It’s In Queens: April 2022

By Rob MacKay, Director
Public Relations, Marketing & Tourism, Queens Economic Development Corporation

It’s April, and plants are growing. The days are longer. Youngsters are falling in love. And hopefully, the Easter bunny will be hopping around Queens for a few days. But that’s not everything.
This month, the borough also hosts film festivals, Latin dance, live concerts, theater, and bubbles. (Thousands of bubbles.) Please read on the find out about the wonderful things that are about to happen in Queens.

Free First Friday
April 1 from 11 – 6 p.m.

Admission is free on the first Friday of every month. However, visits must be scheduled in advance due to Covid-safety protocols.
The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.

Latin Culture and Dance Festival
April 8 – April 10

Three days of dynamic performances celebrating Latin culture through song, dance, comedy, and fantastic music.
Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Underground International Black History Month Film Festival
April 8 – April 9 from 11 – 6 p.m.

Two days of shorts, documentaries, music videos, and other films with a red carpet.
King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave.

David Krakauer and his Acoustic Klezmer Quartet
April 9 @ 4 p.m.

Musica Reginae presents one of the most important and influential proponents of new Jewish music and Klezmer’s new wave. Krakauer plays acoustic versions of his original compositions mixed with classic tunes from the traditional Klezmer repertoire.
The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.

Barnyard Egg Hunt
April 9 – 16 @ 4 p.m.

Youngsters search for goodies as part of a time-honored spring tradition on two separate days (April 9 and April 16). Hayrides, local vendors, and animal petting, too. BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket.)
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.

CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Festival
April 10 @ 2 p.m.

Produced by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, this eighth annual celebration demonstrates the vibrancy and diversity of the Asian American dance scene in the New York metropolitan area.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Botanical Immigrants Tour
April 10 @ 11 a.m.

As part of the Monthly Walking Tour Series, staffers lead an exploration of the global origins of local plants and how they’re used in different cultures.
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

Monthly Jazz Jam
April 13 @ 7 p.m.

On the second Wednesday of the month, musicians hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Listen!
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Crazy Talented Asians and Friends: An Evening of Live Comedy
April 23 @ 8 p.m.

Led by NYC-born actor/writer Otter Lee, this troupe presents an evening of stand-up routines, sketches, and wacky stories about triumphing over the COVID quarantine.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

April 23 @ 8 p.m.

The New American Voices 2020 Virtual Reading Series lets playwrights present developing works to audiences that provide feedback to foster discussions in fun, interactive ways. This night’s play is Marus Scott’s “Tumbleweed,” which explores beauty standards, interracial marriage, parenting, and other themes as young Willow’s natural hair stirs up heated controversy in the household.
Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

B-The Underwater Bubble Show
April 24 @ 3 p.m.

Inspired by such fairy tales as “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Peter Pan,” this performance includes colorful costumes, laser technology, optical illusions, and soap bubble tornadoes. Audiences enjoy dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art, and a little bit of magic.
Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

Walking Tour of Ridgewood
April 24 @ 2 p.m.
Adrienne Onofri, author of “Walking Queens,” leads a tour of Ridgewood with emphasis on history, landmarks, demographics, and food.
Meet at 55-27 Myrtle Ave.

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