10/14/12 9:00am

Image Source: Elle C. on Flickr

Catch the Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden today! This event is bursting with fun activities for kids and adults alike. Some of the activities for the kids include face painting and origami pumpkin demonstrations while the adults enjoy the cider press demonstrations and the Harvest Fest Beer Tent. Dig into the seasonal treats available at the QBG Marketplace and learn how to compost with the NYC Compost Project. Come one, come all!

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday, October 14, 2012
11am-5pm | $4 Admission + Additional charges for some activities.

10/13/12 9:00am

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Image Source: Wagaung on Wikimedia Commons – Monhinga with Fritters, the national dish of Burma

Experience Burmese culture at the 17th Annual Funfair! There’s live music and raffle but the star of this event is the food. Not often found in restaurants, the offerings of Burmese cuisine here is lovingly homemade and authentic. Food tickets are $1 each and available for sale at the door, prices vary. Cash only.

17th Annual Funfair
First Baptist Church (GMAP)
Saturday, October 13, 2012
11am | Free Admission + Cost of Food

10/12/12 9:00am

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Image source: robnguyen01 on Flickr

TGIF! The inaugural Astoria/LIC First Annual 30th Avenue Restaurant Week starts today. Discounted specials will be offered by various establishments on 30th Avenue from 21st Street to 49th Street. Find the directory of participating restaurants here and here. Taste something new for less!

Astoria/LIC First Annual 30th Avenue Restaurant Week
30th Avenue, Astoria (from 21st Street to 49th Street)
Friday, October 12 to Sunday October 21
Price and offer varies depending on establishment

10/11/12 9:00am

This weekend in Queens brings a variety of activities for all ages! See a film screening, go to a Zumba party, a photowalk, and learn how to make paper and ! Check out our events calendar for even more things to do around the borough.

Image source: Rodrigo Achá on Wikimedia Commons – Palacios de govierno Bolivia in La Paz, Bolivia

Screening of Insurgentes – Celebrate the culture of Bolivia during the Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 at the Queens Museum of Art (GMAP) this Thursday at 6pm. Insurgentes is an activist film that follows two centuries of popular uprisings in Bolivia. A Q&A about the film will follow immediately after the screening. Admission to the QMA + screening is free! (more…)

10/10/12 9:00am

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Image Source: Turkish Cultural Center

Turkish Cooking Classes – Let the experienced and friendly chefs at the Turkish Cultural Center teach you how to make authentic Turkish dishes like Ali Nazik (grilled eggplant puree with yogurt and ground meat), Sekerpare (soft pastry balls dipped in thick lemony sugar syrup) and Carrot Yogurt Salad. Slots are limited, and registration is required.

Turkish Cooking Classes
Turkish Cultural Center – Queens (GMAP)
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7pm | $25 Registration

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Want some whine with that cheese? Cure the blues at Ra’Rbar’s Cheese and Whine Comedy Show with stand-up comedians from  Comedy Central and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Let the best comedians in town entertain you for free!

Cheese and Whine Comedy Show
Rèst-âü-Ránt  Beer, Wine & Cheese Bar (GMAP)
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
9pm | FREE!

10/08/12 9:00am

This week, we start off with Queens Restaurant Week, a photo exhibit, and spirited Irish music, all in Queens. Check out our events calendar for even more things to do around the borough.

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Image source: QEDC

Queens Restaurant Week starts today! Eat your way through the most ethnically diverse for the five boroughs. Enjoy three course prix fixe meals for $25 at participating restaurants. Restaurant Week runs from October 8-11 and October 15-18.! Click here for complete list of participating restaurants.  (more…)

10/07/12 9:00am

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Image Source: Jeff Walker/Dolce Donum

Eating our Emotions: The History of Food in Funerary Traditions – Ms. Sarah Lohman of FourPoundsFlour.com, dubbed as a “historic gastronomist” will be presenting a special talk about the history of funeral food at the Queens Historical Society (GMAP) as part of OHNY. In this lecture, she will look at the culinary traditions surrounding funerals throughout American history as well as taste some of the food that has offered solace through history. The event is free, but registration is ensures you get to sample plenty of traditional foods during the demonstration.

Eating our Emotions: The History of Food in Funerary Traditions
Sunday, October 7, 2012
2:30-4:30pm | FREE!

10/06/12 9:00am

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Image Source: shawnzam on Flickr 

OHNY: Hindu Temple Society of North America – openhousenewyork lets us inside the Hindu Temple Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam (GMAP). One of the nation’s oldest and and largest temples founded by Hindu immigrants, this temple boasts of elaborately carved shrines/icons and is built with black granite stone imported from India and conforms to the ancient Hindu temple construction code. Come for a visit, today and tomorrow!

OHNY: Hindu Temple Society of North America
October 6 & 7, 2012
8am-9pm | $5 Reservation fee

 

10/05/12 9:00am

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Image source: Columbia Daily Spectator

Steve Hofstetter: TV Special Warm-up – Cult hit Steve Hofstetter of Collegehumor.com fame is out to make you laugh IRL at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City (GMAP). He’s been CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, ESPN’s Quite Frankly, VH1′s Countdown and numerous others. Laugh off the workweek with him tonight.

Steve Hofstetter: TV Special Warmup [QueensNYC]
Friday, October 5th, 2012
8-11pm | $20 cover charge