Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (see below)
Asian American International Film Festival
This 40th annual festival offers the best, most recent achievements in Asian and Asian-American cinema. Screenings will be held at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 12. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2vcTdd6.
“Lawrence of Arabia”
The annual See It Big! Series screens this seven-Oscar classic film by David Lean about a former British officer whose 1916 expedition to Cairo lead him to side with the Arabs against the Turks, eventually organizing his own guerrilla army. The film will screen on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2ujlmAi.
Classic Hitchcock Film Fridays
Watch Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “North by Northwest,” a 1959 film about mistaken identity. An innocent man is pursued by agents of a mysterious organization trying to prevent him from blocking their plan to smuggle microfilm containing government secrets. Free, dusk, Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2uaIUHf.
In-Sight Dance Company
A local troupe presents its latest work, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at Sunnyside Community Services. Free, 7 p.m., Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2vIeHjM.
Movie Night Across From Golden Pond: “A Bug’s Life”
The city’s Parks Department will host a free screening of the Pixar film “A Bug’s Life” at Crocheron Park in Queens. The movie will start 15 minutes after sunset. Activities for children will begin at 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/08/11/movie-night-across-from-golden-pond-a-bugs-life
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
More than 180 teams—roughly 2,500 participants—will compete in this 27th annual extravaganza, which runs through Aug. 13. The rowers will paddle colorful, custom-made teak boats with ornate, carved dragon heads. Each team has 18 paddlers, a drummer and person who steers. Don’t forget to stick around for the traditional lion and dragon dances. Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2vGnzWa.
Oye Corona: La Vida Es Bonita
The Queens Museum presents a four-hour street party with live music, workout time, art, dance performances and workshops. Free, 2 p.m., Vicinity of 39th Avenue and 108th Street, Corona, http://bit.ly/2vIr6nt.
Dance at Socrates
Norte Maar presents this multi-week, cross-disciplinary, collaborative project at Socrates Sculpture Park. Liam Francis and Konverjdans ballet company with Janice Rosario present on this day. Free, 4 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2tXqf28.
Socrates Farmers Market
Socrates Sculpture Park will host its weekly farmers market on the Long Island City waterfront. Visitors will be able to purchase local fruits and vegetables from Nolasco Farm and Williams Fruit Farm, but also coffee from Henley Coffee and organic condiments from Hellgate Farm. 8 a.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/08/12/socrates-farmers-market.
Sometimes sassy while at other times coy, Brianna Thomas is known for her multi-tonal voice that can communicate a wide array of moods and feelings. She performs as part of the annual Hot Jazz/Cool Garden series. $20, 2 p.m., Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2vIjNwm.
The annual See It Big! Series screens Franklin J. Schaffner’s biographical war classic about a transcendental general on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2vfBct5.
This Reggae group performs as part of the SummerSounds series presented by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the New York City Parks Department. Free, 6 p.m., Hunters Point South Park, 4-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2stwyFE.
Walk With A Doctor
Join Guandong Li, an internist with a specialty in anti-obesity, and City Councilman Daniel Dromm for a 30-minute stroll. Dr. Li will offer a seminar on weight loss and exercise. Free, 9:30 a.m., Meet at Community Health Center, 81-03 Baxter Ave., Elmhurst, http://bit.ly/2urqDBa.
The Worldview of a Moderate Federalist: The Politics of Rufus King
Historian David Gary lectures on how politician and diplomat Rufus King viewed the world and the Federalist Party. Free, 2 p.m., King Manor Museum, King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2hCblsa.
Scott Coulter spins soft rock, soul and disco during this event at the Hillcrest Jewish Center. Free, 3 p.m., Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, http://conta.cc/2uUXHFQ.
High and Mighty Brass Band
The dance group High and Mighty Brass Band will perform New Orleans style jazz as part of the Live at the Gantries series. Free, 7 p.m., Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2v4Knvi.
John Turturro Visit And Screening
The Queens-raised actor discusses and watches his film, “Romance & Cigarettes,” which takes the audience through the streets of a Queens neighborhood in an absurdist musical with wacky characters. The film stars James Gandolfini, Kate Winslet, Susan Surandon, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken and John Turturro. Free, dusk, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2hDTKAi.
Rock-A-Way Ba-by for Sun-Set
The official Queens historian, Jack Eichenbaum, leads a tour on and off the Rockaway boardwalk. 6 p.m., meet at Thai Rock, 375 Beach 92nd St., and end at The Wharf, 416 116th St., for sunset views and drinks and/or bar food.
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
This inaugural event, which runs through Aug. 13, screens more than 100 short- and feature-length works from all genres with filmmaker Q&A sessions and industry panels. The main venue is Kew Gardens Cinemas, 81-05 Lefferts Blvd. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2udi1hs.