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Calendar of Events
Children's Garden
Arbor Fest
Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch
Rose Gala
Art in the Garden
Music in the Garden
March Madness
Craft Group
Susan's Fab 14th Birthday Bash!
Intergenerational Garden
Winter Solstice Celebration & Tree Lighting
Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest

Calendar of Events

Arbor Festival
Sunday, April 27, 11am to 6pm
Fee: Free with Garden Admission (extra fee for certain activities)

It’s a fun-filled day at QBG’s Arbor Festival. Come enjoy a variety of activities for all ages including a petting zoo, arts and crafts,  live music, facepainting, tours, food and craft vendors, consultations with tree and compost experts, and a beer tent!  Details

Craft vendors and artisans -- learn more about participating in Arbor Fest.

(NOTE: Event parking rate of $10 in effect;  discount parking vouchers are not applicable on event days.)

Art in the Garden: Get the Picture?
Tuesdays through Sundays, now through May 4 in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery
Fee: Free with Garden Admission

Artist Alan Richards's colorful satirical composite images, or photomanipulations, feature elements juxtaposed to create pieces that portray humor and whimsy. Details.

NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: Composting in the City
Saturday, May 3, 1 to 3pm
Fee: $5 per person

Leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds can all become garden gold through composting. Join us  to learn the essentials of outdoor composting in city yards.  Registration required -- email or call 718-539-5296. Workshop fee $5 per person.

QBG Craft Table at The Shops at Skyview Center
Sunday, May 4, 2 to 4pm (while supplies last)
Where: The Shops at Skyview Center, Level D

Join us on Level D where we'll be making papel picado flags for Cinco de Mayo!  Supplies are limited and times/location are subject to change.

Art in the Garden: Harvesting our History -- The Story of Queens Botanical Garden
Tuesdays through Sundays, May 6 to September 28 in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery
Fee: Free with Garden Admission

Get a sense of QBG's past and how both the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs influenced the Garden's development.  This exhibit in the Visitor & Administration Building is created largely from our own archives with images that illustrate these important events in New York City's history.

Mother's Day Fun and Plant Sale at QBG
Sunday, May 11
Children's Activity Table from 12 noon to 4pm
Fee: Free with Garden Admission

Make mom happy -- visit QBG!  Pack a little picnic lunch or snack to enjoy in the Arboretum, join a Garden tour at 2pm (held in conjunction with Wildflower Week), pick up a treat at our Plant Sale, and from 12 noon to 4pm, kids can make a special craft for mom at our Children's Activity Table (while supplies last).

The Garden of Tomorrow Art Competition
Submissions accepted through August 31, 2014

Where do you envision QBG 50 years from now?  75 years from now?  What might the landscape or cityscape of the future Queens look like?  Inspired by the World's Fair anniversaries, this art competition is looking for your vision of the future.  Learn more!

World's Fair Train Show
Saturday to Monday, May 24 to 26, 10am to 5pm
Fee: Free with Garden Admission (additional fee for train rides)

All aboard! Watch working G scale model trains make their merry way through an outdoor display that includes a miniature of the World’s Fair Unisphere, presented by the Long Island Garden Railway Society Inc..  Plus, the whole family can grab the “express” for a motorized train ride through select parts of the Garden (additional fee applies).

Music in the Garden: John Yao & His 17-Piece Instrument
Saturday, May 24, 4 to 6pm
Fee: Free with Garden Admission

Join us for a lively performance of jazz favorites! Asian–American trombonist, composer, arranger John Yao has been an integral member of the Jazz and Latin music scenes and will have you tapping your feet! Co-sponsored by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.

Community Volunteer Day
Sunday, June 8, 10am to 1pm

Roll up your sleeves and join your neighbors in volunteering to keep QBG clean and green! Led by QBG staff, groups will participate in a variety of garden activities. Registration required by Monday, June 2 - email

Rose Gala
Thursday, June 12, 6 to 9pm
Individual tickets: $300

Join us as we honor Cord Meyer Development and George S. Meyer and the Meyer Family for their long-standing support of Queens Botanical Garden and of the greater Queens community.

Proceeds from the event will help support all our gardens and programs.  Click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities, journal ads or tickets, or email Annette Fanara at

QBG Craft Table at The Shops at Skyview Center
Sunday, June 15, 2 to 4pm (while supplies last)
Where: The Shops at Skyview Center, Level D

Join us on Level D where we'll be making colorful twig wind chimes to celebrate the start of summer!  Supplies are limited and times/location subject to change.

Music in the Garden: Quintet of the Americas
Sunday, June 15, 2:30pm
Fee: Free with Garden Admission

With the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, we're happy to welcome the Quintet of the Americas once again!  Enjoy Father's Day with a selection of music that celebrates the Colors of the Garden. Seating is extremely limited; first come, first served.

Festival de las Flores & Summer Solstice Celebration
Sunday, June 22, 12 noon to 5pm
Fee: Free with Garden Admission

The beautiful Colombian tradition of creating “Silletos,” or large medallions constructed of flowers, comes to QBG in a day-long celebration.  See some of the completed floral creations, view the works in progress, and enjoy music and dance performances throughout the afternoon. Bi-lingual story reading, face painting, old fashioned games for the children. 

HSBC Children's Garden Summer Session
July 7 through August 21, 2014
Registration required

The HSBC Children’s Garden at Queens Botanical Garden offers hands-on discovery for ages
5 – 12 (children must be 5 years old by 6/30/2014). Children’s imaginations and knowledge
blossom as they plant and harvest vegetables and flowers, visit QBG’s engaging 39 acres, and
cook with the food they’ve grown!

Summer I — Mondays & Wednesdays, July 7–August 20, 9am to 4pm
7 weeks: July 7–August 20: $810 QBG members / $900 non-members
July only: July 7–July 30: $477 QBG members / $530 non-members
August only: August 4–20: $360 QBG members / $400 non-members

Summer II — Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 8–August 21, 9am to 4pm
7 weeks: July 8–August 21: $810 QBG members / $900 non-members
July only: July 8–July 31: $477 QBG members / $530 non-members
August only: August 5–21: $360 QBG members / $400 non-members

Discounts apply to Family level memberships and above.

Click here to learn more and register.

Summer Electronic Waste Recycling Event
Sunday, July 13, 10am to 4pm
Drop-off Location: QBG Parking Garden on Crommelin Street

Join us for a summertime E-waste Event at QBG in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center.   It's the perfect way to responsibly dispose of all of your unwanted or broken gadgets. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors and let's all help keep our city clean!

A list of acceptable materials can be found here. For more information contact

Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest
Saturday, July 19, 12 noon to 3pm & 4 to 7pm
Tickets: $35 Early Bird (must purchase by May 31)
$45 (between June 1 and July 18)
$50 at the door

Raise a glass and celebrate the 50th & 75th anniversaries of the New York World's Fair at our inaugural Brew Fest! Enjoy a selection of international and  local craft beers plus food, tours, and live music. Learn more and register.

Tickets required, ages 21+ only!

The NY World’s Fairs and the Port Authority Bringing Trade, Travel and Tourism to Queens, The Region and the World
Tuesday August 2 through Saturday November 1
Fee: Free with Garden Admission

In our continuing celebration of the New York World's Fairs, enjoy this Port Authority multimedia exhibit  on view in the auditorium lobby.


Compost workshops and programs are funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse & Recycling.



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