Local Events

Updated June 22, 2018

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema and Queens Museum are bringing an event like never before in Queens! Join them on Tuesday July 31st 2018 from 6pm to 9pm, for A Midsummer Night’s Feast: A Celebration of Food, Art, and Cinema featuring the most diverse eats on this side of New York City.
In collaboration with Yelp and Edible Queens, over 30 restaurants and food vendors will be on premise to satisfy your inner foodie cravings!
Tickets to the event are $15, which is open to the public. Guests can then purchase small dishes and specialty cocktails of their choice, ranging from $5 - $10. Attendees are invited to peruse the Museums Art work and the world famous Panorama. On exhibit will be Mel Chins ALL OVER THE PLACE. Guests will also be treated to trailers from films participating in the upcoming Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema inside the Museums Theater, are welcome to take red-carpet photos in front of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema Step and Repeat, and network with filmmakers who will be in attendance. Plus, you can rock an epic selfie in front of The Unisphere (yelp.com/biz/the-unisphe…)Expect great food, great music, great art and great cinema! Learn more about the event at www.KewGardensFestivalofCinema.org.
While there is an entry fee, they'd like to emphasize that as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization, all proceeds generated by door sales will act as a donation to help raise awareness for arts and arts education in the borough, and allow us to continue the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema annually.
This event is strictly 21+ ID's will be required at the door (no exceptions).
*A list of participating vendors will be announced shortly!


1. 7 Train to Citi Field: There will be a shuttle running from the train stop or you can stroll through gorgeous Flushing Meadows Corona Park (yelp.com/biz/flushing-me…) -- This is the *best* way.
2. Parking is available. (Do note: drinking and driving is 1 star business)
3. Uber or Lyft or GETT 


The Festival is live and alive on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KGFCFilmFest/) Twitter (https://twitter.com/KGFCFilmFest) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kgfcfilmfest/). Please tag and capture the event!



Updated May 22, 2014



Updated Feb. 6, 2014


The Shops at SkyView Center Celebrates the Chinese New Year with Performances and Giveaways

On Sunday, February 9, 2014 The Shops at SkyView Center will celebrate the Chinese New Year with festive performances, giveaways and a fashion show presented by Republic of Couture. This Lunar New Year celebrates the year of the horse, beginning January 31 until February 14, 2014. In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance.

Renowned martial arts group Praying Mantis will perform the traditional Chinese Lion Dance on Level D at 12 p.m. Masked dancers in lion costumes will perform and bow in front of stores to bring prosperity, health and luck for the New Year. Chinese radio station AM1480 will host a live broadcast on Level D from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. with a variety program from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. featuring singers, dancers and face changers. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to enter a lucky drawing to win gift cards from a  variety of SkyView Center retailers including Amore, Applebee’s, Famous Footwear, Fay Da, Republic of Couture, and SkyFoods. 

When:              February 9, 2014 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
                        Lion Dance to begin at 11:45 a.m.
AM1480 live broadcast from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Variety Show from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Where:             The Shops at SkyView, at 40-24 College Point Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354, Level D

More:               Public Transportation to 40-24 College Point Boulevard:

·         Subway: 7 train to Main St. Flushing. Exit near intersection of Main St. and Roosevelt Avenue. Start out going West on Roosevelt Ave towards Prince St. Turn left onto College Point Blvd.

·         LIRR: Port Washington-bound LIRR to Flushing, Main Street. Exit near 41st Avenue. Start out going Southwest on 41st Avenue towards College Point Blvd. Turn right onto College Point Blvd. Keep moving ahead on College Point Blvd (Clinton Davis Sr. Road). 




Join us this Sunday for our FREE Family Concert...
The Frog Prince and Peter & the Wolf 
Sunday, February 9th at 3 pm
LeFrak Concert Hall
Come and hear Victoria Bond’s lively new score for the wonderful tale, The Frog Prince. Paired with Prokofiev’s timeless introduction to the instruments, Peter and the Wolf, these two classic tales will be brought to life by The Queens Symphony Orchestra! The Frog Prince will be narrated by QSO's very own Sandra Billingslea and led my Music Director, Constantine Kitsopoulos. He will then pass the wand to QSO's Associate Conductor, Matthew Kasper, as he narrates Peter and the Wolf. This fun-filled afternoon is something you will not want to miss!
FREE to the public!
RSVP required! 

To RSVP call the Kupferberg box office at 718-793-8080 or email info@kupferbergcenter.org 
For more info visit www.queenssymphony.org
And don't forget to come early for...
Come "warm up" by meeting our musicians and trying out some of our instruments! Meet the Instruments starts at 2 pm in the LeFrak Concert Hall Atrium.
FREE with concert RSVP!



Author to Discuss Polish Jewish Reconciliation

An estimated eighty percent of American Jews are of Polish descent.  Poland was once  home to the largest Jewish population in Europe.  Yet today, most American Jews think of Poland solely through the lens of the horrific realities of the Holocaust.  On Monday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m., author Louise Steinman will talk at the Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills, on her new book on a new movement toward Polish Jewish reconciliation, reclaiming the centuries of Jewish life in Poland.  The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108 Street in Forest Hills.  Louise Steinman’s talk is open to the public, with a $7 donation suggested.

During the Holocaust, three million Jews, nearly the entire Jewish population of Poland, were killed.  However, while German-occupied Poland was the site of the largest extermination camps, with some Poles participating in the destruction of the Jewish communities, Poland was also the epicenter of European Jewish life for centuries.

