Music, food and fun in the park are what New York summers are made of, and we’re proud to bring it all together this June at the “Only in Queens” Summer Festival. Bring your entire family and friends to explore some of the very best of “The World’s Borough” right at your fingertips.
Admission is FREE and open to the public. It is a the Flushign Park from 5 to 8 P.M. with DJ Camilo and more…
Presented by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, NYC & Company Foundation (NYC: The Official Guide), Delta Air Lines, TD Bank, New York Daily News, Vio/K Marketing Group and Resorts World Casino New York City.
The “Only in Queens” Summer Festival will also offer a wide range of activities for people of all ages, including:
-Performances by The Queens Cartoonists @1pm, Radio Jarocho@1:45pm, Kumbakin @2:30pm, FJ Music @3:15pm, Zikrayat @4pm
-Guided tours of the New York State Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow, theQueens Library Mobile Unit and the Queens Museum;
-Family-friendly fun including cultural performances, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, a Delta Lines Scavenger Hunt, activities run by the United States Tennis Association – USTA (Official), and an appearance by Mr. Met;
-Food and craft vendors offering a variety of international cuisine and merchandise for sale;
-Exhibits of memorabilia from the original 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs, classic cars and a boat from the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York;
-Virtual reality demonstrations by National Trust for Historic Preservation, the group People For the Pavilion and Queens-based RPGA Studio, Inc. as part of the international ideas competition currently underway to solicit imaginative and creative public input for how the New York State Pavilioncan best be adapted for public reuse.
Delta Airlines Scavenger Hunt – Back by popular demand, the park-wide Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Delta Air Lines will kick-off at 1:00 PM. Upon registration, teams of two to six people will be equipped with t-shirts, a map of the park, a tote bag and a list of new clues that will test participants’ knowledge of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs and of the park as it is now. Throughout the Scavenger Hunt, each team will be directed to various cultural institutions and other locations throughout the park and receive a token to prove they were there. The teams that have collected the most tokens by 4:00 PM will be declared the winners. Prizes for the winning team and top runners-up include VIP tickets to a SummerStage show at Central Park; tickets to a performance at the Forest Hills Stadium, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts or the July 4th Louis Armstrong Birthday Bash; Family Membership to the Museum of the Moving Image; gift basket and membership to the Queens Botanical Garden. Participants must register for the Scavenger Hunt in-person between 12:00 – 1:00 PM on the day of the event at the Queens Theatre, located adjacent to the New York State Pavilion.
Literary Tent – Visitors can meet and hear from Queens authors from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Appearances will include children’s authors such as @MichelleSchusterman Michelle Schusterman, author of I Heart Band, The Kat Sinclair Files and Maudeville; Ama Karikari Yawson, author of Kwanzaa Nana series; and Sam Ita, author of the bestselling pop-up versions of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Moby-Dick and Frankenstein.
Food, Arts and Craft Vendors – Independent vendors of the Queens International Night Market will feature some of their best foods, arts and merchandise for purchase, including Romanian-Hungarian chimney cakes by TwisterCake, Sri Lankan cuisine by Ceylon, kati rolls by Kati Roll Shack, takoyaki from Karl’s Balls, mochi waffles from Moffle Bar and more.
This year’s “Only in Queens” Summer Festival follows two successful World’s Fair Anniversary Festivals, held in 2014 and 2015 in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1939-40 World’s Fair and the 50th anniversary of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, and organized by the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee (co-chaired by Borough President Katz and State Assemblymember Margaret Markey) in collaboration with NYC Parks.
For more information, go to www.queensbp.org/onlyinqueens