Free outdoor summer events and activities in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Hip to Hip Theater Company
Photo courtesy of Hip to Hip Theater Company

Check out a free Shakespeare performance by the HIP to HIP Theatre Company this summer.

Zumba Under the Stars with Lisa G aka RockaZumbaWay
Every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., thru August 28
Beach 108th Street Hockey Rink, Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Get in shape with this popular form of exercise and dance which combines Latin and African dance steps.

Yoga on the Beach
Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., thru August 31
Beach 108th Street in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

Join Helen Kilgallen and her instructors from Elaine’s Dance School in this beginner Hatha Yoga class. Bring a mat, large towel or blanket.

Free Tai Chi in the Park
Every Sunday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m thru September 28
Socrates Sculpture Park

Led by certified instructors from the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, these classes offer the opportunity to learn Taoist Tai Chi, improve one’s health, relax, and exercise in an outdoor setting among changing exhibitions of contemporary sculpture.

Fitness Walk
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m., thru October 17
Joe Michaels Walk: Western Entrance in Crocheron Park

Adults can join us on a free fitness walking program every Tuesday and Thursday morning. This program is terrific for adults of all ages.

Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl Hosted by Bob Lee
Part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series
July 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Queensbridge Park

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

Caribbean Eagles Steel Drum Band
July 17, 7 p.m.
Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue, Highland Park

Enjoy the sounds of the Caribbean islands in your own backyard.

Force MDs/Horace Brown/Jeff Redd/Marley Marl Hosted by Bob Lee
Part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series
July 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Queensbridge Park

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

Mommy, Music & Me, inc Music Together
July 18, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Buz O’Rourke Playground, Crocheron Park

Enjoy music and movement activities for children age birth – 7 years. Bring a low chair or blanket.

Black Sheep/Das EFX/Marley Marl Hosted by Bob Lee
Part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series
July 18, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Queensbridge Park

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

Forest Park Summer Concert Series: Tribute to the Beatles and John Lennon
July 18, 7:30 p.m.
George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park

Join us for a tribute to the Beatles and John Lennon’s career.

Mitch Kahn Celebrates the American Songbook
July 18, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Main Park House, Cunningham Park

Enjoy a wonderful evening of music. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy.

DANCE IQUAIL! Master dance class by Karisma Jay
July 20, 7 p.m.
Queensbridge Park

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org. Open to all levels.

Performances by DANCE IQUAIL!
July 20, 8 p.m.
Queensbridge Park

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

Queens Family Day Featuring INVINCIBLE: A Tribute to the King of Pop/PitchBlak Brass Band/Little Club Heads/DJ set by Chris Love “The Mixologist”
July 21. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Queensbridge Park

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

DJ D-Nice 25th Anniversary Screening of “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”
Part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series
July 21, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Queensbridge Park

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

The Bari Koral Rock Band
July 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Beach 108th Street off Shorefront Parkway

This funky follow-up to the band’s award-winning debut, Rock and Roll Garden, is sure to delight fans of all ages.

Shape Up NYC: Zumba Fitness with Maxie
Every Tuesday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. starting July 23
Beach 17th Street

Get in shape with this popular form of exercise with Latin-inspired dance steps. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun.

Swing Sabroso
July 24, 7 p.m.
Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue, Highland Park

Dance along to the rhythmic sounds of this dynamic Salsa band.

Shakespeare in the Park Presents “The Tempest”
July 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Unisphere, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

After twelve years on a deserted island, a deposed Duke is now a mighty sorcerer. He raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. Half romance, half political thriller, Shakespeare’s final masterpiece has it all: a shipwreck, conspiracy, magic, monsters and love at first sight. Bring your own blanket or chair.

Forest Park Summer Concert Series – Stayin’ Alive
July 25, 7:30 p.m.
George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park

Enjoy an exciting musical tribute to the Bee Gees. Sponsored by Ridgewood Savings Bank.

2013 Waterfront Concert Series: Motor City Revue
July 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Astoria Park Lawn

Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Inc. presents its annual Waterfront Concert Series Thursday evenings in July & August. On July 25 there will be an evening of music with Motor City Revue, A Tribute to Motown.

Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost”
July 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, Crocheron Park

The HIP to HIP Theatre Company presents this screwball romantic comedy about the King of Navarre and three men taking oaths to devote their lives to scholarship for three years without the company of woman. When the Princess of France arrives with three ladies, can the men keep their oath?

Highland Park – Caring for Young Trees
July 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue, Highland Park

Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Highland Park to care for newly planted trees. This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in tree care, invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothes that can get dirty. Space is limited. Registration is required for this event.

Powell’s Cove – Caring for Young Trees
July 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Powell’s Cove Park at 133 Place

Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Powell’s Cove to care for newly planted trees. This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in tree care, invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothes that can get dirty. Space is limited. Registration is required for this event.

NYC Audubon Shorebird and Butterfly Hike
July 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Jamaica Bay Park

Meet at the Refuge visitor center for a hike to the East Pond to view migrating shorebirds. Along the way we’ll look for butterflies as well. (1.5 miles). Leader: Don Riepe. Call (718) 318-4340 to reserve your spot.

Queens Bike Bonanza
July 27, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Boulevard

This event is free to the public and includes a bike swap, learn to ride lessons for kids, free helmet giveaways and activity tables for kids to make bike-related crafts. Join Bike New York, Recycle A Bicycle, NYC Department of Transportation-Bike Safety, NYPD and NY Coalition for Transportation Safety to promote and educate kids about biking. Pick up a free helmet, upgrade your child’s bike, have your child learn how to ride for the first time or learn important cycling skills and traffic principals.

