event roundups

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

1. Be useful at Use: A Users’ Manual, and approach the various ways that “use” enters into our lexicon and politics, and how do we delineate the useful and the useless, the usual and the unusual. (Friday, UnionDocs, $8-15)

2. Make something for your mom at DIY Painted Cork Coasters, and use acrylic paint and tape to create a geometric design on a set of 8 cork coasters with a variety of colored paint, brushes, and much more to make your own set of custom coasters. (Friday, Private Picassos, $45)

3. Take it all in at the Look + Listen Festival: No Instruments Required, an annual showcase featuring musicians across genres of contemporary classical, improvisation, sound design, and experimental songwriting. (Friday, Invisible Dog, FREE)

4. See a raucous comedy at Kate & Ilyssa Present: The Best Ritual, where two privileged, yet broke, girls host a benefit to raise money for a made-up charity, but when it hits the fan will they stay cool or will their world turn upside down? (Friday, Cloud City, $10)

5. Spice up your life at the Girl Power Sing-Along, and celebrate the incredible female artists through their iconic music videos with a selection of music videos spanning from the ’80s to the 2000’s with the lyrics on the screen so everyone can sing along. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)


Get ready to dance with Gavin Rayna Russom (#14). Photo via.

6. Bring snacks and a blanket for Summer Sounds, free concerts on the lawn all summer long, with Suzi Shelton as the concert series opener. (Saturday, Old Stone House, FREE)

7. Go back in time with Magicians and Mediums for a trolley tour which will explore the legacies of Spiritualism and stage magic, which often came into conflict with each other. (Saturday, Green-Wood Cemetery, $20-25)

8. Drink your booze and eat it too at Tipsy Scoop Grand Opening, where the first 100 customers receive a $1 single scoop of (c)old fashioned ice cream infused with orange bitters and Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon. (Saturday, Tipsy Scoop, FREE)

9. Go fly a kite at Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival which will emphasize S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts such as wind tunnels, robotic air propellers, and outdoor adventures with kites to purchase, or bring your own. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

10. Build this city at New York City Brick by Brick and experience New York’s iconic buildings as imagined through Legos, with featured buildings including The Highline, Chrysler Building, and more. (Saturday, City Point, FREE)

11. Magic is everywhere at Fairies and Magic in Shakespeare’s England and join Dan Harms for an exploration of the fairy lore found in the magical manuscripts, literature, and folklore of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. (Saturday, Catland, $20)

12. Time to choose at Would You Rather, where the funniest comedians will answer the pressing questions facing society, like would you rather lose the ability to sweat or spit, and more ridiculous scenarios. (Saturday, Friends and Lovers, FREE)

13. Go wild at Petting Zoo, featuring live music by Heavy Birds, Haunted Horses NYC, Brass Queens, plus DJs, projections, tarot, art, and much more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10-15)

14. Get ready to dance at Physicality: An Exploration of Embodiment in Three Remixes, LCD Soundsystem’s “Synth Wizard” Gavin Rayna Russom offers a longform DJ set zooming in on the significance of the nightclub. (Saturday, National Sawdust, $20-30)

15. Be kawaii at Candy! Candy! (A J & K-Pop Party) where DJs Gabyee, Jet & Kitty will play your favorite Japanese and Korean pop songs, plus a cosplay costume contest to win $100. (Saturday, Knitting Factory, FREE before midnight)


Go fly a kite (#9). Photo via.

16. Get fresh with your food at McGolrick Park Farmers Market which brings small scale farmers and food makers to the center of the park every Sunday, with locally grown fruits and vegetables, pasture raised meats and eggs, artisan baked goods, pickles and more. (Sunday, McGolrick Park, FREE)

17. Start out the season with Tiki Disco Season Opener and celebrate the 10th anniversary by dancing outside with resident DJs Eli Escobar, Andy Pry and Lloydski every other Sunday throughout the summer. (Sunday, The Well, $10)

18. See painless comedy at This Won’t Hurt, an annual fundraising event with live music, a silent auction and a comedy show with all ticket proceeds going towards the Brooklyn Free Clinic, with Aparna Nancherla, Ike Ufomadu, and more. (Sunday, The Bell House, $20)

19. Recap what’s good at A Great Week for Women: Mother’s Day Edition, where an all-female group of comedy writers gets together for a night full of laughs, libations, and literally anything else that we want to talk about this month. (Sunday, Velvet Brooklyn, $5)

20. You might learn something at Next Slide Please: A PowerPoint Comedy Show which asks comedians to give PowerPoint presentations about whatever they want—like commercial jingles or the best Manhattan neighborhoods for sidewalk make-outs. (Sunday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

Want more? Check out our full events calendar and add your own event today!

Wouldn’t you love to have all these events in your inbox? Subscribe!

Leave a Reply