Say goodbye to city life!
Relive the old farm days at the Queens County Fair with livestock and fun. Bring your best pig and be a blue ribbon winner. You can also help kids learn to save the environment at KidsFest 2011. They’ll visit a petting zoo and view an aquarium.
Then, start marching to the unique drumbeat of Afro-Colombian rhythms played by Colombian musician Wolfgang Barros. He’ll perform a concert of traditional drumming styles. Or, attend the Italian Experience Festival and inhale a sausage-and-pepper hero while you sing-a-long to opera and Italian folk songs. This time, everybody’s Italian.
Where/When: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Why Go: Farm fun begins here when you enter a pie-eating contest, win a blue ribbon for your best pig, or win the title at the 34th annual White Castle Queensboro Arm Wrestling Championship.
Pricing: Adults $8; children under age 12 pay $5
Where/When: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.
Why Go: Kids get earth-friendly with a petting zoo, touch-tank aquarium and interactive games. Then rock out while Tim and the Space Cadets perform an outdoor concert.
Pricing: General admission $10
Where/When: The Community Church of Little Neck, 46-16 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Why Go: Hunt for hidden treasures without breaking your budget. The market is full of surprises that include old curios, furniture pieces and jewelry sets. It’s nifty and thrifty.
Where/When: Sky View Shopping Center, 40-24 College Point Blvd., Flushing, on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Why Go: This Colombian musician taps an irresistible drumbeat that takes you on a journey through folkloric musical traditions, from cumbia to vallenato. The sound of Barros’ Afro-Colombian drumming styles will keep you grooving while you shop.
Where/When: Hofstra University south campus, 900 Hempstead Blvd., Hempstead, on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Why Go: Every year, this feast gets bigger with more food, crafts and live entertainment that includes performers like Filippo Voltaggio, The San Remo Duo “Popera,” the Italian-American poets writers piazza, and more. You’ll feel more Italian than ever in just one day.
Pricing: Adults $6; Seniors $4; children under 12 free