QNS Weekender: Five things to do this weekend

Community members attend the 9/11 memorial and candlelight vigil in Juniper Valley Park. (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann)

Check out these events happening around the borough this weekend!


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.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Van Morrison (Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Pl, Forest Hills, NY)

The Bowery Presents Van Morrison, whose career spans six decades, giving us classics like Brown Eyed Girl. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $65. 

Intercultural Fall Festival & Street Fair (First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, 89-60 164th St., Queens, NY) 

With fun games, Zumba workouts, bouncy houses and face painting, the First Presbyterian Church will also be providing health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, HIV testing and nutrition counseling. Activities begin at 11 a.m., and ending at 4 p.m. To learn more, contact 718-526-4775.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Howard Beach 9/11 anniversary event (Rockwood Park Jewish Center, 156-45 84th St. in Howard Beach)

Councilwoman Joann Ariola is partnering with the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association to host a September 11th Remembrance ceremony at the site of the community’s 9/11 memorial mural and will include the installation of a September 11th Survivor Tree that Ariola secured for the civic association through the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The event will take place beginning at 2 p.m.

Flushing: Handball exhibitions to honor the emergency personnel

At Pomonok Park, a series of handball games will encourage emergency personnel to come together on a day of remembrance. There will be homemade empanadas, courtesy of Liz Maria, and drinks provided by mixologist Kerbyscups. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. at Pomonok Park on Kissena Boulevard and 65th Avenue across from Queens College.

Maspeth: 9/11 Memorial Ceremony 

Maspeth Federal Savings Bank and local elected officials will host a small memorial ceremony to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The names of each individual who called Queens home will be announced along with the placement of flags at Maspeth Memorial Park on 69th Street and Grand Avenue. The event is held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m.

To find more 9/11 remembrance activities, visit QNS.com

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