May
10
Thu
Queens Spring Fair @ New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)
May 10 – May 20 all-day
Queens Spring Fair @ New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) | New York | United States

This family-fun event features midway games and rides for all ages, favorite fair food and World of Wonders old-time sideshow acts under the big top, from sword swallowers and fire eaters to escape artists and other exciting acts.

There is no charge for fair admission and the World of Wonders Amazement Show. Ride tickets onsite are $1.50 each, $25/20 tickets, $50/50 tickets plus 1 free ride, or $50 online for the BOGO Deal (100 ride tickets plus 2 free rides) until 5 pm May 10. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)

Fair hours are 4 to 11 pm Monday – Friday and noon to 11 pm Saturday – Sunday in the event field adjacent to NYSCI, at the west entrance to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. On May 12 and 19, the fair will coincide with the Queens International Night Market held Saturday nights in the park.

May
19
Sat
Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

The Maltese Fighter. New York premiere. Malta/Canada. Dir. Arev Manoukian. 2015, 19 mins. With Malcolm Ellul, Nico Fenech. In Maltese with English subtitles. In a time when Malta’s political violence was at its peak, Carmelo, a single father and boxer from Valletta, is forced to join a corrupt underworld as he struggles to provide for his only son Giuseppi. Bajtra tax-Xewk (Prickly Pear). U.S. premiere. Malta. Dir. Alex Camilleri. 2016, 12 mins. With Andrew Mallia, Iskander Zul Qarnen. In Maltese and English with English subtitles. Feeling guilty that he told his sister she could eat the prickly pears that were meant for his grandmother’s birthday, a boy embarks on a mission to secure replacement fruit. But finding the fruit during the offseason turns into a quest to right his wrong. Arcadia. New York premiere. Dir. Jamie Vella. 2017, 25 mins. With Malcolm Ellul, Nathan Ellul. In Maltese with English subtitles. Father and son finally achieve their dream of moving out and living in the idyllic Maltese countryside. Yet this dream of peace and simplicity turns into a nightmare as the booming and unforgiving construction industry of the country quickly sets its sights on their land. Lejliet (Eve). U.S. premiere. Malta.Dir. Matthew James Ellul. 2016, 13 mins. With Manuel Cauchi, Jamie Cardona. In Maltese with English subtitles. Gaetano, a sexton at the local parish, is alone on the church rooftop on Christmas Eve. To his surprise he encounters Marco, a teenager from the village who has also sneaked upstairs. Although neither is happy to see the other, a reluctant conversation is struck up between the two. As the interaction turns hostile, the reason for their presence on the rooftop emerges as both men reveal their hidden intentions, unexpectedly finding common ground.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

Jun
6
Wed
Astoria Park Carnival @ Astoria Park
Jun 6 – Jun 10 all-day
Astoria Park Carnival @ Astoria Park | New York | United States

The picturesque Astoria Park comes alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of the colorful midway with rides for all ages, carnival games and favorite fair food.

Admission and parking are free. Ride tickets are $1.50 each, $25 for 20 tickets, or $50 for 50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)

Visit the website for $5 coupon savings on a 50-ticket Super Saver Family Pack. Carnival hours are 4 to 11 pm Wednesday – Thursday, 4 to 11:30 pm Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 11 pm Sunday under the RFK Bridge.

Aug
21
Tue
Carnival at the Bookshop: The Astoria Bookshop’s Birthday Party! @ The Astoria Bookshop
Aug 21 all-day
Carnival at the Bookshop: The Astoria Bookshop's Birthday Party! @ The Astoria Bookshop

Astoria Bookshop is turning FIVE YEARS OLD!

To celebrate, the bookshop is having an all-day carnival-themed party. Come join this special birthday storytime in the morning, balloon twisting in the afternoon, snacks and happy hour in the evening, plus games, prizes, and activities throughout the day.