Astoria, Literary
Jun 02, 2017

Where’s Waldo Local Returns This Summer!

Where’s Waldo local returns in July!

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One of our favorite activities in Astoria during the summer is the annual Where’s Waldo hunt, a month-long event around the neighborhood for one of America’s most beloved characters, Waldo. It’s again being organized by the fine folks at the Astoria Bookshop.

The event starts July 1 and ends July 29. To participate, all you you have to do is go to participating local shops and pick up an official Waldo passport. Find Waldo, a six-inch tall cardboard character, complete with his signature striped shirt, located in any public part of each participating business. Then get the passport stamped (or signed) at each location where you find him! And while hunting for Waldo is pretty fun in and of itself, there will be bonuses:

  • The first 125 players who collect store stamps/signatures from at least 10 different businesses and turn their passports into the Astoria Bookshop win an “I Found Waldo” button and a “$1 Off” coupon.
  • Players who collect at least 20 of the 25 possible stamps/signatures win an “I Found Waldo” button and a “$1 Off” coupon PLUS they are entered in a drawing on July 30 for other larger prizes.

Here is the complete list of participating businesses:

Here’s a handy-dandy map of all the locations, too:

On July 30 there will be a big party at the Astoria Bookshop. Turn in your passport and you’ll be entered into the grand prize drawing, which will likely include Waldo postcards and books, and other goodies from local establishments. Good chance there will be many of the business owners attending—this will be a good chance to meet local shop owners, say hello, and even fangirl/fanboy your favorite folks.

We anticipate this will be another great Where’s Waldo event! Big thanks to the Astoria Bookshop for organizing.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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