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Free Summer Theater Queens 2019 - Free Things To Do In Queens

Shakespeare in the Park: Free Theater In The Park In Astoria, LIC, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing, Jamaica

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Summer is in full swing and a number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, have put together a summer full of free theater in the park / parks. The theatrical productions listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

Music / Concerts in the Park Queens. Click here to view our report on free concerts in the parks - summer concerts in Queens, Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing & Jamaica.

Film / Movies in the Park Queens. Click here to view our report on free movies in the park - summer movies in Queens, Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing & Jamaica.

Current Queens Things To Do. Click here to view a listing of current Queens things to do or click here to view our member submitted Queens events calendar.


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ASTORIA - Also see Long Island City / LIC Below including Socrates Park

Athens Square Park - Free Summer Theater in Astoria 2019

Free Things To Do In Astoria, Queens - Free Summer Theater In Athens Square Park

free things to do queens free summer theater astoria lic sunnyside woodside flushing jackson heights jamaica nycClick here to view an Athens Square Park map. The photo to your left was taken in Athens Square Park in the fall.

  • Tuesdays beginning at 7 pm in July, August & September 2019. It is Greek night at Athens Square Park with Greek dance and musical performances. See www.AthensParkSquare.org website for further details. FREE. Here's the schedule.
    • July 9, 2019 - Nick Nikoplaides and the Cosmopolitans with Olga Panteli
    • July 16, 2019 - Nick Nikoplaides and the Cosmopolitans with Olga Panteli / Noora Belly Dancers
    • July 23, 2019 - Andreas Modinos and the Geminis / Noora Belly Dancers
    • July 30, 2019 - Tasos Papaloannou / The Greek American Folklore Society
    • August 6, 2019 - Melodia / Noora Belly Dancers
    • August 13, 2019 - Christos Kostaras-Geo Events
    • August 20, 2019 - Andreas Modinos and the Geminis / The Greek American Folklore Society
    • August 27, 2019 - Remetiko
    • September 3, 2019 - Grigoris Maninakis and the Mikrokosmos Ensemble
    • September 10, 2019 - Remetiko
    • September 17, 2019 - Christos Kostaras - Geo Events / Noora Belly Dancers
    • September 24, 2019 - Long Island Voices Choir
  • DISCONTINUED. Several years ago there were a couple of free Shakespeare in Athens Square Park performances, but we've not seen them for many years now.


BAYSIDE

Crocheron Park - Free Summer Theater in Bayside 2019

Free Things To Do In Bayside - Free Summer Theater in Crocheron Park Bayside

Crocheron Park is located in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens off the Cross Island Expressway at 35th Avenue at Corbett Road.

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 beginning at 7.30 pm [kids] & 8 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - Richard III - The tragic play of Richard III is about two brothers - one king and the prince in waiting - and about the last death on a battlefield of an English King. It is one of Shakespeare's history plays.
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 beginning at 7 pm [kids] & 7.30 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - A Midsummers Night Dream - The play entwines three separate groups into one convoluted comedy with Puck as the protagonist in the center of all the chaos. The first group is of lovers escaping the tyranny of the court, the second is comprised of fairies who just began a war amongst themselves and the third is of an amateur theatrical performance group.

Performed by Hip To Hip Theatre Company of Queens and sponsored by NYC Parks Department.


CORONA

JACKSON HEIGHTS - Free Summer Theater in Corona & Jackson Heights 2019

LeFrak City in Corona - Free Summer Theater 2019

LeFrak City is located at 59-17 in the Corona neighborhoods in north central Queens.

  • Thursday, August 8, 2019 beginning at 6.30 pm [kids] & 7 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - A Midsummers Night Dream - The play entwines three separate groups into one convoluted comedy with Puck as the protagonist in the center of all the chaos. The first group is of lovers escaping the tyranny of the court, the second is comprised of fairies who just began a war amongst themselves and the third is of an amateur theatrical performance group.

