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This 1964 photo depicts the New York State Pavilion's Tent of Tomorrow from above. Visitors will be able to tour the historic site on April 22. AP Photo
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Tent of Tomorrow tour — Exactly 50 years to the day after the 1964 World’s Fair opened, the New York State Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow will be available for the public to tour and photograph.

When: April 22, from 11 am to 2 pm

Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Cost: Free

“When the World Came to Queens” — Author and historian Bill Cotter will share stories and photographs from both the 1939 fair and the 1964 fair, which he attended as a 12-year-old boy.

When: April 22, 3 pm and 7 pm

Where: Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Cost: $10/suggested donation, reservations are required

Contact: (718) 760-0064

Andy Warhol’s “13 Most Wanted Men” and the 1964 World’s Fair — As part of a prominent set of public commissions for the Philip Johnson-designed New York State Pavilion’s exterior, Andy Warhol opted to enlarge mug shots from the NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals from 1962. The evening before the fair opened, officials painted over Warhol’s work with silver paint. These prints were made from the original screens before Warhol destroyed them.

When: April 27 to Sept. 7

Where: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Cost: $8/adults suggested, $4/seniors and students suggested; Free/children under 12

Contact: (718) 592-9700

Website: www.queensmuseum.org

The World Comes to Queens: Films from the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs — Sponsored films from both fairs captured behind-the-scenes activities, families enjoying the festivities and profiles of companies represented at the events. Films will be shown on a continuous loop.

When: April 30 to Aug. 31

Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria

Cost: $12/adults, $9/seniors and students, $6/children 3 -12, Free/children under 3

Contact: (718) 777-6888

Website: www.movingimage.us

“Moving the World to the 1964 World’s Fair” — A photo exhibit.

When: May 5 to Nov. 12

Where: AirTrain JFK Jamaica and Howard Beach stations

“Harvesting our History: The Birth of Queens Botanical Garden” — The Queens Botanical Garden traces its history to the 1939 World’s Fair “Gardens on Parade” exhibition. This exhibit uses the garden’s archives from both fairs.

When: May 6 to Sept. 28

Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing

Cost: $4/adults, $3/seniors, $2/students and children over 3

Contact: (718) 886-3800

Website: www.queensbotanical.org

Build It! — A LEGO workshop at the Queens Theatre. Each participant receives a mini-model of the New York State Pavilion.

When: Saturday, May 17, four sessions: 10 am, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm

Where: Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 760-0064

World’s Fair Anniversary Festival — Games, inflatable rides, crafts, tours of historic World’s Fair sculptures, structures and memorabilia and a free concert.

When: Sunday, May 19, from 1 pm - 4 pm

Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Cost: Free

World’s Fair Train Show — The Long Island Garden Railway Society presents a working G-scale model train exhibit in a World’s Fair setting. Festivities include food and craft vendors, a trackless train ride and concert.

When: Saturday, May 24; Sunday, May 25; Monday, May 26 from 10 am-5 pm

Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing

Cost: $4/adults, $3/seniors, $2/students and children over 3

Contact: (718) 886-3800

Website: www.queensbotanical.org

“The Designing Eye: Exposition Posters from 1893-2000” — An exhibit of 30 World’s Fair posters from a 100-year period and spanning several continents.

When: May 25 through Aug. 31

Where: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Cost: $8/adults suggested, $4/seniors and students suggested; Free/children under 12

Contact: (718) 592-9700

Website: www.queensmuseum.org

“Patent Holder: Noguchi, World’s Fairs, and the Culture of Innovation” — An exhibit exploring Isamu Noguchi’s participation in the 1939 World’s Fair via a Ford Motor Co. commission.

When: June 4 through Sept. 21

Where: Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City

Cost: $10/adults, $5/seniors and students, Free/children under 12 and NYC high school students with valid ID

Contact: (718) 204-7088

Website: www.noguchi.org

Science and the Fairs — This exhibition examines how science was a critical component of both World’s Fairs.

When: June 15 through Oct. 26

Where: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona

Cost: $11/adults, $8/seniors, students and children

Contact: (718) 699-0005

Website: www.nysci.org

History and Highlights of a World’s Fair — Historian Pierre Montiel offers a lecture about the two Fairs.

When: June 22, 2:30 pm -4:30 pm

Where: Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing

Cost: $8/adults, $5/seniors, students and members

Contact: (718) 939-0647

Website: queenshistoricalsociety.org

“The Bridge and the Fair” — A photographic exhibit on the construction of the Whitestone Bridge, Whitestone Expressway and Flushing Bridge.

When: July 13

Where: Queens Public Library, Whitestone Branch, 151-10 14th Road

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 767-8010

The World’s Fair Plays — A festival of 10 original, 10-minute plays inspired by the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.

When: July 18-20 and July 25-27

Where: Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Contact: (718) 760-0064

World’s Fair Brew Fest — Sample beers from around the world and enjoy music, food and craft vendors. Two sessions. Must be at least 21 years old to attend.

When: July 19, from noon -3 pm or 4 pm -7 pm

Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing

Cost: $35/purchased prior to May 31, $45/purchased June 1 to July 18, $50/at door

Contact: (718) 886-3800

Website: www.queensbotanical.org

The New York World’s Fairs and The Port Authority: Bringing Trade, Travel and Tourism to Queens, the Region and the World — A multi-media exhibit showing how aviation, the Port Authority and the states of New York and New Jersey contributed to the success of the fairs and to the region.

When: Aug. 5 through Nov. 1

Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing

Cost: $4/adults, $3/seniors, $2/students and children over 3

Contact: (718) 886-3800

Website: www.queensbotanical.org

World’s Fair Lecture — Former Queens Botanical Garden staffer Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, an expert on the histories of the fairs, will discuss the two events.

When: Sept. 28, at 2 pm

Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing

Cost: $35/purchased prior to May 31, $45/purchased June 1 to July 18, $50/at door

Contact: (718) 886-3800

Website: www.queensbotanical.org

“That Kodak Moment: Picturing the Fairs in 1939-40 and 1964-65” — Inspired by the recent donation of more than 1.500 images of the 1964 World’s Fair, this exhibition includes never-before-seen works, ranging from professional photographs to amateur scrapbooks.

When: Oct. 5 - Jan. 4, 2015

Where: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Cost: $8/adults suggested, $4/seniors and students suggested; Free/children under 12

Contact: (718) 592-9700

Website: www.queensmuseum.org

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