The Festival will feature a SummerStage outdoor concert headlined by funk music legend George Clinton, known as the “granddaddy of funk,” and his band Parliament Funkadelic.
The Summerstage concert line-up also includes young R&B sisters duo Chloe x Halle, the hip-hop group Main Source and Queens native DJ Marley Marl. The event will be hosted by hip-hop artist and Queens native Roxanne Shanté.
“We are pleased to continue the tradition of the annual Only in Queens Summer Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, entirely free to the public,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “Music, food and fun in the park are what New York summers are made of, especially here in the borough of families.”
Along with the Summerstage concert, Queens native Bartlett Contemporaries will be performing a variety of music, from bebop to hip-hop, on the Unisphere Stage. Additionally, doo-wop group The Devotions and 60s cover band Alive N’ Kickin will also perform.
For history buffs and fans of scavenger hunts, the festival will also hold a park-wide scavenger hunt with clues that test participants’ knowledge of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs and of the park as it is today. The New York State Pavilion Painting Project, a NYC Parks volunteer group, will also lead guided tours of the New York State Pavilion.
Foodies will also be able to enjoy food and craft vendors from the Queens International Night Market.
“Only in Queens can you enjoy world-class musical acts and explore the grounds of the historic World’s Fair -- all in the same park!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.
“Showcasing such a dynamic set of artists in Flushing Meadows Corona Park brings our mission to life and helps create vibrant and accessible cultural experiences in Queens parks,” said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation.
At the inaugural festival last year, Kid ’N Play reintroduced their classics while Staten Island-born singer, “Mack” Wilds, left the crowd swooning. R&B singer Ginuwine, who ended the night with much fanfare, sung hits such as “Pony.”
The “Only in Queens Summer Festival” will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Admission is free and open to the public.