Lifestyle Things to do in Queens this summer By Emily Schienvar firstname.lastname@example.org Updated June 9, 2016 12:06 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Check out all Queens has to offer this summer with its festivals, parks and activities. Sample food and take in performances that celebrate cultures from across the world, or explore the heritage of the borough. If nothing else, check out one (or all) of the many parks in Queens to celebrate the season in the great outdoors. Scroll through for our summer picks. World's Fair history tour Photo Credit: Getty Images Every second Sunday of the month through October from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park's volunteer docents lead free, one-hour walking tours of World's Fair icons. The tour covers the stories behind the 1964 World's Fair, including the New York State Pavilion, the Unisphere, the Queens Zoo aviary, Hall of Science and the carousel. nycgovparks.org MoMA PS1 Warm Up Photo Credit: Charles Roussel This outdoor music series features live performances by artists from around the world each Saturday afternoon from June 11 through Aug. 27 in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. The series, now in its 19th year, is known for its combination of modern art installations and experimental music in its weekly shows. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day-of. Long Island City residents with proof of residency can score free entry (though it's first come, first served). momaps1.org/warmup LANDMARK Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nate Dorr and Socrates Sculpture Park The Socrates Sculpture Park celebrates its 30th anniversary with "LANDMARK," a series of several art projects meant to consider both physical and symbolic transformations of the Socrates Sculpture Park land from May 8 through Aug. 28. The free LANDMARK exhibit features artwork by Meg Webster, Abigail DeVille, Jess Segall, Casey Tang, and art collective ARTPORT_making waves, in addition to a Broadway Billboard by Hank Willis Thomas. Pictured above, "Half Moon" by Abigail DeVille, currently on display in the exhibit. socratessculpturepark.org Queens International Night Market Photo Credit: Queens International Night Market via Facebook Saturdays at the New York Hall of Science see a large open-air night market all summer long. The market features small cultural performances and independent vendors selling art, merchandise and food, all representing New York's diverse cultural heritage. queensnightmarket.com Make Music NY Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kris Connor Check out thousands of free concerts throughout the city with MMNY on June 21, the longest day of the year. The annual celebration is now in its 10th year and will feature more than 1,200 concerts of varying genres. To find a concert (or a dozen!) near you, check out MMNY's map: makemusicny.org Queens 10K Photo Credit: Newsday / William Perlman Take part in the New York Road Runners Five-Borough Series with a quick 10K through Flushing Meadows Corona Park on June 18. While general entry to the race is closed, you can register to run with Team For Kids, which helps to raise money for NYRR youth programs. TFK runners must raise $100 to participate in addition to a $10 sign-up fee. Sign up here: runwithtfk.org Q.E.D. Astoria Photo Credit: Kambri Crews via Facebook Missing the summer camp joys of learning new skills and arts and crafts? Check out Q.E.D., which describes itself as "an after-school space for grown ups," offering shows, classes, game nights, art and special events. Always wanted to learn how to swing dance or write calligraphy? Take a class. Big fan of open mic nights and comedy shows? They have those, too. Class, show and event prices vary. qedastoria.com Summer solstice celebration Photo Credit: Getty Images / Don Emmert Celebrate the longest night of the year 5 p.m. to dusk on June 21 at Socrates Sculpture Park. The free celebration features Brazilian food, music and cultural demonstrations, as well as art workshops and astrology lessons. socratessculpturepark.org Queens Museum Photo Credit: Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary Escape the hot weather and check out works from artists in and outside of Queens with the museum's several exhibitions and permanent collections. Currently on display, among others, are the drawings of William Gropper, a political cartoonist, an exhibition on the Ramones and their roots in Queens, the Queens International 2016 exhibition, which displays the work of artists living or working in Queens, and a collaborative project by a photographer, a videographer and a linguist called Mother Tongues, which focuses on endangered languages in New York City. Suggested admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children 18 and under. queensmuseum.org Festival de las Flores Photo Credit: Getty Images / Raul Arboleda The Queens Botanical Garden will feature silletas, traditional Colombian medallions constructed out of flowers, as well as Colombian food, bilingual storytelling, crafts, scavenger hunts and Afro-Colombian music at the floral festival on June 26 from noon until 5 p.m. The festival is free with garden admission: $4 for adults; $3 for seniors; $2 for students with ID and children over 3. nycgovparks.org 'Only in Queens' summer festival Photo Credit: <a target=new href="http://www.queensbp.org/event/borough-president-katz-presen">queensbp.org</a> The Only in Queens Summer Festival boasts performances by hip-hop group Kid 'N Play, singer/actor Tristan "Mack" Wilds of the HBO drama "The Wire" and the CW series "90210," R&B singer Ginuwine, and music by Queens native DJ CAMILO of Hot 97. This free summer festival will take place on June 26 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and will also feature guided tours and memorabilia exhibits from the original World's Fairs, cultural performances, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, and food and craft vendors offering a variety of international cuisine and merchandise for sale. eventbrite.com