Spring…where are you?! I feel like we have all been patiently waiting for a while, but after such a rough March, I am really over it. Fingers crossed this April will make up for it! Days of drinks on rooftops and patios are still a bit away, but really hoping we will get a few of those warm spring days where everyone is out and about, breathing new life back into the city. Regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for us, one thing that's unmistakable is that there are plenty of awesome things to do in Jersey City this month!
Light It Blue: Autism Awareness Event: April 2nd
Colors of Autism will be lighting blue lights in support of Autism awareness on the Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall at 7pm.
Conservation Week at Liberty Science Center: April 2nd-8th
April 2-8 is Conservation Week at the Liberty Science Center. The week will be jam-packed with plenty of events celebrating our natural world! There will be lots of activities for the kids, live animals, and the Cheetah Conservation Fund will be there April 7th and 8th. Come learn how you can contribute to world conservation!
Figure Drawing: Every Wednesday
The Jersey City Art School by Hamilton Park hosts a weekly Figure Drawing class. Every Wednesday, bring your art supplies and $20, and you can brush up on your skills with some short pose studies. The event is from 7:30-10:30pm every Wednesday, and drawing boards and easels are supplied.
Pizza Vita Opens in the Heights: April 4th
Summit, NJ Neapolitan pizza favorite Pizza Vita is expected to open April 4 in the Jersey City Heights. It has been highlighted in the NY Times, and you probably recognize the name from their food truck that makes appearances at various food fests and events throughout the year. You can find them at 435 Palisade Ave! And now I'm craving a wood-fired Margherita 'za.
Classic Rock Laser Shows at Liberty Science Center: April 6th & 7th
On April 6th and 7th, the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at the Liberty Science Center will be hosting evening laser show experiences! Zeppelin fan? Head over at 9pm both nights for the Led Zeppelin Laser Show. More of a Floydian? Check out their Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show at 10pm both Friday and Saturday. $12 for adults, $10 for kids. Note: these are special late night events; the Science Center is closed during the shows.
Latte Art Class: April 6th
Led by one of the co-owners of Hidden Grounds Coffee, come join in the fun in this make-your-own-latte-art class! Totally hands-on and educational, learn all about espresso while practicing technique. Fee for the class is $54.83 for a single ticket and $81.24 for a couple, and you can find their new shop at 148 1st St!
See Spot Rescued Adoption Event: April 7th
A Saturday for the dogs! Looking for a furry friend to join your family? K9dergarten on Newark Ave is hosting an adoption event on April 7th. Join the fun at 173 Newark Ave, just past the Pedestrian Plaza!
World Lightweight Championship Fight at Hudson Hall: April 7th
Hudson Hall is playing the UFC World Lightweight Championship Fight on Saturday night, April 7th! Don't miss Khabi vs. Ferguson, and "Thug" Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk for the Women's Flyweight Championship…and grab a giant pretzel and the best pastrami sandwich in JC while you're there.
Blowouts & Brunch for a Cause: April 15th
On Sunday, April 15th, Finally Home JC and Love Lane Salon are teaming up to bring you champagne and light bites with blowouts and eyebrow tinting/shaping, all for a good cause! Proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Treat yourself, and help other women while doing it! Event runs from 10:30am-12:30pm at 190 Christopher Columbus Drive #4C. RSVP by emailing email@example.com
Jersey City Craft Brew Fest: April 21st
It wouldn't be spring without Harborside Atrium's incredible Jersey City Craft Brew Fest! I have yet to not attend one of these events, and it is such a great time. Tons of breweries (many of them from NJ!) come together to bring us a beer garden-style event with a beer or cider (or sangria!) for everyone. Grab your tasting cup and make your way through the endless choices, with over 150 styles of craft brew in house. JC local Departed Soles always kills it with their selections, can't wait to see what they are bringing to this one! Tickets for the two sessions are available here.
Drag Bingo at Ed & Mary's: April 25th
Offered every last Wednesday of the month, be sure to check out Ed & Mary's Drag Bingo! Hosted by Harmonica Sunbeam, join in on what E&M's promises to be a "raucous good time!" From 8pm-11pm, play along with six rounds of extra-fab Bingo. Free to play!
Annual "Celebrate Mother Earth Festival": April 28th
The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery (435 Newark Ave) are having their annual "Celebrate Mother Earth Festival" Fundraiser on Saturday, April 28th. Live entertainment, urban farming education and activities, environmental exhibits, farm animals, and plenty of food and drinks await! Oh. And baby goats. Baby goats, people!
Spring Open House at Mana Contemporary: April 29th
From 1pm-7pm on Sunday, April 29, Mana Contemporary's artists open their doors for their biannual Open House. The industrial cultural center will have multiple exhibitions and programs to delight artists, collectors, and casual onlookers alike. You can RSVP at manacontemporary.com.
Historic Downtown JC Farmer's Market Returns: April 30th
One of my favorite things about stepping off the PATH back into downtown JC on Mondays and Thursdays is hitting up the Farmer's Market when it is in season. And starting Monday, April 30th, it is back! Some of my favorite vendors are Stony Hill Farms to get fresh produce, Stella's Empanadas, and Bang Cookies. Looking forward to seeing Jersey City Fish Stand there to pick up some fresh seafood for an easy and healthy post-work dinner. We will close out the month with the return of the Farmer's Market, you know that means lots of fun events at the Grove Street Plaza are just around the corner!
Written by Sam Cooper
Sam is a toy designer, illustrator, and graphic designer by day, and a fitness enthusiast and wanna-be chef by night. A NJ native, she has lived in Downtown Jersey City with her husband since 2014, and has fallen in love with everything JC has to offer. You can follow her beer-loving, restaurant-hopping explorations on Instagram @sam.cooper.studios!