Explore the Queens ethnic food festival and more happenings this weekend

“Spring forward” is this weekend, which means it’s time to set our clocks ahead one hour as we recognize Daylight Savings Time. It also means we lose an hour’s sleep. Let’s all take a moment to collectively groan, scream or otherwise lament a cherished sixty minutes in the comfiness of our beds lost. But look at the bright side, adjusting the clocks forward is the first sign of spring. The days are longer—Yippee!—which means going out partying earlier and and returning later. So go out and celebrate. Goodness knows, Queens always has a plethora of cool, fun things to do, as our weekly happenings line-up proves.

Friday, March 11

1. Women’s History Month Arts Celebration

Queens Council of the Arts

When: Friday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Astoria

Twelve amazing female poets, writers, musicians and singers share their work and collaborate with each other and the audience in this exciting event to celebrate Women’s History Month. Sponsored by LAB and curated by Joan Willette, the event is $10 for non-members, but is free for members and friends.

2. The Lomax Project celebrates the roots of folk music

The Lomax Project

When: Friday, March 11, at 8 p.m.
Where: BMCC Tribeca performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, NYC

Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, two-time Juno-winning banjoist and composer , Jayme Stone brought together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. Tickets are $15.

Saturday, March 12

1. 6th Annual Mamas Expo

Queens Mamas Expo

When: Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13.
Saturday March 12—BABY DAY: Pregnancy, infants and toddlers are the focus.
Sunday Marcy 13—FAMILY DAY :Families ages 2 and up are the focus.
Where: New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), 47-01 111th St, Corona, NY

Enjoy a weekend of fun for the whole family from expecting parents to families and their kids. Children will have a blast hopping from one fun activity to another while parents can learn about the best products and services available.

2. Children’s Garden Open House

Queens Botanical Garden

When: Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing

Get your hands dirty with planting activities and garden crafts at this annual drop-in event, free for kids ages 2 to 10; and new this year—Junior Naturalists for older learners, ages 11 to 14. Each age group will partake in different educational, fun and interactive programs. After the open house you can enroll in spring and summer programs (fees apply)

3. Inspirational Choral Show

 Queens Trinity Church

When: Saturday, March 12, from 8 p.m.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 31st Avenue and 37th Street, Astoria

Take in the joyous melodies of choral music, inspired by birds and flight, from the Renaissance to today. Ticket cost $15-$20 online and $20-$25 at the door.

4. “Hairspray”


When: Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 1300 209th St., Bayside

Now’s your chance to see an award-winning and acclaimed Broadway musical. This fun, lively show features foot-tapping songs and hilarious characters. Adult tickets costs $22; $20 for children and seniors.

Sunday, March 13

1. Singles Social and Dance

Queens Rego Park Jewish Center

When: Sunday, March 13, from 2 and 6 p.m
Where: Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park

Here’s your chance. For a mere $10, you have the opportunity to meet your soulmate. Refreshments will be served and as always, dress to impress. Hey, you never know…

2. Food Festival

Food Festival

When: Sunday, March 13, from 2 and 6 p.m.
Where: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 72-55 Austin St., Forest Hills

Foodies rejoice this annual food Bacchanalia, celebrating diversity in Queens. $25 will get you sample plates of the many ethnic restaurants in the neighborhood. Entrance is in the back of the parking lot on 72nd Road off Austin Street.

3. The art of breaking things

Dorsky breaking art

When: Sunday, March 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 1103 45th Ave., Long Island City

Enjoy the “broken” art of Alexandra Ben-Abba, Elana Herzog and Armita Raafat, pioneers of the art is of broken glass, fabrics and rocks. This panel discussion will focus on what inspired them to make art surrounding destruction. RSVP at rsvp@dorsky.org.

4. Irish Comedy Tour

Irish Comedy Tour

When: Sunday, March 13, at 8 p.m.
Where: The Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside

Nothing funnier than a politically incorrect comedy club. This group of comedians and musicians will be performing for one night only and promises not to hold back their beer-fueled, stereotypical comedy. Tickets are $40.

5. Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

When: Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m.
Where: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing

Don’t miss internationally renowned choreographer Nai-Ni Chen’s latest collaborative program, “CrossCurrent III,” featuring renowned composer Huang Ruo and the New Asia Chamber Music Society. Tickets are $16 or $10 for members and students.

Tuesday, March 15

1. Yoga at the Castle

Queens Bayside Fort Totten

When: Every Tuesday in March 13, at 2 p.m.
Where: Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside.
Channel your inner Zen with a day of restorative yoga for beginners. Classes hold up to 50 students and are perfect for anyone looking to revitalize their mind and body while getting a light workout. All equipment is included for $10 per session. To reserve your spot, call 718-352-1548.

2. Queens World Film Festival

Queens film festival

When: Tuesday, March 15-Sunday, 20; doors open at 6:15 p.m.; screenings begin at 7 p.m.
Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria
Love movies? Of course you do. More than 100 films from 25 nations will be screened. Some of the film categories include screen narratives, documentaries and family films. General admission tickets are $10.