10. Get your game on at Wonderville Grand Opening, a brand new bar, arcade, and event space focused on showcasing independent games, music, and other interactive arts, with all games free to play all night long (and always!). (Saturday, Wonderville, FREE)

11. See a one-woman magic show at Truth Assassin Tour Launch, an evening of startling effects including live fish appearing from thin air, blindfolded targeting with a knife, baffling sleight of hand, and an appearance by Stormy the Mystery Dog.  (Saturday, Rubulad, $10-15)

12. Get it on film at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, with over 50 new indie films in all genres, showcasing the best of the Brooklyn scene to audiences around the borough. (Sat-Sun, St. Francis College, FREE-$25)

13. Dress bee-autifully for Bee Movie, with music performances by Funkrust Brass Band and Sugarlife, life drawing with Veronymous Bosch, tarot readings, and much more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10-15)

14. Keep the boat afloat at The Boat Fundraiser, a rooftop pool fundraiser for the beloved Bushwick Boat, with music, performances, art auction, and more. (Saturday, The Williamsburg Hotel, $25-35)

15. Gather under the Brooklyn stars for Twinkle: Figment NYC After Party, as day one of Figment NYC comes to a close, collaborators unite for an immersive art, music, performance, and vibes experience. (Saturday, The Paper Box, $25-29)


Get your game on (#10). Photo via.

16. Get the inside info at the Curator Tour: On the (Queer) Waterfront for a private tour of the first exhibition ever to focus explicitly on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history of Brooklyn with the author of the book When Brooklyn Was Queer. (Sunday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $15)

17. Keep the outdoor parties rolling at the YES Block Party, an outdoor-indoor art party in celebration of creation in all its forms, and explore installations, performances, experiences and live art around the House of Yes! (Sunday, House of Yes, FREE)

18. Get a side of counterculture with your beer at Five Points Festival and get your fill of vinyl and plastic toys, original art, indie designers, resin, plush, blind boxes, blanks, minis, kaiju, Japanese vinyl, posters, prints, apparel, craft beer and more. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, $20+)

19. Have your CAKE and eat it too at a five hour Sunday sanctuary of live music, vibrational medicine, food, elixirs, arts & crafts, circling, undiluted fun, movement, dress-up, and intentional games. (Sunday, 258 Johnson Ave, $25)

20. Leave your chips at home for Bushwick Salsa, celebrating latin music and culture where you can eat, drink, mingle, and dance to live performances by the legendary Tito Puente Jr, Soundboy Cartagena, New York Salsa Band, and many more. (Sunday, The Brooklyn Mirage, FREE)

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