June 21, 2018 By Tara Law
Broadway performers, Queens artists, and restauranteurs from across the city will showcase their crafts at two upcoming events at the Kaufman Astoria Studios Backlot.
The Astoria Flea and Food kicks off its 2018 season this weekend at the Backlot, located at 35th Avenue and 36th Street, while performers from two Broadway musicals will sing some of their shows’ most popular songs on the Backlot on June 29.
The Astoria Flea and Food will take place this Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The market will then take place monthly, with the next event scheduled for the weekend of July 21 and 22.
The market will feature a curated selection of vendors offering international food and drink, antiques, furniture, clothing and crafts. Drinks will be available at the market’s beer garden.
The following Friday, June 29, the “Broadway in the Boros” performance series will take place showcasing some of Broadway’s latest talent in a special free performance. The show lasts an hour, going from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.
The event is part of an initiative by the mayor to bring free Broadway performances to the outer boroughs.
The show will feature current cast members and musicians from “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and “Once on This Island,” which won a 2018 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.
After the musical, attendees also can visit the museum for free.
The events are part of the Kaufman Arts District Initiative, which aims to promote the cultural life of the neighborhood.
“There’s no better way to spend a summer weekend in New York than visiting and exploring the various arts and cultural offerings in the Kaufman Arts District, and we’re thrilled to have these two free, family-friendly events taking place on the Kaufman Astoria Studios Backlot,” said Hal Rosenbluth, President & CEO Kaufman Astoria Studios.