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Harvest Fest Fun at Queens Botanical Garden

CONTACT: Darcy Hector – Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800, ext. 330

Sunday, October 20, 2013
11am to 6pm


Flushing, NY – October 3, 2013 – Queens Botanical Garden will usher in the autumn months with its third annual Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch celebration on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 11am to 6pm.  The family-friendly event will celebrate the season with great food, live entertainment, craft vendors, children’s activities, a bird & nature walk, our seasonal beer tent and more!  

The bird & nature walk begins at 11am led by QBG staffer and avian enthusiast Shari Romar who will introduce visitors to the feathered friends of the Garden: warblers, blue jays and robins as well as our favorite, the red tailed hawk! A Tai Chi Demonstration at 12:30pm kicks off an afternoon of entertainment including live performances from Lonesome Moonlight String Band and kid favorite DJ Ito playing groovy jams for the whole family.  At 2pm Susan Lacerte, QBG’s Executive Director, will lead an exploration through some of our favorite gardens such as the lush Fragrance Walk, Four Seasons Border, and the Green Roof.

QBG’s popular Pumpkin Patch returns beginning at 12pm and continuing while supplies last.  Children will have the chance to decorate a pumpkin using funny face decals for their very own mess-free pumpkin to take home for $5. New this year are pony rides for children, which will join the petting zoo from 12 to 4pm. Other “Kids Zone” activities include Silly Cheeks face painting, old fashioned games, the “green-haired monster” craft, and more.  Additional fees will apply to pony rides ($5), animal food ($2), and face painting ($3).  

FDNY and Green City Challenge will both be on hand to host informative demonstrations.  Composting and other garden related workshops will be presented by QBG staff, including an apple cider pressing starting at 2pm.  Seasonal treats and baked goods will be available at The QBG Marketplace. Bayside Corn and The V Spot will be back serving up their delicious fare, along with other familiar food favorites and a few newcomers such as Go Burger and La Bella Torte Dessert Truck.  And for the 21 and over crowd, treat those taste buds to seasonal local and sustainably-made craft brews in our beer tent.

Bring the whole family and help us celebrate autumn in the Garden. For more information go to

Event Schedule
•    11am to noon: Bird & Nature Walk (meet at the Visitor & Administration Building Terrace)
•    12:30 to 1pm: Tai Chi Demonstration on the Main Stage
•    1:15-2:30pm: live music by the Lonesome Moonlight String Band – Main Stage
•    2 to 3pm: Garden Tour with QBG Executive Director, Susan Lacerte (meet at the Visitor & Administration Building Terrace)
•    2pm: cider press demonstrations
•    3:15-4:30pm: live music by the Lonesome Moonlight String Band – Main Stage

Fun throughout the afternoon:
•    11am to 4pm: Old-fashioned Children's Games in the Kids Zone (a/k/a Cherry Circle)
•    11am to 4pm: Compost Demonstration - learn how to harvest, sift, and apply indoor and outdoor compost with the NYC Compost Project in Queens
•    Noon to 4pm: Face painting by Silly Cheeks ($3)
•    Noon to 4pm: Pumpkin Patch ($5/pumpkin, while supplies last)
•    Noon to 4pm: Petting Zoo (free to pet, animal food is $2)
•    Noon to 4pm: Pony Rides at the Cherry Circle ($5/per ride - tickets must be purchased by 3pm, last ride at 3:45pm)
•    12 to 4pm: TD Bank Children's Activity Table
•    Spinning wheel demonstrations by Anoush Mardjanian & Jayne Reed, the AmBog Spinsters throughout the afternoon– workshops at 1pm and 3pm
•    QBG Marketplace with seasonal treats
•    Food vendors and beer tent
•    Craft vendors on the Oak Allée

Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens. Activities (except Pumpkin Patch and face painting) are free with admission ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children and students, free for members).  On-site parking is available for $10 per car.  QBG is accessible from the Q44 and Q22 buses and the 7 train (Main Street/Flushing stop).

For more information about Queens Botanical Garden’s Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch visit Queries may also be directed to Darcy Hector at (718)886-3800, ext 330, or

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus.  Parking is available in the Garden’s lot on Crommelin Street.  For travel directions and more information visit or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


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