A block party featuring live performances, food, art activities and more will take place on Long Island City’s Vernon Boulevard on Saturday.
The third annual LIC Springs! will be hosted by the LIC Partnership and will shut down 50th Avenue through 46th Avenue to car traffic. From noon to 5 p.m., residents will be treated to performances by groups such as Jessica Lang Dance, Thalia Spanish Theatre, Sabor & the Afro-Latineers Band and more.
The festival is a part of the city’s Weekend Walks program, which was started to encourage New Yorkers to discover what their neighborhoods have to offer.
The festival will also be kid-friendly with activities such as face painting and and a burpee challenge fitness test hosted by Gantry Kids.
Long Island City’s plethora of art centers will also offer activities including puppet making with Socrates Sculpture Park and sculpture puzzles with the Noguchi Museum. Additionally, the Museum of Moving Image will help participants create thaumatrope optical toys.
7Train Murals, a community organization that paints murals in neighborhoods along the 7 line, will seek help from volunteers to paint a collective mural.
“There’s something for everyone: live performances all day long at the stage, art-making activities for families and kids, outdoor dining from local restaurants here in LIC, and even a photo booth for pets,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the LIC Partnership. “For the third year in a row, LIC Springs! offers New Yorkers a chance experience everything LIC.”
LIC Partnership is also holding a photo contest, and winners will receive a “Night out in LIC!” prize package which includes a gift certificate for Woodbines, tickets to Thalia Spanish Theatre and The Queensboro Dance Festival and a facial at Tailormade Skincare.
For a list of all participating organizations, click here.