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17 things to do this weekend in NYC, from Boo at the Zoo to the New York Pizza Festival

Celebrate Oktoberfest under the archway, go to the "Illuminati Ball" and more this weekend.

The Bootoberfest celebration featuring beer, lawn games, grub

The Bootoberfest celebration featuring beer, lawn games, grub and live acoustic music returns to the Bronx Zoo this weekend.. Watch for special evenings when night walks are offered and guests can still check out the Dinosaur Safari. Photo Credit: WCS Zoos and Aquarium/Julie Larsen Maher | WCS Zoos and Aquarium

Weekend warriors, we've got your back. 

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment so you don't have to realize your fear of missing out. Here are our picks for things to do in New York City this weekend.

Friday

Get inducted into the 'Illuminati'

This "Alice in Wonderland"-esque masquerade ball, inspired by leaked images of the Rothschilds' 1972 surrealist ball (where Audrey Hepburn wore a bird cage over her head and the Baroness de Rothschild donned a stag head mask with a diamond tear) is happening Friday night only inside an undisclosed "historic temple" in the East Village. The party features human-animal hybrids, provocative dance and gutsy performances featuring fire, levitation and music and more. ($250-$450; 8 to 11 p.m.; theilluminatiball.com)

Imbibe at Oktoberfest under the Archway

The DUMBO Improvement District is again transforming the Manhattan Bridge Archway into a traditional German “beer hall” with two days of live polka music, contests, photo opportunities and themed food and beverage offerings from Sixpoint, including beer served in limited edition beer steins, pretzels, brats, veggie brats and sauerkraut. (5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday; dumbo.is

See 'Meaneth Girls or, The Tragedy of Regina George'

The Drunk Texts is at it again. The troupe is performing a boozy rendition of "Mean Girls" but in the style of a Shakespearean play. The performance/drinking game is a fun way to spend a Friday night. ($14; 10 p.m.; The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.; facebook.com)

Celebrate Halloween with your dog

Take your pup to the Halloween-themed "The Best Dog Day Ever" pop-up by The Dodo that includes a 1950s-style (Trick or) Treat Shoppe, a canine corn maze and a pumpkin patch with pits full of plush toys, free doggie makeovers, a costume cam photo opp, a Halloween parade and dog adoptions. ($35; Oct. 4-27 ; 25 Kent, Williamsburg; bestdogdayever.com)

Turn up at the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival

Celebrate the borough's artists and musicians with performances, classes, tours and free outdoor programming from 651 Arts, Bang on a Can, BAM, BRIC, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Music School, Center for Fiction, DanceWave, EPIC Players, Issue Project Room, Mark Morris Dance Group, MoCADA, Nikru Books, Strike Anywhere, Theater for a New Audience and UrbanGlass. (Free; 5 to 8 on Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday; The Plaza at 300 Ashland, Downtown Brooklyn; dbartsfestival.org)

Saturday

Go to the first-ever New York Times Food Festival

Join New York Times journalists, leading chefs, and some of the best restaurants in the city at this inaugural festival curated by Times editors. Enjoy tastings, live cooking demos, panel discussions and more. (Starting at $25; noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday; nytfoodfestival.com

‘Boo at the Zoo’ returns to the Bronx

Back for another year, the Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween-inspired festival returns to bring related fun stuff for the kids — costume parades, pumpkin-carving demos, a free candy trail. Meanwhile, grown-ups can have their minds read by a mentalist and partake in the Bootoberfest celebration featuring beer, lawn games, grub and live acoustic music. Watch for special evenings when night walks are offered and guests can still check out the Dinosaur Safari. ($39.95, $29.95 ages 3-12, ages 2 and younger free — admission is part of the “Total Experience” package; “Spooktacular Night Walks” extra; Saturdays and Sundays running through Nov. 3, and Columbus Day, the Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd; bronxzoo.com)

