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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, pumpkin carving edition

1. Learn to kick-ass at Women’s Self-Defense Class and learn effective self-defense techniques and how to avoid and respond to different situations from stranger violence to domestic violence. (Friday, Traditional Okinawan Karate, FREE)

2. Bring your phone to Heaven Must Be Missing An Algorithm, an exhibition exploring the intimacy we share with digital technology and AI through a feminine perspective. (Friday, Paradice Palase, FREE)

3. See a wide variety of art at the Fall Group Show, celebrating Juxtapoz Magazine’s latest issue with their biggest lineup yet with live music and free drinks. (Friday, Superchief Gallery, FREE)

4. Make a difference at Solidarity Sounds: House Show & Fundraiser, an acoustic house concert and fundraiser for Solidarity Room Project, featuring dumbgirl, Bunnies and Kitties, and Dirty Bird. (Friday, Lawrence Street, $10)

5. Try and get out alive at The Ridgewood Slaughterhouse, and experience true horror as you try to escape this fun, interactive and terrifying haunted attraction at the hands of an extremist demonic cult. (Fri-Sun, The Deep End, $15-30)


Prepare to be spooped (#5). Photo via.

6. Strap on a helmet for Adult Learn to Ride, and learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit in an easy, low-stress way. (Saturday, Prospect Park Bandshell, FREE)

7. Take a look around during Gowanus Open Studios, an annual weekend where artists open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists. (Sat-Sun, Gowanus, FREE)

8. Art’ll get weird at Distorted Portrait Drawing where you will learn and practice the parchment paper copying technique method to trace selected parts and then reassemble them in a way that creates a new and distorted image. (Saturday, Classeteria, $25)

9. See films from a different perspective at The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, a two-day annual film festival founded by African Voices magazine dedicated to providing opportunities for women of color filmmakers to advance their careers in the film industry. (Saturday, Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn, $12-20)

10. Jack your lanterns for Crest’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and bring your already carved pumpkins for a night of food, music, drinks, tarot card reading, kids activities, and much more. (Saturday, Crest Hardware, FREE)

11. Get wet for Watercolor Portraits, a class covering the fundamentals of watercolor by combining demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and discussion. (Saturday, Classeteria, $25)

12. Enjoy a day of beer, music, and food at Octfest 2019, with over 50 breweries from six continents to taste, plus music from Parquet Courts, Screaming Females, and more. (Saturday, Knockdown Center, $45)

13. Joke for good at A Night of Comedy for Reproductive Rights with comedians Ana Fabrega, Aparna Nancherla, and Emmy Blotnick, plus art by local artists with all proceeds going to the Center for Reproductive Rights. (Saturday, Cloud Ciy, $12)

14. It’s so bad it’s good at Bad Theater Fest, a collection of low-budget, eclectic, unusual, different, and fantastic short plays, such as a game show where contestants compete for the affections of a filthy grandma. (Saturday, The Brick Theater, $20)

15. Be in it for the long haul at the Ragas Live Festival, an epic 24-hour, 24-set festival featuring over 70 world-class musicians rooted in the unique time cycle of Indian Classical Music in which specific musical modes are performed at specific times of day. (Sat-Sun, Pioneer Works, $30)


It’s as easy as riding a bike (#6). Photo via.

16. Find a last minute costume at the Halloween Costume Market, cruise the hand-picked artisan selections including Halloween costumes, crafts, jewelry, and accessories that are surreal, sacred, and spooky. (Sunday, House of Yes, FREE)

17. Chow down at the Brooklyn Chowder Takedown where the finest local cooks dream up their favorite chowder, and you get to be the judge by voting for your favorite. (Sunday, Lot 45, $25)

18. Get sexy at The Sinners’ Market: Halloween Edition, a market full of decadent deals and transgressive trinkets for all your sexy, kinky, fantasy, alternative, gothic and sex-positive needs. (Sunday, Gemini & Scorpio, FREE)

19. Don a costume for Parties, Power, & Promises – A Vampire: The Masquerade Event, and step into the shoes of a creature of the night, immortal vampires who use the streets of Brooklyn as their personal playground. (Sunday, Wonderville, $15-20)

20. Come with 2 wheels or 2 feet to the Bike-In Movie Theater, the indoor space will feel like the outdoors with astroturf, bike parking with FM receivers, and a 1960’s trailer bar, with fun intermission games. (Sunday, 508 Smith Street, $11)

Wet Haunt American Summer Halloween Party! Keep things hot and sweaty for just a little longer and celebrate things that go bunk in the night with a Halloween blowout featuring music spun by DJs Brendan & Bianca, a photo booth, spiked drink specials, a costume contest, and 100 pounds of free candy. Friday, 10/25 at 10:30pm. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. More Info & Tix (sponsored)

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