What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |


Take a trip back in time and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Corona Park by riding vintage subway cars like the “Redbirds” and “Bluebirds” to popular summer destinations like Mets-Willets Point. The event, “Nostalgia Ride: Peace Through Understanding,” will begin at 11 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.

Saturday, June 7

The Friends of the Ridgewood Library will be hosting “Fun Day at the Ridgewood Library” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free face painting for children, a visit by Bobo the Hobo, Ridgewood’s most Famous Clown, hot dogs, cupcakes, brownies, soda and water for sale, musical entertainment, a flea market with nearly 30 tables of new and gently used items and more. The Ridgewood Library is located on Madison Street between Fairview and Forest avenues. There will be no rain date.

Come to the Lawrence Cemetery at the corner of 216th Street and 42nd Avenue at noon to join the Long Island Seekers Club as they guide participants through a live investigation explaining the tools and techniques used to discover paranormal activity. The event will be rescheduled if it rains. The cost is $8 for Bayside Historical Society members and $10 for non-BHS members.

Free food will be distributed to those who are in need at the grand opening of the Greater Springfield Community Church’s Food Pantry Ministry from 9 to 10 a.m., while supplies last. The Food Pantry will be serving the community every first Saturday of the month between 9 and 10 a.m. The Church is located at 177-06 129th Ave., Jamaica and can be reached at 718-527-0100.

St. Josaphat’s Roman Catholic Church will host a rummage sale plus ethnic Polish bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bake sale is located at the Parish Hall, 35th Avenue and 210th Street, Bayside, and there is plenty of free parking. For more information call Steve at 718-224-3052.

A Defensive Driving Course for insurance and point reductions will be given at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Jackson Heights, 25-02 80th St., from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information and registration call 631-360-9720. The cost is $45.

Mount Sinai Queens and the United Community Civic Association will host their Annual Community Health Fair. The fair will feature free health screenings, refreshments and giveaways. The event will have fun activities for kids to participate in such as face painting, balloons, a bouncy castle, clowns and free treats. Admission to the fair is free, and the fair is located at the Most Precious Blood Church at 32-23 36th St. in Astoria.

Our Lady’s Catholic Academy at 109-55 128th St., South Ozone Park, will host the second annual Culture Fest. The festival will feature multicultural music and dances from various cultures, fun games, amusement park rides, food vendors, raffles and much more. Free admission. CultureFest is from noon to 8:00 p.m.

For adults that need a daily dose of laughter, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps presents “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” a comedy show fundraising event. The event will also have a live auction by Marc Zakarin.

All the proceeds benefit the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps. General admission is $20. Tickets are available in person at Royal Collectables located on 96-01 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, or online at www.comedytogoinc.com. The event will be held at 8 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church at 103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills. For more information call 718-793-2055.

Sunday, June 8

Take a trip back in time and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Corona Park by riding vintage subway cars like the “Redbirds” and “Bluebirds” to popular summer destinations like Mets-Willets Point. The event, “Nostalgia Ride: Peace Through Understanding,” will begin at 11 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. Admission prices are as follows for non-members: $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 2 to 17. Tickets for New York Transit Museum members are $35 each for adults and $20 for children. You can purchase tickets on 51281.blackbaudhosting.com/51281/Peace-Through-Understanding-Queens-Worlds-Fair-Site-and-Park. Contact Eli Rumpf at 718-694-4915 for more information.

Surprise the little ones with a visit to the Alley Pond Environmental Center’s Adventure Hour. The event will feature live baby animals, a nature walk, games, songs, crafts and more. The program is for children who are 18 to 36 months. General admission is $16 per child. The event will be held at the Alley Pond Environmental Center located at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information please call 718-229-4000 or visit www.alleypond.com.

Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary by playing the works of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schubert, Ivanovici, Waldteufel and Vivaldi. The event will be located in 106-06 Queens Blvd. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center and will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Visit www.fhso.org for more information.

The Sixth Annual Kew Gardens Kids in the Park free event is being held from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Kew Gardens Cinema Park. This event will feature arts and crafts where children can create their own masterpieces to take home, face painting, story time and much more. The Kew Gardens Cinema Park is located at between Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens. In case of rain, the event will take place on Saturday, June 21.


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.


The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The new market will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more. The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, and will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times.  The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.