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Festival to Bring Live Music and Shopping Opportunities to Forest Hills

 The annual event will take place on Austin Street this Sunday.
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QUEENS — It will be a day of fun on Austin Street this Sunday as the Forest Hills Festival takes over the busy commercial strip, featuring live music, samples of food from local restaurants, demonstrations from a local dance studio and numerous attractions for kids, organizers said.

The festival, which celebrates its 14th year, will take place this Sunday on Austin Street between 69th and 72nd roads. The seven-block stretch will be closed to traffic, the organizers said.

The free event will run from noon to 6 p.m. and will showcase merchandise from more than 200 vendors, offering jewelry, clothes, books and toys, according to Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the festival.

Brown said the music lineup this year will feature artists playing blue grass, reggae, R&B, jazz and rock, including performances from rock band The Pin-Ups, Bruce Wayne & the Soul Messengers, who will perform an R&B and soul concert, and L.A. Blacksmith, who will play reggae and jazz.

There will be a space for dancing in front of the stage, which will be located on 70th Road, organizers said.

“We have people from little tiny kids to seniors, enjoying the music and dancing,” Brown said.

There will also be attractions for kids, including inflatable rides, face painting and balloon animals, as well as food stands serving kebabs, crepes and tacos.

“It will be fantastic,” Brown said. “Every year, we get over 25,000 people at this event. It’s completely packed all day long.”

For more information call the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce at 718-268-6565 or email: fhchamber@aol.com.