Visit our EVENT CALENDAR for a schedule of classes during the season.

Images: Bob Krasner, Joyce Chan, KMDeco Creative Solutions


Socrates is delighted to offer free yoga classes every year from May to October on Saturdays and Sundays. During this 1 hour class you will get your breath and body moving by starting with slow movements which will build to standing poses as well as offer some balancing poses to help maintain your strength and stability throughout the week. Classes will end with restorative stretches so you feel recharged and are ready to take on the rest of the day. Everyone & all levels of experience are welcome!

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WNYC – All of It, July 19, 2023. “Summer Recommendations from the Team” (8:56 Instructor Jennifer Batson)

Sunset Meditation


Mindful Astoria brings the art of mindfulness meditation to Socrates from May to October every Tuesday. Sessions are designed for all experience levels and practices include mindful breathing and walking, gentle optional stretching, and loving-kindness meditation. All Mindful Astoria teachers have completed 200 hours of Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training and you can read more about them here.

The New York Time, July 27, 2023. “If You Can’t Stand the Heat…We’ve Got Some Suggestions

Kayaking at Hallet’s Cove

In partnership with LIC Community Boathouse, enjoy free kayaking and canoeing from Socrates’ beach at Hallets Cove (enter at 31-10 Vernon Blvd). Open to new and old participants on Saturdays, from May through September. No prior boating experience is required, and equipment is provided. All ages are welcome, minors (under 18 yrs.) must have a parent/guardian present.

Groove NYC: Dance for Kids

During the summer, Socrates hosts GROOVE NYC dance sessions to give kids permission to move without judgment! Engage expression through dance and music while supporting social-emotional learning. Co-facilitated by Maria Gutierrez and GROOVE college interns. For kids 5-10 years old, and parents and caregivers are welcome!

GROOVE NYC Builds Community and Social Emotional Awareness Through the Healing Arts! Using Music, Dance, Mindful Movement and Meditation to bring people together and celebrate the JOY of Authentic Expression. They work with communities across NYC via intergenerational, inclusive, and participatory dance and movement experiences that are non-competitive, experience-based and promote an environment where people of all abilities and skillset succeed. The mission of GROOVE NYC  is to empower people to see things in a different way, to have their own perspective, and express themselves freely. We seek to infuse movement into the lives of all NYers because Art & Dance is for everyBODY!

Hellgate Farmstand

Every Saturday at Socrates in the spring, summer, fall, Hellgate Farm offers fresh seasonal local produce and small batch goods, like their signature hot sauce. Cash, credit card and Venmo are accepted, plus Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and Health Bucks.

Vendors include Wilk Apiaries, who have a variety of local and raw honeys, as well as Benchflour Bakers, an Astoria bakery that focuses on using local and seasonal ingredients. Additional farm  vendors will rotate vending throughout the season, with a focus on providing organic and locally produced vegetables, fruits, and other products.

Hellgate Farm began as a network of residential and rooftop gardens in Queens, NYC. The farm has since expanded to include an upstate market garden, in Canaan, New York, where they grow a diverse range of organic produce for their communities. The farm aims to promote urban gardening and a permaculture lifestyle within their local communities, providing opportunities for people interested in these practices to connect and learn, as well as share in the abundance of the harvest.

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Follow Hellgate on Instagram for updates & pop-up stands! @hellgatefarms


Free public programming at Socrates Sculpture Park is made possible with generous support from Con Edison, Elmezzi Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Pema Chödrön Foundation, with additional support provided, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Queens Borough President’s Office.