Name another borough that offers the most exciting summer festivals filled with fun family activities, music and cultural performances. Struggling to find one? That’s because it’s Only in Queens!
The Only in Queens is a free summer festival that kicks off in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday, June 26, from 1 to 8 p.m. QNS reported in April that the event is hosted by SummerStage, New York City’s largest free performing arts festival that will take place in three Queens Parks this summer.
The day long festivities will be sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who is collaborating with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC & Company Foundation and Delta Airlines, as well as other co-sponsors.
The first activity will be a Delta Airlines Scavenger Hunt from 1 to 4 p.m., where teams of two to six people will be tested on their knowledge of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs and the park’s current condition, by visiting numerous cultural locations and other spots throughout the park. By 4 p.m., the best teams and top runners-up that have collected the most tokens from each site will win prizes such as VIP tickets to other SummerStage shows in Manhattan and Queens, museum tickets and more. Remember to register in-person on the day of the event from noon to 1 p.m. at the Queens Theatre.
Bookworms can wiggle over to the Literary Tent from 1 to 5 p.m., where they will have a chance to meet Queens authors like Michelle Schusterman, author of “I Heart Band,” “The Kat Sinclair Files” and “Maudeville”; Ama Karikari Yawson, author of Kwanzaa Nana series; and Sam Ita, writer of the bestselling pop-up versions of “20,000 Leagues under the Sea,” “Moby-Dick” and “Frankenstein.”
Visitors can also diversify their taste in cultural performances from 1 to 4 p.m., with a vast array of multicultural presentations. At 1 p.m., The Queen’s Cartoonists will offer a tour-de-force of the Swing Era’s most creative music from the 1920s, which was written and adapted for classic cartoons up until present day. Other performances include “son jaorcho” music from Radio Jarocho, derived from Veracruz, Mexico, Kumbakin, a Cuban-inspired dance band lead by Puerto Rican singer Jainardo Batista (also known as Yemal Melódico), FJ Music founded by Feifei Yang and Jiaju She, who internationally promote Chinese traditional music and Zikrayat, an Arab music and dance that presents dramatic musical cinema through classical music and dance traditions of Egypt, Lebanon and the greater Arab.
Are you ready to hear some of the hottest hip-hop and R&B music? Starting at 5 p.m., R&B singer Ginuwine, a multi-platinum artist who gained fame in the late ’90s and early 2000s, will headline the festival alongside singer Mack Wilds and ’90s hip-hop group Kid ‘N Play.
Other activities include guided tours of the New York State Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow, the Queens Library Mobile Unit and the Queens Museum (tours of the Queens Theatre will no longer be provided); face-painting, bounce houses, exhibits of memorabilia from historical World’s Fairs, classic cars and a boat from the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.
All of that fun will surely work up an appetite, so visit independent vendors of the Queens International Night Market who will offer some of their best foods, in addition to arts and merchandise for sale. Some food dishes will consist of 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.
“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,” BP Katz told QNS.
For more information on Only in Queens, visit the website.