Food festivals, Latin music for kids, local beer and tips for finding spiritual balance before the Equinox are just some of the great events on offer in Queens this weekend. Enjoy!
Saturday, Sept. 20
The third annual Viva La Comida festival is slated to showcase the city’s most exciting food from vendors who either live in or run eateries in Queens. Add salsa dancing, live music, a master magician, art installations and plenty of fun for the kids, and the festival of food is a must-do on Saturday.
Jackson Heights: Roosevelt Avenue & 82nd Street. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free.
The arrival of the fall equinox next week makes it a perfect time to find some spiritual balance. Starting at 11:45 a.m., the Genesis Tree of Life Yoga and Wellness Center has a two-hour kundalini yoga workshop. It will include group meditation, asanas, movement and breath work.
Forest Hills: 102-02/06 Metropolitan Ave. (lower level). Fee $21. Pre-registration is preferred at www.genesistreeoflife.com.
Legendary ’60s singer Darlene Love brings her four decades of work to Queens with a concert at at Queensborough Community College. Love is best known for No. 1 hit “He’s A Rebel” and her work with Phil Spector.
Bayside: 222-05 56th Ave. Starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $55 and $45.
Expose the kids to Columbian history and culture with an interactive musical presentation by Folklore Urbano at the Sunnyside library. The musical group, led by Pablo Mayor, combines traditional Columbian music with modern jazz and storytelling.
Sunnyside: 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue. Starts at 3 p.m. Free.
Over at the Flushing branch, The Villalobos Brothers are offering up their take on Latin music. The trio blend the rhythms and melodies indigenous to their native Veracruz with the notes of jazz and classical music.
Flushing: 41-17 Main St. Starts at 4 p.m. Free
Saturday, Sept 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21
The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food has been making headlines with its new outdoor beer garden that gives marketgoers a moment to relax with a local brew in front of the Manhattan skyline. Food, drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more are all on sale at the market. The LIC Flea Beer Garden has outdoor seating set up along the basin in the back and only serves artisanal beer made by Queens breweries, along with wine.
Long Island City: 5th Street and 46th Avenue. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m all weekend. Find it at the outdoor lot by the waterfront.
Encourage mom to use the weekend to do something positive for her health. The American Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Care Clinic is offering no-cost digital mammograms to women who are New York City residents and have not had a breast scan in the past 12 months. You must be 40 and older with health insurance or 50 and older without health insurance.
Jamaica: 122-05 Smith St. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are necessary via phone 877-628-9090. No co-pays required.
The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting an historical exhibition that explains the impact that the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs left on the garden. The exhibit includes some hidden treasures from the garden’s archives, including photographs from that era. A multimedia exhibit about the World’s Fairs, which focuses on the Port Authority’s role in bringing trade to the city, is on view at the auditorium lobby.
Flushing: 43-50 Main St. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Nov. 1. Entry for both is included in the garden admission: $4 Adult; $3 Seniors; $2 Students with ID and children over 3.
Sunday, Sept. 21
The final performance of the LIC sunset concert series features singer Mieka Pauley – whose stunning voice has drawn comparisons to Ani DiFranco, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris – along with the pop band Wishes and Thieves. The concert was originally slated for Aug. 31 but had to be rescheduled due to rain.
Long Island City: Gantry Plaza State Park. 4-09 47th Rd. Starts at 5 p.m. Free.
Learn to pickle and can with the best of them with a workshop at Flushing Town Hall on the basics of canning and lacto-fermentation in foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi. The hands-on demonstration will also explain the health benefits of this food preservation process.
Flushing: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Starts at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $8 for members, $5 for children.
Bella Italia Mia Inc. screens “Bringing Home Sardinia,” a video about the beautiful island off the coast of Italy. The screening will be followed by Fernando Caruso singing popular Italian-American folk tunes.
Middle Village: Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. Doors open at noon. Members $5, non-members $7. Call 718-426-1240 for more information.
The Genesis Tree of Life Yoga and Wellness Center is hosting Susan Cutter’s guided meditation healing group. Participants will meet for 90 minutes and be guided by Cutter, a Reiki master, in breath work, imagery and therapeutic touch to feel relaxed and soothe anxiety.
Forest Hills: 102-02/06 Metropolitan Ave. (lower level). Starts at 2 p.m. $5 donation for first-time attendees; $10 thereafter. Pre-registration is preferred. Call 347-809-4381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org