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Spring Guide 2013: Festivals Sun, fun and fare at Queens' fairs

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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:00 am

They’re often lamented by unsuspecting drivers and residents with short memories. Can’t turn down the expected street, which is blocked off by police barricades. But there is no crime.

In their wake, a sea of corncobs and barbecue skewers lay strewn across the street. But not a worry, the aftermath is usually biodegradable. And sometimes, they leave your hands covered in grease and your face cached in white powder.

Yet somehow, you rarely regret visiting one.

Load up your wallets with cash and get the wet-naps ready for you and your kids, because street fair and sidewalk sale season is upon us.

From the bouncy castles funded by your local religious institution to the zeppoles upon zeppoles upon zeppoles (and some deep-fried oreos), Queens is loaded with street fairs, festivals and sidewalk sales that are worth the trip out of your nabe.

One of the borough’s oldest street festivals will make a return this year on June 8. All Saints Church’s Strawberry Fair will share this June 8 with the Kiwanis Club’s Flag Day parade — the only one in Queens.

For over 50 years, the church has put together a multicultural bonanza of food and fun suitable for all ages to follow the parade.

“It tends to be community-oriented,” said All Saints Church’s Father Joseph Jerome. “It’s a wonderful time in Sunnyside because most people expect that day because it’s the same every year.”

The fair includes international cuisine, cultural music and dancing performances.

Father Jerome speculated about the source of the fair’s namesake, pointing to the spring-time bounty that leaves taste buds dancing. 

“It probably started with eating strawberries and people look at it that way,” he said. The fair has become the the unofficial transition from late spring into summer for many. 

Queens’ spring will be strewn with festivals and sidewalk sales throughout the next few months. 

Here’s a list of where you can get cheap bed sheets, nail clippers and a massage while chewing on a corn dog, and probably take in a live performance or two:


Spring Sidewalk Sale

April 18-21, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Myrtle Avenue between Wyckoff Avenue and Fresh Pond Road



Mother’s Day Sidewalk Sale

May 9-12, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Myrtle Avenue between Wyckoff Avenue and Fresh Pond Road



Steinway Street Sales Days

May 17-19, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Steinway Street between 

28th Avenue and 35th Avenue



PS 150 Queens Spring Carnival

May 18, noon-6 p.m.

41st Street between 43rd 

and Skillman Avenues



Astoria Spring Festival

May 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

31st Street between 

Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Avenue



Jamaica Avenue Sidewalk Sales Day

May 23-26, 9 a.m.-8 p.m

Jamaica Avenue between 169th Street and Sutphin Boulevard



Spring Festival

June 1, noon-6 p.m.

92nd Avenue between 

216th and 217th Street

Queens Village


Strawberry Fair

June 8, noon-6 p.m.

46th Street between 

Queens Boulevard and 43rd Avenue



Father’s Day Sidewalk Sale

June 13-16, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Myrtle Avenue 

between Wyckoff Avenue and 

Fresh Pond Road



Strawberry Festival

June 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Zion Episcopal Church

243-01 Northern Blvd., Douglaston

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