This free festival begins at 2:00 pm with local musicians performing on the community stage, a scavenger hunt and tours of the New York State Pavilion.
Roxanne Shanté, DJ Marley Marl, Main Source, Chloe x Halle and funk music legend George Clinton Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will take over the main stage at 5:00 pm.
This year the festival is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the official designation of Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a New York City Park.
Be sure to join us!
About Flushing Meadows Corona Park
The site that is now Flushing Meadows Corona Park was first constructed to host the 1939 World’s Fair and formally opened as a City park in 1967. Flushing Meadows is the largest park in Queens and the fourth largest in New York City.
It is located in the heart of the most diverse borough in the country, and the rough geographic center of New York City. Meadow Lake, one of the park’s two lakes originally constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair, is the largest fresh water lake in New York City. Willow Lake, an important nature preserve and wetlands which offers park-goers the experience of wild habitat along its Pat Dolan Trail, is part of the Eastern flyway for migratory birds and features some of the rarest dragonflies on the eastern seaboard. The Playground for All Children, one of the park’s seven playgrounds, is equipped with ADA ramps and play equipment, and was the first in the country constructed so that children of all abilities could play together. Every year, park-goers enjoy free classes indoors and outdoors, from rowing and basketball to computer skills and dance. In addition to the iconic Unisphere and New York State Pavilion, the World’s Fairs left behind approximately 40 remaining sites and structures, including important monuments such as the 40-foot bronze “Rocket Thrower.” Other remaining World’s Fair buildings and structures include Meadow Lake boathouse, World’s Fair Marina, New York Hall of Science, Queens Museum, Queens Theatre (located in part of the New York State Pavilion), and Terrace on the Park.
The park is also home to NYC Park’s Al Oerter Recreation Center, an indoor Olympic-sized pool and ice rink complex which offers clinics and competitive sports opportunities for local youth, the Queens Zoo, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Citi Field.
The Park offers thousands of free activities and events annually to its surrounding neighborhoods and visitors, who come from around the corner and around the world to enjoy free movie nights, puppet shows, Shakespeare in the Park, concerts, sports events, nature and history tours, and heritage festivals that honor the borough’s diversity and interests.
In December, 2015, the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park comprising 15 leaders in government, business, and cultural organizations and a Community Advisory Board (CAB) comprising representatives from over 40 community civic, religious, and environmental groups formed to support the park with enhanced maintenance and programming.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is visited by approximately 12 million people a year.
Only In Queens Summer Festival Sponsors
City Parks Foundation
Delta Air Lines
NYC & Company Foundation
Resorts World Casino, New York City