Only in Queens Summer Festival

Being a Queens, New York native and growing up not too far from Flushing Meadows Corona Park, I was excited to find out there would not only be a summer stage at the park, but a full on festival. The Only in Queens Summer Festival made its debut with a great line up of performances from Kid ‘N Play, Mack Wilds, and Ginuwine.

Only in Queens Summer Festival www.hollydayz.com ©2016 HollyDayz

The festival had great weather with an abundance of sunshine. The Only In Queens Summer Festival was free and sponsored by the Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz who partnered with NYC Parks, Delta Airlines, and NYC & Company Foundation. There were tours of the New York State Pavilion, scavenger hunts, tons of food vendors, bounce houses, and so much more.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz ©2016 HollyDayz
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz ©2016 HollyDayz
Scavenger Hunt Winners ©2016 HollyDayz
Scavenger Hunt Winners ©2016 HollyDayz

As my friend and I walked into the park we began to see tons of tents from different companies and food vendors. There was a small stage with people performing. The music was loud and infectious as many gathered around to listen while taking a bite of whatever vendor they stopped at. As we continued to walk around we spotted the main stage that would host the great line up that the City Parks Foundation and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer produced.

DJ Camilo ©2016 HollyDayz
DJ Camilo ©2016 HollyDayz
Kid 'N Play Performing ©2016 HollyDayz
Kid ‘N Play Performing ©2016 HollyDayz
Kid 'N Play ©2016 HollyDayz
Kid ‘N Play ©2016 HollyDayz

Once we got near the stage, Queens native DJ Camilo was already hyping up the huge crowd. Not too long after Kid ‘N Play came out and performed. It was great to see them as they let the crowd know that they were in fact from East Elmhurst, Queens (so am I) and how happy they were to be there. If you were wondering, yes, they did do their infamous Kid ‘N Play dance!

Mack Wilds Performing ©2016 HollyDayz
Mack Wilds Performing ©2016 HollyDayz
Mack Wilds ©2016 HollyDayz
Mack Wilds ©2016 HollyDayz

While they were performing I noticed actor/singer Tristan “Mack” Wilds of The Wire and 90210 fame walking around with his headphones preparing himself for his performance. Not too long after he jumped on stage and had the crowd moving. Wilds performed a handful of songs and was fun to watch. I was happy when he performed my favorite song of his, ‘Own It.’

Some of the many vendors ©2016 HollyDayz
Some of the many vendors ©2016 HollyDayz
We got some delicious food from here ©2016 HollyDayz
We got some delicious food from here ©2016 HollyDayz
More vendors, but not all ©2016 HollyDayz
More vendors, but not all ©2016 HollyDayz

During the performances we were really hungry so we took a walk over to all the food vendors to find something to eat. There were so many vendors with such amazing choices it was hard to decide what to eat. We ended up getting some Sri Lankan food and ate it so fast you would never knew we had it! It was extremely delicious and we honestly should have went back and got more. I will have to pay a visit to their establishment.

Ginuwine performing ©2016 HollyDayz
Ginuwine performing ©2016 HollyDayz
Ginuwine ©2016 HollyDayz
Ginuwine ©2016 HollyDayz

We walked back to the stage to await the headlining performer, Ginuwine. His dancers and back up singers got the crowd going before he graced the stage. They even brought some people on stage to show off their dance moves. The crowd was amped up as Ginuwine hit the stage. He performed many of his well-known songs we all know and love including ‘Same Ol’ G’ ‘Pony’ ‘Stingy’ and more all while handing out roses. His set was very fun and personable.

Very happy that we got to experience the first annual Only in Queens Summer Festival and looking forward to what they will do next year! To see what other Summer Stages are happening around New York City, click here.

See some of the performances and more below!

Disclaimer: Although invited to the Only in Queens Summer Festival, all opinions are my own.

52 thoughts on “Only in Queens Summer Festival

  • August 6, 2016 at 12:35 pm
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    I love it when you discover new things in your area. We have just been into my local city of Sheffield and happened upon a jazz afternoon. Awesome

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    • August 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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      That is great that you found some jazz to relax to.

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  • August 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm
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    This summer festival looks like a lot of fun, although not my kind of fun. However, if you are from Queens which is not too far from Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it made sense to go there for this festival.

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    • August 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm
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      Actually the park is in Queens. It was a lot of fun.

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  • August 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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    Looks like a fun festival and free to boot. Great weather, great music and great food what more could you ask for?

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    • August 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm
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      It was fun and very nice to see them doing some cool things all over NYC.

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  • August 6, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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    Genuwine? Wow haven’t heard that name in a while. I used to live in NYC and this makes me miss it very much. Always something to do and see!

