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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Greenpoint Open Studios edition

1. Kick off the weekend at Greenpoint Open Studios Launch Party with an explosion of music, dancing, frozen cocktail specials, and lots of live art installations, plus a free swag bag of art supplies for the first 100 visitors. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, FREE)

2. Dance to twice the fiddles at Brooklyn Contra, where Tempest in a Teacup brings a feast of tunes from Québécois, Irish, Scottish and New England traditions for the last dance of spring. (Friday, Camp Friendship, $12-15)

3. Remove your masks and Many Faces, an experimental performance art show featuring four artists who will be dissolving and unearthing “the self,” forging new pathways towards enacting identity through comedy, tragedy, song, dance, and more. (Friday, Vital Joint, $10)

4. Use your woman power at The Most Massive Woman Wins, and step back into the 1990’s by watching an empowering play and networking with female creative entertainment industry professionals. (Fri & Sun, New Women Space, $10)

5. Take a bow at The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust – Anniversary Tribute where Michael T and the Vanities give tribute to the importance Bowie and this particular LP played in the burgeoning gay pride movement. (Friday, Gran Torino, $10-15)


Celebrate gay composers (#18). Photo via.

6. Explore the art hood during Greenpoint Open Studios, where 300+ local artists and designers open up their studios to the public to showcase work in a variety of mediums, from paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, to ceramics, and more.  (Sat-Sun, Greenpoint, FREE)

7. You’re never too old to learn new tricks at Learn To Ride, a class for adults to learn how to ride a bike, where they’ll get you rolling in no time with a safe, easy, and effective method. (Saturday, Linden Park, FREE)

8. Stay inflated with Fix-A-Flat, where you’ll learn how to repair a flat tire on your bike, which is the most common mechanical breakdown, and this knowledge will save you time, money, and the headache of being stranded with a flat tire. (Saturday, Mill Basin Public Library, FREE)

9. Embrace your facial hair at Walt Whitman Beard & Moustache Competition, and celebrate the legacy of Walt Whitman’s contribution to poetry and hipsterism with an all ages and genders beard and moustache competition. (Saturday, Fort Greene Park, FREE)

10. Try not to fall in the water at the Gowanus Challenge SuperFUN Canoe Race, a 2.5 mile round trip race from the boathouse to the buoy and return, with a post race banquet and awards ceremony to follow. (Saturday, Gowanus Dredgers, FREE)

11. Be fabulous for festival time at Burner Bazar, where your favorite vendors will be offering you costumes, clothes, jewelry, hats, headpieces, and more at a Burner run venue. (Saturday, Eris Evolution, FREE)

12. Take a lesson and show your skills at Salsa Dance Party, and come early for a beginner salsa lesson led by professional latin ballroom dancers, followed by an afternoon of self-expression, vulnerability, and fun through dancing. (Saturday, Lightning Society Lofts, $30)

13. Hear some musical spells at Wizardly Musical Magic, where bands that defy musical genres and weave their own unique magic will play on a terrace, showcasing sounds from Gawain and the Green Knight and Parnhash & Coe. (Saturday, secret location, $10)

14. Take it all in at Tiny Glasses Variety Show, a brand new showcase of some of NYC’s most engaging comedians, musicians, writers, clowns, and other performers presented by chaotic comedian Ben Wasserman. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)

15. Dance the night away at Be Cute Brooklyn Pride, a dance party for queers featuring DJ Horrorchata, plus live shows from Meat Ball, Maddelyn Hatter, Mini Horrowitz, and many more. (Saturday, Littlefield, $10-20)


Check out art all over Greenpoint (#6). Photo via.

16. Surround yourself with art at Second Sundays, a free event series that engages Pioneer Works disciplines through live music, food, artists’ open studios, and interactive programs. (Sunday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

17. Wave your flags at the First Annual Knickerbocker Avenue Puerto Rican Day Parade, starting from Linden Street and ending at Jefferson Street where there will be plenty of traditional Puerto Rican food to eat, music, dance and family entertainment. (Sunday, Knickerbocker Ave, FREE)

18. Hear some classics at BMCO Celebrates Brooklyn Pride, where the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra celebrates the LGBTQ+ community of Brooklyn through a concert highlighting gay composers. (Sunday, The Park Church Co-op, $15-25)

19. Wind it down at Greenpoint Open Studios Wrap Party, and join local creatives to wind down the art-filled weekend festivities with food, drinks, DJ tunes, and projected artwork by GOS 2019 participants, and registered GOS artists get a free drink. (Sunday, One Bedford, FREE)

20. Bust out your rainbows for World Pride Variety Show, an evening of comedy, burlesque, dance, and drag, plus a pride costume contest with a boozy prize or two, featuring Ducky Sheaboi, Patsy InDecline, Non Kuramoto, and more. (Sunday, Threes @ Franklin + Kent, $10 suggested)

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