FLUSHING

Flushing I of III - Free Summer Theatre Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2019 by Queens Museum

Free Things To Do In Flushing, Queens - Free Theatrical Performances / Theater in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Compliments of Lincoln Center

free theater in queens parksClick here to view a Flushing Meadows Corona Park map. The photo to your right was taken at a Passport performance in FMCP in front of the Queens Museum Of Art, where performances used to take place.

This year the Queens Theatre in the Park is hosting a number of films of great dance & theater performances.

It appears the Queens Museum has DISCONTINUED the Passport Thursdays events which generally ran in the summer months of June, July and August where they showcased foreign cultures via film in tandem with live musical and dance performances.

An independent group is hosting a Festival of Cinema in the Forest Hills neighborhood from August 2 - 10. Click to see details in that neighborhood in our free movies in the park - summer movies in Queens, Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing & Jamaica.

  • DISCONTINUED IN 2019 - EXAMPLE OF LISTING FROM 2018 - Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7 - 10 pm - COLOMBIA.
  • At 7 pm "get your body moving with Masala Bhangra: Bollywood dance workout classes from 7 – 7.45 pm on the front lawn of the museum starting at 8 pm [programs will take place inside the museum in event of rain].
  • At 8 pm a film entitled The Wind Journeys / Los Viages del Viento (Ciro Guerra, 2009, 120 min, Spanish and indigenous Colombian languages of Palenquero, Wayuunaiki & Ikun with English subtitles) about "Traveling musician Ignacio Carrillo (portrayed by real-life musician Marciano Martínez) goes on a mystical quest across the Colombian Caribbean to return his Devil-cursed accordion to the man who gave it to him. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermin, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. This film contains scenes that may be unsuitable for children." - free summer concerts & movies in front of the Queens Museum.

**In case of rain, performances will be held inside Queens Theatre in the Park and admissions will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Seating capacity is 472.


Flushing II of III - Free Summer Theatre Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2019 by Queens Theatre in the Park & Hip to Hip Theater Company

Free Things To Do In Corona & Flushing - Free Summer Theater in FMC Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is located between the Flushing and Corona neighborhoods in north central Queens. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is also hosting free concerts and free summer movies - free things to do in Queens.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 beginning at 7 pm [kids] & 7.30 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - A Midsummers Night Dream - The play entwines three separate groups into one convoluted comedy with Puck as the protagonist in the center of all the chaos. The first group is of lovers escaping the tyranny of the court, the second is comprised of fairies who just began a war amongst themselves and the third is of an amateur theatrical performance group.
  • DISCONTINUED. In 2017 they did a series of "PARK PLAYS". The series did not return in 2018 and looks like it will NOT be returning in 2019. THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE FROM 2017. Friday, July 28, 2017 beginning at 8 pm / $18 / $15 - Park Plays - An evening of short plays exploring the world of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. From the Panorama to the Playground for All Children, the 1939 World's Fair to the 2016 US Open, "Park Plays" takes the audience on a journey celebrating the bold, inclusive spirit of the park which Queens Theatre calls home. In Association with Theatre 167.
  • The Free Friday concerts / performances done in 2016 in collaboration with Lincoln Center have not been announced, and therefore given the nearness of time, may not be returning in 2017, 2018 or 2019.


Flushing III of III - Voelker Orth Garden - Free Summer Theater in Flushing 2019

Free Things To Do In Flushing, Queens - Free Theater / Theatrical Performances at the Voelker Orth House in Flushing

free summer theater flushing voelker orthClick here to view a listing containing the contact info and website for the Voelker Orth Museum in Flushing. The Voelker Orth Museum is located at 149-19 38th Avenue in Flushing.

  • Friday, August 16, 2019 beginning at 7 pm [kids] & 7.30 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - A Midsummers Night Dream - The play entwines three separate groups into one convoluted comedy with Puck as the protagonist in the center of all the chaos. The first group is of lovers escaping the tyranny of the court, the second is comprised of fairies who just began a war amongst themselves and the third is of an amateur theatrical performance group.
  • Friday, August 9, 2019 beginning at 7 pm [kids] & 7.30 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - Richard III - The tragic play of Richard III is about two brothers - one king and the prince in waiting - and about the last death on a battlefield of an English King. It is one of Shakespeare's history plays.

