The month of September rolls in with Labor Day and back-to-school activities. It saunters out with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and baseball playoffs. It’s a great time to be in Queens, especially for fun-seekers, as the borough hosts everything from urban foraging to Spanish Divas to motorcycle mania.
- Sept. 15 through Oct. 1, Jimmy and Carolyn. This hysterical world premiere play depicts Jimmy, a retired auto body repairman, and his homemaker wife Carolyn. They drive from Florida to Rhode Island to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner. They devour pepperoni loaf, eat Italian cookies, smoke cigarettes, and drink Pinot Grigio. Then, amid the laughter, dark truths are exposed. Shows on Thursday-Sunday. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, queenstheatre.org.
- Sept. 16, Flushing BID Street Festival, 10 am to 5 pm. Fourth annual event features countless vendors. An estimated 19,000 people attended last year. Vicinity of 40th Road and Prince Street, flushingbid.com.
- Sept. 16, Making Moves Dance Festival, 2 pm and 7 pm. A unique, annual opportunity to see NYC-based emerging choreographers and dance companies. This year, seven selected troupes present their works in two bills: a free afternoon outdoor presentation which encourages public participation and a $10 evening stage show with commissioned work by choreographer Gabrielle Lamb. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., jcal.org.
- Sept. 17, The 35th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show, 11 am to 4 pm. A display of various makes and models of motorcycles that have been out of production for 10 years or more along with music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, and food. $7. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, queensfarm.org.
- Sept. 17, Music in the Garden: NYC Klezmer Band, 4 pm. Traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, queensbotanical.org.
- Sept. 18, Ellis Island, 7 pm. Watch a film on Ellis Island in celebration of its 125th anniversary. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, astorialic.org.
- Sept. 22, Queens Hip Hop Festival 2017, Sept. 24. Celebrate hip hop music, art, and film with concerts, art exhibitions, yoga, tours, and films at various venues, including Queens Museum, Not For Them Studios, and Museum of the Moving Image, bit.ly/2wvz0kp.
- Sept. 22, Divas de España, Oct. 8. An evening filled with laughter, music, and dance in celebration of Spanish Divas. Performed in English with Spanish songs. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm. $35. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, thaliatheatre.org.
- Sept. 23, Oktoberfest, Flushing Style: Sauerkraut & Kimchi, 5:30 pm. This event unites German cabbage with Korean cabbage and other dishes. Plus, Norman Curtis plays keyboard. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, vomuseum.org.
- Sept. 23, Interpol, 6:30 pm. Though celebrating its 15th anniversary, this rock group plays its debut album, Turn on the Bright Lights, in its entirety with Deerhunter and Battles. One Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens, http://bit.ly/2tnYZFz.
- Sept. 23-24, 35th Annual Queens County Fair, 11 am to 6 pm. A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, and pig races, as well as hayrides, carnival rides, and a Bavarian beer garden. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, queensfarm.org.
- Sept. 23-24, World Maker Faire 2017, 10 am to 6 pm. More than 750 makers — including tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubbers, and artists — will introduce their latest inventions. Plus, there will be a speaker roster including authors, innovators, and leading thinkers in the Maker movement, as well as arts and crafts, food, woodworking and live music. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, nysci.org.
- Sept. 27, Chance The Rapper, 7 pm. His Sept. 26th show sold out almost immediately, so the hip hop star added another for the next day. One Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens, http://bit.ly/2tnYZFz.
For more information, please visit itsinqueens.org.