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Are you ready for a fun-filled day of New Orleans-inspired performances and family activities?

Then head to the third annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The festivities will include a grand variety of music, art and food while celebrating the iconic black trumpeter’s life and legacy. Musician Dr. John will headline this year’s festival, captivating the beautiful jazz music of Armstrong’s birthplace, New Orleans. Soulive and Kermit Ruffins will also perform, alongside local acts that create a vast array of musical genres around the globe.

“Not only did Louis Armstrong call Queens his home, he believed in ‘listening to all kinds of music,’ music that can be heard daily throughout our borough’s multicultural communities,” said Jeffrey Rosenstock, executive director of Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, in an email that QNS received on Tuesday. “Louis traveled around the world sharing his music. Our goal this year is to celebrate his New Orleans roots, and showcase some of the incredible music being played in and around Queens by artists whose origins span the globe.”

The Kupferberg Center will be producing the event with sponsors such as Queens College/CUNY, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Queens Museum and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Thousands of people turned out for the festival last year, gaining great recognition from publications like Vibe, Huffington Post and Village Voice.

“Louis’ Backyard Bash” will commence throughout the park as well, featuring live DJs and lounge areas in the Queens Museum and Queens Theatre. Family-oriented activities will consist of face painting, stilt walkers, arts and crafts, children’s music and more.

Louis Armstrong was deeply connected to Queens and lived at 34-56 107th St. in Corona from 1943 until he died in 1971. His house is a National Historic Landmark that remains the location of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, which festival-goers will have access to at the event.

A limited number of preferred access tickets are available for $20. Visit the website for more information.

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