It’s in Queens (June 2 to June 9)
A water lantern festival, cheese-making and the triumphant return of Queens Pride add spice to an already hot week of carnival rides, outdoor movies, all-you-can-eat challenges and a normal (normally psychedelic) version , i.e.) from “Alice in Wonderland.”
June 1, Astoria Park Carnival, June 5. Rides, games and delicious carnival cuisine. Free entry. The journeys are cheap. Astoria Park, Hoyt Avenue North and 19th Street.
June 2, Life Between Buildings, January 16, 2023. Fourteen artists and collectives exhibit drawings, photographs, sculptures, multimedia works and performances that examine the history of artists working with residents to reimagine urban landscapes. The show explores issues such as gardening, property rights, gentrification, access to public space, environmental concerns and community engagement. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.
June 2, Buggy Baby, June 26. The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents this surreal horror-comedy about trying to build a normal life when there’s nothing about normal life. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. APAC Stage, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City.
June 3, Festival of Traditions, June 4. Two days of arts and festivities featuring Queens artisans and local small businesses representing a variety of World’s Borough cultures, along with costumed historical interpreters. Noon to 5 p.m. both days. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave.
June 3, Movie nights: Moana, 7:30 p.m. A lei-making workshop followed by an outdoor screening of the animated film which follows the adventurous Moana and the demigod Maui as they face monsters and impossible odds to restore the heart of the goddess of the island. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
June 3, 7th Annual Country Music Night, 7 p.m. Cathy Maguire leads a country night with classics from Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Lorretta Lynn and more. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.
June 4, Kaleidoscope, 3 p.m. The dancers of the Long Island City Ballet perform a magical kaleidoscopic version of “Alice in Wonderland” to Sir Malcolm Arnold’s score. Queens Theater, 14 United Nations Ave S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 3, Three Days of Dance, June 5. The Take Root program kicks off with the B3W Performance Group at 8 p.m. June 3-4. The Fertile Ground New Works showcase then continues with various artists on June 5 at 7 p.m. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., Long Island City.
June 3, New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time, 8 p.m. Craig Taylor talks about his latest book which brings together a symphony of contemporary New York voices after interviewing 200 people about life in the Big Apple. Queens College, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Chorus Room 264, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
June 4, Water Lantern Festival, 5.30 p.m. This unique event takes place in the United States. In Queens, unique water lanterns float at sunset with food, games, activities, vendors and music. Around Fountain of the Planets, between Grand Central Parkway and Van Wyck Expressway, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 4, Queens Rising opening show, 5 p.m. Fogo Azul, the wildly popular Brazilian samba reggae drumming band, kicks off an evening of global music and food. Queens Night Market, New York Hall of Science Grounds, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 4, Queensboro Dance Festival, October 2. Twenty-six dance companies based in Queens offer performances and classes in public spaces around the borough. Expect Hawaiian, West African, Turkish Gypsy, Kathak and more.
June 4, Family hike, 2 p.m. A group walk along the trails with lots to learn about plants, animals and insects. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
June 4, LIC Waterfront 5K + Kids Dash, 9 a.m. A friendly (or competitive) race around the Long Island City waterfront. Proceeds benefit the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. The starting line is Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue.
June 4, Creative Writing Seminar, 10 a.m. The Queens Museum offers an online workshop focusing on different aspects of writing, storytelling and literary devices.
June 5, Bayside Food & Music Fest, 1-6 p.m. An afternoon of live music, art, games, bouncy houses, volleyball and a restaurant stroll. Close to Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue.
June 5, New Queens Pride Parade, 11 a.m. An annual tradition and multicultural festival returns after a two-year hiatus caused by Covid. Expect a fun afternoon of walkers, vendors, performances and costumes. Around 37th Road and 75th Street, Jackson Heights.
June 5, Renaissance, 6 p.m. Caribbean vocal ensemble Braata Folk Singers perform a concert for the ages. Jamaica Center for the Performing Arts, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
June 5, Queens to Bali: Gamelan Yowana Sari, 6:30 p.m. Gamelan Yowana Sari, based at Queens College, features Balinese music, accompanied by traditional Balinese dancers. Flushing City Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
June 5, Return to a New World, 3 p.m. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents a program of free matinees with Tchaikovsky and top-notch musicians. LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
June 5, Poetry workshop, 11 a.m. Poet Bernard Ferguson and educator Naima Dobbs lead a poetry workshop inspired by Noguchi’s 1978 “Core” sculpture. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.
June 6, Roosevelt Island: End to End, 7 p.m. Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Birdy leads a virtual tour of a community with six landmarks and many secrets.
June 9, Fromagerie 101, 6 p.m. Carol Johnson, American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional, Culinary Institute of America graduate, guides this workshop through the history and science of curds and whey. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.