QNS Weekender: 6 Things to do in Queens

QNS Weekender
Enjoy music, dancing and international cuisine at this year’s Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival. (Photo courtesy of JAMS Festival)

Savor the beginning of August with these events throughout the borough. See our list of things to do in Queens from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7.


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.


Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival (various locations) 

Enjoy live entertainment, art, shopping, and delicious food at this exciting event. JAMS “Under The Stars,” an evening concert, will be on Friday at 6 p.m. at Rufus King Park located at Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Street. The JAMS Festival will be on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting at Parson Blvd. to 170th Streets. Free. https://www.facebook.com/Go2CCJ/ 

Movies Under the Stars: Encanto (Basketball Court in Police Officer Nicholas Demutiis Park)

Watch this talked about film brimming with magic! Make sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive with ample time to find a great spot. 8:15 p.m.10:45 p.m. Free. Register here: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2022/08/05/movies-under-the-stars-encanto 


Free Roller Skating in the Park (Rosedale 135-21 241st)

Have a fun workout by skating in the park! If you’re a beginner, elbow, knees and wrist guards are recommended. Roller skates will not be provided. All skill levels are welcome. Every Saturday, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Free. Registration required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-roller-skating-in-the-park-tickets-322299114327 

Sound of Poland Music Festival (Forest Park bandshell, Forest Park Dr) 

Immerse yourself in the music of Poland with this festival featuring a lineup of Polish artists including SOVA, WM Project, and Stan Borys! 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free. Registration required. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sound-of-poland-music-festival-tickets-385191788007 


Hip to Hip Theatre Company Presents: Much Ado about Nothing (Socrates Sculpture Park) 

Enjoy Hip to Hip Theatre Company‘s performance of Shakespeare’s classic comedy in an outdoor setting! Bring a blanket or low chair and have a picnic while watching! 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Free. No registration required. https://socratessculpturepark.org/program/hip-to-hip-much-ado-about-nothing/ 


Flushing Meadows Mini Golf

Have fun by playing on this exciting 18 hole course with streams and waterfalls! Hours are from 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. $10 for adults, seniors (62+) and children (12 and under) are $7.50 


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