Shop Harlem-made products

Peruse and try samples from some of the best and newest Harlem-made products including culinary and lifestyle merchandise. As for food, check out chef JJ Johnson’s newly opened FieldTrip Harlem, Chef El-Amin’s famous fried fish sandwiches and platters, and a curated selection of local Harlem vendors, including Little Hot Dog Wagon, Royal Jelly Harlem, Janie Bakes. There will also be music from DJ Smithy Boy and DJ Stormin' Norman/Sundae Sermon, a baking contest, and family fun. (Free; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; St. Nicholas Ave. between 117th and 118th; harlemparktopark.org)

Strut Your Mutt

This fundraising walk and festival for Best Friends is putting on activities like doggie yoga and reiki, paw printing, a Smooch Your Pooch photo booth, music, contests, giveaways and a Six Point Brewery beer garden with "pup trivia." The fundraising goal is set at $600,000 across the nation. To participate in the walk register online. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Hudson River Park Pier 84; Manhattan; support.bestfriends.org)

Get fit at St. James Park

NYC Parks is hosting an afternoon of fitness at St. James Park with free classes, clinics, wellness screenings and food, including gentle yoga, Zumba, line dancing, salsa with a live band, a treasure hike, pickleball, an obstacle course, roller & silent disco and more. (Free but pre-register for classes to save your spot; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Jerome Avenue at West 192nd St., Bronx; nycgovparks.org)

See films by women of color

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, founded by "African Voices" magazine and Brooklyn's Long Island University's Media Arts Department, is back for a full day of screenings based on the theme, "#IGotYourBack: A Time for Holding Space and Healing." (Day passes are $20; 1 to 9:30 p.m., Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 Saint Nicholas Ave., Harlem; reelsisters.com)

Feast at the New York Pizza Festival

Taste slices from 25 pizzerias from across the country, including from New York City, at what could be described as the tastiest festival ever in the Bronx's Little Italy. Among the dozens of parlors, you'll be able to enjoy slices from Best Pizza (Brooklyn), Brick & Wood (Fairfield, Conn.), Brooklyn Pizza Crew (Brooklyn), Di Fara Pizza (Brooklyn), Forcella (Brooklyn), Fornino (Brooklyn) and many more. Ticket prices depend on how many slices and beer or wine you want. ($20-$100; Saturday and Sunday; Crescent Avenue; Belmont, Bronx; nycpizzafestival.com

Honor Latinx Pride at the Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday will feature live music, film and art, including a screening of "Rock Rubber 45s" and performances by Bombazo Dance Co., Edna Vazquez and Bobbito Garcia and friends. There will also be a photo booth, letter writing, hands-on art, and more. ($16; starting at 5 p.m.; 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn; brooklynmuseum.org)

Sunday 

Jump for joy at Dance Theatre of Harlem

The Dance Theatre of Harlem has 50 years of top-level movement under its belt, and its long-running “Sunday Matinee” series has been a staple for providing high-caliber arts entertainment to the local community. Programs star both ensemble and student talent from the school, as well as varied guest artists. Shows are hosted by Alicia Graf Mack and followed by receptions with the performers. ($15; 3 p.m. with other shows on Nov. 10, Feb. 9 and March 22; Dance Theatre of Harlem, 466 W. 152nd St., Manhattan; dancetheatreofharlem.org)

Take your kids to an indoor block party

City Point and Brooklyn Bridge Parents are throwing an indoor block party with apple decorating and shofar making, a Bey Blades tournament, science experiments, a bouncy house, herb seed planting, gymnastics and more. (Free; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; City Point, 445 Albee Square W.; Brooklyn; citypointbrooklyn.com)

One more night with Phil Collins

Grammy Award winner Phil Collins was one of the biggest stars on the music scene during the ‘80s and remains an instantly recognizable name. Following a brief retirement, he launched his current “Not Dead Yet” tour, which ends in October but not before stopping at Madison Square Garden for two shows. ($134 and up; 8 p.m. Oct. 6-7; Madison Square Garden; ticketmaster.com)

 'Bianca Del Rio: It's Jester Joke Tour'

"RuPaul's Drag Race" champion Bianca Del Rio is bringing her comedy tour to Carnegie Hall on Sunday. The self-proclaimed "clown in a gown" will tell stories of her travels around the world and the "circus" that is her life. ($39.50 to $49.50; 8 p.m.; 57th Street at Seventh Avenue, Manhattan; carnegiehall.org)

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