Catch a unique concert in Astoria, take part in a scavenger hunt at Fort Totten Park, enjoy local festivals, and do more at these events around the borough.
May 29 – June 4
Co-presented by Museum of the Moving Image and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), “Panorama Europe” is a unique showcase of sixteen contemporary European features. “Panorama Europe” gives New York audiences what may be their only chance to see acclaimed films from the festival circuit on the big screen. This year’s festival will take place at Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan. Ticket prices vary. Friday, May 29, through Sunday, June 14. 36-01 35th Ave. For more information, visit movingimage.us.
Saturday, May 30
The 11th annual NYC Musical Saw Festival is in “The Guinness Book of World Records” as the largest musical saw ensemble with 53 saw players playing together, beating the previous record from Poland (28 saw players). Musical saw players from all over the world, the Astoria Symphonic Choir and Trinity Handbell Choir will perform diverse music styles. Saturday, May 30. 2 p.m. $10. Trinity Lutheran Church. 31-18 37th St. For more information, visit musicalsawfestival.org.
Saturday, May 30
Bayside Historical Society will host a fun, “Amazing Race”-style scavenger hunt all around beautiful Fort Totten Park called Castle Quest. Your Quest Map will guide you as you look for hidden photo clues and try your hand at some easy and not-so-easy Quest Challenges. Medals await the first-, second- and third-place teams at our debriefing and celebratory lunch immediately following the Quest. $10 per four-person team. Children under 12 free if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the race begins at noon. 422 Weaver Ave. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.
In March 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, for a local Girl Scout meeting. In 1915, Ms. Low moved the national headquarters to New York City. Join Greater Astoria Historical Society board member and former Girl Scout DeeAnne Gorman as we note the centennial of this move with presentations by local Girl Scout troops on the history of scouting and their activities in the community. Free. 1 p.m. 35-20 Broadway. For more information, visit astorialic.org.
The Astoria Symphony Orchestra presents “Music for Brass and Percussion: For the Uncommon Woman,” featuring Joan Tower’s celebratory “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman” and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyrie.” 8 p.m. $25 adults, $20 students and seniors. Mt. Carmel Church. 23-25 Newtown Ave. For more information, visit astoriamusic.org.
Shred by Crom is an outdoor beach boot camp program that builds total body strength, endurance, balance and core stability for people of all ages and fitness levels. This training is friendly, dynamic, motivating and fun. 8 to 8:45 a.m. Free. Rockaway Beach. Beach 94th Street and Shorefront Parkway. Call 718-845-1700 for more information.
There will be free spaying and neutering, pet adoption, a trick contest, raffles and giveaways at It’s My Bark Day. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rockaway Freeway Dog Park. 83-02 Beach Channel Drive. For more information, visit arfarfrockaway.org.
Mama Piggy narrates “Los Tres Creditos/The Three Little Pigs,” this bilingual adaptation that features a vegetarian wolf and the three cutest little pigs on this side of town. Action, adventure, salsa, and other Latin music keeps audiences clapping en route to a happy ending. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 111st Street and 53rd Avenue. Call 718-600-6560 for more details.
Join Highland Park for the 7th Annual Strawberry Festival. There will be entertainment, crafts, games, inflatables, music, face painting, a strawberry eating contest, carnival games and much more. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street. Call 718-235-4100 for more details.
Astoria is a true example of a melting pot; its population has the influence of many cultures from all over the world. Join Central Astoria Local Development Coalition at the Celebrate Astoria International Cultural Fest by celebrating some of these amazing cultures through song and dance. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Astoria Park’s pool terrace. Shore Boulevard by Hell Gate Bridge. For more information, visit centralastoria.nyc.
Skats the Clown has been bringing the funny to audiences for nearly two decades. His confusing style of clown comedy is guaranteed to bring out the inner child in everyone. Combining magic and clownery, Skats makes everyone laugh out loud while also leaving them in amazement. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. Forest Park. Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. Call 718-788-2676 for more information.
Jeremy Teperman of the NYC Compost Project, hosted by the Queens Botanical Garden, will present a two-hour workshop on the basics of composting. Urban gardeners of all levels are welcome. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. King Manor Museum. 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit kingmanor.org.
Oye Corona is a free monthly cultural celebration with live music concerts of local and global talent. Dance and connect with each other in Corona Plaza, our neighborhood public pedestrian plaza. Oye Corona is a celebration of art, music and exercise in diverse forms. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Corona Plaza. National Street. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.
Sunday, May 31
Long Island City, chartered in 1870, experienced its first renaissance a century ago when industrial and transportation innovation created NYC’s foremost manufacturing district. It is now experiencing its second renaissance as rezoning and proximity to Manhattan spur a transformation of land use and demography. Jack Eichenbaum explores the Dutch Kills and Queens Plaza area where transportation advantages have attracted corporate headquarters, municipal offices, hotels and condos in “What’s New (and Old) in Long Island City.” 11 a.m. $15 municipal art society members, $20 non-members. For more information, visit mas.org.
“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!” When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a “tech-free zone.” So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. “Click, Clack, Moo!” is a hilariously “mooooo-ving” musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $14. Queens Theatre, 111-01 Corona Ave. For more information, visit queenstheatre.org.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Experienced rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways in “Marine Ecology: Seining and the Shore.” Seining programs, which use nets to catch fish and crustaceans close to shore, are great for kids of all ages. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. American Ballfields, Cross Bay Parkway and 20th Road. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.
Come to Manton Playground for a fun-filled day of crafts, games, inflatables, face painting, light refreshments and more. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Manton Street. Call 718-393-7370 for more details.
Monday, June 1
Enjoy free ballroom dance lessons for people of all levels at “Dancing Under the Stars.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Forest Park, Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South. Call 718-235-4100 for more details.
Start the week off right, with cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon and new jokes fresh off the napkin. Participants get at least four minutes to work out this week’s new material. Names get drawn from a bucket and the event is hosted by Joseph Robert. 11 p.m. Free. Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.
Tuesday, June 2
Creek Bros V-Money and Sam “The Kid” present a frat-party-themed standup comedy showcase. Featuring flip-cup, popped collars, plenty of Dave Mathews Band, and the funniest comics in New York City. Only the stuck-up college dean would miss a show like this. 10 p.m. Free. Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.
Duo standup is when two comics perform standup comedy together. The show is a combination of regular standup, two-person improv and those old two-person sketches of the vaudeville days. 8:30 p.m. $5. Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.
Wednesday, June 3
Citi Bike is finally coming to Queens this summer. Green Shores NYC is partnering with Bike New York to make sure you stay safe on the road. Join us for a free Citi Bike Street Skills Class hosted by the Creek and the Cave. This quick presentation and discussion touches on rules of the road, how to avoid common road hazards, basic traffic principles, where to ride on the road, how to safely change lanes, how to utilize bike infrastructure, with the focus on how to navigate the Citi Bike system of docks. Every participant will receive a free 24-hour Citi Bike pass, worth $9.95 plus tax. 7:30 p.m. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.
Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen. 7 p.m. $10, free for performers, Flushing Town Hall members and students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.
Thursday, June 4
Join Dry Harbor Playground to kick off children’s summer events with fun activities for the whole family. TD Bank will be hosting workshops and bringing their eco-friendly “Mobile Forest: Rooted in NYC” exhibit. Take a tour inside the “forest,” snap a photo and learn how TD is helping our local woodlands. Balloon making will be at 5 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. performance of Puppets in the Park’s of “Tales of Briar Rabbit.” 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Dry Harbor Playground in Forest Park. Brooklyn-Queens Greenway. Call 718-235-4100 for more details.