Queensboro Dance Festival
This festival, which runs through Oct. 8, includes shows by 27 Queens-based cultural and contemporary dance companies from 12 different neighborhoods—from Astoria to Howard Beach. There will be a different line-up each night. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2edEMLZ.
Ghana Cooking Class: Chicken Light Soup
Chef Charles—of the Tropical Ghana Cooking Project and author of Tropical Ghana Delights—teaches how to make a light, aromatic tomato-based soup. $24, 6:30 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2xN5qHS.
Book Signing: Vanishing New York
The Greater Astoria Historical Society will host a lecture by Jeremiah Moss, creator of the popular and incendiary Vanishing New York blog. Afterward, he will sign his new book, Vanishing New York, which chronicles gentrification in the 21st century. 7 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2xWjGgM.
This celebrated Indie band promises to give $1 from every ticket sale to The Melting Pot Foundation USA, a nonprofit that serves Brooklyn’s Brownsville via job training, community organizing resources and access to healthy, affordable food. Tickets range from $39.50 to $83.50. 6:30 p.m., One Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens, http://bit.ly/2yE2Zno.
New York City Greek Film Festival
Fictional movies and documentaries will screen at the Museum of the Moving Image as part of this 11th annual festival. Showtimes include: Amerika Square at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6; The Patriarch’s Room at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7; In the Mountain Pastures at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 7; Roza of Smyrna at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7; Phaedra at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8; Perfect Strangers at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8; and Son of Sofia at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2xNd0SN.
The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali
With roots in Central American, the Garifuna Collective and Umalali pay tribute to the rich heritage carried forward by Garifuna women. Expect drums, maracas, turtle shells, acoustic and electric guitars and bass. The group tells its stories through music, dance and traditional dress. 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2xGTrL3.
Fall Bird Walk for Beginners
During this event, attendees can walk the trails of Alley Pond Environmental Center with a Queens County Bird Club member and try to spot various species as well as listen for their songs and learn to use binoculars and a field guide. Free, 9:30 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2hbkPuD.
Make botanical illustration books and document things in King Park, similar to how naturalists did in Rufus King’s time. Free, 1 p.m., King Manor Museum, King Park in vicinity of 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2xaWUhl.
Walk To End Alzheimer’s
This nearly 2.5-mile walk will raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Little Bay Park, 100 Totten Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2yTpS7B.
Socrates Farmers Market
Socrates Sculpture Park’s weekly farmers market will serve local fruits and vegetables from Nolasco Farm and Williams Fruit Farm, fresh-brewed coffee from Henley Coffee and organic condiments from Hellgate Farm. Cash transactions are preferred. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/10/07/socrates-farmers-market.
Councilman Donovan Richards and the city’s Parks Department will host a day of activities, including crafts, face painting, games, a pumpkin patch, music and a visit from the Nature Company at Brookville Park. Free, noon to 4 p.m., Brookville Park, Brookville Boulevard and 144th Avenue, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/10/07/fall-festival.
Opening Of The Sport of Kings In Queens
Queens has been a center of horse racing since 1667, when King Charles II of England established the first race course in his North American Possessions. This exhibit details this history and its cultural, social and economic dimensions. 2:30 p.m. The show runs until June 30, 2018 and part of it is at Flushing Town Hall, http://bit.ly/2xPdRjp. This event: Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ySQ9CZ.
Electrify Your Life Fall Festival
Electric cars and solar-powered charging stations are the focus of this Alley Pond Environmental Center event, which includes nature walks and info sessions on the transition to an electric life. Free, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2x2nNsr.
Center of Attention
Visitors engage with the Noguchi Museum’s collection through an extended conversation on Isamu Noguchi’s The Void (1970). 3:30 p.m., Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2xV4G2G.
Patty Chang Converses With Jill Casid And Launches The Wandering Lake
Artist Patty Chang talks to Jill Casid, a professor of visual studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, about her new show and eponymous book, The Wandering Lake. 3 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2xNGTjl.
World’s Fair History Walking Tour
Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s volunteer docents will host a walking tour of the World’s Fair sites in the park. Attendees will be able to hear the stories behind the Unisphere, New York State Pavilion, Hall of Science, Queens Zoo Aviary, carousel, time capsules and Underground Home. Free, 11 a.m., meet at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/10/08/worlds-fair-history-walking-tour/
Rebecca Davis: The Final Hands Count Beginning Sound
This performance at The Chocolate Factory, which runs through Oct. 21, can be read as a dance and/or a collection of kinetic and ephemeral sculptures. Shows will be held on Oct. 11, 13, 18 and 20 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 12, 14, 19 and 21 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/1aTYl7w.
Puppets In The Park Presents Cinderella Samba
Crocheron Park will host a modernized version of the classic fairy tale that is set in Brazil and is centered around a samba contest at the Carnival Ball. Free, 10:30 a.m., Buz O’Rourke Playground in Crocheron Park, 33rd Road and 214th Place, Bayside, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/10/11/puppets-in-the-park-presents-cinderella-samba.