Hail to the Queen: 32 Wonderful Things You Should Definitely Do in Queens This Summer

All hail the Queen!

Little did you know, there's no shortage of summer activities to do in Queens over the next couple of months.

Whether you're into art, sports, drinks or food, there's definitely something going on for you to enjoy. Need more details?

Check out these 32 things-to-do in Queens, perhaps New York City's most under-appreciated borough, this summer and make sure you mark off your calendar and make some plans!

(By the way, we realize this list focuses primarily on Astoria and Long Island City, so let us know in the comments what other Queens neighborhoods need some shine.)

1. Astoria Pool (19th Street)

astoria_is_my_life Thanking @thompsonkmac for sharing this pic of Astoria Pool! I know many of us can't wait until it opens. 🏊 #astoriapool #astoriapark

A public pool in Astoria Park will open at the end of the month.


Dive in starting June 27th.

2. Astoria Park Carnival

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In between swimming, check out Astoria Park's Carnival during the last weekend in June.

3. Astoria Park Movies on the Waterfront

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There's nothing more relaxing than watching classic films on the East River.

(P.S., don't forget your blanket and snacks!)

4. Waterfront Concert Series

Get ready to jam between the pool and Hellgate Bridge.

5. Astoria local street fairs

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Check out this awesome listing of Astoria’s street fairs right here.

6. Smorgasburg in Long Island City

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A favorite in Brooklyn, Smorgasburg is finally coming to Long Island City this summer!

Get ready for its opening on Saturday, July 11th.

7. The Secret Garden at Lockwood (32-15 33rd Street)

lofisch Amazing coffee from @nativeroasters and amazing garden vibes from @mackenzi and the #Lockwood team... LOVE the #secretgarden

Love coffee? You’re in luck.

Every weekend in June, Lockwood will host a pop-up coffee shop featuring Native Coffee Roasters. There will be plants, metaphysical objects, and even a few fun surprises.

8. MoMA PS1β€²s Warm-Up Dance Party (22-25 Jackson Avenue)

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Come to LIC’s most popular daytime dance party Warm-Up on June 27th.

P.S., it’s free for local residents.

9. Shop Socrates Sculpture Park’s Green Market (Vernon Blvd & Broadway) 

This market provides Long Island City and Astoria with fun family-friendly activities every Saturday, as well as farm fresh fruits and veggies.


They have a plethora of seasonal produce, orchard fruit and juice, meat, poultry, eggs, and multi-ethnic artisan breads. Nom-nom!

10. Watch movies on LIC’s waterfront

This year, LIC’s waterfront will feature the movies King Kong (6/25), When Harry Met Sally (8/20), and E.T. (8/7).

11. Yoga in the park

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Yoga with a view on Saturdays through September!


12. Check out Burnside Biscuits (32-07 30th Avenue)

If you have a hankering for Southern inspired food and drink, you’ll love Burnside Biscuits.


It’s from the Bareburger family, so it has to be good!

13. Pie vs. Cake opens (30-03 36th Street)

Everyone loves pie and cake, so naturally, Pie vs. Cake in Astoria is widely anticipated.

Let’s see if it lives up to the hype.

14. Go kayaking on the East River

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The LIC Community Boathouse offers a ton of opportunities to boat on the East River this summer.

15. Take in the changes at the Noguchi Museum (9-01 33rd Road)

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The Noguchi Museum is going through some exciting changes in honor of their 30th anniversary.

16. Cool down at OK CafΓ© with coffee popsicles  (22-04 33rd Street)

OK CafΓ© is full of yummy refreshments and innovative coffee-flavored desserts.

Stop by this summer to try new Coffee & Cream Popsicles.

17. Go on a picnic (and let someone else worry about packing the food)

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This picnic is NOT BYO.

Have a picnic at one of the gorgeous waterfronts and don't even worry about bringing your own food! BEAR's menu is fabulous.

18. Surf without the beach at Tone Pilates (36-19 Broadway)

Looking for a different kind of workout?


This yoga class takes on place on a simulated surfboard called RipSurfer X. What could be more fun? It's open to all levels.

19. Drink a Caliente Michelada (33-09 36th Avenue)

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Get your drink on at Chela & Garnacha.

They sell a classic Mexican drink made with beer, lime juice, sauces, spices, and peppers served in a chilled salt-rimmed glass. YUM! They have a great food menu too.

20. Attend the Pie Eating Contest at the Astor Bake Shop (12-23 Astoria Blvd)

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The 5th Annual Pie Eating Contest will take place on June 28th at 3:00 p.m.

Prizes for the winners include medals, t-shirts, trophies, an gift certificates. Sound appealing? Participate yourself, or go watch some others eat pie!

21. Taste their Frozen Hot Chocolate too (12-23 Astoria Blvd)

The Astor Bake Shop also boasts a delicious iced hot chocolate drink.


It's made with 61% Belgium dark chocolate and #5% Belgium milk chocolate, blended with ice and can be topped off with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

22. Channel tropical vibes at Uke Hut (36-01 36th Avenue)

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You don't need to be a ukulele player to enjoy this new spot.


23. Cool down with dessert at Sweet Janes (27-17 24th Avenue)

blinksalot I think I have a new favorite ice cream place in Astoria!

Sweet Janes offers the healthiest dessert you can find.


It's ice-cream, ices, and sorbet has no high fructose corn syrup. Furthermore, they offer dairy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO fudgsicles.

24. Grab some oysters at Off the Hook ( 28-08 34th Street)

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It's oyster season!

Try the raw bar platter at Off the Hook. Their outdoor dining area is a great place for a summer hangout.

25. Watch some fireworks

Watch Macy's July 4th Fireworks on the East River.

As an added bonus, Astoria's fireworks will be viewable on the Great Lawn on June 30th.

26. Get your rooftop drinking on

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Grab some drinks at these rooftops with gorgeous city views.


Hit up Vista Ballroom, Z Hotel, and Penthouse 808.

27. Take the 7 to Queens Night Market

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This open-air night market in Queens has over 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food.

Open in July and August until midnight (well, hopefully), it's not quite Smorgasburg but it's close enough!

28. Drink outside at The Bonnie (29-12 23rd Avenue)

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Ever had a botanically-based cocktail? Now's your shot!

Try one of those and indulge in some fried pickles and beer at The Bonnie. Their backyard is a great summer hangout.

29. Hop on the East River Ferry

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There's nothing better than being on the water in the summer.

You can take a ride to Williamsburg, Greenpoint, or Governor's Island on the East River Ferry.

30. Spend some time at Bohemian Beer Garden (29-19 24th Avenue)

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What's greater than beer and friends? Not much.

Grab some friends and drink outdoors at the awesome Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden.

31. 1st Annual Summer Party at the Brass Owl (36-19 Ditmars Blvd.)

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Start the summer with some discounted shopping!


There will also be giveaways and some surprises.

32. Queens NYC Lit Fest at The LIC Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd)

If you're into books, you'll definitely want to check out this celebration of grassroots literary arts at The LIC Bar.

Check out Can You Help to Keep the Queens International Night Market Open?

[via We Heart LIC]

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