Brooklyn Grange farm visit Photo Credit: Brooklyn Grange The Brooklyn Grange farm, known for leading rooftop farming and green rooftop initiatives in the United States, offers two ticketed tours of its rooftop farm ($10 per person) in Long Island City each Thursday and a free open house each Saturday. Chickens and farm-fresh produce await! brooklyngrangefarm.com 'Where’s Waldo' scavenger hunt Photo Credit: Amy Onorato The Astoria Bookshop will host a "Where's Waldo" scavenger hunt across 25 local Astoria businesses in July. Collect store stamps when you spot Waldo -- if you find enough, you can win buttons, coupons, "Where's Waldo?" book sets and more. On July 31, Astoria Bookshop will host a grand celebration and prize drawing. AstoriaBookshop.com Queens Library 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands Photo Credit: Queens Library via Facebook It isn't often that librarians condone extreme levels of noise, but the Queens Library makes an exception as it puts on its second Battle of the Bands in the Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts on July 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Tickets are free, so take advantage of the opportunity to see librarians rock out to New York City bands. eventbrite.com Shape Up NYC Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Catch up on your yoga, Zumba, interval training and aerobics at one of the many Queens parks this summer. The free drop-in fitness program requires no registration or membership, so it's perfect for last-minute decisions to get out and get fit. Courses are offered at many locations on various days of the week; check out the website and select "Queens" to see a list of offerings. nycgovparks.org The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series Photo Credit: <a href="www.metopera.org" target="_blank">The Metropolitan Opera</a> Does free opera in the great outdoors sound like your cup of tea? Head to the Socrates Sculpture Park on July 11 at 7 p.m. for aria and duets from a variety of operas, featuring soprano Michelle Bradley, tenor Kang Wang, baritone Yunpeng Wang and pianist Dan Saunders. metopera.org The 6th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival Photo Credit: Jerk Festival NY Jamaican food, music and fun will come to Queens on July 17 at Roy Wilkins Park for New York's largest Caribbean food festival. Watch chefs compete in a jerk chicken cook-off, listen to live performances of reggae music, and take in Jamaican culture through culinary demonstrations and cultural performances. Tickets cost $30. jerkfestivalny.com Queens Zoo Photo Credit: WCS / Julie Larsen Maher Visit the pumas, bald eagles, sea lions, birds, domestic animals and your other favorite animals at the Queens Zoo. The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Tickets for adults cost $8, $5 for children under 13, $6 for seniors, and children under two are free. queenszoo.com 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' midnight release party Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ben A. Pruchnie Jealous of the Londoners and their early access to J.K. Rowling's newest Harry Potter story? Celebrate the release of the play's script with fellow Harry Potter fans at the Astoria Bookshop on July 30 at 10 p.m. before you run home to read the entire play. facebook.com/events Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote The annual sporting and multicultural event, which celebrates the fifth moon of the lunar calendar, will be held on Aug. 6 and 7, rain or shine, on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Park. As part of the festival, over 180 dragon boat teams race across the lake in addition to traditional Chinese foods and performances of music, dance, and martial arts available on the shore. The festival is free of charge. hkdbf-ny.org NYC Women's Surf Film Festival Photo Credit: Fran Miller / Lava Girl Surf This film festival celebrates women who love to surf and the filmmakers who capture their feats on camera. The fourth annual festival, being held on Aug. 13 at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, will include a Q&A session with photographers and filmmakers, a photo exhibition of Australian surf photographer Fran Miller's work, and short films from around the world. lavagirlsurf.com Free yoga at the Socrates waterfront Photo Credit: Socrates Sculpture Park Spend your Saturday or Sunday mornings at the Socrates Sculpture Park working on your posture, breathing techniques, and meditation with free yoga. The classes are designed for participants of all skills levels and are meant to be integrated into the natural and artistic setting. socratessculpturepark.org Astoria Pool Photo Credit: NYC Parks New York City's oldest and largest swimming pool boasts views of the RFK-Triborough Bridge, a diving area, fountains and more than 54,000 square feet of space to swim. The pool has hosted the Olympic swimming and diving trials twice, but swimmers today need only bring a bathing suit and a lock. The pool is free and open to the public beginning June 29. nycgovparks.org Free summer movies Photo Credit: Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy / Etienne Frossard Use free movies as an excuse to explore the many parks of Queens. Popular movies from the past and present -- including hits like "Inside Out," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Jaws," "Ant Man" and many more -- will be screened during the evenings for free in park locations all summer long. nycgovparks.org/events Check out amNY.com's list for the schedule: amny.com/entertainment By Emily Schienvar email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Green-Wood Cemetery Circus, J.Lo Concert & more to do this weekendDon't spend your days off in your apartment. What to do in Queens this springEnjoy the biggest borough with plenty of events, festivals, performances and more. Compete in a sausage eating contest & more to do this weekYou could go home right after work ... but the couch will still be there afterward. 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