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Sail away to the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival this weekend!

Thursday, Aug. 4

1. Take a trip without leaving home at Passport Thursdays. Tonight’s theme is Ethiopia and includes the film “Lamb” by Yared Zeleke and jazz band Arki Sound. Queens Museum (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City Building, Meridian Road), 7 p.m., FREE.

2. Watch a fab film at Rooftop Films’ screening of “The Bandit,” with live music, a Q&A with the filmmaker, and an after-party with complimentary drinks courtesy of Stella Artois. Queens County Farm Museum (73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks), 7:30 p.m., $15.

3. Giggle the night away at Laugh It Up, Astoria, this month with jokes from Davey Melch, Jenny Rubin, JC Coccoli and Liz Magee. QED Astoria (27-16 23rd Ave., Long Island City), 9 p.m., $6.

Friday, Aug. 5

4. Stuff your face at the Rib in a Cup Pop-Up, which also features fried chicken in a cup and mac ‘n’ cheese waffles. Rockaway Brewing Company (415 Beach 72nd St., Rockaways), 6 p.m., FREE.

5. See some stellar cinema at the Queens World Film Festival encore screenings, tonight featuring a short film from Queens and a feature from France. Sgt. Collins Triangle (59th Street and Broadway, Woodside), 8 p.m., FREE.

6. Rock out at the Rhyton Tour Kick-Off Show, with music by J.R. Bohannon, bl0odoolo0ps, and Rhyton. Trans-Pecos (9-15 Wyckoff Ave., Ridgewood), 8 p.m., $8.

Saturday, Aug. 6

7. Sail away to the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, two days of boat racing, music and dance performances, arts and crafts, a parade, and much more. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 10 a.m., FREE.

8. Participate in environmentally inspired art at Chance Ecologies, a series of participatory actions and workshops along the banks of the Newtown Creek. Plank Road Project (47th Street and 58th Road, Maspeth), 1 p.m., FREE.

9. Shake your body at Warm-Up, the quintessential summer music series, today featuring Swizzymack, TT The Artist, DJ Class, DJ Tameil and DJ Jayhood. MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC), 3 p.m., $22.

10. Look at some marvelous moves at Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates, featuring Elisa Monte Dance, Gabrielle Lamb and Douglas Dunn. Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC), 4 p.m., FREE.

11. Be artful at the opening of MAMI, a group show with works of sculpture, photography and digital media that serves as an offering to Mami Wata, a pantheon of water deities. Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth), 7 p.m., FREE.

12. Get emotional at House of Feelings, a night of continuous music with 10 different DJs including Mr. Twin Sister, Brat Pit, DJ Golden Browne and more. Trans-Pecos (9-15 Wyckoff Ave., Ridgewood), 8 p.m., $10.

Sunday, Aug. 7

13. Be literary at the first-ever Queens Book Festival, with a slew of authors doing readings, talks, panel discussions, signings, and more. Kaufman Astoria Studios (34-12 36th St., Astoria), noon, FREE

14. Travel through space at the opening of the annual Visual Arts Members’ Exhibition, which explores the theme of multiple worlds. Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing), noon, $5 suggested.

15. Look at beautiful murals at the closing reception for “Sanctuaries,” a series of intricately layered wall-scale reinventions of natural Colombian landscapes. Queens Botanic Garden (4350 Main St., Flushing), 2 p.m., FREE.

16. Wander through the past at the bilingual Flushing Freedom Mile Tour, discovering historic sites in the neighborhood and their association with activism and the Underground Railroad. Kingsland Homestead (143-35 37th Ave., Flushing), 2 p.m., $20.

17. Gawk at some great automobiles at the Queens Classic Car Club’s 6th Annual Car Show, with proceeds benefiting local charities. Roy Wilkins Park (Merrick Boulevard and Foch Boulevard, St. Albans), 5 p.m., $20.

18. Get some answers at AMA Live, where you can ask comedians anything you can think of; tonight features Kambri Crews, Kathryn Musilek and Aparna Nancherla. QED Astoria (27-16 23rd St., Astoria), 7 p.m., $5.

Monday, Aug. 8

19. Watch a wonderful film at Maysles Cinema Mondays, tonight featuring “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Nowadays (56-06 Cooper Ave., Ridgewood), dusk, FREE.

20. See new things at Kaleidoscope, a night of improv where strangers create teams with folks they’ve never met before. The Creek & the Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City), 8 p.m., FREE.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

21. Buy some beautiful flowers at the Orchid Sale, in preparation for the upcoming exhibition “Taiwan: A World of Orchids.” Queens Botanic Garden (4350 Main St., Flushing), 8 a.m., FREE.

22. Find the beat at Live at the Gantries, outdoor concerts with a sunset backdrop, tonight featuring jazz from the John Yau Quintet. Gantry Plaza State Park (50th Avenue and the East River), 7 p.m., FREE.

23. Listen to the music at Repeater, a talk show where guests discuss their all-time favorite song and then musicians perform it. QED Astoria (27-16 23rd St., Astoria), 7:30 p.m., $5.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

24. Groove to some classic rock: Ralph’s Famous Italian Ice presents Bill Popp & the Tapes, who play covers of the Beatles, the Kinks, Moody Blues, and more. Whitepoint Shopping Center (13207 14th Ave,. Flushing), 6 p.m., FREE.

25. See some splendid cinema at Socrates Outdoor Film Series, tonight showing “Suzhou River.” Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC), dusk, FREE.

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