Friday, May 27
Bluegrass in Brooklyn: Catch Cole Quest and the City Pickers, a bluegrass group headed by none other than Cole Quest (the grandson of folk legend Woody Guthrie) at The Atlantic BKLN, where they’ll, perform a mix of their own original songs and old folksy favorites.
7:30pm. $150. The Atlantic BKLN, 333 Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Smith streets in Downtown Brooklyn.
Saturday, May 28
Get a laugh out of grief: Ben Wasserman shares his stories of loss and grief in a unique and emotional comedy show, “Live After Death,” hosted in an on-the-nose venue: a funeral home. Laugh and cry with Ben and his opening act, Comedy Central’s Petey DeAbreu.
8pm. $15. Sparrow Funeral Home, 161 Driggs Ave. between Humboldt and Russell streets in Greenpoint.
Take a morbid shopping trip: You can pregame Wasserman’s death-centric show Saturday night with a flea market hosted by the Morbid Anatomy Library during the day! You won’t find a better collection of morbid ephemera on death, anatomy, and various esoterica than this flea market at the Morbid Anatomy Library. Check out the library after enjoying your macabre cocktail.
Noon. Free. Barrow’s Intense Tasting Room, 86 34th Street in Industry City.
An adults-only Coney carnival: You must be of legal drinking age to ride this ride. Carnivals aren’t just for kids, and this 21+ event invites adults to head down to Coney Island for a day of games, food from local vendors, specialty cocktails, and tunes from DJ Ernz and more.
3-10 pm. $28-$75. Coney Art Walls, 3050 Stillwell Ave. at the corner of Bowery Street in Coney Island.
Pay tribute to Dolly Parton: Enjoy yourself a little this holiday weekend and leave the 9-5 behind at Littlefield. The Gowanus watering hole and music venue will pay tribute to country music legend Dolly Parton with a rousing performance by Merrie Cherry, a beloved Brooklyn drag queen who will join friends on stage to slay the (cowboy) boots down all night long. $100 to the best Dolly in attendance.
10:30 pm. $10-$20. Littlefield, 635 Sackett St. in Gowanus.
Sunday, May 29
Hip hop for kids: Looking for some fun for the whole family? Head to Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday for something a little different than your traditional Memorial Day Weekend barbecue — Hip Hop For Kids! Enjoy an all-ages show as part of Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, that allows kids to move, play and sing while listening to legendary (kid appropriate) songs we all know and love.
Noon. $15 (kids under 1 get in for free). Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave. in Williamsburg. Tickets here.