What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |


LIC Flea & Food is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through October 27.

Saturdays and Sundays through October 27

Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in New York, LIC Flea & Food, every weekend, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through October 27. Enjoy some great eats, find a hidden treasure in the market, discover new artists and great local vendors all while taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Located at 5-25 46th Avenue, LIC Flea is just blocks  from the 7, E, M and G trains as well as the East River Ferry and parking across the street. Bring your friends and family to kick off the start of a perfect weekend. For more information, visit, www.licflea.com.

Saturday, September 21

The Queens Botanical Garden hosts The Autumn Moon Festival, a perfect chance for families to make arts and crafts, including paper lanterns, from 1 to 3 p.m. Costs $2 per person and lantern making is limited to the first 50 participants. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org.

Classic Movie: “Big Lebowski,” Laughing Devil Comedy Club, starts at 5 p.m., 47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City. 347-913-3845. Tickets are $7.

Join trained urban park rangers as they embark on a canoe trip in Alley Pond Park. The basic canoe trip is great for boaters of all skill levels as you can enjoy the relaxing sway of gentle bodies of water like lakes, and challenge yourself with the waters of bays and rivers. Admission is free and the trip will last from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 718-846-2731.

Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 

The Queens County Farm Museum invites all to the 31st annual Queens County Fair. The Queens County Fair combines elements of a traditional county fair with New York flair, creating an exceptionally diverse festival. Included are blue ribbon competitions in livestock, home crafts, produce, and art. Adding to the fun are the “Maize Maze,” Con Edison “Ecology Booth,” pie-eating, corn-husking, lumberjack shows, pig racing, hayrides and carnival rides. Also included are a Bavarian Garden, Irish band, and German band. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children and free for farm members. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 718-347-3276.

Saturday, September 21 through October 27

Celebrate fall and get lost in the three-acre Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum. The adventure will begin with the “stalk talk,” a group interactive that prepares you for the challenges of finding your way through the maze, recognizing clues and solving puzzles. Maze will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but if you are feeling up to the challenge, be sure to be a part of Maze by the Moonlight on Saturdays, October 5 and 12 when the maze will be open until 9 p.m. admission is $9. For more information, call 718-347-3276.

Sunday, September 22 

Queens Vs. Brooklyn, Laughing Devil Comedy Club, starts at 8 p.m., 47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101 347-913-3845. Tickets are $10.

Saturdays and Sundays through September

Socrates Sculpture Park presents Parting, an innovative installation in Long Island City, which combines green initiatives, artistry, and architecture. The design incorporates elevated thresholds and slopes, nets, chain links, and hybrid framing structures to create a state-of-the-art design. Appropriately located in one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods, which is also home to an expanding art scene, Parting encompasses elements of modernism and curiosity.  Parting is located on 43-29 Crescent Street, in a converted asphalt parking lot adjacent to M. Wells Steakhouse. The lot will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through to 2014. Parting is the first art design project located in the lot and the first project of Socrates Sculpture Park outside of its park in northern Long Island City. The development is supported by Rockrose Development Corporation and engineered by native New York architects Jerome W. Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp. For further information, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.

The New York Hall of Science’s 3D theater is showing “The Last Reef,” an underwater journey that explores the unrivaled biodiversity of coral reefs. “The Last Reef” draws parallels between coral reefs, underwater centers vital to marine life, and cities, which bustle with human exchange. While this 3-dimensional feature is an entertaining experience, it also communicates the disturbing reality that coral reefs, which have been perhaps the most enduring and essential life forms in Earth’s history, are being threatened with extinction as a result of human pollution. Screening times are Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 and older. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.

Through September

The Museum of Moving Image will screen “Single Stream” by Powel Wojtasik, Toby Lee, and Ernst Karel. Focused on the themes of excess, waste, and the consequences of a high-consuming culture, “Single Stream” offers a reflection of American society by exploring a recovery facility in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which sorts out refuse that is processed daily for recycling. The audience discovers the systems upon which the plant is run and captures the intricate processes contrived to treat the immense amount of waste Americans produce on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.