event roundups

The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, sugar plum fairy edition

1. Break in the new dance floor at Indoor Opening Night. It’s been built out and outfitted with custom sound, and now it’s time for you to come and get down. Bearcat, Night Doll and Precolumbian supply the tunes. (Friday, Nowadays, $15)

2. Know your memes at Passion of the Frog: A Meme Musical, exploring the story of Pepe that the public doesn’t know, where he and his best buddy Drake set out on a journey to find an antidote for a disease and internet immortality. (Fri-Sat, Muchmore’s, $5)

3. The costumes will be wild at Very Bauhaus, which contains elements of experimental film intertwined with dance and large & bizarre costumes, expressing emotion through shapes & mimes. (Fri-Sat, Trans-Pecos and The Spectrum, $10)

Have a hands-on shopping experience Friday at Artists & Fleas. Hinna NYC will be providing henna while you chat up artisans and sip cocktails from Stonecutter Spirits. (Friday, Artists & Fleas Brooklyn) {sponsored}

4. See the story of Kwanzaa performed at Bone Soup: A Kwanzaa Story. This family-friendly show uses elements of music and dance to bring the holiday spirit to life, plus a holiday market with over 20 vendors. (Fri-Sat, The Black Lady Theatre, $20)

5. Dance the evening away with In the Mix with Agent Trevor, who’ll be spinning jazz, soul, funk, house, disco, reggae, broken beats, and more. (Friday, Parklife, FREE)


Unveil the secrets of Calvary (#16). Photo via Facebook

6. Browse independently made wares at the Renegade Craft Fair where they’ll be serving up unique, handmade items from hundreds of makers, food + drink, festive music, and more. (Sat-Sun, Industry City, FREE)

7. Don’t just shop but learn at the BUST Holiday Craftacular, featuring over 150 of the best vendors, makers, and crafters from across the country, plus an all-day music festival and The Bust School for Creative Living featuring over 40 DIY workshops, demos, and lectures. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, $5 and up)

8. Buy them something bright and fabulous at the House of Yes Holiday Bazaar, bringing you seasonal, handmade, vintage, and upcycled jewelry, crafts, costumes, and more. (Saturday, House of Yes, FREE)

9. See sugar plum fairies at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, which is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, and more. (Sat-Sun, Kings Theater, $27.50)

10. Prove you weren’t in Miami at the I Didn’t Go To Basel Pop-Up, a Basel themed day party and opportunity to chill Miami Beach style while shopping from upcoming local artists and designers. (Saturday, 101 Wilson, FREE)

11. Have a holiday bike ride to the Dyker Heights Holiday Lights and join Transportation Alternatives for a fun, social bicycle ride to see the brilliant holiday decorations burning bright throughout Dyker. (Saturday, Grand Army Plaza, FREE)

12. Indulge in the weird at Forever Festival XYZ, a one night avant-garde celebration with bands, performance artists, acrobats, a dance troupe, art installations, absurdist ceremonies, and more. (Saturday, 315 Ten Eyck St, $20)

13. Celebrate Chrismakwanzikuh at Electric Menorah Sugar Cookie, a holiday event in two parts: raising some dough for Jenny Romaine (Circus Amok)’s fabulous community Purim Shpiel Party, and part II: The Rubulad Holiday Revue. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10)

14. You’re not punk and I’m telling everyone at The Hard Times Live. The satire site brings together music and comedy with Kate Willett, Lynn Bixenspan, Joe Rumrill and “Glenn Danzig.” (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $5)

15. Have a nostalgic ball at Take Me Out: A Disco Punk Party presented by TisWas, playing 2000s dance punk a la Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem, The Rakes, Kaiser Chiefs, and more. (Saturday, Knitting Factory, $7)


Shop at the Shamanic Gallery (#18). Photo via Facebook

16. You’ll find me a grave man at NYC Secrets Within Calvary Cemetery, which is the final resting place of senators, governors, businessmen, mafiosos, and even an heir to the throne of Ireland. See the memorial to NYC’s Civil War soldiers erected by Tammany Hall, and one dedicated to the “fighting 69th” and more. (Sunday, Calvary Cemetery, $25)

17. Shop til you drop at the Greenpointers Winter Candyland Holiday Market, with a carefully curated selection of 60+ indie Brooklyn businesses to shop from, plus henna tattoos, tarot card readings, nail art, massages and much more. (Sunday, Greenpoint Loft, FREE)

18. Find a unique gift at the Shamanic and Indigenous Arts Holiday Market and Gallery for a showing of visionary art and indigenous handicrafts from around the globe. (Sunday, Sacred Arts Research Foundation, FREE)

19. Round out your weekend with art at Pioneer Works Second Sundays, featuring open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education. (Sunday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

20. Cackle at comedy at Laughs and Drafts, featuring comedians Selena Coppock, Kendra Cunningham, George Gordon and more. (Sunday, Five Boroughs Brewing Co., 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