QNS Weekender: 8 things to do in Queens

QNS Weekender, things to do in Queens
Enjoy the Kombilesa Mi performance at Flushing Town Hall this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall)

Looking for things to do this weekend in Queens? We’ve got you covered! From dance performances to trips to the beach, here are eight things that will spice up your weekend.


Before doing anything in person, get tested for COVID-19 and 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.


Movies Under the Stars: “Jungle Cruise” (Elmhurst Park): Explore the Amazon rainforest with this action-packed adventure! Make sure to bring and blanket or lawn chair and arrive with ample time to find a great spot. Registration is required. nycgovparks.org. Free. 8:30 to 11 p.m. 


“Teatro SEA: The César Chávez Story” (Lewis H Latimer House): Enjoy this performance that celebrates Mexican American labor activist César Chávez. This performance is in both Spanish and English and ends with an art workshop. Registration is required. eventbrite.com. Free. Performance from 2 to 3 p.m., mask workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Summer Market at Earth & Me (Astoria): Come to Earth & Me’s garden to eat, drink and shop from local vendors! Registration is optional and walk-ins are welcome. eventbrite.com. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kombilesa Mi: Colombian Independence Day Celebration (Flushing Town Hall): Immerse yourself in the music and history of San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, the first free Black town in the Americas, with Kombilesa Mí. This performance fuses the traditional sounds of the community with urban pop. The dance lesson is at 1 p.m. and is free with 2 p.m. tickets. flushingtownhall.org. In-person tickets are $15 for non-members, $12 for members and $8 for children. Pre-registration is required for the free live stream. 2 p.m.


Queens Theatre Al Fresco (Corona Plaza): This Sunday, Lorenz Dance Studio presents New York dancers moving to tropical rhythms from the Caribbean and South America. Every Sunday there are different performances, until Aug. 28. queenstheatre.org. Free. 4 p.m. 

Naomi’s Fused Glass Workshop (The Center at Maple Grove): Join the Friends of Maple Grove for a workshop with artist and jewelry designer Naomi Rabinowitz. Learn to create jewelry, pins and more! Registration is required. friendsofmaplegrove.org. $25 for non-members, $20 for members. 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

ALL WEEKEND (and beyond)

Free Outdoor Pools (several locations throughout Queens): Stave off the heat by taking a dip at one of NYC’s many outdoor pools! There may be a line to enter some pools, so in that case, swim sessions and time limits will be added. During busy hours, bracelets also might be handed out, allowing you to come back later and skip the line. Outdoor pool hours are from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. daily, with a pool cleaning break between 3 and 4 p.m. Free. nycgovparks.org.

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk (Beach 3 Street to Beach 153 Street and Boardwalk to Atlantic Ocean): If you’re more of a beach person, enjoy the sand and refreshing saltwater at Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk! This beach is also NYC’s only legal surfing beach. Hours for swimming and wading are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. when lifeguards are present. Free. nycgovparks.org.

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