Summery weather is back this weekend with warm days and the occasional thunderstorm. If you start to feel a little too warm, give our cool drinks in Astoria and LIC article a look for inspiration. And remember, Waltz-Astoria’s Watermelon Icy is always a terrific option.
On Friday night, stop by Astoria Park Wine & Spirits from 6-8:30pm for a free tasting – yes, that means free wine! They are featuring a Premier Cru Burgundy, a super affordable Syrah, and a Macon Villages Chardonnay. I hear they have Pimm’s in stock, ready for you to make your annual summery Pimm’s Cup. They’ll also have some new scotches and a 12 year rum. Both the Beer Garden and Sparrow are nearby, so you can make a night of it. Astoria Park Wine & Spirits, 28-07 24th Ave, Astoria; 718.606.1142
On Saturday, the LIC Bike Parade returns! Socrates Sculpture Park is the location for workshops from 11am-3pm, including bike repairs with Recycle-A-Bicycle, free helmets and fittings with the Department of Transportation, decorating helmets with artists from Socrates, education workshops with Velo-City; and giveaways; it’s also the starting point for the parade down Vernon Blvd. at 3pm (leaving at the Broadway entrance); then there is a waterfront celebration from 3-6pm at Queensbridge Park. This is a terrific event for families. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-05 Vernon Blvd., Astoria; Queensbridge Park, 41-05 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
This month’s music in the garden at the Noguchi Museum is this Sunday at 3pm. Double bass player Robert Black will be performing with his Hartt Bass Band, which along with Robert Black, involves Marshall Greenberg, Emilio Guarino, Douglass Lemke, Olivia Rose Muzzy, Sean Rubin, Evan Runyon, Dan Turkos. They’ll be playing the music of David Lang, Michael Gordon, Evan Ziporyn, and Julia Wolfe. The concert is free with museum admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Astoria, 718.721.2308
The Giving Tree Yoga Studio is hosting an outdoor music festival on Saturday from 3-8pm at LIC Bar. The Occupy Movement, Zeitgeist, Blissful Bedrooms, LYP, Rock Ur Heart Out, and more will be represented., and it is also a release party for Giving Tree owner Anne-Margaret’s second album. They will also be a raffle/giveaway for massage and yoga. All proceeds – there’s a $5 cover – go to benefit the Live Your Passion Tour, a program developed by Anne-Margaret. If you haven’t been to LIC Bar yet, you should really stop by – it’s a great spot, especially in the summer! LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City; 718.786.5400
As you know, we wrote about some great items for sale around Astoria, including fun stuff at SITE. Now there’s even more of a reason to stop by this weekend – they are having a flash sale! Show this coupon while you’re there at get 25% off this weekend! SITE NYC, 35-11 34th Ave., Astoria; 718.626.6030
Have a great weekend, whatever you do!