Enjoy 10 hours of free jazz at Flushing Town Hall, sample brews and bacon at Citi Field, come out for Bingo Open Mic in LIC and do more at these Queens events.
Saturday, April 25
New York Park Park Rangers will guide you through the Ridgewood Reservoir to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars or ask a ranger to borrow a pair. Free. 9 a.m. Highland Park, Vermont Place and Highland Boulevard. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.
The Queens Greenhouse & Nursery has served the city’s parks for the last century. Gardeners will provide visitors with information on the different species, how to care for them, and where to go to see them throughout the borough. They will also talk about the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies the greenhouse employs to minimize and treat pest problems. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 88th Lane. Call 718-520-5341 for more details.
Join the NYC Compost Project to learn how to reduce your waste and create “black gold” for your garden by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings and weeds. This workshop will cover the essentials of outdoor composting in an urban setting. As a fall focus, we will discuss how to compost leaves and how to use mulch to protect and improve your garden’s soil. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $5. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St. Please pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop over 30 vendors selling books, albums, household items, antiques, clothing, collectables, pottery and much more at the Kew Gardens Flea Market. The Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue will be there with dogs and cats for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. 100 percent of the vendor fees benefit the JHMC Pediatric Department. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 82-60 Austin St. Call 917-359-0541 for more details.
Tours of the Onderdonk House and gardens will be available at Spring Fling for Earth Day. Enjoy crafts, games, music and entertainment. Light refreshments will be available. noon to 4 p.m. $5. 1820 Flushing Ave. For more information, visit onderdonkhouse.org.
Queens Council on the Arts and the Queens Museum are hosting Queens Arts Connection, a professional development event for artists to learn more about NYC Arts service organizations and the business of art. Artists will have the opportunity to have their portfolios critiqued by Queens Museum curatorial staff for free. 2 to 7 p.m. 111-01 Corona Ave. For more information, visit queenscouncilarts.org.
Sample food from the restaurants, bars and eateries in Rockaway Beach. Event tickets are $10 and available at all participating establishments: 101 Deli, Bungalow Bar & Restaurant, Chicks To Go, Elegante Pizza, Sayra’s, Wine Bar, Surfside Bagels, Thai Rock, The Rock, Uma’s, Uncle Louie G and Whit’s End. 5 p.m. 90-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Call 718-945-5111 for more details.
The Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field will offer participants beer from New York breweries and bacon dishes from more than 20 restaurants in New York City on Saturday, April 25. Ticket prices vary. 123-01 Roosevelt Ave. For more information, visit baconandbeerclassic.com.
LIC Flea & Food is located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, and offers items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more. Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The LIC Flea is the only location to carry beer from all six breweries. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines. LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October. For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea,Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.
Enjoy 10 hours of free jazz. The Third Annual Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival features performers from around the borough, from jazz legends to up-and coming artists. Noon to 10 p.m. Free. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.
Sunday, April 26
It’s a fun-filled day at Queens Botanical Garden’s Arbor Festival. Come enjoy a variety of activities for all ages including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, tours, food and craft vendors, compost demonstrations and a beer tent! 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free with garden admission. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Experienced New York Park Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. All equipment is provided. Children 8 years and older are welcome. Free. 1 p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 1 World’s Fair Marina. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.
“To Be Alive!” is a short documentary film co-directed by Francis Thompson and Alexander Hammid and was designed to celebrate the common ground between different cultures by tracing how children in various parts of the world mature into adulthood. The film will be screened at Kingsland Homestead. $5 QHS members, students and seniors. $8 general admission. 143-35 37th Ave. For more information, visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.
The college that gave College Point its name is long gone but we have plenty of other sites to see in this former company town built in large part by entrepreneur and railroader Conrad Poppenhusen. Join Kevin Walsh of Forgotten NY and the Greater Astoria Historical Society for a tour, including a visit to the institute that Poppenhusen founded. 12 p.m. $15 GAHS members, $20 general admission. Poppenhusen Institute. 14th Road and 114th Street. For more information, visit astorialic.org.
