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.

Ice Cream-eating contest (Nov. 18)

Eat a whole pint of Thai tea ice cream as fast as you can to win a gift certificate and other rewards, or simply watch people stuffing their faces at the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID's ice cream-eating contest at Sky Ice. (Free, 2 to 4 p.m., 63 Fifth Ave., Park Slope,

Native American Heritage Celebration (Nov. 18)

A pow-wow featuring music, dance and arts and crafts will be held at the Sunset Park Recreation Center to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Bring your friends to spend the afternoon in the park while learning about another culture. (Free, 1 to 4 p.m., 43rd Street at 7th Avenue, Brooklyn,

'Oedipus for Kids!' concert (Nov. 18)

"Oedipus For Kids!," a spoof on children's theater, is returning to New York City for the first time in 11 years. The play pokes fun at The Fuzzy Duck Theater Company, coming off its successes "Uncle Tommy's Cabin" and "Titus Andronicus Bakes a Cake," by attempting to create a kid-friendly take on the Sophocles classic ... that actually isn't kid-friendly at all. ($20 to $45 cover charge and $20 food and drink minimum, Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.,


Tats N' Tails pet adoption (Nov. 19)

Get an animal-themed tattoo by a celebrity tattoo artist on a first-come, first-served basis with proceeds going directly to the ASPCA. Dogs and cats from the organization's adoption center will be up for grabs from 1 to 5 p.m. Those who adopt will get a free T-shirt and be entered to win a $1,000 tattoo by Meghan Massacre -- the artist who designed the flash tattoos for the event. ($100, noon to 5 p.m., Grit N' Glory Boutique,186 Orchard St.,

'Walking Dead' cookbook release (Nov. 19)

Enjoy food and drink inspired by the hit AMC show with the release of "The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook & Survival Guide," by Lauren Wilson, the manager at Rose's. Chef Buzz Frazier will serve up dishes and cocktails from the book, including Negan's spaghetti arrabbiata. At 9 p.m., Rose's will start a viewing party. (5:30 to 10 p.m., 295 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Heights,

Winter Village (through Jan. 2)

'Tis the season to shop outside. Really. Wrap up and hit one of the many holiday markets in the city, including the Winter Village at Bryant Park. There, you'll find hundreds of kiosks featuring locally made jewelry, clothing, home goods, edibles and much more. (40th and 42nd streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Manhattan, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends,

Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure Climb (weekends through January)

Traverse seven ropes courses and two ziplines at night, including one line that runs more than 400 feet across the Bronx River and back, 50 feet above the water. Lights have been added to each course to allow visitors to enjoy the park in the dark. ($75, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 2300 Southern Blvd.,

'Friends The Musical Parody' (through Dec. 31)

They'll be there for you -- Rachel, Ross and all the gang -- in Bob and Tobly McSmith's loving (but unauthorized) lampoon of the hit TV series now through Dec. 31. ($39.50, St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St.,

'Club 57' exhibit (Oct. 31-April 1)

Delve into the history of Club 57, the iconic countercultural venue in Manhattan's East Village during the late 1970s and early '80s, whose founding curators included Ann Magnuson and Keith Haring (pictured). The exhibit not only tells the story of the space and surrounding art scenes, but also features examples of its work in film, video, performance, photography, painting and more. ($25, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.,

'Rhythm and Power: Salsa in New York'

The history of salsa in New York City is one not only of music and dance, but also of immigration, cultural fusion, activism and marketing. This new exhibit looks at the development of salsa from the 1960s onward and considers it as a social as well as artistic movement. The exhibit features audio and video clips, musical instruments and costumes such as Celia Cruz's precarious heels, pictured. ($18, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.,

Infinity Mirror Exhibit (Nov. 2-Dec. 16)

Two rooms inside the David Zwirner Gallery will be equipped with mirrors and lights that lend the appearance of infinity. The first room invites visitors to look through peepholes, where small color-changing light bulbs create a hexagonal pattern, and the second room sets mirrors on large stainless steel balls, which sit on the floor and hang from the ceiling. The rooms are part of the new Yayoi Kusama exhibit that also features a polka-dotted room with large tulips and more. (Free, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 525 and 533 W. 19th St.,

Canstruction Competition (Nov. 2-15)

Altruism meets art at the 25th annual Canstruction competition, which takes over the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for the next two weeks. Stop by the exhibit to peruse the displays of thousands of cans of food arranged in impressive pop-art sculptures from 27 teams of the city's top architecture and engineering design firms. As admission, bring with you a can of food to donate to City Harvest, which will also receive all the cans from the exhibit once it closes on Nov. 15. (Free, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 230 Vesey St.,

50 Years of 'What a Wonderful World'

See rare photographs and hear recordings that tell the story of how Louis Armstrong created the iconic song, "What a Wonderful World," inside Satchmo's former home. The tune was released on Sept. 23, 1967, and written as a song for the children in Armstrong's neighborhood in Corona, Queens. You can also peruse belongings, from his gold-plated trumpet to manuscripts, clothing, photos and more. ($10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends, 34-56 107th St.,

Visit the new snow leopard cub at the Bronx Zoo

A snow leopard cub born over the summer has made its public debut at the Bronx Zoo. Get a glimpse of her at the Himalayan Highlands exhibit with her mom K2 this weekend. ($36.95, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 2300 Southern Blvd.,

TimesSquare_Portal exhibit (Oct. 10-Nov. 21)

Get a glimpse of life in another country in the middle of Times Square in this public art installation. Each portal is a storage container with a video screen inside. Via that screen, people can talk with others who are in other portals across the world. Each week will feature a different theme, including "public space," "food," "migration" and "performance." (Free, but RSVP online, Broadway Plaza, between 46th and 47th streets,