Memorial Day Weekend is approaching, and Queens will host the nation’s biggest parade as always. Other commemorative events include a concert, free kayaking, and flower-planting. A book festival, color run, and BoroughCon are also in the mix.
May 26, BoroughCon, May 29. This multi-media convention includes an artist alley, a video game tournament, panels, and vendors with a focus ranging from live-action television to anime. Announced guests include Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) and Khary Payton (The Walking Dead). St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2kiD5CU.
May 26, Le Vent du Nord, 8 pm. This group offers boisterous French-Canadian and Celtic dance tunes, traditional songs, and original compositions. Expect catchy vocals and spirited fiddle, accordion, and hurdy-gurdy. A Quebecois dance class is at 7 pm. Free, but the online RSVP is closed. A stand-up line at the door is the only way to get tickets. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2q6KK6A.
May 27, Queens Book Festival, May 28. Now in its second year, this literary event celebrates books and the written word, featuring panel discussions, author conversations, STEM activities, illustrators, and workshops. Free. LIC Landing by COFFEED, 52-10 Center Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2atRa8k.
May 27, The Color Run Dream Tour, 9 am. This is the world’s largest five-kilometer event series. The 2017 theme means colorful music, color throws, and a Foam Zone and Dream Wall. The run benefits Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that uses running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Corona, http://bit.ly/2pU8p9Z.
May 27, Chai Found Music Workshop, 3:30 pm. This highly esteemed Chinese chamber music ensemble is a cultural envoy for Taiwan, performing contemporary classical music as well as traditional Chinese and Taiwanese music. Event kicks off the 2017 Music in the Garden series. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2qcOVwO.
May 27, Scott Joplin Memorial Concert and BBQ, 2 pm. Honor the centennial of this talented musician’s death at his resting grounds with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Free. St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, http://bit.ly/2nSu6Fy.
May 27, Memorial Day Commemoration, noon. Volunteers are invited to plant flags on the graves of veterans. Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, www.maplegrove.biz.
May 27, Meet and Greet Queens City DJs, 10 pm. These multi-Platinum recording artists perform hits such as “C’Mon Ride The Train” and “Whoot, There It is.” Meet in front of Sound Booth at Bar360, Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2ru0pAy.
May 28, Lights, Camera, Music!, 3 pm. The Astoria Symphony Orchestra plays scores from classic romances, westerns, fantasies, and space thrillers. The program includes “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Singing in the Rain,” “Maria/Tonight,” (West Side Story) and music from Star Wars. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2qnwxCO
May 28, Maspeth Memorial Day Parade, 1 pm. Maspeth Federal Savings and the United Veterans & Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth present this 33rd annual parade. Free. Meet at Walter A. Garlinger Memorial Park, Grand Avenue and 72nd Street, http://bit.ly/2qNLZur.
May 29, Memorial Day Paddle, 1 pm to 4 pm. The LIC Community Boathouse offers kayaking and canoeing (weather permitting). People of all ages are welcome to participate or volunteer. No prior boating experience is required, and well-behaved dogs are also welcome. Free. Departs from Socrates Sculpture Park Beach at Hallets Cove, LIC, http://bit.ly/2qajfsv.
May 29, Little Neck/Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, 2 pm. The country’s largest parade steps off at Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard, goes about 1.5 miles, and ends at the Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy parking lot (Alameda Avenue and Northern Boulevard), http://bit.ly/2q4bPLq.
May 29, Steinway Piano Exhibit, 1 pm. Tour the Steinway & Sons factory with experts who have organized this trip for almost 20 years. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2r9kJqA.
May 30, Queens Pride at 25, 6 pm. The opening reception for photographer Richard Shpuntoff’s imagery from the first 25 years of the Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights. The exhibit includes a display of photographs and stories submitted via the social media hashtag #QTPrideWall. The event includes a screening of Shpuntoff’s documentary, Julio of Jackson Heights, at 7 pm, followed by a Q&A with the director. Free, but reservations are required. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2qP2S63.
June 1, The GIF Elevator, 7 pm. A panel discussion kicks off this six-artist exhibition of four-screen moving-image installations. To run for a year, these installations debut work by Mr. Div (Matt DiVito), Dain Fagerholm, Render Fruit (Clara Luzian), Lorna Mills, Paul Robertson, and Rafia Santana. Each artist will produce four original GIFs. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2qHZZoV.
Continuing from last week:
May 25, Summer Thursdays, 3 pm. Part of an ongoing weekly program, this afternoon includes games, spin-hand drums, crafts, and live music by Ali Belo and the Sweet Wire Band. Free. Bliss Plaza, 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, bit.ly/2pCVbT4.
May 26, James Caan Film Festival, May 28. Watch movies starring the Sunnyside-raised Caan: Rollerball, May 26, 7 pm; Thief, May 27, 2 pm; Misery, May 27, 4:30 pm; The Yards, May 27, 7 pm; Slither, May 28, 2 pm; Honeymoon in Vegas, May 28, 4 pm; and Bottle Rocket, May 28, 6:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2pYhVMO.
May 28, Tiffany Glass Windows Workshop, 1:30 pm. Children (ages 5-12) and their adult companions explore different works each week through a variety of hands-on art-making activities. This week, participants make colored windows inspired by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2qcBaOE.
June 1, Open Mic: Fathers, 6 pm. Held the first Thursday of each month and hosted by poet and storyteller Bobby González, Open Mic is for poets, storytellers, free style rappers, and emerging artists of all ages. Themes are suggested to inspire, but speakers need not follow the suggested theme. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2rLGsl8.
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