Author Louise Steinman set out to examine today’s burgeoning Polish-Jewish reconciliation movement through the lens of her own family's history, joining the ranks of Jews of Polish descent who are confronting both the atrocities and the heroism of Polish Holocaust rescuers, and reclaiming the centuries of Polish Jewish history, as well as with their own families’ stories.  At the same, Poland is seeing a resurgence of interest in Jewish life, including Jewish cultural festivals and the increasing popularity of klezmer music, as a younger generation of Polish non-Jews try to restore some sense of the culture that was lost in the Holocaust.

Louise Steinman codirects the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the University of Souther California and is the author of a previous, award winning memoir. 

More information about this event or about the Fall Author Series is available at 718 268-5011, ext. 151, or online at www.cqy.org or at  (718) 268-5011 ext. 151, or pkurtz@cqy.org

It's My Park Day Volunteer Event at MacDonald Park
  Just a reminder for anyone who can help out for an hour or two this Saturday, 9:00-11:30.

Volunteers are needed to:
Rake leaves
Pick up litter 
   Plant bulbs
Clean park benches and tables
Paint litter baskets

Gloves and supplies will be provided. Open to all ages.
Meet at center of park, 70 Av and Queens Blvd, across from the Forest Hills post office.
Weather forecast : Sunny/ 55 degrees

The Myth & Reality Of Prewar Jewish Life In Europe

YIVO, the premiere cultural organization of Yiddish culture in New York, continues its yearlong series of programs in Forest Hills, with a talk by Prof. David Fishman at the Central Queens YM & YWHA.  On Monday, November 11, Prof. Fishman will speak at 1:30 p.m. on the Myth and Reality of the Jewish Shtetl.  Prof. David Fishman will discuss the cultural life and realities of Jewish life in the small towns of Eastern Europe before World War II.  David Fishman is Professor of Modern Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary and he serves as director of Project Judaica, a Jewish-studies program in Moscow.  The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108 Street in Forest Hills.  Prof. Fishman's talk is open to the public, with a $7 donation suggested.

In 1912 nearly half of the Jews in Eastern European lived in small towns. While Jewish life in these small towns is often remembered with nostalgia today, contemporary Yiddish playwright, S. An-ski called these shtetlekh, "the Jewish dark continent". Prof. Fishman'
s talk will look more closely at the reality of the life and culture of shtetl Jews, including political movements such as Zionism and the Jewish labor movement, the Bund, their literature and theater.  He will also discuss Jewish relations with Russians, Poles, and other Christians, as well as the cultural life of the shtetl.  The talk will feature some slides and recorded music.

This program is one in an ongoing series of programs co-sponsored by YIVO
S Yidishe kultur-serye at the Central Queens YM & YWHA. 

More information about this event is available at 
718 268-5011, ext. 151, or online at www.cqy.org or at  (718) 268-5011 ext. 151, or pkurtz@cqy.org

15th Annual Great Lawn  
Summer Concert  - Free!  
Featuring Verdi selections by:  
Queens Symphony Orchestra verdipic
Conducted by Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 7 p.m.
Saint John's University Great Lawn 
8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439
Rain or Shine 
Rain location: Marillac Auditorium

The Queens Symphony Orchestra also invites you to keep in mind our upcoming concert at the Forest Park Bandshell onAugust 4th.
Queens Symphony Orchestra remains dedicated to keeping our fantastic concerts free, so all people of Queens can enjoy the highest quality of entertainment available to them. In order to keep our concerts free, we rely on your donations. You can donate on our website by clicking here.
For more information, please contact the Queens Symphony Orchestra Office
by mail at:
Queens Symphony Orchestra
c/o Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367 
online at:
or by phone at:

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Make New York City a little greener

JetBlue and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are teaming up once again to do One Thing That's Green! Join us on April 9, 2011 as we plant hundreds of trees in Forest Hills, Queens!

In September, tornadoes ripped through Queens leaving once lush areas looking vacant. Trees are a vital part of the environment, especially in New York City, and by recommendation of the City of New York, JetBlue and NYRP will partner to revitalize MacDonald Park and surrounding areas.

Bring your friends and family for an exciting day of outdoor activities that encourage active living! Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and all volunteers will receive a One Thing That's Green branded t-shirt. There will be activities for the entire family throughout the day.

Register now and check back for updates in the coming weeks. All volunteers must register and complete a waiver. Young adults ages 14 to 17 must have a signed waiver from a parent or guardian to participate. Kids younger than 14 are welcome with an adult and they'll be plenty of activities for everyone.

Do your One Thing That's Green! Together with our partners NYRP, 106.7 Lite FM, 103.5 KTU and Power 105.1, JetBlue will make a lasting difference on the community and continue to evolve our commitment to greening the Big Apple.

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Where: MacDonald Park, Forest Hills, Queens
Time: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
What: One Thing That's Green tree planting and activities!

Here is the link to sign up for this upcoming event: http://jetblue.com/trees/


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  1. Free Ice Cream Cone Day

    Tuesday May 06, 2012

    4-pm to 8pm

    Haagen Daz

    7040 Austin St

    Forest Hills, NY

  2. Correction: Tuesday May 08, 2012

    Free Ice Cream Cone Day

    Tuesday May 08, 2012

    4-pm to 8pm

    Haagen Daz

    7040 Austin St

    Forest Hills, NY

  3. Hey Drake, cool blog but why not update the "events" tab? And no, I will not click on the Walmart ad!

  4. The Funky Pigs poster is full of attitude. Love it!

  5. Why is the Bk vs Queens comedy throwdown in Dumbo only? Can't it be somewhere in between like LIC or Ridgewood? Given the Dumbo location it will probably be a bunch of Brooklynites have some laughs at the expense of Queens


  6. Forest Hill's First Restaurant Week

    Forest Hills Fall Guide: