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NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

Don't have any plans for the weekend? We're here to help.

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and experience real life.

Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend.

No Limits International Tattoo Expo (April 20-22)

More than 250 renowned tattoo artists from around the world, and the city, will gather for this expo that features live tattooing, live music, stage shows, seminars and more. (Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, etix.com)

Spring Fest at Camp Arlo (April 21-22)

This Earth Day festival has live music, a pop-up shop, meditation from a mobile mindfulness studio called Be Time, a documentary film screening and more.The rooftop tents will be decorated with greenery, flower walls, mason jar terrariums and boxwood backdrops. (Free entry, noon to 10 p.m., Arlo SoHo, 231 Hudson St., facebook.com)

Earth Day at Caveat (April 21)

Things are getting serious. This Earth science variety show with science talks by climate experts, comedy and "well-intentioned debauchery" will explore how we can save the planet. There's also booze, so that's something to consider, too. Featuring: Kristina Gustovich, Ashley Sanders, Kate Marvel and Keisha Zollar. ($20, 7 p.m., Caveat, 21 A Clinton St., caveat.nyc)

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NYC Chili cook-off (April 21)

Find out who makes the best chili in the city at this cook-off, which is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, on April 21. ($18, noon to 4 p.m., Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island, eventbrite.com)

Cheers to the chill life (April 21)

After you drink your Kombrewcha, up-cycle your bottle into a flower vase, set your summer intentions free with flying wish papers and eat, drink and dance at this Earth Day Celebration. (5 to 10 p.m., Roberta's, 261 Moore St., cheerstothechilllife.splashthat.com)

Yoga and Whiskey Tasting (April 21)

Yoga teacher Eric Lawrence will lead yoga flow and relaxation with a tasting of several spirits with Brian Facquet, the founder of Prohibition Distillery. The 75-minute vinyasa flow will kick off the event, which will end with a sampling of gin, whiskey, vodka and some unreleased spirits as well as cocktails. Light snacks will be provided. ($50 or $30 for the tasting only, 6:30 p.m. yoga, 8 p.m. tasting, 708 Sackett St., bendandbloom.com)

Record Store Day (April 21)

Shops around the city are throwing parties, hosting DJs and bands and putting out new inventory only available in-store on April 21. Here's a list of record store day events and releasesand where you can find your local shop.

Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo (April 21-22)

Grandmasters Caz and Melle Mel, who recorded a new song about the Bronx Zoo, are going to perform at the Bronx Zoo's Boogie Down this Saturday, which also will feature DJs, scratch and rhyme classes with Caz, dance sets, street art workshops and more. ($37, noon to 4 p.m., 2300 Southern Blvd., bronxzoo.com)

The Mic is Open: 'Pancakes and Poetry' (April 21)

National Poetry Month will be celebrated at this installment of The Mic Is Open, a talent showcase held around the country and in New York, with "Pancakes and Poetry." The brunch, which is an LGBTQ-inclusive event, will feature spoken word poets, singers and a rapper. (Noon to 3 p.m., 38 W. 39th St., micisopen.com)

Queens International Night Market (starts April 21)

Now in its fourth year, this food and art market in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park features live performances, too. New bites for 2018 include Thai roasted crickets, Moldovan waffle rolls and Wenzhou-style fried chicken feet. Shop for trinkets like vintage brooches, stationery and Mexican handicrafts, too. ($5 for "sneak peek preview" tickets on April 21 and 28, 6 p.m. to midnight, near 47-01 111th St., Queens, queensnightmarket.ticketleap.com)

Cherry Blossom Festival at Randall's Island (April 21)

Spring is here and so are the cherry blossoms. Celebrate the warmth and Japanese culture at this free festival featuring paper flower making, origami classes, calligraphy, drumming and other activities, like a chance to try on a kimono with NY de Volunteer. (Free, noon to 4 p.m., Fields 62 and 63 next to the Urban Farm, randallsisland.org)

Spice Girls brunch (April 21)

This day party celebrates the Spice Girls with singalongs, costumes, themed games and cocktails (like the Wannabe and Viva Forever). Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Spice Girl (Baby, Posh, Scary, Sporty or Ginger) and there will be a prize for the best look-alike. ($35, noon to 5 p.m., 5th & Mad, 7 E. 36th St., eventbrite.com)

Greenpointers Spring Market (April 22)

Neighborhood blog Greenpointers hosts seasonal markets featuring 60 local and independent creative entrepreneurs and artists, along with free activities (think photo booths and artisanal food samples) at the picturesque Greenpoint Loft. Dogs are also welcome at this mostly indoor market, which happens on April 22. (1 to 7 p.m., Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St., Fifth Fl., Greenpoint)

EarthFest at AMNH (April 22)

This dawn-to-dusk festival at the American Museum of Natural History will keep you busy all day long. Starting at 7 and 8 a.m., you can take yoga with live music in the Cullman Hall of the Universe and follow that with a tour of the museum by Hugo Award-winning science fiction author N.K. Jemisin or filmmaker Lynette Wallworth. You also can catch a performance by the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra of "Become Ocean" under the blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, and participate in "The Umbrella Project" by dance group Pilobolus. Throughout the museum, there will be live music by Appalachian folk singer Martha Redbone, harpist Ashley Jackson, Abena Koomson-Davis, Secret Drum Band and Lloyd H. Miller. You can also make a musical instrument with recyclables from Bash The Trash. If that wasn't enough, you can also catch a concert inspired by birds. Some events require reservations. ($23, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Central Park West at 79th Street, amnh.org)

The Egg House (through June 27)

An egg-ceptional museum awaits to fulfill all of your breakfast dreams as a three-month-long installation, designed for boomerang-hungry Instagrammers and kids alike. The Egg House, which creators say resembles the average "egg" or New Yorker, is equipped with multiple photo ops: giant white eggs, fluffy "fried egg whites" suspended from the ceiling and orange balloons, a "pool" of yellow and white roe, and several other egg-themed treats and activities. Fully furnished with a living room, kitchen and bedroom, this pop-up playground can be your egg-speriment of the summer. (Tickets are $18; 195 Chrystie St.; April 7 to June 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; showclix.com

Brooklyn High Tea

Sip an aromatic cup of darjeeling, assam, green or wild pear tea from Brooklyn-based Tea Dealers and a three-tiered tower of treats from Brooklyn Bread Lab, including a black-pepper-and-mascarpone quiche, a sweet-potato doughnut, a chili-chocolate brownie and a malted pecan-chocolate tart. Jazz singer Katherine Ella Wood performs during the tea on Sundays. ($30, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., in the lobby bar of the Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, thewilliamsburghotel)

See the Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden

The 16th edition of this perennial favorite features the work of Belgian floral artist Daniel Ost, who transforms the conservatory with living sculptures made of the flowers. Inspired visitors can take home a plant of their own. ($23 to $30, through April 22 at The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, nybg.org)

Rooftop Sweat Series (every Sunday)

Get a workout and brunch all in the same setting at this weekly series held every Sunday at The Sanctuary Hotel's Haven Rooftop. You'll enjoy an hour-long meditation-infused fitness program by LIFTED surrounded by the city skyline, which will be followed by brunch with mimosas. ($75, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 132 W. 47th St., facebook.com)

‘Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection’ (through Oct. 8)

In addition to being one of the world's most famous shoe designers, Stuart Weitzman is a passionate collector of historical footwear. In this exhibit, more than 100 pairs from Weitzman's collection will be on display, including French "boudoir" shoes from the 19th century and Depression-era peep-toe pumps. ($21, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., nyhistory.org)