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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, more markets edition

1. Sing new songs at Antifa La La La La Cookie Contest & Song Share, so cozy up indoors with a hot toddy or cocoa, eat some cookies and sing some songs, with vegan sugar cookies to decorate and some songs to learn. (Friday, 136 Lawrence Street, $5-10)

2. Get funky at Kürrent feat. Brian Charette and Jordan Young, where Grammy-nominated jazz organist Brian Charette brings “ethereal 8-bit funk” with his group, Kürrent. (Friday, Vetro Center at St. Nicholas Church, FREE)

3. Blast off with A Sci-Fi Festivus For The Rest Of Us for a night of aliens, robots, and space rebels as we celebrate the end of the year in the best way they know how: with scantily clad performers. (Friday, The Nest, $15-20)

4. Talk about it at Not Quite Midnight Xmas Spectacular, the kitschy, self-aware version of a late-night talk show, with a Let’s Get Weird Al Christmas Carol, Zaddy Santa Claus, a one-man band, plus your first is beer free. (Friday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)

5. Get in the holiday spirit at the Xmas Pop Sing-Along, with holiday hit music videos, many of them interpreted by your favorite pop stars, with all the lyrics on-screen so you can sing along. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)


Schlep to the Shtetl (#18). Photo via.

6. Bring gently used items to the Greencycle Holiday Swap and recycle, reduce, and reuse when one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. (Saturday, Leonard Library, $10 suggested)

7. Do it all at the Sip, Shop, Eat Holiday Pop-Up where you’ll sip delicious drinks, shop pop up shops by NYC indie brands, and eat yummy treats from select vendors, plus complimentary popcorn and cotton candy for all guests. (Sat-Sun, At Peace Studios, $6-25)

8. Find something different at the Strange and Unusual Holiday Market, where you’ll find local artists, selling one of a kind creations, sideshow art, vintage pieces, self-care packages, and so much more. (Sat-Sun, Coney Island USA, FREE)

9. Uplift local artists, makers, and community-led efforts at the Social Justice Holiday Market for a delightful indoor gathering of small vendors selling all things social justice-y, without buying corporate crap for your loved ones. (Sat-Sun, Mayday Space, FREE)

10. See drag shows while you shop at Bushwig’s Christmas Market, with over 20 iconic vendors peddling apparel, costumes, vintage clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, cats in drag and everything in between. (Saturday, 3 Dollar Bill, FREE)

11. Grab the goods at Parklife Holiday Market and peruse goodies from local vendors (different vendors each day) and stay for the tacos, cocktails, and festive desserts. (Sat-Sun, Parklife, FREE)

12. See some action at Action Heroes: Sooner, Higher, Faster, Harder, a live performance with feats of physicality, scientifically planned chaos, strength, risk, and elegance. (Saturday, Streb, $25)

13. Slap some sticks at Candide, a brand new, highly physical, and only slightly musical adaptation of the Voltaire classic, from the creators of ‘Rise and Fall.’ (Sat-Mon, Cloud City, $20)

14. Gotta collect ’em all at Trading Card Art Show III, where you can buy affordable miniature works for $100 each by an incredible lineup of contemporary artists. (Saturday, Gristle Tattoo & Art Gallery,

15. No exaggerations at The Greatest Show: A Holiday Extravaganza, an all-night psychedelic, satirical drag experience that takes traditional circus, striptease, and sideshow and puts them through a lens of madness. (Saturday, LP n Harmony, FREE)


Buy some $100 art (#14). Photo via.

16. Fix it up at the Arcade Co-op, the first monthly co-working day where you can meet other members of the collective, bring a game or piece of hardware you’re working on, or just help out with some routine arcade maintenance. (Sunday, Wonderville, FREE)

17. Fashion a miniature tumbleweed at Terrariums: The Desert Landscape where you’ll make your own desert terrarium inside a container you bring with you, using plants, soil and materials provided by us. (Sunday, Brooklyn Brainery, $52)

18. Join Elad Kabilio, 12th Night Klezmer, and Yiddish theatre star Daniella Rabbani at Hanukkah on the Roof for a joyous evening of the beautiful music, great passion, and unique humor that makes the Shtetl such a unique place for a big celebration. (Saturday, On Stage At Kingsborough, $32)

19. Create a Festivus headpiece at Addressing Headressing, where you’ll you will learn tips in preparing, building, decorating and the mounting of several styles of headdress structures. (Sunday, secret location, $25-30)

20. Have a very Lohan holiday at Lindsay: A Messy Comedy Show, a messy night of comedy featuring Chewy May, Kiera Machiavelli, Molly Brenner, and more. (Sunday, The Vault, $5)

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