Things To Do MLK Day Weekend Events Queens
Things To Do In Queens Over The Martin Luther King Day Weekend
January 14, 2020 / Things To Do Queens NY / Queens Buzz NYC.
Weather. The Temperature highs will range between 30 and 40 throughout the three day weekend. The temperature lows will be in the low 20's throughout the weekend - except on Saturday when the low will be in the high 30's. Rain or Snow is forecast on Saturday, but NOT on Friday, Sunday & Monday. Winds will range from 10 - 15 mph all weekend. The Humidity will be around 50% throughout the weekend, except on Friday when it will be in the low 30% range. Click for Queens Weather.
Brief History of Martin Luther King Holiday in NYC
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister who became the leading voice for African Americans' non-violent civil rights movement beginning in the mid 1950's through to his assassination in 1968. In 1983, the third Monday of every year was set aside to honor Martin Luther King for his service to the nation. The third Monday was chosen, as it was the nearest Monday to the anniversary of King's birthday, which was January 15, 1929.
Martin Luther King Day has grown to take on an even larger meaning, as it is oftentimes referred to as a day on, versus a day off. Organizations around the city and nation have used the day to call people into action to address the needs of the community through volunteering and service.
Martin Luther King Holiday Special Events in Queens NYC
The Queens College Student Association is organizing a week long bus tour of many of the most famous civil rights movement sites in the southern U.S. The tour is entitled In the Footsteps of Dr. King and begins on Sunday, January 19, 2020 and ends on Thursday, January 23rd. For more information about the trip email - Rabbi Moshe Shur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday beginning at 11 am the Greater Allen AME Cathedral, which is an African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 110-13 Merrick Blvd in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, will host a luncheon followed by a theatrical performance by the Shades of Truth Theatre entitled The Day Harlem Saved Dr. King. The show follows the luncheon and begins about 12 - 12.30 pm [just after noon]. Tickets cost $35 and may be purchased through the Allen AME Cathedral at 718.206.4600.
On Monday generally starting around 9 am and running until 12 noon, the NYC Parks Department in tandem with local groups is organizing a day of service to clean up a few of the NYC neighborhood parks. In Queens the only park mentioned as of this post was the Forest Park near the Forest Hills neighborhood in central Queens. Cut and paste this link for details - https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/mlk-day-of-service.
On Monday from 6 - 10 pm there are a number of visual arts exhibits and performances organized by 39th Avenue Arts N' Performance at 38-12 30th Avenue in Long Island City. Tickets cost $5 online at Eventbrite or $10 at the door. Of special note is that Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech will be performed.
The venues below may also have MLK Day programs, or other cultural and historic programs.
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Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events In Queens
Things To Do In Queens Over The Martin Luther King Day Weekend
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History & Historic Sites In Queens - Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events
Queens has a number of historical societies, most of which are affiliated with one of the historical sites in Queens. The Queens Historical Society is located in the Kingsland Homestead, an early American home [built 1785] in Flushing. The location is 143-35 37th Avenue at Bowne Street in Flushing.
The Ridgewood Historical Society is located in the Onderdonk House at 1820 Flushing Avenue between Onderdonk Avenue and Cypress Avenue. It's a Dutch settler's home dating back hundreds of years.
The King Manor Museum is located in King Park in Jamaica, which is located along Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Streets. The home was once a large farm owned by Rufus King, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution.
And the Astoria Historical Society which was located in the Quinn Building on Broadway in Astoria - is now located at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City.
Most of these historical societies have exhibits, programs and films that run through the year.
Queens also has a number of interesting historic sites located within an approximately 10 square block area in hisstoric Flushing, many of which date back to colonial times. In addition to those mentioned above, there's the Flushing Town Hall, which has been transformed into a cultural center, but also provides some historical references. The Quaker Meeting House is located on Northern Blvd in Flushing, not far from Flushing Town Hall. It was one of the early Quaker places of worship in the New World. The Bowne House, not far from the Kingsland Homestead, was the colonial home of John Bowne who pleaded for religious freedom to the Dutch East Indies Company back in the 1600's.
Some of the newer sites include the Voelker Orth House, which is a well preserved Victorian Home located in Flushing. The Louis Latimer House, where the famed African American inventor, who worked for Thomas Edison, once lived. And the Louis Armstrong House, where the famous jazz musician lived.
Art Exhibits In Queens - Martin Luther King Day Weekend Things To Do
Click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits in Queens this Martin Luther King Day weekend.
The PS1 MoMA Museum located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue in Long Island City is open throughout the weekend and oftentimes hosts a number of different art / music performances.
There's also the Noguchi Museum of sculpture which is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Blvd along the northern LIC / Astoria neighborhood border.
And the Sculpture Center is located at 44-19 Purves Street off Jackson Avenue, only a few blocks from MoMA PS1 in LIC.
And in Flushing there's the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park which has an array of artistic, cultural and historic exhibits and programs and films.
Theater In Queens - Martin Luther King Day Weekend Things To Do
Queens has an array of theater venues for the performing arts, many of which have performances going on through the MLK Weekend. Some of the more notable performing arts venues in Queens include the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue between Van Dam and 31st Street in Long Island City.
Nearby there are two independently run theaters, the Chocolate Factory and the Secret Theater - both also in LIC.
The Chocolate Factory is located at 5-49 49th Avenue off Vernon Blvd in Long Island City.
The Secret Theater is located at 44-02 23rd Street between 44th Avenue and 44th Road in Long Island City.
There's also Queens Theater [in the park], is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The York College Bassin Performing Arts Center is located at 94-45 Guy Brewer Blvd between Archer and Liberty Avenues on the York College campus in Jamaica.
And there's the Queens College Kupferberg Center located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd off Harding Expressway on the Queens College campus. Both also a highly regarded performing arts center in Queens.
Flushing Town Hall located at 137-35 Northern Blvd between Linden Place and Leavitt Street in Flushing is a center for musical, dance and cultural performances.
And the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning at 161-40 Jamaica Avenue and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 153-10 along Jamaica Avenue are both centers of cultural activities - including art, dance, theater and music.
And, while not a performing arts venue, the Museum of the Moving Image, or MoMI as it is called, is located at 35th Street and 35th Avenue in Astoria / LIC is worth a considerable mention. They have film screenings, film and related exhibits throughout the year and there are also oftentimes thematic programs related to issues, culture, people and events of today and of yesteryears.
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Queens Events Calendar to see what's doing this MLK Day / Martin Luther King Day weekend in Queens.
Shopping In Queens - Things To Do over the Martin Luther King Day Weekend
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. Click here to view our shopping sections of the following neighborhoods: Astoria Shopping, LIC Shopping, Sunnyside Shopping, Woodside Shopping, Jackson Heights Shopping.
Each of these shopping sections includes links to home pages, which have slide shows of merchandise as well as maps, store hours, phone numbers and telephone numbers.
Dining In Queens - Martin Luther King Day Weekend
Food in Queens has always been good. The authentic ethnic restaurant choices are difficult to match anywhere, and the prices too. Click here to view the Queens Restaurants section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review.
Martin Luther King Day Events In Queens
Click here to obtain information about MLK Day - things to do Martin Luther King Day Weekend in Queens. This events calendar is updated monthly with about 100 different Queens fun / cultural events.
MLK Day Things To Do Brooklyn / Manhattan / Bronx / Staten Island
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