QNS Weekender: 6 things to do in Queens

QNS Weekender Queens
Photo courtesy of LIC Springs

This weekend is both Father’s Day and Juneteenth, so spend some time with loved ones at these fun events happening in Queens.

On Friday, the Queens Jazz Orchestra will perform at Flushing Town Hall with a concert honoring Phil Schaap and Charlie Parker. On Saturday, head to Long Island City for the LIC Springs! block party. On Sunday, celebrate Juneteenth with a Juneteenth New York Music Month Concert.

For information about these events and more, see our list of things to do in Queens from June 17 to June 19.


Before doing anything in person, get tested for COVID-19 and get vaccinated and boosted! Also, don’t forget to wear your mask indoors and socially distance wherever possible. 

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the New York City Department of Health suggests getting tested often. Here is where you can find several places in Queens to get tested this weekend:

The United States Postal Service is also offering four free at-home test kits per address. Visit special.usps.com/testkits to learn how to order your test kits.

Visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov to find a Queens vaccination site near you.


Queens Jazz Orchestra: “Bird Flight” Honoring Phil Schaap and The Genius of Charlie Parker (Flushing Town Hall): Enjoy a performance by the Queens Jazz Orchestra, which will be putting on a show to honor radio legend Phil Schaap and jazz genius Charlie Parker. Leading QJO will be Grammy-nominated jazz artist and original QJO member Antonio Hart. Flushing Town Hall;  137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing. flushingtownhall.org. $45 for general admission, $35 for members and $20 for students. 8 p.m., June 17. 


Juneteenth Celebration (Lewis H Latimer House): This is an all-ages event to celebrate the “joyous freedom of African American culture.” Participants will get to take part in a poetry and portraiture mini-workshop with Quentin Felton, a Sow the Seeds workshop with artist Dario Mohr, creating “Our Juneteenth Flag Installation” with artist Sophia Chizuco and the art of Reiki with master teacher Erica Thomas Collier. Lewis H Latimer House; 34-41 137th St., Flushing. nycgovparks.org. Free with registration. 2 to 4 p.m., June 18.

Queensboro Dance Festival – Celebrating Juneteeth (Leavitts Park): This free event features performances from Cole Collective, Flamenco Latino, Kinding Sindaw, Kofago Dance Ensemble, Fruto Ancestral, Umami Playground and Rudanceny. There will also be a QDF dance lesson with the Kofago Dance Ensemble. Leavitts Park; 3441 137th St., Flushing. eventbrite.com. Free with registration. 3 to 4:15 p.m., June 18.

LIC Springs! 2022 (Vernon Boulevard): Who doesn’t love a block party? Enjoy live music, dance, performances, interactive lessons, art, fitness classes, outdoor dining, pop-up activities, games and more. Vernon Boulevard between 46th and 50th avenues in Long Island City. longislandcityqueens.com. Free with registration. 12 to 5 p.m., June 18.

Movies Under the Stars: ” Sing 2″: (Astoria Heights Playground): This sequel to the animated favorite follows theater owner Buster Moon, who wants to produce a musical in Redshore City. But first, he must convince legendary and elusive rock singer Clay Calloway to perform in the big show. Bring and blanket or chair. Register here. Play Area (JHS 10) in Astoria Heights Playground. nycgovparks.org. Free. 8:30 to 11 p.m., June 18.


Juneteenth New York Music Month Concert (Roy Wilkins Park): Enjoy a fun concert featuring Ralph McDaniels, the creator and host of the Hip Hop show “Video Music Box.” McDaniels, aka “Uncle Ralph” has created videos for Biz Markie, Slick Rick, Kid-N-Play, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Daddy Kane and more. Roy Wilkins Park. nycgovparks.org. Free. 3 to 5 p.m., June 19

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