What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

Try your hand at a corn maze, take a musical journey to the past, shop for apples and do more at these events around Queens.


Challenge your wits and orientation in the Amazing Maize Maze. Kids and adults alike will have a blast fumbling their way around this 3-acre corn maze. Start the adventure with “Stalk Talk” to get you up to the challenge of locating clues, solving puzzles and escaping from the maze. Feeling up to the challenge? Come out to the Queens Farm Park to experience the Maze by Moonlight from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. $9 adults, $5 children 4 to 11, free ages 3 and under. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck. For more information, call 718-347-3276.

The New York Restoration Project is providing 100 free trees to the Friends of Astoria Heights Park. Take home one of four different types of trees from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Astoria Heights Park at 30th Road and 45th Street in Astoria, Queens. To view restrictions and reserve your free tree to be planted on private property only, visit www.nyrp.org/green-spaces/tree-giveaway/.

Take a musical journey to the past with master musician and composer Wang Guowei and soloist Sun Li in a free community concert at Queens Library. Enjoy both repertoire from ancient Chinese dynasties, to contemporary folk music from the two-string fiddle erhu and the pear-shaped lute pipa. Hear this duo at 2:30 p.m. at 214-20 Northern Blvd. in Bayside.

The M.S. 158 Marie Curie Middle School is celebrating 60 years of excellence with their first Fall Family Festival. Come out for a day of fun attractions, rides, products and food from local vendors, and raffle prizes with goods from local businesses. Alumni are welcome for a tour of the school at the beginning of the program from 10 a.m. to noon. Local political figures will be present to share opening remarks. Money raised by the event will go toward funding student activities and classroom supplies. M.S.158 Marie Curie Middle School. 46-35 Oceania St., Bayside. For more information contact 917-418-1046 or email [email protected].

Channel your inner yin and yang with a yoga class led by certified teen and tween yoga instructor Liza Lopez. Ages 9 to 15 can jam it out while working up a sweat as she combines music with the practice of yoga. Grab a towel and bottle of water and head over to the Alley Pond Environmental Center. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10 for members, $16 non-members. Space is limited to eight participants. Mats will be provided. Register at www.alleypond.com/weekends.html 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

Enjoy listening to vocalist Lois Bruno as he offers a musical tribute to jazz legends Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Barbara Streisand. Free. 2:30 p.m. 20-12 Madison St., Ridgewood. Call 718-821-4770 for more info.

The St. Luke’s Chamber of Ensemble is making a stop at the Queens Museum as part of their Subway Series tour of the five boroughs. Enjoy an afternoon of art, desserts, and a 1-hour concert from the Grammy Award-winning ensemble. The series is partnering with Cool Culture to host an art supply drive for preschool children. They are welcoming donations of any colored pencils, watercolor sets and glue sticks. The event is free from 2 to 3 p.m. at Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Kick off autumn with a morning of shopping for apples, fresh cider and apple pie at the Queens County Farm Museum. The farm will also feature a sheep shearing demonstration by the Long Island Livestock Company’s Tabbethia Haubold. The event is free, but it’s first-come, first-served. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. in Little Neck. For more information call 718-347-3276.


Photographer Sandra Gottlieb shows the changes of Rockaway Beach waves during the hurricane season in October 2013. The series, “October Waves,” will allow you to discover Rockaway Beach in a way you have never seen. Explore the depths of texture, light and shapes in photographs captured every day at sunset. The waves will be on display through Oct. 31. Free with New York Hall of Science admission. 47-01 111th St., Corona. Call 718-699-0005 for further information.

Relive the Shakespearean world of love and scandal this fall when you attend the new series of staged readings of his works. For opening night, enjoy “Much Ado About Nothing,” one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies of gossip, love and deceit presented by The TITAN Theatre Company and Queens Library. Free. 5:30 p.m. Queens Library at 108-19 71st Ave. in Forest Hills. For more information, call 718-268-7934.

Get your heart pumping and burn some calories in a low-impact aerobics class taught by instructor Misty Gisonda. Improve your heart health in this moderate workout called ShapeUp NYC. Bring a towel and water and be prepared to sweat! Free. Every Tuesday at 2 p.m. 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is asking the help of her constituents to help brainstorm how $1 million in capital funding should be spent. The Participatory Budgeting Assembly process will allow members of the community to determine how public funds will be spent, from start to finish, rather than elected officials alone. Join the councilwoman and the rest of your community at 6:30 p.m. at P.S. 113 at 78-23 87th St. in Glendale.

NYC Business Solutions presents a panel discussion, “Financing and Incentives for Industrial Businesses.” Whether you are looking to expand, purchase or renovate property, or are in need of some working capital, meet with this panel of experienced business lenders and government representatives. Learn traditional and alternative sources of financing and how to meet your business goals. Free. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Anoroc Building at 45-23 47th St. in Sunnyside. Register here or call 718-205-3773 for phone registration.


Northshore Long Island Jewish Hospital is collaborating with Queens Library to help spread kidney health awareness. The program includes lessons about how to prevent and treat kidney disease as well other common problems, such as diabetes, that can damage kidneys. Free. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Queens Library, 196-36 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. For more information call 718-357-6643.

Join local author Joseph Cognard as he discusses an author’s steps to self-publishing. Learn possible hurdles of self-publishing to help you decide whether to self-publish or submit your work through a traditional publisher. Free. 2:30 p.m. at Queens Library, 108-19 71st Ave. in Forest Hills.

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