9 Things To Do in Your Queens Neighborhood This Weekend

By  Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska Katie Honan and Jeanmarie Evelly | April 28, 2016 3:31pm | Updated on May 26, 2017 8:22am

 Attend a summer blast off party at the Forest Park Carousel.
Attend a summer blast off party at the Forest Park Carousel.
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Queens Borough President's Office

All Weekend

Queens Book Festival

Where: LIC Landing, 52-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City
When: Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate the borough's literary scene with a series of panel discussions, author readings and kid-friendly activities. Saturday will center on events for kids and young adults, with Sunday's schedule catering to an older crowd. Attendance is free, but tickets can get you preferred seating and a goodie bag.

Czech & Slovak Festival

Where: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria
When: Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon

Drink beer and enjoy live entertainment, raffles and Czech and Slovak cuisine.

Tinkering Weekend at NYSCI

Where: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona
When: Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m.

These drop-in workshops allow your family to build and explore. Recommended for kids ages 5 and older, and included with NYSCI admission.


Where: St. John's University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy, Jamaica
When: Friday through Monday, times vary

This four-day "multifandom pop-culture convention" will include panels and events focused on comics, anime, cosplay, gaming and more. A schedule and ticket prices can be found on its website.

Friday, May 26

​► Ducky Johnson Crawfish Boil

Where: Rockaway Brewing Company, 415 Beach 72nd St., Arverne
When: 3 to 8 p.m.

The construction company tasked with elevating dozens of homes across the city after Hurricane Sandy are flying up crawfish straight from the bayou for this event, which benefits local organization Rockaway Rising. Tickets are $25.

Saturday, May 27

Woodside Street Fair

Where: Woodside Avenue between 59th anf 64th streets, Woodside
When: 12 to 4 p.m.

Clearview Festival Productions and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will host this street festival for the neighborhood.

Printmaking in the Park: Mobile Print Power

Where: The Aquatics Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Flushing
When: 2 to 5 p.m.

This multilingual drawing and silk screen printing class teaches people how to make their own designs, taking inspiration from the wayfinding suggestions from The World's Park, a project in collaboration with the Design Trust for Public Space, the Queens Museum and the Parks Department.

Summer Blast Off Party

Where: Forest Park Carousel in Forest Park, Forest Hills
When: 2 to 6 p.m.

Omar Olusion will host this free kid-friendly celebration, which will include music, a dance party and magic show.

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day Paddle

Where: Socrates Sculpture Park Beach at Hallets Cove, Vernon Boulevard between 31st Avenue and 31st Drive, Astoria
When: 1 to 4 p.m

The LIC Community Boathouse will offer free kayaking and canoeing, weather permitting. Kids under 18 will need a parent or guardian present. Dogs can also join (they even have canine life jackets).

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