Saturday, Sept. 13
Walk, dance and bike along the boardwalk at the Rockaway Bike Parade. This year’s theme is the West Indian Carnival, so bring a colorful costume and steel pan drum. The parade departs from Firehouse 59 to Beach 17 at 11 a.m. Advanced registration is required.
Join Genesis Tree of Life for a monthly spiritual evening of lively discussion, singing, meditation, sharing of vegan food and socializing at the end of the evening. The event is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. and the fee to enter is a donation of $5 to $10 and a vegan drink or food for the group to share. RSVP on www.meetup.com or call 718-544-5997. Also, call them if you do not know what to bring. The Yoga and Wellness Center is located on the lower level of 102-02/06 Metropolitan Ave.
Autumn leaves mean it’s time for fall fun. Young gardeners in weekend sessions plant cool-season vegetables, explore Queens Botanical Garden’s Herb and Bee Gardens, and cook with just-harvested produce. Ages 5 through 12 are invited to participate. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit www.queensbotanical.org/programs/childrensgarden for more information and to register.
The Richmond Hill Block Association’s 41st Annual Park Fair will be held today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. There will be food, rides, games, music, raffles and vendors at Forest Park located at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South. For more information and applications please call 718-849-3759 or email RHBA@att.net.
Attend Oktoberfest at Poppenhusen Institute from noon to 6 p.m. There will be German singers and dancers from 1 to 4 p.m. and tournaments, games and a beer stein holding contest. Face painting and caricatures will be featured and refreshments will be sold. German-American food, beer, wine, soft beverages, apple strudel and black forest cake will be served. Admission is $15 and free for kids 5 and under. Oktoberfest is held at 114-04 14th Rd. Contact email@example.com or 718-358-0067 for more information.
A New York Council for the Humanities Community Conversations for Kids Workshop is coming to the Queens Historical Society from 1 to 2 p.m. Karyn Balan will be guiding the children and their family members through Jeanette Winter’s book, “September Roses,” and will be followed by a discussion and activity. This event is free for children and their adult companions. The society is located at 143-35 37th Ave. For more information call 718-939-0647, ext. 17.
Come join the fun at Socrates Sculpture Park with Circus Amok from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is free and is open to audiences of all ages. Circus Amok blends traditional circus skills – tight rope walking, juggling, acrobatics, stilt walking and clowning – with experimental dance, puppetry and more. The park is located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd.
The Queens Botanical Garden’s lawn care expert will take you through the basics of how to care for your lawn in the fall. The session will show you how to see to it that your lawn stays healthy without using artificial fertilizers and pesticides. The three-hour-long workshop begins at 10 a.m. and costs $5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-539-5296 to register for the workshop. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St.
State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. will host a mobile van outside of his Middle Village office at 66-85 73rd Pl. from 10 a.m. to noon, where representatives from the Integrated Medical Foundation will provide no-cost prostate cancer screenings. The screening is open to men ages 40 and older who have not been previously treated for prostate cancer, regardless of whether or not they have insurance. Patients should bring photo ID, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and their physician’s name and address. Appointments are recommended, walk-ins welcome. Call 718-738-1111 for more information or to make an appointment.
Explore the natural forests amid the concrete jungle from 10 a.m. to noon at Forest Park. The Natural Areas Conservancy is organizing walks through the trails of Forest Park as part of its Explore NYC’s Natural Side series. The two-hour walk is free. Please be prepared with walking shoes and water. The park is located at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue.
Sunday, Sept. 14
Prevent identity theft! Come join the NYPD’s Crime Prevention Section to shred your documents containing your personal/sensitive information. This is a free service. You can also register your electronic devices with the NYPD’s Operation ID Program. The event will be held at Waldbaum’s Supermarket’s parking lot at 156-01 Cross Bay Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From apiary tours to beekeeping lessons to honey tastings to a cooking class to a kiddie costume-making session to the Be-A-Bee Parade, there’s something for everyone at NY Honey Week. The event runs from 11 a.m. to sunset and is free. The location is at Rockaway Beach 97, 97th and Ocean.
The 34th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway. The event will showcase motorcycles of various makes and models that have been out of production for 10 years or longer. There will also be music, hayrides, farmhouse tours and food. Admission costs $5 per person and or free with farm membership.
Mets game attendees at the 8th Annual Stitch N’ Pitch will enjoy discounted seats in the Left Field Landing and an opportunity to stitch 7-by-9-inch squares to benefit Warm Up America. Admission is $30 and the event is located at Citi Field at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.
Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone in her new concert “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…played that part” performs songs from musicals that she could have played, should have played, did play and will play. Musicals include “Hair,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Funny Girl,” “West Side Story,” “Peter Pan” and her Tony Award-winning performances in “Evita” and “Gypsy.” Orchestra seats are $65 and rear orchestra/mezzanine seats are $55. The concert is located at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center at 222-05 56th Ave.
Saturdays and Sundays
The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food is opened on weekends at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more. This Saturday, the market will debut the LIC Flea Beer Garden with outdoor seating set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline. Only artisanal beer made by Queens breweries will be served, along with wine.
Through Nov. 1
The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting an exhibit about its past and explains the impact that the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs left on the garden. The exhibit includes material from the garden’s archives and includes photographs from that era. It is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Visitor and Administration Building Gallery at 43-50 Main St. through Nov. 1. 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. Entry for both is included in the garden admission.