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The 25 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn on Labor Day weekend

Clown around with Les Bunheads (#3) (pic by Muriel Leclerc)
Clown around with Les Bunheads (#3) (pic by Muriel Leclerc)

1. Start saying goodbye to the season at the Summer’s End Music Festival, three days of bands from Guerilla Toss to Mal Blum to Kississippi to Psymon Spine. (Friday through Sunday, Aviv, $10–$15 day/$30 weekend)

2. See unusual artists from all over the world at the Experi-MENTAL Performance Art Festival, including Cultural Fits, Wild Torus, Murmurists, Little Water Radio, and many more. (Friday through Sunday, Silent Barn, $10/day)

3. Yuck it up at the monthlong Clown Theater Festival, beginning tonight with a Clown Cabaret starring Les Bunheads, The Heist, Contemporary Mime, and more. (Friday, Brick Theater, $15)

4. Pretend you’re at that big desert shindig at Misfit Burn, a Black Rock Brooklyn party with tons of black lights and LEDs, art cars, Playa bikes, and performances. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

5. Get hyped for Monday’s parade at the Labor Day Weekend Flag Fest, a huge Caribbean dance party with DJs all night. (Friday, Milk River, FREE)


Groove to Ethiopian "musical storytelling" from Fendika (#)
Groove to Ethiopian “musical storytelling” from Fendika (#13)

6. Party like you’re in Cali at OAK♥LYN, with performers from the West Coast including DJ Lady Ryan, Aima the Dreamer, Dakini Star, and Lady Ryan. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $5)

7. Go wild at BWSF2016: 12 hours, three stages, and 60+ performers, from dancers to artists to musicians. (Saturday, Paper Box, $20)

8. Dance it out on a roof at the Makossa BK Season Finale, with tunes spun by DJ Tara, Francesca Harding, Khalil, Max Glazer, and GETLIVE. (Saturday, Output, $10)

9. Or dance it out in a basement at Freesome, with soca, reggae, and Afro beats by ErnzWorld & friends. (Saturday, Secret BK location, $20)

10. Get hairy at the ninth annual Coney Island Beard & Mustache Competition, and see whose mutton chops take home the trophy. (Saturday, Sideshows by the Seashore, $20)

11. Pour out some laughs at Juice: Cold-Pressed Comedy, with an array of jokesters performing in a garden-to-cup juicery. (Saturday, House of Juice, $20 includes a juice)

12. Tie the knot at Wasabassco Wedding, a black-tie burlesque affair starring Sapphire Jones, Chris Harder, Pearls Daily, Ivory Fox, and many more. (Saturday, Bell House, $20)

13. Be eshi at Ethiopian Music & Dance, with Azmari “musical storytelling” from Arki Sound, Fendika, and Oyasound. (Saturday, LightSpace Studio, $20)

14. Go to summer camp at a screening of Wet Hot American Summer that includes a s’mores roast. (Saturday, Videology, $15)

15. Queer it up at Hot Rabbit’s Bad Habit, an LGBTQ dance party with DJ Avg Jo and DJ Monstar keeping you grooving. (Saturday, Lot 45 Bushwick, $8)


Hey! Ho! Let's go see a Ramones tribute band! (#19)
Hey! Ho! Let’s go see a Ramones tribute band! (#19)

16. Celebrate 15 years of the Guyana Folk Festival, with photography exhibitions, literary events, the Guyana National Dance Company, and more. (Sunday, Old Boys High School Ground, FREE)

17. Spend another day dancing outdoors at Tiki Disco, with resident DJs Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski. (Sunday, The Well, $10)

18. Baile to the beat at Rock Al Garden, a Latin music festival with The Ladrones, Punto Ge, Jobo, Axel y La Concertina, and more. (Sunday, Paper Box, $10)

19. Beat on the brat at A Rock at the Beach Tribute to The Ramones, featuring Rockaway Bitch, Thrill Sergeants, and The Hurtin Units. (Sunday, Shooting Gallery Annex in Coney Island, $15)

20. Eat something exotic at Lucky #8, a Burmese pop-up with a la carte foods plus pop and traditional music from Myanmar. (Sunday, Baby’s All Right, FREE)


Get out in the streets for a wild Labor Day (#21)
Get out in the streets for a wild Labor Day (#21) (pic via Brian Lin/Wikimedia)

21. Transport yourself to the tropics at the Caribbean Carnival Parade, an incredible annual experience not to be missed. (Monday, Eastern Parkway, FREE)

22. Stuff your face and then dance it off at Yes! Labor Day BBQ Extravaganza, 12 hours of “hot meat and dirty dancing.” (Monday, House of Yes, $10)

23. Relax at the beach but without all that sand and sun at Beach Party, with beachy movies and tropical cocktails all day. (Monday, Videology, FREE)

24. Be soulful at the Beats & BBQ Labor Day Wind-Down, with nine different DJs, including Ari Coleman, Jose G, Bobby Morales, and Ruby Red. (Monday, LP & Harmony, FREE)

25. Have a family-friendly party at the Labor Day Block Party, with music, screenprinting, face-painting, food, dancing, and more. (Monday, Interference Archive, FREE)

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