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Image: Samantha Casolari
Image: Samantha Casolari

Let’s face facts: the days are getting shorter, colder and closer to the new school year. Plus, many of the borough’s free summer activities are winding down.

Right now is the time to take advantage of all the outdoor events in Queens. Catch live music, dance recitals and feature films before they go into hibernation.

Here’s a list of some options.

  • Warm Up 2017 at MoMA PS1. This outdoor music series presents live and electronic music across a range of genres in Long Island City. It also attracts party people from all over the city … and the planet. The penultimate event is this Saturday, Aug. 25, noon to 9 p.m., and the lineup includes deejays, actresses and musicians from Los Angeles, NYC, London, Chicago, Berlin and Brooklyn.
  • See It Big! at the Museum of the Moving Image. This annual series, which screens classic and contemporary films on the venue’s big screen in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, is in its final weekend. On both days, Aug. 26 and Aug. 27, the following movies with show: “The Dark Crystal,” 1 p.m.; “The Story of the Flaming Years,” 4:30 p.m.; and “The Enchanted Desna,” 7 p.m.
  • Beach Sessions Dance Series on the sand off Beach 110th Street in the Rockaways. Lay down a towel to create a seat and watch Madeline Hollander present a series of duets with beach rakes and six dancers on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. The rakes clear pathways that become the stage for the artists, whose tracks are recorded in the newly combed sand. In the first half, dancers will follow in the wake of the rakes, but things will flip during the second half as the rakes follow the dancers, erasing their traces of movement as they go.
  • Conjunto Guantanamo at Newtown Park. The Kupferberg Center for the Arts has been hosting live music around the borough as per its SummerSounds series. This Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble offers the final performance on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. in Elmhurst.
  • Inkarayku at Gantry Plaza State Park. This Peruvian folk group offers the final concert of the Live at the Gantries series in Long Island City on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.
  • American Princess Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise. This boat, which has a 90-percent sighting rate, will embark from Riis Landing in Breezy Point to explore the Atlantic Ocean and its marine life on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, at noon on both days. It will be in operation next weekend and at other times, too, but the weather report is fantastic for this weekend.

Here’s a schedule of the remaining free, outdoor movies. Click for the times.

  • Aug. 25, “Natural Born Killers,” Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, live music followed by a feature film. RSVP requested.
  • Aug. 26, “The Last Dragon,” Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and “Fences,” Montbellier Park, Springfield Boulevard and 139th Avenue, Springfield Gardens.
  • Aug. 27, “The Lego Batman Movie,” Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Park, N. Conduit Avenue and 82nd Street, Ozone Park.
  • Aug. 28, “The Jungle Book,” George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park, and “Finding Dory,” Astoria Park Great Lawn, 19th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, and “Zootopia,” Main Park House in Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows.
  • Aug. 29, “Big (1988),” The Ditty, 35-03 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, and “High School Musical,” All Saints Episcopal Church, 96th Street and 86th Avenue, Woodhaven.
  • Aug. 30, “The Jungle Book,” The Shops at Atlas Park, 88-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale.
  • Aug. 31, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lawrence Virgilio Playground, 39th Road and Woodside Avenue, Woodside.


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