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Top 20: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, deep summer edition

Add some surreality to your weekend with Matt Knife & Co. (#5)
Add some surreality to your weekend with Matt Knife & Co. (#5)

1. Fête the Farm on Adderly at their 10-Year Anniversary, with free food and drinks, live music by Gioel Severini Jazz Trio, and party favors. (Friday, The Farm on Adderly, FREE)

2. Stuff yourself with art at Finger Food, the inaugural exhibition at new gallery The Hand, with work by 20+ artists, food-based performances, and cake. (Friday, The Hand, FREE)

3. Prove that love is a lie at Let Me Break You Up, an anti-dating show where host Carly Ann Filbin tests real life couples to see if they’re meant to be together. (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, $5)

4. Heat it up at Firestarter, the official kick-off party to the LGBTQ comics fest FlameCon, with burlesque, drag, cosplay, and more. (Friday, Bell House, $15)

5. Get weird at Surrealist Burlesque’s SURFest, with site-specific live art installations, live music, and a full stage show featuring Jenny C’est Quoi, Dr. Lucky, Matt Knife, Zero Boy, Heather Whatever, and more. (Friday & Saturday, Sideshows by the Seashore, $15)


Groove it out with Sunnyside Social Club (#8)
Groove it out with Sunnyside Social Club (#8)

6. Start your day by stuffing your face at Brooklyn Flea BBQ Weekend, with vendors including Beast of Bourbon, Delaney’s BBQ, Kimchi Smoke, Lonestar Empire, and more. (Saturday & Sunday, Brooklyn Flea, FREE)

7. Get the heebie-jeebies on an HP Lovecraft Birthday Tour, traveling from Flatbush to Brooklyn Heights to visit the horror writer’s Brooklyn haunts. (Saturday, Prospect Park South, $20)

8. Clap your hands at the Coney Island Busker Fest, with 16 acts including Marching Cobras, Sunnyside Social Club, Baby Soda Jazz Band, and many more. And check out the Sand Sculpting Contest while you’re there! (Saturday, Surf & Stillwell Aves, FREE)

9. Celebrate African Diasporan culture at the opening day of MoCADA’s 7th annual Soul of BK Festival, with local vendors, art-making, health and wellness workshops, and tunes from Bohio Music and AfroBeat. (Saturday, Fort Greene Park, FREE)

10. Transport yourself to Cali at Str8 West-Coastin, with free rum punch, grilled food, and DJs Dstrukt, Eleven, Still Life, and Dopeshoes to keep you moving. (Saturday, Project Parlor, FREE)

11. If you think the rent is too damn high, join the movement at the Citywide Convergence Against Displacement, a day of workshops, strategy sharing, and community building. (Saturday, Mayday Space, FREE)

12. Learn how to be a dude at It’s a Guy Thing, where comedians Aparna Nancherla, Cole Escola, Sudi Green, Anna Drezen, Gary Richardson, and Julio Torres teach the hapless ladyhosts about manly stuff. (Saturday, Union Hall, $6)

13. Close out the Rooftop Films summer series with Rooftop Shots, an evening of short films about things we leave behind. (Saturday, Old American Can Factory, $15)

14. Get animated at Tom Stathes’ Cartoon Carnival, showing rare and obscure 1910s–1040s ‘toons around the theme “Summer Travels.” (Saturday, City Reliquary, $10)


Get the giggles with Yamaneika Saunders (#20)
Get the giggles with Yamaneika Saunders (#20)

15. Show solidarity on the 25th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots at Project CARE’s One Crown Heights, a neighborhood-wide celebration with music, talks, and activities. (Sunday, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, FREE)

16. Shop strange at the Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, with one-of-a-kind art, taxidermy, ephemera, and curiosities from a variety of makers and peddlers. (Sunday, Bell House, $1)

17. Don your swimwear and sweat it out at Bikini Sundae, a daytime dance party with rosé slushies, an ice cream bar, and music from NSR, David Kiss, Sammy Needlz, and Wig-Wam. (Sunday, House of Yes, FREE w/ RSVP)

18. Spice it up at the 6th annual Kimchipalooza, with a kimchi-eating contest, make-your-own kimchi station, beer, food, and live music. (Sunday, Arrogant Swine, FREE)

19. See some splendid art at Intercessions, a showcase of work created that day during a marathon painting session, plus conversations, incantations, an artists market, and more. (Sunday, The Stratosphere, FREE)

20. Laugh it all out at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival Kickoff Show, with Yamaneika Saunders, Michelle Buteau, Mae Wilkerson, Ricky Velez, and Anthony DeVito. (Sunday, Knitting Factory, $8)

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