Astoria, Long Island City, Weekly Events in Astoria & LIC
Nov 08, 2015

What to Do in Astoria This Week: Cider Dinners, Momo Crawl, Treasure Hunt, and More

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Each week we bring you highlights and ideas for what to do in Astoria for the week through our What to Do This Week Series.  Got suggestions of your own? Share in the comments! Our Ultimate List of Things to Do in Astoria post is still packed with fun ideas as summer turns to fall.

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NOVEMBER 8 to 15 – Happy Diwali this week!
And we honor and thank our military veterans for their service, wishing them
a good Veterans Day on the 11th.
Head to Middle Village for the big Queens Veterans Day parade on Sunday, 11/8.

diwali lights

Photo credit: Peddhapati on Flickr

QED Turns One!

Join us for an open house and party to celebrate Q.E.D.’s 1st birthday!

Sunday, November 11, 8pm-???
Q.E.D. | 27-16 23rd Ave

Learn more, here.


Global Awareness & Integrated Activism Meeting

Since we opened our doors 6 years ago, our efforts in building community have provided a place of inclusivity in Astoria. The Giving Tree is expanding this intention becoming a center of global awareness and community activism providing leadership, vision and opportunities for action. Astoria is the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the world and therefore a microcosm of our global community.

Too often, we see things going on in our world (genocide, devastation, corruption in government) and feel powerless. Sometimes all we can think about is balancing making a living and/or pursuing a dream. These injustices fade into the background and we can’t conceive of where to start, many times feeling alone in our plight with little energy left to give. Fighting each other, claiming ‘sides’ through political parties, and being manipulated by our TVs and corrupt, governmental institutions is a thing of the past.

Power is moving back in the hands of the people if we work together. Come hear from local leaders, watch clips from informative documentaries and discuss. If you feel called to make a difference or have ideas for these efforts, please attend!

Sunday, November 8, 6:30-8:30pm
The Giving Tree Yoga Studio | 22-56 31st Street, Astoria

Learn more, here.

Cider Dinner at The Queens Kickshaw

Cider Week connects cider makers from New York State with restaurants and bars across New York City. Through growing awareness of craft cider, Cider Week helps to bring profitability to local orchards while reviving heirloom apple varieties. Join us at The Queens Kickshaw for a four-course meal designed to highlight the food-friendly qualities of cider.


  1. Oyster Shooter
    – w – Black Duck Spanish Style Cider
  2. Lentil & Parsnip Soups
    – w – Eve’s Sow The Seeds
  3. Blue Corm Blinis
    – w – Aaron Burr Ginger Carrot
  4. Valencian Paella
    – w – Redbird Dry
  5. Pumpkin Lumpia
    – w – South Hill Pommeau

Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10, first seating at 5:45pm (final seating at 10:15pm)
The Queens Kickshaw | 40-17 Broadway
$65/person is inclusive of dinner and drinks, not tax or gratuity (tickets).

Learn more, here and here.



Cider Week at Alobar

Alobar is offering a prix fixe menu to celebrate Cider Week! 3 courses with 3 ciders runs $44.

Tuesday, November 10 to Sunday, November 15, 5-9pm
Alobar | 46-42 Vernon Blvd

Learn more, here.


Author event: Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox

Join us and local authors Anne Born and Joanne Bamberger for their first Queens event as they discuss their new book, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox.

Wednesday, November 11, 7-8pm
Astoria Bookshop | 31-29 31st Street

Learn more, here.

Boundless Tales Reading Series

Join host Aida Zilelian and readers Joanne Chin, Ruth Danon, Tony Paterniti, and Rich Watson for a lively evening of literature.

Thursday, November 12, 7-8pm
Astoria Bookshop | 31-29 31st Street

Learn more, here.

Vino de España

It would be very easy to condense Spain and it’s sun drenched wines into a singular style or category unless by chance you have traveled there. Spain is far more than one land, one culture, and with only a brief visit there, you would discover there is certainly more to it than one flavor palette. There are culturally separated peoples living with unique histories, on vastly different landscapes, each within wild climatic differences between a vast ocean to one side and the wide, warm sea on the other.

So, considering this is no small chunk of land, what may be needed to help navigate is a guide; someone who has traveled to these places many times, met and tasted countless wines and can shrink down the next visit (to the land or it’s place on the store shelf) to a well curated experience.

Thursday, November 12, 7:30-9pm
SquareWine & Spirits | 24-20 Jackson Avenue
$22.76 (with $2.24 Eventbrite fee)

Learn more, here.


Leaf Fest

The leaves are falling! Autumn is a gorgeous time in Astoria Park with the leaves changing – grab a rake and join us as we prepare the park for winter. For 3 Saturdays in November, we will rake and collect leaves to be made into compost. Astoria Park Alliance will provide gloves, tools, and training. Please come in closed-toe shoes, ready to work outdoors!

Saturday, November 14, 10am-noon
Astoria Park Field House near Astoria Park Track

Learn more, here.


Fourth Annual Momo Crawl

$1 momos, EVERY momo vendor in the Jackson Heights vicinity. Featuring DJ Rokesh, Free MOMO TATTOOS at Mohans Tattoo Inn, New York Tibetan Service Center – NYTSC youth performing traditional song and dance at 3:30pm. Free momo-henna tattoos by SamArt – Contour. Organizational sponsor: Chhaya CDC. Additional support from Tibet House US. Use #MomoCrawl on social media.

Saturday, Nov 14th, 2-5pm
Diversity Plaza | 37th Rd at 73rd St in Jackson Heights (“The Momo Capital of the West”)
Momo Maps are exchanged for 1 bill of any denomination.

Learn more, here.


The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt

Join us for an adventure as we unlock Island secrets, search for treasure, and explore Randall’s Island! Participants will learn how to use a map and compass (all materials provided). There will be arts and crafts activities, a gallery of maps, light refreshments, and treasure for all who participate. All ages are welcome. There’s a new adult course!

Saturday, November 14, noon-3pm
South End of Icahn Stadium | Randall’s Island Park

Learn more, here.

Kimchi Smoke BBQ Pop-Up

Spend your evening in Long Island City for fun, games, and chances to win Drive Time! Get ready to chow down on creations from the wonderful crew at Kimchi Smoke BBQ. Simply show your car2go app Profile or Member Card with driver’s license to our team to receive a single voucher for a free chonut or kimchi empanada. Also, come prepared to try Rockaway Brewing’s delicious lineup of brews.

Saturday, November 14, 5-9pm
Rockaway Brewing Co. | 46-01 5th St

Learn more, here.


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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