Saturday, October 6
10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Blessing of the animals in honor of St. Francis at Grace Episcopal Church in Whitestone. All pets are welcome to attend with their families.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Paul’s International Lutheran Church will be holding its sixth annual International Fall Fair in Floral Park. There will be a free blessing of the pets, free entertainment, free games and a moonbounce for the kids. Flu shots, vendors, pumpkin painting, a Verizon Fios booth and food will be available as well.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face-painting, balloon animals and more at the Fall Family Flea Market Festival at the Bay Terrace Country Club.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., The 34th Annual Queens Columbus Day Parade in Astoria will begin at Kaufman Astoria Studios and end at Astoria Boulevard and 31st Street. NYPD Chief Diana Pizzuti will serve as grand marshal.
Noon – 7 p.m., Oktoberfest in Sunnyside Gardens Park will include face-painting, live music, arts & crafts, jewelry, homemade food and merchandise and pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins.
Noon – 3 p.m., Learn to prepare a Puerto Rican pastelon (Shepherd’s Pie) and enjoy the sounds of Argentine tango and Spanish “cuadro flamenco” at the free Hispanic Heritage Festival in Corona.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Enjoy crafts, stories and learn about the history of tea at Tea Time at King Manor. Bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll for this fun afternoon.
Sunday, October 7
11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need.
11 a.m. – noon, Chef Alex Privilegi of Il Toscano Restaurant returns for a cooking demonstration featuring locally grown ingredients from the Douglaston Greenmarket.
Noon – 3 p.m., The Dominican Day Parade will march down Northern Boulevard from 69th Street through 86th Street.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Stop by Hallets Cove for your last chance to kayak/canoe. Free and no experience necessary and all ages are welcome (under 18 must be accompanied by parent) Wear clothing and shoes ready to get wet.
2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Resorts World Casino New York City’s Oktoberfest is an abbreviated visit to Munich. Complete with an oompah band and specialty fare including Jagar Schnitzel with braised red cabbage, warm German potato salad and Kringle. Enjoy the essence of Germany.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m., You don’t meet Pat Cooper, you experience him. Whether sharing his views on kids, politics or popular celebrities, his no-holds-barred discussion on his life (and everyone else’s), will have you rolling in the aisles.