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The best cheap things to do this weekend, meow mania edition

1. Learn some tips ‘n tricks at Freelancer Fireside for a discussion on all things freelance: best practices for invoicing, frustrations, the challenges of working alone, and the future of the gig economy. (Friday, powerHouse Arena, $7)

2. Get it pitch perfect at Fireworks Friday Karaoke on the Boardwalk, and sing karaoke with family and friends on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel until it’s time for fireworks to illuminate the sky. (Friday, pin Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, FREE)

3. Things’ll get weird at The Lab, featuring some of NY’s top black comedians playing with genres of comedy other than traditional standup, so expect things to get weird and experimental. (Friday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)

4. Solve whodunnit at Happily Ever After, a masked murder mystery wedding ceremony concert set in a fictional animal kingdom where you’ll play a role in solving the murder, and try not to become a suspect. (Friday, Rubulad, $15)

5. Save your manners for Pretty Please, presented by drag king Maxxx Pleasure featuring Miss Toto, Miami’s premiere gender-bending body-building drag queen, and many more. (Friday, Baby’s All Right, $5-10)


Strip down (#6). Photo via.

6. Strip down at NYC Body Painting Day, which includes four hours of live public body painting followed by a march through the streets of Bushwick and an awesome after-party. (Saturday, Maria Hernandez Park, FREE)

7. Transform your wardrobe at Tie Dye Party and bring clothes with stains or anything you would like to transform with different color dyes, and learn different dyeing techniques like ties, folds, batik, and more. (Saturday, Vinnyasa Yoga Studio, $25)

8. Have a cat-tastic time at MeowMania, a fundraising event that will help local shelters save more cats, with adoptable kittens, stuff with cats on them that you can buy, a contest for best cat-themed outfit, and much more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $5-10)

9. See some bands on the boardwalk at the 3rd Annual Coney Island Music Festival, featuring performances from The Feelies, Bane’s World, The Mystery Lights, and more outside on the boardwalk. (Sunday, Coney Island, FREE)

10. Be a part of live-action gaming experiences at Come Out and Play (After Dark) turning the city streets into an arcade with social party games, large physical video games and wild new street games. (Saturday, Dumbo Archway, FREE)

11. Let it all out at Cat’s Eye Cabaret: Teen Angst Edition, a night of angst-filled aerial, burlesque, variety acts, and teen themed games galore, with performances from Fey Tality, Bobby Fishnets, Dickie Smalls, and many more. (Saturday, The Deep End, $15)

12. See the first spook show of the season with Phantom Creep Theatre who hosts the Strange Case of Captain Ramper where beastmen run wild and inhuman hands may reach out from the screen and grab you where you sit. (Saturday, Coney Island USA, $20)

13. Light it up at Prospect Park Moonlight Ride and discover Prospect Park at night with a peaceful ride that visits the park’s little-known treasures, so bring yourself, your bike, and some lights. (Saturday, Prospect Park, FREE)


See a performance of the Sonocyb (#20). Photo via.

14. Step into old Havana at Hemingway Day and celebrate what would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 120th birthday, featuring cigar rolling, salsa dancing, charity casino games, live music, Cuban cuisine, drink specials, and more. (Sunday, Freehold, FREE)

15. Sink your teeth into acrobatic dance theater at Big Teeth’s Ordinary Creatures, where you’ll see contemporary dance woven with acrobatic partnering, physical theater, and aerial arts in a seamless, genre-defying investigation of monstrosity. (Sunday, The Muse, $17-25)

16. Laugh with the living at Not Dead Yet, a comedy variety show featuring some of the most experimental, original, and talented performers in New York that happen to be alive and well. (Sunday, C’mon Everybody, $7-10)

17. Be amazed by Onyx Ashanti, a musician, performer, programmer, and inventor of the Sonocyb, a continually evolving, malleable interface of prosthetic synthesizer controllers used to articulate electronic sound in conjunction with bodily motion. (Sunday, Bar Laika, FREE)

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