QNS Weekender: Five things to do in Queens

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Queens Botanical Garden Farm Stand held on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4. (Photo via Queens Botanical Garden website)


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 eight free at-home test kits per address. Visit special.usps.com/testkits to learn how to order your test kits. This program ends on Friday, Sept. 2.

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

Saturday, Sept. 3

Join local theaters to celebrate National Cinema Day

With $3 tickets on every movie and every screening, it’s definitely the time to watch some of the summer’s latest hits including “Nope” and “Three Thousand Years of Longing” at a local participating theater. AMC bonuses include a popcorn and fountain beverage combo for only $5. Prices are before tax. Check out Fandango for more information and to book tickets.

Sip n’ Paint at Misfits Nutrition

Paint your heart out while sipping on delicious teas at Misfits Nutrition. Each ticket includes one medium tea, a canvas, paints, glitter, rhinestones, etc. to create a masterpiece. The event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and tickets can be booked at Eventbrite for $35 a person. 

Sunday, Sept. 4 

Reggae on The Boardwalk

Located on Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard down in Rockaway Beach, join Queens Borough President Donovan Richards in presenting live reggae featuring Jah Wise Tippertone and others! The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m., and admissions are free.


Movies Under The Stars

Friday, Sept. 2: Encanto at the multipurpose area in Almeda Playground

Sunday, Sept. 4: Luca at the play area in Judge Moses Weinstein Playground

As the sun sets and temperatures cool, it’s the perfect time to catch these family-friendly animations provided by NYC Parks. These FREE showings run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with no registration necessary, so come early to secure a front-row seat!

Open Kayaking at Bay Breeze Park (Beach 88th Street)

Friday, Sept. 2: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Perfect for paddlers at any experience level, come learn the basic techniques or enjoy the views of Jamaica Bay at your own pace. Boats, paddles and life jackets will be provided, but in limited quantities, so registering beforehand is recommended.

Queens Botanical Garden Farm Stand

Saturday, Sept. 3: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Stop by the first round of freshly- harvested produce in the garden supplied by donors to educate the community on local produce. Admission to the garden: Members free, adults $6, seniors (age 62+) $4, students with ID $4, children (ages 4 to 12) $2, children (age 3 and under) free.