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Top 20: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, Mermaid Parade edition

Heat it up with Kita St Cyr (#5) (pic by El Jong)
Heat up the weekend with Kita St Cyr (#5) (pic by El Jong)

1. Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month at the Caribbean Huenity Mixer, where you can mingle to reggae, calypso, merengue, and kompa. (Friday, CaribBEING House, FREE)

2. Get poetic at the Ugly Duckling Presse 6×6 Release Party, with readings by Alex Cuff, Piotr Gwiazda, Jeremy Hoevenaar, Krystal Languell, and more. (Friday, J&B Design Café, $5)

3. Take yourself out to the ballgame at the Cyclones 2016 season opener, plus post-game fireworks. (Friday, MCU Park, $17)

4. Get weird at an alt-comedy double-feature: “Tim and Joe: Book It” and “The Goddamn Truth with Jeff Seal.” (Friday, Cloud City, $5)

5. See some skin at Wasabassco’s All the Way, with burlesque from Kita St Cyr, Nasty Canasta, Dolly Debutante, Giovanna De L’amour, and more. (Friday, Way Station, $20)


Let it all hang out at the Mermaid Parade (#)
Let it all hang out at the Mermaid Parade (#8) (pic by Madelyn Owens)

6. Buy some lovely baubles at the Brooklyn Makers Market, with 120+ vendors hawking art, crafts, food, and more. (Saturday & Sunday, Williamsburg Savings Bank, FREE)

7. Or find treasures in someone else’s trash at the Red Hook Stooptopia, a neighborhood-wide stoop sale. (Saturday & Sunday, Red Hook, FREE)

8. Let your fishy freak flag fly at the 34th annual Mermaid Parade, with afterparties at both The Keep and Gemini & Scorpio. (Saturday, Coney Island, FREE)

9. Hear some harmonious sounds at the annual Leimay Block Party, with performances by Jan Miko, Lucy Kerr, Mario Galeano, Jack Leahy, and many more. (Saturday, Leimay-Cave, FREE)

10. Doll yourself up for a screening of Sisterhood of the Wicked Wig, a film about the reinvention of drag culture in Brooklyn. (Saturday, Wythe Hotel, $10)

11. Come together in the face of tragedy and Keep On Dancing for Orlando, while raising money for Equality for Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, $10–$20)

12. Raise a drink to Pride at Hot Glass Cold Beer, where you can booze it up while watching glassblowing, neon, and flame-working demonstrations, plus a drag show featuring Kimberly Clark. (Saturday, Brooklyn Glass, $25)

13. Go on like a blister in the sun when Celebrate Brooklyn presents the Violent Femmes and Kristin Hersh. (Saturday, Prospect Park, FREE)

14. Head back to camp at Videology’s Wet Hot American Summer screening — with s’mores at every table. (Saturday, Videology, $15)

15. Be miserable now at Feeling Gloomy’s Dear 2016: Stay the Hell Away from Morrissey, a dance party filled with sad-bastard anthems. (Saturday, Grand Victory, $6)


Laugh for Dad with Julio Torres (#20) (pic by Mindy Tucker)
Laugh for Dad with Julio Torres (#20) (pic by Mindy Tucker)

16. Shop til you drop at Mama’s Bazaar, an artisan market that also features a belly dancer, henna tattoos, a masseuse, and more. (Sunday, House of Yes, FREE)

17. Shake your hips at Salsa Sunday, a chill dance party with live music, brunch, and family-friendly activities. (Sunday, Industry City, FREE)

18. Honor World Refugee Day at a screening of The Resettled, a documentary presenting stories of refugees who are building new lives in America. (Sunday, IFP Media Center, FREE)

19. Get your hands dirty at NYC Resistors’ June Make-a-Long, where you’ll craft floating moss balls known as kokedama. (Sunday, NYC Resistor, $15)

20. Don’t forget to call your pops before heading to Griff & Joe’s Father’s Day Dadtacular, with guests Phoebe Robinson, Julio Torres, Brett Davis, and more. (Sunday, Union Hall, $8)

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