“ONLY IN QUEENS” SUMMER FESTIVAL TO FEATURE FREE SummerStage CONCERT AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

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Sunday, June 26 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with NYC Parks, NYC & Company Foundation and Delta Air Lines, today announced details of the upcoming “Only in Queens” Summer Festival to take place on Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Admission is free and open to the public.

The “Only in Queens” Summer Festival will feature a SummerStage outdoor concert in partnership with the City Parks Foundation beginning at 4:30 PM at the Festival Site in the park, headlined by R&B singer GINUWINE with performances by hip hop group KID ‘N PLAY, singer/actor TRISTAN “MACK” WILDS of the HBO drama “The Wire” and the CW series “90210”, and music by Queens native DJ CAMILO of Hot 97.

The “Only in Queens” Summer Festival will also offer a wide range of activities for people of all ages, including:
• Guided tours of the New York State Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow, the Queens Library Mobile Unit, the Queens Theatre and the Queens Museum;
• Family-friendly fun including cultural performances, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, a Delta Air Lines Scavenger Hunt, activities run by the United States Tennis Association, 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;
• Virtual reality demonstrations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the group People for the Pavilion and Queens-based RPGA Studio as part of the international ideas competition currently underway to solicit imaginative and creative public input for how the New York State Pavilion can best be adapted for public reuse.

“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,” said Borough President KATZ. “Bring your entire family and friends to explore some of the very best of ‘The World’s Borough’ right at your fingertips.”

“Flushing Meadows Corona Park is always one of Queens’ most active destinations. This summer we are proud to host a showcase of the best the borough has to offer— from monuments and historic World’s Fair structures, to arts and sports programming,” said NYC Parks Commissioner MITCHELL J. SILVER, FAICP. “I’d like to thank Borough President Katz for her ongoing support of Queens’ parks as spaces to celebrate in, and to be celebrated.”

“At City Parks Foundation, we believe culture should be convenient and affordable for everyone. Our SummerStage festival removes the barriers to culture, bringing world-class artists, topical and popular, to neighborhood parks like Flushing Meadows Corona Park, free of charge,” said HEATHER LUBOV, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. “We’re thrilled to partner with Borough President Katz and NYC Parks to celebrate the rich history of the Park and the thriving community of the borough.”

“Only in Queens celebrates the borough’s energy, sense of community, and diversity – qualities that make Queens a great place to live and visit,” said FRED DIXON, President of the NYC & Company Foundation. “NYC & Company Foundation is proud to support Borough President Katz’s commitment to sharing the best of Queens with the rest of the City, and the rest of the world.”

“We’re excited to partner with Borough President Katz, NYC & Company, and NYC Parks to bring neighbors together for what we know will be a fun and enriching community event,” said HENRY KUYKENDALL, Vice President New York for Delta Air Lines. “With hubs at JFK and LaGuardia, Delta is committed to the borough of Queens and proud to support great events like this one.”

Funding for the SummerStage concert comes from the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Improvement Fund, administered by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough President Katz and NYC Parks.

Additional co-sponsors for the “Only in Queens” Summer Festival include TD Bank, the New York Daily News, Vio/K Marketing Group and Resorts World Casino, New York City.

For more information, go to http://www.queensbp.org/onlyinqueens.

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.

Follow Borough President Katz via @melindakatz or www.facebook.com/queensbpkatz
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