QNS Weekender: Six things to do in Queens this weekend

Mesmerized visitors enter a giant glowing alligator as part of the NYC Winter Lantern Festival at Queens County Farm Museum on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

New events come with the new year. As we enter the first weekend of 2024, there is plenty of things to do across Queens. Whether it is related to art, entertaining performances, or even contributing to the community, there are a lot of activities to keep people occupied in Queens this weekend.


Friday, Jan. 5


Winter Lantern Festival


Step into a dazzling world of light with over 1000 handmade Chinese lanterns. This whimsical walk-through experience will light up and warm up the holiday season! (Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks. 5 p.m. Admission: $17.99-$25.99)


Mulchfest: Long Island City Street Tree Care


As part of Mulchfest, volunteers can help care for local street trees. In addition to learning how to aerate, cultivate, mulch and identify these trees, the volunteers will also learn about the important roles played by the trees in the city. (Intersection of 51st Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: Free)


Saturday, Jan. 6


Open Studio at Noguchi Museum


Adventure through the galleries of the Noguchi Museum explore the themes of the art on hand. There will also be an art-making project available. (Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Free)


Circus Vazquez


Come see this high-energy production of international circus superstars as they prepare to wrap up their winter season in Queens. (Citi Field, 123 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing. 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Admission: $30-$90)


Sunday, Jan. 7


Comedy Night at North Shore Towers Cinemas


Enjoy a night of laughs with some of the best local comedians. Scheduled performers include Chris Roach, John Ziegler, Debbie D’Amore and Bob Lopatkin. (North Shore Towers Cinemas, 27240 Grand Central Pkwy., Floral Park. 6-7:30 p.m. Admission: $28.52)


Frozen Flamingo 5K


Brave the cold and take part in this 5K race. Medals will be awarded to the top three men and women with the best finishing times. (Kissena Park, Kissena Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue, Fresh Meadows. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Free)