Outdoor summer music, culture and dance in Queens

Posted on July 11, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, LIC, Outdoor Seating/Patio |

Summer days unleash an unbearable heat, but another animal lurks in the cool hours of the night. When the sun sets in Queens, entertainment is abound. Live music, dance and culture overflows the borough inside and out. Queens eating and drinking outdoors… and entertainment.

Jamaica Center for Arts  (161-04 Jamaica Ave) and Learning celebrates culture and art with Diego Medina’s Construction of Cultures. This is an exhibition series of images and wood sculptures through July 24th. 

Water Taxi Beach in LIC (2nd Street & Borden Ave)- Listen to Turn Tables on the Hudson DJ series every Friday night- July 11th featuring King Britt funk and soul.

PS1– Just a step away from Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City is the off-shoot of MoMA- PS1. Check out the gallery exhibitions until 6pm daily- and Saturday Warm-ups every weekend 3-9pm.

Forest Park Live Music events in Woodhaven (Boulevard at Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven, Queens) Features Soul old skool style in the Bandshell. FREE live performances include July 11th 6pm Tribute to the Oldies, Thursday July 17th serenades you at 7pm with the classic Four Tops, Temptations and Souled Out. Want to make your own music? Join the fun on July 18th 6pm for karaoke at the park!

Jamaica (Queens that is…) Downtown Jamaica Cultural District kicks off the season with Jamaica Funk– an on-going concert series at the Airtrain and 165th St Pedestrian Mall. Check out the live local music events.

Astoria Park Waterfront concert series every Thursday night is the perfect way to kick start the weekend. These energy filled events begin around 7:30pm and rock the park until the mosquitoes come out. Also be sure to check out Monday Movie Night in the park.  Families, friends, elders and children mingle with the locals making the neighborhood a true community. 

Long Island City Live at the Gantries– The first annual concert series on the LIC riverfront offers a variety of international acts. Every Tuesday at 7pm head to the water to watch performances including Peruvian, Irish, Indie rock, Mexican dance, and Chinese music.

Camerino 4 Mexican Dance Company performs July 31st at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City. Mexican dance combining theater of the absurd.


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