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Queens events: What to do in spring 2016

Spring is here!

Enjoy the biggest borough with plenty of events, festivals, performances and more. From outdoor events to shearing sheep to an overload of bacon and beer, there's tons to do in Queens this season -- you'll barely have to leave the borough, even if you haven't moved there yet.

LIC Flea & Food

Long Island City's outdoor flea market, LIC Flea
Photo Credit: LIC Flea via Facebook

Long Island City's outdoor flea market, LIC Flea & Food, opens its open-air headquarters again on April 9 at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue. Home to plenty of vintage clothing and furniture sellers, unique food booths like the Rib in a Cup and many themed weekends, LIC Flea & Food is also a great spot to take in gorgeous cityscape views. There are lots of eats, from the Bao Shop to Chuta Madre! and this year, there will also be beer from only Queens breweries. HGTV's "Flea Market Flip" has also been known to film here, so get your haggling skills ready for a potential brush with fame.

Queens Writes Weekend

Writers, readers and literary fiends in Queens have
Photo Credit: Newtown Literary via Facebook

Writers, readers and literary fiends in Queens have a whole weekend dedicated to words. Newtown Literary will host its annual weekend of readings, workshops, community writing spaces, editor talks and more on May 13-15. Details at newtownliterary.org

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

In operation since 1919, Astoria's Bohemian Hall &
Photo Credit: Bohemian Hall via Facebook

In operation since 1919, Astoria's Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden (29-19 24th Ave.) has provided the community with almost 100 years of Czech and Slovak culture, entertainment and food. One of the city's biggest beer gardens, enjoy the fresh air in this massive space while enjoying a pint along with some beef goulash, Knockwurst sausage or schnitzel and pierogies.

Queens Spring Stop n' Swap

Get rid of all the clothes, kitchen gear,
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Get rid of all the clothes, kitchen gear, books or trinkets cluttering your apartment at GrowNYC's Stop n' Swap on May 1 in Long Island City. Make spring cleaning fun, social and eco-friendly-- just don't go home with more than you brought.

Queens Botanical Garden

Spring is the time to stop and smell
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Spring is the time to stop and smell the roses at Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St., Flushing). For $4 admission, you can explore this green haven full of flowers, exotic plants, interesting trees and plenty of outdoor ways to connect with nature. Visit on Saturdays May 7, May 22 and June 4 at 9 a.m. for a guided bird walk with New York City Audubon.

Queens Country Farm Museum

A farm in the city -- it's possible.
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A farm in the city -- it's possible. If you've shopped at an NYC green market, you've probably seen sustainable produce from Queens Country Farm Museum (73-50 Little Neck Parkway). Visit on spring weekends for carnivals, green market stands and more -- and don't miss the annual Spring Sheep Shearing on May 22 at 11 a.m.

Tour Queens via the No. 7 train

Is there anything more Queens than the No,
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Is there anything more Queens than the No, 7 train? With only three stops in Manhattan and the rest of its span through diverse Queens neighborhoods, a ride on the elevated No. 7 train is one of the best ways to explore new parts of Queens. Ride to Flushing and visit NYC's largest Chinatown or get off at 82nd Street to explore the rich cultures in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Enjoy the nice weather and take a tour through Queens!

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