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    • August 7, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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      I always miss NYC when I am away for too long. There is certainly always something going on in one part or another. And yep Ginuwine, 20 years in the business and still doing his thing.

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  • August 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm
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    Local community fests are always nice. This is where as a family one can enjoy as a participant or audience . Hope this will be an annual event.

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    • August 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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      They really are. Great way to get everyone out and have some fun.

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  • August 7, 2016 at 4:45 am
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    I lovvvvveeee local festivals. There’s a few every year in Edmonton that I liked going to, and I’m starting to discover some in the part of England I live in now.

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    • August 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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      There seem to be so many, sometimes they go under the radar. Great that you are discovering more.

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  • August 7, 2016 at 11:59 am
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    I am fan of music festivals too. This looks like good fun. I recently went to a fantastic blues festival in Italy.

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    • August 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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      It was a lot of fun. That sounds like a good time, blues in Italy.

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  • August 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm
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    Ooh, so many vendors. I’d probably spend the entire time just wandering and eating. Local festivals are the best, and when the weather cooperates, even better! Makes me miss NYC too 🙂

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    • August 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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      There were so many! It was hard to choose what food to try.

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  • August 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm
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    I had no idea this festival even existed. I would have loved to see some of these bands and tour the New York State Pavilion. Thanks for letting us know about it.

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    • August 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm
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      It was the first annual, so hopefully they will have another one next year that will be bigger and better.

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  • August 7, 2016 at 10:34 pm
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    Okay, so you know i”m old and have no idea who these people are, but it looks like a fun festival! I’ve been attending a few music festivals this year and stepping out of my comfort zone. 😉

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:01 pm
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      Oh no don’t say that. You gotta know who at least 2/3 of these people are..been in the business for 20 plus years! It was a great time though. I hope you have been having fun at the ones you are attending!

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  • August 8, 2016 at 8:12 am
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    Thanks for sharing the link to the Summer Stages. Hope to keep track of it sometime next year when we visit NYC again. Wish I had known about this last month when we were there 🙂
    Also, the Sri Lankan food sounds delicious.

    Supriya

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm
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      Yes I am already looking forward to next years Queens one, but there are ton still happening across the 5 boroughs! The food was so good!

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  • August 8, 2016 at 9:34 am
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    Love these little festivals. Have not thought about Kid N Play in a while. Good to see these guys still doing their thing. Hope the festival continues to grow.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm
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      They are still out there doing there thing! I hope it does too.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 11:06 am
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    It sounds like a wonderful day out. I would have liked to see Kid N Play…blast from the past. Genuwine sounds familiar, but l think my focus would have been on the food 🙂

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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      It was a great day! The put the food so far from the stage lol if it was closer I think I would have tried every little thing.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm
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    What a cool place to have a festival! You must have had an amazing time

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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      It was a great time. Looking forward to next years.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm
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    This looks like a good time. Kid n Play remind me of my childhood. When life was simple and carefree. Okay Ginuwine hit the stage, he is from my neck of the woods here in the DC area.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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      Took it back for ya there! Yep I know…repping the DMV.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm
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    Looks like so much fun! I’m sure you had a blast!!!

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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      It was a lot of fun. Looking forward to next year.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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      It was a great time.

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  • August 9, 2016 at 5:41 am
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    That looks like you had so much fun! I’m hungry while eating this and just imagining about the delicious vendors that were probably there has my mouth watering! haha

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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      I am hungry myself. I need to go find that Sri Lankan spot.

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  • August 9, 2016 at 9:08 am
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    I’m from Queens, but never heard of this. Looks like a great event.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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      It was the first year they did this. Hopefully you can attend next year.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm
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      I do too! Gives tons to do and it is all free which is even better. The community gets to come out and enjoy.

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  • August 9, 2016 at 8:20 pm
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    WHAAT Kid n play AND Genuwine? Seems like a pretty cool line up. My husband is also from Queens. I’m a BROOKLYN girl. 😉

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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      Yep they all came out! Great to watch them perform. Both of y’all should come out next year!

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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      It was fun. I love food vendors as well.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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      He performs often, hopefully you can find some tickets to go see him.

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  • August 10, 2016 at 2:53 am
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    This reminds of why I miss living on the East Cost the free concerts! Glad you had a great time, it would have been nice to see Kid N Play! Food makes festivals much more excited especially with variety of food trucks they have around.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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      Yes free concerts in the summer, gotta love that. Food always makes things better haha.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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      Thank you. I loved it. Had a fun time.

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  • August 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm
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    This concert looked so live! Im so d@&m jealous I wasn’t there lol!

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    • August 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm
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      It was a great concert and fun experience. I hope they continue to make it an annual event.

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