The Hip to Hip Shakespeare Company: “The Tempest”
July 27, 7 p.m.
Beach 17th Street

These family-friendly productions are for lovers of Shakespeare and for those experiencing Shakespeare for the first time. All performances are free and open to the public. Bring blankets or low chairs. Seating is first come, first served. Free children’s programming 30 minutes before each show.

The Tempest by Shakespeare
July 28, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Main Park House, Cunningham Park

Enjoy a wonderful play by Shakespeare presented by the Hip to Hip Theater Company. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a Children’s Workshop so come early and bring the kids. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the evening.

Jack & The Beanstalk presented by “Pattycake Theatre”
July 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Beach 96th Street and Boardwalk in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

Children will love this production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack the giant slayer is looking for adventure, but what he gets is more than he bargained for.

Sonido Libre
July 31, 7 p.m.
Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue, Highland Park

Experience the excitement of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and Mambo.

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
August 1, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

Forest Park Summer Concert Series – Mike Delguidice and Big Shot
August 1, 7:30 p.m.
George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park

This premiere Billy Joel show is returning by popular demand! Sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings Bank and The Forest Park Trust, Inc.

2013 Waterfront Concert Series: Charlie Thomas & The Drifters
August 1, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Astoria Park Lawn

Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Inc. presents its annual Waterfront Concert Series featuring an evening of music with “Charlie Thomas & The Drifter.”

Kayak Skills Session
August 2, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Bathhouse Entry Pavilion, Jamaica Bay Park

Receive instruction and practice kayak strokes and skills each week. Children over 11 and adults are welcomed to participate in this program. No reservation required.

Dance at Socrates, a new program with Norte Maar
Every Saturday, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. from August 3 to August 31
Socrates Sculpture Park

Throughout August, Socrates Sculpture Park partners with Norte Maar, renowned for their cross-disciplinary collaborative projects, in a new summer series bringing New York based choreographers and their dancers to Socrates. Each week during the month of August, a new choreographer will be in residence at the park making new dances on site in full view of the public who will witness the working process of these dance makers and experience fully produced free public performance Saturdays throughout August at 3 p.m.

Historic New York: Fort Totten
August 4, 1 p.m.
Fort Totten Visitor’s Center, Fort Totten Park

Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history. Park history programs tell the story of your favorite parks from the past to their future.

Queens Symphony Orchestra
August 4, 5 p.m.
George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park

Join the Queens Symphony Orchestra as they perform Patriotic Tunes and Popular Classics.

Hip to Hip Theatre’s Shakespeare in Socrates Sculpture Park: The Tempest
August 4, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park

The Hip to Hip Theatre Company will perform this classic, which combines romance and political thriller to tell the story of a duke who was deposed and exiled to a deserted island, where he became a mighty sorcerer.

Puppets in the Park
August 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
111th Street Parking Lot, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Come join NYC Parks and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre for Little Red’s Hood, a modern adaptation of Red Riding Hood. The show is about tech savvy Red who is too busy on her cell phone to notice her surroundings and that she is being followed by a cupcake loving Wolf. Make sure to bring your own chair or blanket.

Hey Dango
August 7, 7 p.m.
Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue, Highland Park

Children and adults will enjoy this interactive supersonic dance party about three space explorers and one wacky fun-loving alien named Dango.

Shakespeare in the Park Presents “Love’s Labors Lost”
August 7, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Unisphere, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

The King of Navarre and three noblemen take an oath to devote their lives to scholarship for three years—without the company of women. When the Princess of France and three ladies-in-waiting arrive, passion and puns abound. Will the oath hold? Or will the men succumb to the game of love? In this screwball romantic comedy, Shakespeare takes wordplay and wit to dizzying heights. Bring your own blanket or chair.

Jazz by the Beach
August 8, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Beach 17th Street, O’Donohue Park

Enjoy an evening by the coast with jazz performances and food prepared on site on behalf of the seniors in the district.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”
August 8, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, Crocheron Park

The Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents this half romance, and half political thriller. After twelve years on a deserted island, a deposed Duke is now a mighty sorcerer. He raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. Shakespeare’s final masterpiece has it all: a shipwreck, conspiracy, magic, monsters and love at first sight. Please bring a blanket or low chair.

Forest Park Summer Concert Series – Charlie Thomas’ Drifters
August 8, 7:30 p.m.
George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park

Spend an evening listening to the Golden Years of The Drifters featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Charlie Thomas. Sponsored by Maspeth Federal Savings & Loan.

Hip to Hip Theatre’s Shakespeare in Socrates Sculpture Park: Love’s Labor’s Lost
August 11, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park

The Hip to Hip Theatre Company will present this romantic comedy about the King of Navarre and three other men who take oaths to devote their lives to scholarship without the company of woman.

Back to the Roots—Kool Herc Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop
Part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series
August 11, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
5POINTZ

Part of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, which runs in Queens until August 11. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

Irish Night featuring “Andy Cooney”
August 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Beach 108th Street, Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

Enjoy live music with Andy Cooney and his world famous Irish band performing favorite Irish tunes and much more.

Scavenger Hunt
August 17, 1 p.m.
Forest Park Visitor Center

We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.  Children who spend time outdoors develop strong imaginations and learn to socialize better with others. Urban Park Rangers are role models who encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

 

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