Live music is everywhere in Queens this week, and most of it is outdoors. Ditto for movies, and again most are outdoors. There are also surf competitions, festivals, and an International Mud Day celebration. Here’s the rundown.
June 25, Astoria Park Festival, through June 28. This annual summer favorite is jam-packed with rides, games, food, and entertainment. Free. Astoria Park Parking Lot, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue, Astoria.
June 25, King Kong, 8:45 pm. Outdoor screening of a classic film. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue, Long Island City.
June 25, Interfaith Ramadan Dinner, 7 pm. The Turkish Cultural Center and Central Queens Y present this second annual meal with light kosher and halal cuisine, Turkish music, a call to prayer, and a short discussion on religion. $10. CQY, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills.
June 25, QCA Presents Live Music, 8 pm. An evening of live music with local talent and information on the Queens Council on the Arts. $10. Rèst Âü Ránt, 30-01 35th Avenue, Long Island City.
June 25, Three Sisters Tulsa: 1921, through June 28. Set in one of the wealthiest black neighborhoods in the U.S. at the time, this play follows Uli, Cora, and Irene before, during, and after a race riot that destroyed their home and lives during summer 1921. $15. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City.
June 26, House Party’s Silver Anniversary, 7 pm. A screening of the Black Cinema comedy landmark House Party, starring the Kid ‘n Play (Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin), Full Force, Martin Lawrence, and comedian Robin Harris. Plus, a post-screening discussion with cast members moderated by the film’s producer Warrington Hudlin. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
June 27, Rockstock and Barrels, noon to 6 pm. This ninth annual surf contest includes vendors, skating, and live music. Beach 90th Street Skate Park, Rockaway.
June 27, Fresh Concert Series, 8 pm to 1 am. Classic soul music featuring The Manhattans, The Dramatics, Blue Magic, Black Ivory, and others. $30. Resorts World Casino NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica.
June 27, 78th Street Play Street, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival collaborates with the Jackson Heights Green Alliance to present indie films under the stars. This week features animation. Bring a chair and blanket or just pull up a piece of curb. Free. Travers Park, 78th Street and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights.
June 27, Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria, 3 pm and 8 pm. This two-hour stroll visits some lesser-known historical sites, including the Victorian mansions of Old Astoria Village, and reveals unsettling tales of the neighborhood’s grim and ghostly past. While Astoria is pleasant and bustling today, its past is filled with tragic Hollywood film stars, voodoo, potters’ fields, grisly murders, poltergeists, hidden treasure, and deadly waters. $20 in advance/$25 at the door.
June 27, Leading the Way: Six Outstanding Women of Queens, 2 pm. Opening reception for new multi-genre exhibition highlighting Betty Friedan, Grace Lee Boggs, Helen Keller, Lisa Randall, Yeou-Cheng Ma, and Rise Stevens. $3 to $5. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing.
June 27, Family Fun Day, 10 am to 2 pm. Public kayaking, storytime, Cido the Clown, art mural, live music, Zumba, food, rock-climbing, and blood donation opportunities. MacNeil Park, Poppenhusen Avenue between 115th Street and College Place, College Point.
June 28, Groovin in the Park, noon. Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean, Lieutenant Stitchie, and Judy Mowatt are among scheduled performers. $59.95-$149.99. Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards, Jamaica.
June 28, Mexico Day 5 Miler, 9 am. This two-loop race is entirely on Forest Park Drive, starting and ending at Woodhaven Boulevard in Forest Park. Registration at 8 am. $25/$30 on raceday.
June 28, International Mud Day, 1 pm. Celebrate International Mud Day by rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty. Meet earthworms and other decomposers by exploring a compost bin. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
June 28, Hunters Point Tour, noon. Explore everything from the newly expanded Gantry State Park to relics from the 19th century in the neighborhood formerly known as “Dominie’s Hook.” $20. Meet on Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue, Long Island City.
June 28, A Cabaret Brunch, 11 am. The first public performance by Joy Through Music, a new teen group dedicated to creating shows based on the American songbook and Broadway show tunes. $10 with bagels and beverages. Proceeds go to the Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, where the event takes place, 13-00 209th Street, Bayside.
June 28, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. On this three-hour, small-group walking tour participants meet local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, enjoy light bites and microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with cityscape views and prosecco. $65, advance booking required.
June 29, Persuasive Images: Architecture of the 1939-40 & 1964-65 NY World’s Fairs, through July 27. Exhibition with more than 100 photographs — selected from an array of local, national, and international archives — depicting rarely seen images of the buildings and pavilions of these World’s Fairs. Opening reception with guest curator Richard Hourahan from the Queens Historical Society on July 9. Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, 405 Klapper Hall, Flushing.
June 30, Independence Celebration, 7:30 pm. The Central Astoria Local Development Corporation presents its annual Independence Celebration featuring the West Point Band followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Free. Astoria Park’s Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the Astoria Pool, Astoria.
July 1, Don’t Look Back, dusk. The Film Forum, Rooftop Films, and Socrates Sculpture Park present the 17th annual, eight-week Outdoor Cinema Festival. The first movie, Don’t Look Back, is a documentary on Bob Dylan’s 1965 British tour. Activities include open-air cinema, music, dance, and food, held in the five-acre waterfront park. All films are presented in their original language with English subtitles and every film is projected onto a 40-foot wide screen. Free. SSP, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
July 1, Bayside Historical Society Independence Celebration Concert, 6 pm. A fun concert featuring the 18-piece Bill Costa and the Something Special Big Band. Free. Fort Totten Parade Grounds, Bayside.
July 1, A Morning of Music, 10:30 am. Darlene Graham entertains children of all ages with a mix of energetic folk and remixes of familiar children’s songs. Everyone sings along and dances. Free. Crocheron Park’s Buz O’Rourke Playground, Bayside.
Photo by Rockstock and Barrels