Free Shakespeare in the Park is performed by the Hip To Hip Theatre Company of Woodside in Queens.



For Jackson Heights - see Corona / Jackson Heights Above

JAMAICA

Rufus King Park - Free Summer Theater in Jamaica 2019

Free Things To Do In Jamaica - Free Summer Theater in Rufus King Park

Rufus King Park is located on Jamaica Avenue in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens.

  • Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2019 - The Jamaica Dance Festival - at 7 pm on the front lawn of Rufus King Manor in Jamaica. The performance groups are in chronological order. June 1 - the American Bolero Dance Company, Tango for All & BHDOS: The Second Company of Ballet Hispanico / June 8 - Matthew Westerby Dance Company, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Jeremy McQueen's Black Iris Project & Obremski Works / June 15 - Harlem Stage E-Moves on Tour: It's Showtime NYC, Sun & Cein, Soul Steps, TweetBoogie, Drew Dollaz & Long Arms / June 22 - Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute, White Wave Rising Young Soon Kim Dance Company & Parul Shah Dance Company.
  • . In 2018 & 2019 they scaled back from weekly events throughout the summer, to weekly events in June only.

Long Island City LIC / ASTORIA

Socrates Sculpture Park - Free Summer Theater LIC / Astoria 2019

Free Things To Do In Long Island City LIC, Queens - Theatrical Performances / Free Shakespeare In Socrates Sculpture Park Astoria / LIC

free summer theater queensClick here to view a Socrates Sculpture Park map. Socrates Sculpture Park is located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd at Broadway in Astoria / LIC. The photo to your right shows Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

  • Monday, June 17, 2019 from 7 - 8.30 pm - The SummerStage & Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series returns for its 9th annual summer performance with a concert of arias and duets. The concert features soprano Leah Hawkins, tenor Mario Bahg, and baritone Joseph Lim—with Dimitri Dover on piano.
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 3 - 7 pm / Free - Ralph McDaniels Hip Hop in the Park - "legendary VJ, producer, and hip hop pioneer Ralph McDaniels to present Hip Hop in the Park, a family-friendly festival celebrating the four elements of hip hop – emcees, DJs, dance troupes, and graffiti art – and 35 years of McDaniels’ groundbreaking music video program, Video Music Box. Join us for this exciting afternoon of FREE entertainment including an old school hip hop jam, youth performances, art-making activities, and food."
  • Saturdays, August 3 & 11, 2019 beginning at 3 pm & 6 pm - Renegade Performance Group - "‘Ephemera’ is a piece about stargazing both as a futuring action and historically rooted in the African American folklore surrounding “the North Star” that developed on the Underground Railroad. ‘Ephemera’ considers how this celestial wayfinding knowledge – navigating by observing the stars and other night sky patterns – passed from generation to generation. It's an 'Afrofuturist' dance performance.
  • The INSITU Dance Festival - returning 2020 - the festival is restructuring this year and expects to return in 2020 as a bi-annual festival [every other year]. See further details in the LIC / Gantry Park section.
  • Sunday, August 4, 2019 beginning at 4.30 pm [kids] & 5 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - Richard III - The tragic play of Richard III is about two brothers - one king and the prince in waiting - and about the last death on a battlefield of an English King. It is one of Shakespeare's history plays.
  • Sunday, August 11, 2019 beginning at 4.30 pm [kids] & 5 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - A Midsummers Night Dream - The play entwines three separate groups into one convoluted comedy with Puck as the protagonist in the center of all the chaos. The first group is of lovers escaping the tyranny of the court, the second is comprised of fairies who just began a war amongst themselves and the third is of an amateur theatrical performance group.
  • See August 3, 2019 above for events on August 11, 2019 entitled Renegade Performance Group.

Also see free things to do in Queens - free concerts in Queens parks 2019.

  • DISCONTINUED IN 2018 - Saturday, October 14, 2017 [NOTE Year] from 1 - 5 pm / Free - Skowhegan Performs - "Skowhegan alumni to activate the entire Park with an afternoon of performance and art."

