What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Rialto Pictures Studio Canal
Photo courtesy of Rialto Pictures Studio Canal

A showcase for international films on unique people and places far outside urban areas will be shown at the “Rural Route Film Festival” at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10

A showcase for international films on unique people and places far outside urban areas will be shown at the “Rural Route Film Festival” at the Museum of the Moving Image at 36-01 35th Avenue. Live world/folk music and food from guest chefs will also be there. Admissions for the event are $10 for the public, free for museum members and $27 for all programs taking place. To guarantee access to individual screenings, festival pass holders may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718-777-6800 or emailing rsvp@movingimage.us. Program times vary. Click here to see all times.

Saturday, Aug. 9 

Join Boy Scout Troop 17 in celebrating their 100th anniversary of continuously serving the youths of the community since 1914 with fun outdoor activities, exhibits and historical displays of the troop and scouting. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. and admission is free with an admission at the Queens Botanical Garden. The Garden is located at 43-50 Main St.

“Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday Bash!” is a celebration of the great outdoors with live animal demos, guided hikes, a forest ranger obstacle course and a scavenger hunt with prizes at the Alley Pond Park at 76th Avenue and Springfield Blvd. Admission is free. The event is from noon to 3 p.m.

Over 170 teams and 2,000 participants from around the world will compete in the 22nd Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, at the Meadows Lake at Flushing Meadows Corona Park today and tomorrow. The festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This multicultural event includes sports drama, music, dance, colors and a food court. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine.

You think you have what it takes to win the 37th Queensboro Arm Wrestling Championship? Come to the Cheap Shots Sports Bar at 149-05 Union Turnpike to find out. The championship starts at 1 p.m. and admission is $5.

Come to the green screen fantasy party at the Steinway Astoria Mini Mall today for a photo shoot. Bring $10 and your dream as they take you on a green screen photo fantasy. For more information please call 718-679-3024 or 917-639-8111. The photo shoot is located at 28-41 Steinway St., Suite 7.

The Forest Hills Stadium, where the Beatles and the Rolling Stones once played, is revamped. It will host the Modest Mouse/Brand New Concert. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. but doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is from $49.50 to $59.50 and the stadium is located at 1 Tennis Pl. The event will occur rain or shine. There is a four-ticket limit per household. Get your tickets today at www.foresthillsstadium.com.

Do you quilt, sew, or just love fabric and textiles? Or maybe you would like to learn more about it? Join other sewing enthusiasts for an afternoon of creating and socializing. The event is co-sponsored by Queens Sewing Social and admission is $8 for Bayside Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. The society is located at 208 Totten Ave. and the event is from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Attend the full moon drumming workshop, an outdoor drum circle with master drummers at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd. Begin with workshops on Indian tablas and other percussive instruments, and then jam with the entire group. Admission is $25 and the event starts at 7 p.m.

Last Sunday’s flea market at St. Raphael’s Church was cancelled due to weather forecast. It will be held today. The church is located at 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. and the flea market is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ten-foot spots cost $30. For more information, please call 718-729-8957 or email straphaelrectory@yahoo.com. Checks are made payable to St. Raphael Church.

Enjoy the music, food and culture of Poland in an experience similar to being in a 1964 World’s Fair pavilion at “A Taste of Poland.” The tasting is located at the Queens Historical Society at 143-35 37th Ave. Admission is $15 a ticket and the event is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.


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.

MoMA PS1 presents “Warm Up 2014” from June 28 to September 6 every Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. Doors open at noon and there will be outdoor music concerts by local and international experimental DJs. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of. The event takes place rain or shine and at the MoMA PS1 courtyard.


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 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.