QCulture: With Summer Comes Festival Fun

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

The Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Aug. 9 and 10. Hundreds of teams will compete in dragon boat races to see who comes out on top.

The Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Aug. 9 and 10. Hundreds of teams will compete in dragon boat races to see who comes out on top.

Every summer, residents throughout Queens and the rest of the City flock to street festivals to take part in fun activities for adults and children while taking in the nice summer weather. Below is a comprehensive list of all the remaining street festivals this summer and a few in the fall as well.

Aug. 1-2: JAMS Jamaica Avenue Festival is a two-day event starting on Friday, Aug. 1. It will be held at Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue between 89th Avenue and 150th Street, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Aug. 2: Starting from Jamaica Avenue, Parson Blvd. to 170th Street, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., food trucks, information tables and dancing will take place. There will also be a workout session with a fitness instructor if you feel like getting your heart rate going.

Aug. 3: The Junction Boulevard Festival runs on Junction Boulevard between Roosevelt and 35th Avenues, beginning at 11 a.m. and finishing at 6 p.m.

Aug. 3, 10 and 17: Astoria Park Shore Festival, on Shore Boulevard between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard, runs from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for each day.

Aug. 4-7: The Italian festival in Howard Beach begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. each day. The festival’s location is 158-20 101st St.

Aug. 9-10: In the Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, hundreds of teams compete for prizes. Each competitor rows a dragon boat, which is a narrow boat that looks like a Chinese dragon. There will also be music, martial arts demonstrations and more. On the weekend before the race, the teams will compete in time trials to determine what position they will start in. Both the time trial and the race itself are free. It starts around 9 a.m. and continues until about 5 p.m. It is organized by the Hong Kong Boat Festival.

Aug. 10: Steinway Street Festival, along Steinway Street between 28th Avenue and 34th Avenue, will begin at noon and finish at 6 p.m.

Aug. 17: The Myrtle Avenue Festival, on Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Forest Avenue, is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club in Glendale. It is set to run from noon until 6 p.m.

Sept. 1: The 30th Avenue Astoria Festival, running along 30th Avenue from 29th Street to 41st Street, starts at noon and ends at 6 p.m.

Sept. 7: Astoria Alive Street Festival runs along 31st Street from Ditmars Boulevard until 21st Avenue. It goes from noon to 6 p.m.

Sept. 13: Woodside Festival runs along Woodside Avenue, between 63rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue. It takes place between noon and 6 p.m.

Sept. 14: Myrtle Avenue Festival will run on Myrtle Avenue between Forest and Wyckoff Avenues, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Sept. 21: Broadway Astoria Festival will run along Broadway from Steinway Street until Crescent Street. It begins at noon and ends at 6 p.m.

Sept. 27: The 37th Avenue Festival, running along 37th Avenue from 83rd to 89th Street, will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.

Sept. 28: Forest Hills Austin Street Festival is on Austin Street between 69th and 72nd Road. The fest will run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Oct. 4: The 63rd Drive Festival is on 63rd Drive, between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard.

Oct. 5: Dutch Kills Civic Association Street Fair is on 36th Avenue between 29th and 35th Street. It will begin at noon and finish at 6 p.m.

Oct. 12:  The Greenpoint Avenue Festival will run along Greenpoint Avenue between Queens Boulevard and 44th Street, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Oct. 26: The College Point Board of Trade Festival will be on College Point Boulevard between 14th and 20th Avenues. It will run from noon until 6 p.m.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com or @luisgronda.