The Sports and Health Fest will allow Bayside residents to shake off the cabin fever they experienced this winter and will highlight all of the healthcare and allied professionals on Bell Boulevard. The event will also feature representatives from the New York Mets, the New York Cosmos and the United States Tennis Association. Free. Noon to 5 p.m. 42nd to 43rd avenues. For more information, visit baysidevillagebid.com.
Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League since 1987, and a world-renowned leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination will be the special guest speaker on the vital topic: “Global Jewish Challenges” at the 19th Annual Telsey Lecture Series. 3 p.m. Free. The Reform Temple of Forest Hills. 71-11 112th St. Call 718-261-2900 for more details.
The American Jewish Symphony is an electrifying 50-piece ensemble dedicated to the performance of orchestral works of distinction that explore Jewish Cultural heritage and experience. The Eastern European program features selections of music from Klezmer and folk traditions to music of the American Yiddish Theater, which became a powerful influence on the artistic form of the Broadway musical. Guest entertainer Mike Burstyn is one of the world’s most popular Jewish entertainers. 3 p.m. $48. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave. For more information, visit qcc.cuny.edu.
“Saturday Night Live,” “Seinfeld” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” are three of the most beloved shows in the history of television. Ask any Baby Boomer about their favorite all-time TV program and chances are those three hits will be at the top of their lists. For the first time ever, three of the top TV writers from those iconic shows will gather to discuss what really happened behind-the-scenes in Funny Girls: TV Boomer Babes Tell All. What were the stars of those shows like? What was the writing process like? And what ELSE went on? 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 65-30 Kissena Boulevard. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.
Monday, April 27
Come with five minutes of material, grab a BINGO card, and play with hosts Julia Lundy and Veronica Elizabeth at Bingo Open Mic. Or come with no material; BINGO is also open to non-performers. There will be prizes, one of which is the first spot at the following open mic. Sign-up will be done by lottery, so please come early to put your name in the bucket. Free. 6 p.m. The Creek and The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.
Tuesday, April 28
Resorts World Casino will display Spring Into Queens, an exclusive horticultural exhibit from the Queens Botanical Garden, for the entire month of April in the Red Wall Gallery. Spring Into Queens features several beautiful, vivid floral works of art designed by garden staff member Shari Romar and members of the QBG Gallery Committee. Free. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. For more information, visit rwnewyork.com.
In “I Am the Chicken Man, Cluck,” a 29-year-old Harvard graduate, who has squandered his adult life, is now employed as a dancing chicken man at a fast-food restaurant. In a misguided attempt to save his boss’s brilliant, 17-year-old, Indian daughter from a similar fate, he helps her get a publishing contract, but inadvertently ends up pushing her to plagiarize her book. Though completely fictional, this play was inspired by the story of Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard student who was actually accused of plagiarizing her debut novel. 7 p.m. Free. Please RSVP at kupferbergcenter.org.
Wednesday, April 29
“Beyond Sacred” is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City. The five participants in “Beyond Sacred” vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. 8 p.m. $20. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. 31-10 Thomson Ave. For more information, visit lpac.nyc.
Thursday, April 30
Shakespeare’s most tragic hero squares off against his greatest villain in “Othello,” a fast-paced tale of jealousy, betrayal and vengeance. Watch as Iago leads “The Moor” to the edge of sanity by weaving a trail of deceit about the loyalty of a friend and a wife’s fidelity. The drama unfolds in a pulsating stripped-down production that features an all-female cast. 7:30 p.m. $18. Queens Theatre. 14 United Nations Ave. South. For more information, visit queenstheatre.org.
What if you could move backwards through time and see how your choices charted your path to the present moment? With an exciting score, humor, idealism and insight, “Merrily We Roll Along” starts at the end and ends at the beginning. We see snapshots of 20 years in the lives of Franklin Shepard and his close friends and ponder the show’s central question: “How did you get to be here?” Runs through Saturday, May 23. 8 p.m. $12 students and seniors, $18 adults. Astoria Performing Arts Center. 30-44 Crescent Street and 30th Road. For more information, visit apacny.org.