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10 Things to Do in Your Queens Neighborhood This Weekend

 The NYC Compost Project at Queens Botanical Garden will use your smashed up pumpkins for composting.
The NYC Compost Project at Queens Botanical Garden will use your smashed up pumpkins for composting.
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All Weekend

► New York Korean Film Festival

Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria 

This annual film festival returns for its 13th year and will feature screenings of films by Korean filmmakers, with the picks this year’s line up focusing on the “thrilling complications of love and crime.” Screenings will take place at different times throughout the weekend and will include five New York premieres, as well as appearances and talks by producers and directors.

► Wildlife Weekends

Where: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

Have fun with your kids this weekend by learning about various animals during this event, which will include birds-of-prey show, hayrides, pony rides and animal feeding. Admission is $9 per person. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 7

► Diwali Motorcade

Where: Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street, Richmond Hill

Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with chanting, dancing, music, food, and a motorcade. It begins on 133rd Street and continues down Liberty Avenue, and the events start at 3 p.m. The free event will conclude with a cultural show featuring classical dances of India and songs related to Diwali.

► Ridgewood Night Market

Where: Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave., Ridgewood

More than 40 vendors will be selling vintage, homemade or artisan gifts to help you pick up something unique for the holiday season. There will also be food and alcohol, entertainment and live music. It runs from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., and the organizer said it’s perfect for kids AND a date, so take your pick.

► Bloody Mary & Oyster Fest

Where: Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., Long Island City

Enjoy a blowout brunch featuring unlimited bloody marys — with ten different mixes to choose from — an array of oysters, bagel station and a cheese bar. The feast will be accompanied by tunes from a DJ. Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased online.

► Bicycle Food Fest Following 7 Train Route

Where: From Long Island City to Flushing, starting at John Brown Smokehouse, 10-43 44th Drive, Long Island City

Grab your bike and bring your appetite to this special ride hosted by food expert Joe DiStefano that will help encourage better access for cyclists. You'll stuff your face with food from around the world, including Tibet, China and the Philippines. Bring your bike and a helmet, and meet in Long Island City at 11:30. The tour costs $30 and includes all food. 

► Walking Tour of Forest Hills

Where: Attendees meet at the flagpole in MacDonald Park, south side of Queens Blvd. at 70th Road, Forest Hills

Adrienne Onofri, a travel writer and author of a book about exploring Queens will lead a guided tour of one of the most desirable and affluent residential neighborhoods in the borough. Participants will get to see Tudor and Art Deco architecture, they will also learn about celebrities who lived in Forest Hills, including author and activist Helen Keller. Tickets are $20, and the event runs from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The rain date is Nov. 15.

► Pumpkin Smash 2015

Where: Sunnyside Greenmarket, Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street, Sunnyside

Get rid of those leftover Halloween jack-o-laterns at the greenmarket this weekend, where the NYC Compost Project at Queens Botanical Garden will be helping market-goers smash their pumpkins to smithereens. The pumpkin piece will be turned into composting to nourish the city’s parks and gardens. The event runs 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Nocturnal Wildlife

Where: Kissena Park, Rose and Oak avenues, Flushing

The freaks — and the animals — come out at night, and you'll get to explore it all with help from the Urban Park Rangers. Certain animals only emerge when the sun goes down, and you'll get to learn about them and their unique environments on a guided tour. The event is free, and runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, Nov. 8

► Rockaway Beach Fall Warm Up

Where: Rockaway Beach Surf Club, 302 Beach 87th St., Rockaway Beach

The summer favorite for tacos and drinks after the beach has transitioned into the perfect place to warm up this winter. A food market is hosted every Sunday, and Tacoway Beach turns into Noodle Beach serving warm ramen. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

These listings were compiled by Queens neighborhood reporters Katie Honan, Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Jeanmarie Evelly.