Part of an ongoing weekly program, this afternoon of activities includes games, spin-hand drums, crafts and live music by Ali Belo and the Sweet Wire Band. Free, 3 p.m., Bliss Plaza, 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, bit.ly/2pCVbT4.
This multi-media convention includes an artist alley, a video game tournament, panels and vendors with a focus on everything from live-action television to anime. Announced guests include Sean Astin (the “Lord of the Rings” films) and Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”). BoroughCon runs through May 29. St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2kiD5CU.
Le Vent du Nord
This group offers boisterous French-Canadian and Celtic dance tunes, traditional songs and original compositions. Expect catchy vocals and spirited fiddle, accordion, and hurdy-gurdy. A Quebecois dance class will be offered at 7 p.m. Free, but the online RSVP is closed. A stand-up line at the door is the only way to get tickets. 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2q6KK6A.
The Color Run Dream Tour
This is the world’s largest five-kilometer event series. The 2017 theme incorporates colorful music, color throws and a Foam Zone and Dream Wall. The run benefits Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that uses running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those who are homeless. 9 a.m., Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Corona, http://bit.ly/2pU8p9Z.
Queens Book Festival
Now in its second year, this literary event celebrates books and the written word and features panel discussions, author conversations, STEM activities, illustrators and workshops. The festival runs through May 28. Free, LIC Landing by COFFEED, 52-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2atRa8k.
Chai Found Music Workshop
This highly esteemed Chinese chamber music ensemble is a cultural envoy for Taiwan, performing contemporary classical music as well as traditional Chinese and Taiwanese music. The event kicks off the 2017 Music in the Garden series. 3:30 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2qcOVwO.
Scott Joplin Memorial Concert and BBQ
Honor the centennial of this talented musician’s death at his resting grounds, where the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will perform. Free, 2 p.m., St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, http://bit.ly/2nSu6Fy.
Memorial Day Commemoration
Volunteers are invited to plant flags on the graves of veterans during this Memorial Day event. Noon, Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, www.maplegrove.biz.
Meet and Greet Queen City DJs
These multi-Platinum recording artists perform such hits as “C’mon Ride the Train” and “Whoot! There It Is.” 10 p.m., Meet in front of Sound Booth at Bar360, Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2ru0pAy.
Lights, Camera, Music!
The Astoria Symphony Orchestra plays scores from classic romances, westerns, fantasies and space thrillers. The program includes “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Maria/Tonight,” (from “West Side Story”) and music from “Star Wars.” 3 p.m., Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2qnwxCO
Maspeth Memorial Day Parade
Maspeth Federal Savings and the United Veterans and Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth present this 33rd annual Memorial Day parade. Free, 1 p.m., Meet at Walter A. Garlinger Memorial Park, Grand Avenue and 72nd Street, http://bit.ly/2qNLZur.
Memorial Day Paddle
The Long Island City Community Boathouse offers kayaking and canoeing (weather permitting). People of all ages are welcome to participate or volunteer. No prior boating experience is required and well-behaved dogs are also welcome. Free, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Departs from Socrates Sculpture Park Beach at Hallets Cove, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qajfsv.
Little Neck/Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
The country’s largest Memorial Day parade steps off at Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard, marches for approximately 1.5 miles and ends at the Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy parking lot (Alameda Avenue and Northern Boulevard), 2 p.m., http://bit.ly/2q4bPLq.
Steinway Piano Exhibit
Tour the Steinway & Sons factory with experts who have organized this trip for nearly 20 years. 1 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2r9kJqA.
Queens Pride at 25
The Queens Theatre will hold an opening reception for photographer Richard Shpuntoff’s imagery from the first 25 years of the Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights. The exhibit includes a display of photographs and stories submitted via the social media hashtag #QTPrideWall. The event includes a screening of Shpuntoff’s documentary, “Julio of Jackson Heights,” at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the director. Free, but reservations are required. 6 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2qP2S63.
The GIF Elevator
A panel discussion kicks off this six-artist exhibition of four-screen moving-image installations. The exhibition will run for a year. The installations include debut work by Mr. Div (Matt DiVito), Dain Fagerholm, Render Fruit (Clara Luzian), Lorna Mills, Paul Robertson and Rafia Santana. Each artist will produce four original GIFs. 7 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2qHZZoV.
Tiffany Glass Windows Workshop
Children (ages 5-12) and their adult companions explore different works each week through a variety of hands-on art-making activities. This week, participants make colored windows inspired by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. 1:30 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2qcBaOE.
James Caan Film Festival
Watch movies starring Sunnyside-raised actor James Caan. The schedule includes “Rollerball” on May 26 at 7 p.m.; “Thief” on May 27 at 2 p.m.; “Misery” on May 27 at 4:30 p.m.; “The Yards” on May 27 at 7 p.m.; “Slither” on May 28 at 2 p.m.; “Honeymoon in Vegas” on May 28 at 4 p.m.; and “Bottle Rocket” on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2pYhVMO.
Open Mic: Fathers
Held the first Thursday of each month and hosted by poet and storyteller Bobby González, Open Mic is for poets, storytellers, free style rappers and emerging artists of all ages. Themes are suggested to inspire, but speakers need not follow the suggested theme. Free, 6 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2rLGsl8.