Long Island City LIC / ASTORIA

Gantry State Park / Queensbridge / Hunters Point Park - Free Summer Theater in LIC 2019

Free Things To Do In Astoria & LIC, Queens - Free Theater in Astoria & Long Island City

SummerStage also comes to Queens Bridge Park during the summer in LIC, which you can find in free summer concerts in LIC Queens - free things to do in Queens.

Click here to view a Gantry Plaza State Park map. Gantry Plaza State Park is located at 4-09 47th Road along the East River. The following theater events are at Gantry State Park only. Free Shakespeare in the Park is performed by Hip To Hip Theatre Company of Woodside and sponsored by NYC Parks Department.

  • Saturday, August 10, 2019 beginning at 7 pm [kids] & 7.30 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - Richard III - The tragic play of Richard III is about two brothers - one king and the prince in waiting - and about the last death on a battlefield of an English King. It is one of Shakespeare's history plays.
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 beginning at 4.30 pm [kids] & 5 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - A Midsummers Night Dream - The play entwines three separate groups into one convoluted comedy with Puck as the protagonist in the center of all the chaos. The first group is of lovers escaping the tyranny of the court, the second is comprised of fairies who just began a war amongst themselves and the third is of an amateur theatrical performance group.

 

  • The INSITU Dance Festival returning 2020 - The festival is restructuring this year and expects to return in 2020 as a bi-annual festival [every other year].
  • ON HIATUS FOR SUMMER 2019 / Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5, 2018 [note year] from 1 pm - 8 pm / Free - INSITU Dance Festival - a two-day site-specific choreographed dance festival simultaneously performing at Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry Park, Queensbridge Park and Hunters Point Park in Long Island City along the waterfront. Go to www.insitudancefestival.com for details of specific performances and locations within the parks.



OAKLAND GARDENS

Cunningham Park - Free Summer Theater in Oakland Gardens 2019

Free Things To Do In Oakland Gardens - Free Summer Theater in Cunningham Park

Cunningham Park is located at Union Turnpike and 196th Street in the Oakland Gardens neighborhood of Queens.

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 beginning at 7.30 pm [kids] & 8 pm / Hip to Hip Theater Free - A Midsummers Night Dream - The play entwines three separate groups into one convoluted comedy with Puck as the protagonist in the center of all the chaos. The first group is of lovers escaping the tyranny of the court, the second is comprised of fairies who just began a war amongst themselves and the third is of an amateur theatrical performance group.

Free Shakespeare in the Park is performed by Hip To Hip Theatre Company of Woodside.


St. Albans Park - Free Summer Theater in St. Albans 2019

Free Things To Do In St. Albans - Free Summer Theater in St. Albans Park

St. Albans Park is located at 169th Street & Merrick Blvd at St. Albans Park in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens.

  • Hip to Hip Theatre Company of Woodside performed Shakespeare in the Park here in 2016, but they didn't return in 2017 or 2018 and aren't expected this year 2019 either. But I believe there are other summer events such as movies or concerts - see links to those sections on this site by scrolling back to the top of this page.

SUNNYSIDE

WOODSIDE

Sunnyside Gardens Park - Free Summer Theater Sunnyside 2019

Free Things To Do In Sunnyside & Woodside Queens - Free Theatrical Performances / Summer Theater in Sunnyside Gardens Park

free things to do sunnyside woodside free summer theater queensClick here to view a map of Sunnyside Gardens Park which is located at 48-21 39th Avenue at 49th Street in Sunnyside.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 beginning at 7 pm [kids] & 7.30 pm / Free - Richard III - The tragic play of Richard III is about two brothers - one king and the prince in waiting - and about the last death on a battlefield of an English King. It is one of Shakespeare's history plays.
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 beginning at 7 pm [kids] & 7.30 pm / Free - A Midsummers Night Dream - The play entwines three separate groups into one convoluted tale with Puck as the protagonist in the center of all the chaos. The first group is of lovers escaping the tyranny of the court, the second is comprised of fairies who just began a war amongst themselves and the third is of an amateur theatrical performance group.

Free Shakespeare in the Park is performed by Hip To Hip Theatre Company of Woodside.


Free Summer Theater In Queens - Shakespeare in the Park Queens 2019

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