Jamaica Avenue’s commercial strip from Parsons Boulevard to 170th Street will come alive once again as Cultural Collaborative Jamaica celebrates the 20th Annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival – JAMS Festival.
“We are excited and truly thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with the Jamaica Queens Community,” said Tyra Emerson, CCJ Executive Director. “We invite all to come celebrate all Jamaica has to offer.”
The two-day event, hosted by the JAMS Festival Committee, kicks off with JAMS Under the Stars at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Rufus King Park. Performances for this moonlit event will include a variety of talent paying homage to legends of jazz, rhythm & blues, rock and funk music.
The day will also include a 4 p.m. preshow concert featuring performances by local emerging artist. The park is located north of Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets.
On Saturday, Aug. 6, JAMS Festival 20th Anniversary Celebration will begin. The outdoor extravaganza, taking place along Jamaica Avenue’s main commercial strip, starts at 11 a.m. and will run to 7 p.m.. Activities will include live entertainment; a children’s zone featuring fun activities, face painting and more; health and wellness pavilion; mouthwatering treats from various food vendors; exquisite arts and crafts from local artisans and more.
In honor of this historic occasion, JAMS is bringing back its Classic Car Showcase featuring vintage, restored and new autos. The daylong affair is sponsored by various community, city and national businesses and organizations, including Community Board 12, Jamaica Center Improvement Association, the 103rd Precinct, Jamaica YMCA, National Amusements, United States Army, Money Gram, Empire Blue and others.