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QNS Weekender: 8 things to do in Queens

Queens QNS Weekender
Photo courtesy of NYC Parks.

Looking for something to do this weekend? There’s something for everyone to enjoy with these fun outdoor and indoor activities at locations across Queens!

GET TESTED AND VACCINATED

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.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company/ALL ARTS “Past, Present, Future” (Flushing Meadows Corona Park): Cross-cultural Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company bridges the grace and splendor of the Chinese cultural tradition with New York’s modern dance spirit. Programming will kick off at 6 p.m. with a dance workshop with Fanike! African Dance Troupe. nycgovparks.org. Free. 7 to 9 p.m.

Movies Under the Stars: Spider-Man: No Way Home (Crocheron Park): Experience this thrilling tale of the multiverse! Make sure to bring and blanket or lawn chair and arrive with ample time to find a great spot. nycgovparks.org. Free. 8:30 to 11 p.m. 

SATURDAY, JULY 16

SummerStage (Flushing Meadows Corona Park): This free music concert features musical artists ChocQuibTown, Nanpa Basico and Salt Cathedral. No tickets are required. cityparksfoundation.org. Admission is free and first come first serve. 6 to 9 p.m.

5th Annual Jamaica Bay Festival (Jamaica Bay): Savor the beauty of Jamaica Bay with family-friendly events such as paddling in the kayak parade, fishing, biking, sailing and more! jbrpc.org. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 17

Leading Communities of Care – NYC Mutual Aid Celebration (Queens Botanical Garden): Celebrate mutual aid groups in New York City with performances and activities at the Queens Botanical Garden. eventbrite.org. Free admission with registration (limited capacity), $6 admission for adults and $4 for seniors. 2 to 5 p.m. 

ALL WEEKEND (and beyond)

Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria): See exciting exhibits such as “The Jim Henson Exhibition,” “Living With the Walking Dead” and “Behind the Screen!” General admission starts at $9 for youth (3-17), $11 for students (18+) and seniors (65+) and adults (18+) are $15. Reserve tickets online. movingimage.us.

Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City): Admire art in this free and interactive outdoor space. Current exhibits include “Subterranean Tropicália Projects: PN15 1971/2022,” (Friday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; runs until Aug 14) and “Steel Bodies” (until March 5, 2023). No reservations are required. socratessculpturepark.org.

Queens County Farm Museum (Little Neck Parkway): A perfect place for family fun, with activities such as hay rides, scavenger hunts and the chance to see farm animals. Free. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. queensfarm.org.

To submit an event for QNS Weekender, email jbagcal@schnepsmedia.com. 

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