Three-Day Festival in Honor of the Patron Saint of Lovers

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Every year around June 23, the Portuguese-speaking world honors São João (or St. John the Baptist). Young and old mix religious observance with fun, food, fireworks and even playful fights with garlic flowers as part of a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Next weekend, Queens gets in on the fun, when O Lavrador Restaurant hosts a three-day extravaganza highlighting the wonders of Portuguese culture. Expect live folk dance groups from Portugal and Spain, a Portuguese DJ, two live Portuguese bands and a fashion show. Along with the entertainment, the iconic Jamaica eatery will sell typical BBQ cuisine and even raffle off a Portuguese racing bicycle. Details: Festa de São João, June 21-23, O Lavrador, 138-40 101st Ave., Jamaica, free admission but food will be on sale.

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