7 things to do in Queens – QNS.com

It’s the first weekend in June! If you’re looking for things to do, check out our list of events and other fun things to do in Queens.

Have a fun Friday night at the Astoria Park Carnival. Visit the Water Lantern Festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday. On Sundays, sample all the food Bayside has to offer at the Bell Boulevard Food and Music Fest.

For information on these events and more, check out our list of things to do in Queens from June 3 to June 5.


Before doing anything hands-on, get tested for COVID-19 and get vaccinated and encouraged! Also, don’t forget to wear a mask indoors and keep your distance as much as possible.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the New York City Department of Health recommends getting tested frequently. Here’s where you can find some places in Queens to test out this weekend:

The United States Postal Service also offers four free home test kits per address. Visit special.usps.com/testkits to learn how to order your test kit.

Visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov to find a Queens vaccination site near you.


Festival of Traditions (Museum of Kings Manor): The event features Queens craftsmen and small local businesses representing the various cultures of the “World Borough”, as well as costumed historical interpreters. King’s Manor Museum in King Rufus Park; 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. nycgovparks.org. Free. Midday to 5pm, June 3.

Astoria Park Carnival (Astoria Park): This family-friendly event features rides, games and fun, carnival food and other entertainment. Entry is free but the rides require tickets to be available for purchase. Parking at Astoria Park. nycgovparks.org. Admission is free, travel tickets will be available for purchase. 4 to 11 p.m., June 3.


Water Lantern Festival (Flushing Meadows Corona Park): This event is full of fun, happiness, hope and fond memories. Each ticket comes with a wristband, floating lantern kit, LED candle, commemorative drawstring bag, marker, lantern retrieval and water purge. Planetary Fountain at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. waterlanternfestival.com. $45.99 before the event and $55.99 the day of the event. 17:30-21:30, June 4th.

Multicultural Celebrations (Dutch Kills Playground): This celebration of diversity features performances from artists that will take you around the world. Fun for all ages. Dutch Killed Playground; 36th Avenue and Crescent Street. nycgovparks.org. Free. 12 to 4:30 p.m., June 4.


Free Public Week Program (Alley Pond Park): Take this free adventure course, which promises two hours of challenging fun. Make sure to dress properly, sandals, flip flops or open toed shoes are not allowed. Everyone aged 8 years and over are welcome. Alley Pond Adventure Course at Alley Pond Park. nycgovparks.org. Free with registration. 1 to 3 pm, June 5.

Queen’s Pride Parade and Festival (Jackson Heights): Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Queens Pride, one of the city’s biggest celebrations of LGBTQ rights and advocacy. City Council Chair Adrienne Adams will chair the event as grand marshal, along with the non-profit advocacy organization Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo and the Caribbean Equality Project. Jackson Heights. newqueenspride.org. Free. Noon to 6pm, June 5th.

Bell Boulevard Food and Music Festival (Bell Boulevard): The beloved Bayside food and music show is back this year, giving people the chance to try 35 restaurants for less than $1 per restaurant. Customers will also be able to enjoy free live music, dance performances, acrobatics, mini golf, beach volleyball, ping pong, games and arts and crafts. Bell Boulevard between 38th and 43rd Avenues in Bayside. eventbrite.com. $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years; same day tickets will cost you $45 for adults and $20 for children. 1 to 6 pm, June 5.

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