QNS Weekender: Six things to do this weekend

Although regulatory guidance is being updated frequently, the Queens Night Market expects to start its season operating at a reduced capacity in accordance with the state’s most recent advisory for open-air markets in June. (Photo by Sarah Choi)

Enjoy these six upcoming events as we approach the fall season and welcomed cooler weather.


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:

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

Friday, Sept. 16

Spotlight of the season GALA

Join Hunter’s Point Parks Conservancy in honoring Long Island City’s waterfront parks and resilience as they recover from the pandemic by sampling treats from some of the best restaurants in the neighborhood. The event runs from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Hunter’s Point South Park, and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite ($54.98 for adults, $28.38 for children, or a family pack which includes 2 adults and 2 children for $108.18). Profits go towards supporting HPPC’s mission to enhance and advocate for the green spaces and waterfront of Long Island City and to ensure the parks remain an indispensable asset to the community.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Queens Night Market

From Venezuelan Cachapas and Mochi Donuts to Sabrina’s Henna and Jade Art and Accessories, explore over 100 independent local vendors selling merchandise, art, and food as well as musical performances celebrating the rich diversity throughout Queens. The event runs from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., located outside the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Corona Park and cash payment is preferred for most vendors.

KPop Dance Class

Catchy hooks from hip hop mixed with traditional Korean roots created a new hit sensation known as Kpop, where superstars such as Blackpink and BTS are selling out stadiums nationwide. Children ages 9-17 will have the opportunity to learn their precise choreographed dance moves that take 10 hours to practice. The first class is completely free, and will run from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m at the Secret Theatre Academy on 50-12 Skillman Ave. If you are interested, please write to [email protected].

Sunday, Sept. 18

Down to Earth Cunningham Park Farmers Market

Since 1991, Down to Earth Market connects cooks and eaters to New York’s local food producers at community-based farmers markets. Shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats and eggs, local seafood, breads and baked goods, cheese, spirits, pickles and heat-and-eat foods. They are open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m, in the parking lot near the tennis courts on 196-00 Union Turnpike.

All weekend

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Live Production

Friday, Sept 16: 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17:  3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 18: 3 p.m.

The Mary Louis Academy will be hosting a live production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown(revised) with all of your favorite Peanuts characters. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door ($20 general admission adults and $17 children under 12 and seniors over 65) and all sales are final. The running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

Annika Rhea’s Open Studio and Studio Sale

Sept. 16-19: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m

Artist Annika Rhea is welcoming the public to tour her studio, a personalized view of her procedures and discounts on pieces that will go towards a production to the Art Basel in Miami in December. Many of the pieces are un-sketched so they can be customized to the needs of your home or office. The event will take place at 1519 Decatur Street, Ridgewood NY.

Special: Saturday, Sept. 17

After the studio sale at 4 p.m., there will be an opening for the new exhibit in Box Factory Gallery: The Human Form, exploring human form and its relation to space, emotion, and identity. At 7 p.m, Rhea will be performing a multi-media experimental piece with VJ Kate Goltseva, Peace in Motion.

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