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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, secrets edition

1. Check out loads of art at The Other Art Fair which will showcase over 130 talented emerging artists with artworks starting from $150, each hand picked by a committee of art world experts. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, $13.50-15)

2. See some outsider art at Fridge Art Fair, always the fair to err on the side of not taking itself too seriously, which will honor the vision of the great Frida Kahlo. (Fri-Sun, 85 Smith Street, FREE)

3. Keep your secrets safe at Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide and preview Untapped Cities’ newest book on the borough’s hidden gems in a native wildflower rooftop garden along Newtown Creek. (Friday, Kingsland Wildflowers, $35)

4. Everything is secret til the day of at Don’t Tell Comedy and BYOB to a secret location and see the best comedians from around the country, you never know who might show up. (Friday, secret location, $20)

5. Zone out at Liquid Light Lab, an immersive psychedelic audiovisual performance that mixes classic liquid light show techniques like colored oils and overhead projectors with cutting-edge digital programming to explore images of the cosmos. (Friday, National Sawdust, $25)


Party at the cantina at the end of the universe (#13). via.

6. Keep our waterways clean at Riverkeeper Sweep for a clean up of Transmitter Park for the 8th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries. (Saturday, Transmitter Park, donations accepted)

7. Stroll along the pollution at Walk the Gowanus with a Local Author, where Joseph Alexiou, licensed NYC tour guide, will lead a walking tour of the Gowanus, particularly the tidal estuary and salt marshes, its role the Revolutionary War, and more. (Saturday, Gowanus Souvenir Shop, $20)

8. Get in some games at Alt.Ctrl Games Student Showcase and play Alt.Ctrl and new arcade games made by students at LIU Post for a class in physical interface design, where each game features a unique, custom built controller. (Saturday, Wonderville, $5 suggested)

9. Keep the beat at Will Calhoun Masterclass & BMS Drum Recital, welcoming acclaimed drummer and Bronx native Will Calhoun to the stage where he will give a master class prior to the annual drum recital by BMS students. (Saturday, Brooklyn Music School, $5 suggested)

10. See the newest arrivals at First Saturday: Celebrate Spring, where Liz Johnson Artur gives a tour of her work, create a cloth artwork inspired by Egúngún, and performances from Arooj Aftab, The Fadara Group, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

11. See art over performances at Art is Funny is Art… a comedy show where all the performers are also visual artists, so their work is projected onto the wall behind them while they perform. (Saturday, Cloud City, $10)

12. Keep the comradely vibes going at Dance Dance Revolution, North Brooklyn DSA’s May Day fundraising party to support the work they do, featuring Comrade Barbie, Junior Mint, and more performances. (Saturday, Trans-Pecos, $15)

13. May the fourth be with you at Star Wars Day: Cantina at the End of the Universe, with aesthetically pleasing air pressure waves coming at your eardrums, mad scientist concoctions, and an eclectic crowd of humanoids, androids, and more. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio Loft, $5-10)

14. Dance all night at The Lot Radio Kiosk Reopening Party and celebrate the reopening of The Lot Radio Kiosk by dancing and help raise money to help them recover from being closed for 3 months. (Saturday, Market Hotel, $15)

15. Spring together for JunXion Presents: Give Rise, on this night all the roads converge and you are at the center, featuring three stages of DJs, outdoor and indoor spaces with performances, music, theater and spectacle. (Saturday, secret location, $30)


Go on a mushroom walk (#17). Photo via.

16. Dig through crates at the Massive $1.00 Vinyl Record Sale, where thousands and thousands of vinyl records will be available for one day only at the low price of $1.00 each with all genres of music. (Sunday, Black Gold, FREE)

17. Leave room for the Mushroom Walk for a morning walk through Green-Wood Cemetery in search of mushroom specimens, and then back to the lab in the afternoon to learn how to identify them based on their DNA. (Sunday, Genspace, $5)

18. Get a bird’s-eye view while Exploring the Rooftops of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and explore the multipurpose rooftops of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of the nation’s most storied naval shipbuilding facilities. (Sunday, Brooklyn Roasting Company Building 92, $39)

19. Drink with the dead at The Evergreens Cemetery Brewer’s Row: Tour and Tasting and discover the fascinating stories of the beer makers of The Evergreens Cemetery’s “Brewers’ Row”, then toast to their legacy with an on-site guided beer tasting. (Sunday, Evergreens Cemetery, $35)

20. Spend the day outside at the Opening of the Catland Garden, where they’ve been working hard in the courtyard to germinate this year’s crop of medicinal and magical plants, as well as bring in a few new surprises. (Sunday, Catland, FREE)

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