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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, black rock lobster fest edition

1. Create a space to center your work at Intro to Altar Making, an in-depth introduction to the world of personal altars and the art of altar making by exploring the various types of altars throughout spiritual practice. (Friday, Catland, $15)

2. Hail Mary: Our Queer Saints, where comedians, writers, and performers nominate their favorite queer icon for sainthood in order to build a new canon of glorified souls, and perhaps transcend their earthly bodies. (Friday, The Footlight, $5)

3. See your favorite queer cartoon villains to campy stars of the stage & screen in Switch n’ Play: Iconic, the award-winning drag and burlesque collective paying homage to the queer icons who inspire them in a group of stellar performances. (Friday, National Sawdust, $20)

4. Rock! Away! Music Festival, three days of music, art, and fun from Riis Park to the Rockaway Brewing Co and everywhere in between, with tons of band and activities. (Fri-Sun, various locations, $varies)

5. An Italian-American Williamsburg tradition for the past 116 years, the Dancing of the Giglio at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast is back in all its glory this Sunday. (Sat-Sun, OLMC – 275 N 8th St, FREE)

6. Learn about notable dead and buried women at Fascinating Femme Fatales of Green-Wood, including Fanny White, famed courtesan and brothel manager, and Emma Cunningham, who was tried for the murder of Harvey Burdell. (Saturday, Greenwood Cemetery, $20-25)

7. Use reflection, dialogue, movement, and imagination in Cultivating Active Hope: Living w/ Joy Amidst the Climate Crisis, a workshop exploring becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for, and having the internal sustenance to find joy and meaning amidst our pain for the world. (Saturday, Brooklyn Public Library, $35+)

8. Visit NYC’s longest-running zine fest: Pete’s Mini Zine Fest and meet some incredible artists, zine makers, and publishers and distributors, with over twenty different tables to peruse. (Saturday, Pete’s Candy Shop, FREE)

9. Cover up that wine stain at the Tie Dye Workshop with StuyDYED, a workshop where you’ll learn basic folds, techniques & get your hands a little dirty by putting new life into some old clothes. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Farms, $35)

10. Don your grooviest fit and get ready to dance at Groovy Groover for an afternoon soiree of all disco tunes on a rooftop with 5 different DJs. (Saturday, Lightning Society Lofts, $20)

11. Chicken Sh*t Bingo, an annual fundraiser that turns poop into gold, a delightful day full of music, drinks, and hoping a chicken poops on your number. (Saturday, Bushwick City Farm, $5 per square)

12. Gather ’round the Campfire for a live outdoor storytelling show, featuring Jo Firestone, Andy Haynes, Petey Deabreu, and more. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Farms, $5-10)

13. Gorge on Brooklyn’s best mobile cuisine at the launch of Food Truck Fridays, a curated selection of food trucks and a bar by Smorgasburg on the Williamsburg waterfront. (Friday, East River State Park, FREE)

14. Black Rock Lobster Fest, BYO food for a rooftop BBQ by sunset, and stay to party until way late, plus make your own pet rock lobster, hot butter massages, lobster 40 hands, and more. (Saturday, X Marks the Loft, $15-20)

15. Locally made art, clothing, food, drinks, and music come together in a Greenpoint pop-up by Wilder Shores to benefit Planned Parenthood. (Saturday, Dobbin St, FREE)


Predict where the chicken poops and win! (#11). Photo via.

16. Brewer’s Row: Tour and Tasting, where several notable beer barons are entombed in lavish mausoleums, as you learn about their lives plus a tasting of locally made brews. (Sunday, The Evergreens Cemetery, $35)

17. Don’t get trapped at Cage in the Park, a parody of Shakespeare in the Park with Nicolas Cage’s timeless movies, this time performing Face/Off set in Ancient Rome. (Sunday, The Peristyle in Prospect Park, FREE)

18. BYOBook: A Quiet Happy Hour for Readers and grab a drink for an hour of silent sustained reading in the auditorium with your fellow book lovers, and mingle before and after reading. (Sunday, The Center for Fiction, FREE)

19. Let go of your inhibitions at the House of Aphrodisiacs, and enjoy each enchantress and temptation during a delightful blend of burlesque, transformative seduction, and acrobatic fantasy. (Sunday, House of Yes, $15-40)

20. God Speed You! Black Emperor Screening, playing the film that inspired one of our favorite games of the same name: a period piece depicting 1970s Japanese motorcycle gangs. (Sunday, Wonderville, FREE)

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