Past Events

Browse through our archives of past BHS events, from 2021 back to 2014.
Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Decorate the Castle for the Holidays
November 28, 2021
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm


Bayside Historical Society unveils the decorated Castle! The Christmas tree looks amazing, and we hope that the light that shines from our tree in the window will light the way to a happier new year for us all. Bayside Historical Society wants to thank the Key Club of Bayside High School and their Moderator Steve Jacoby for decorating the Christmas tree and lighting the menorah in the Castle. Special thanks to the family of Carol Marian for assembling the tree.

BHS Vintage Car Show 2021
BHS Vintage Car Show 2021
November 7, 2021
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm


Ride back in time with Bayside Historical Society's classic car show! A variety of vintage and antique automobiles will be showcased on the lawn of the Castle at Fort Totten.


Cost: The event is free to attend. For car registration information and pricing, contact organizer Jim Barnes at 917-428-4499 or


The car show is presented by the Long Island Sound Region of the Classic Car Club of America, in conjunction with Bayside Historical Society.

20th Annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race
20th Annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race &
Kids' Fun Run
October 31, 2021
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm


Cost: $25-$40


Our annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race & Kids' Fun Run is back live and in person at Fort Totten Park — just in time for our 20th year! The 5K is a waterfront course through historic Fort Totten and along Little Bay Park to the Throgs Neck Bridge; the Kids' Fun Run is a short-distance sprint for tiny tots & kids up to 12 years. PLUS: This year's Totten Trot will feature a special guest appearance by the 501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison, a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization!

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Open House New York
October 16-17, 2021
Time: 9:00am-9:00pm


Cost: FREE


Bayside Historical Society is proud to be participating online in the 2021 Open House New York Weekend, a five-borough-wide annual event that celebrates architecture and design. Enjoy our special expanded 360-degree virtual tour of our landmarked 1887 Castle in Fort Totten, which includes rooms that are normally off-limits to the public!

Online Concert: Finn & His Rustkickers
Online Concert: Finn & His Rustkickers
September 22-October 22, 2021
Time: 12:00pm


Cost: FREE


Part of Bayside Historical Society's Live From The Castle at Fort Totten Series


BHS kicks off the fall with a free virtual concert on our website! Finn & His Rustkickers, a New York-based rock/punk/skronk/country/ska/noise band, rock the Castle with their unique sound. 


Watch this concert on BHS's YouTube channel!

Dermody Triangle Memorial Ceremony
Dermody Triangle Memorial Ceremony
May 24, 2021
Time: 5:00pm-5:30pm


Cost: FREE


In our annual tradition, BHS laid a wreath upon the stone memorial at Dermody Triangle for the Memorial Day holiday. Members of the BHS Board of Trustees and the Bayside Hills Civic Association gathered in a brief but poignant ceremony to honor one of Bayside's greatest heroes. Captain William C. Dermody was a Baysider and a dedicated, outspoken abolitionist who was mortally wounded in the Civil War on May 12, 1864, during the battle of Spotsylvania in Virginia.

Download BHS's fact sheet about Captain Dermody Triangle

Step into Queens
Step into Queens — VIRTUAL EVENT
May 22, 2021
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm


Cost: General Admission: $5.00 / Support Level: $30.00


Visit five historic houses across Queens from the comfort of your own home! You'll take a virtual tour of these fascinating sites, viewing both the interior spaces as well as their gardens in bloom. This program will be live-streamed through YouTube — register for the event to receive the link! Step into Queens is a joined effort among Bayside Historical Society, King Manor Museum, Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, Queens Historical Society, and the Poppenhusen Institute!

Jazz Brunch Weekend
Jazz Brunch Weekend — VIRTUAL EVENT
May 15-31, 2021
Time: 9:00am-9:00pm


Cost: FREE


Since we can't host our Annual Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Castle this year, we did the next best thing! Bayside Historical Society brings you the fabulous Carl Bartlett, Jr. and his band, recorded live at the Castle. Tune in to our virtual concert — date now extended until May 31!

A big thank-you to everyone who emailed us their own "Jazz Brunch" photos! View them in our virtual event album on Facebook!

BHS Annual Membership Meeting
BHS Annual Membership Meeting
March 25, 2021
Time: 7:00pm


Cost: Free for BHS members


In order to abide by social distancing laws, our Annual Meeting was held via Zoom for members only. It featured the installation of the BHS Board of Trustees that had been elected via email and mail.

The Highley Varlet Podcast
The “Total Clarity” Podcast Episode 40 — VIRTUAL EVENT 
March 2, 2021


Cost: FREE


In this latest episode of the Highley Varlet Podcast, Bayside Historical Society President Paul DiBenedetto talks about the history and mission of BHS, about landmarking and preservation, and about how BHS has been moving forward through these challenging times.

Watch the Interview

20th Annual Winter Art Show
20th Annual Winter Art Show — VIRTUAL EVENT
February 1, 9:00am-February 28, 9:00pm 2021


Cost: FREE


Bayside Historical Society's annual Winter Art Show features contemporary Queens artists working in all media. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 show will be a virtual event: For the entire month of February 2021, artists' works will be exhibited in virtual galleries on our website. DATES NOW EXTENDED TO MARCH 10, 2021.


Selections from Bayside Historical Society's 20th Annual Winter Art Show will be on display at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center from February 23 until March 10. Swing by to view the beautiful creations of local artists who reside, work or study in Queens.

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