This weekend is going to be a blast. From embracing your inner paleontologist, to live music, markets, and movies under the stars, your mid-summer weekend will be one for the books.
Thursday, July 19th:
LSC After Dark
Liberty Science Center is running its monthly After Dark Series this weekend and you DO NOT want miss this one!! What could be better than a wine-themed LSC you ask…how about wine and dinosaurs? This event is co-hosted by the JC Oddities Market and Midnight Market. Search for fossils, enjoy some wine tastings, and transport yourself into Jurassic Park. Tickets can be bought here or at the door for $25 a person and the event runs from 6pm to 10pm. 222 Jersey City Blvd.
Trivia Night at Taphaus
Challenge your inner trivia nerd this week at Taphaus. Start your weekend early, grab some drinks, and test your inner knowledge from 8pm to 10pm. 201 Marin Blvd.
Record Release Party at FM Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
Enjoy the listenings of a live full band and horn section this Thursday. Pat Van Dyke is releasing a new full-length LP "Hello Summer." FM is hosting and will be a great way to kick of the weekend summer vibes! 340 3rd St.
Ladies Night at Lucky 7s
Women come for some half-priced drinks this Thursday at Lucky 7s! Starting at 8pm, drinks are ½ price (yes! that's ½ price) for ladies. Don't worry guys, there's some specials for you as well–how about discounted shots, beers, and sweet teas. 322 2nd St.
Friday, July 20th:
Latte Art Class at Hidden Grounds
Ever wonder how baristas create latte art? Well now you have the chance to find a new hidden talent. Join Hidden Grounds Coffee for their Latte Art class, and you will learn firsthand the theory and technique behind this artistry. Tickets can be bought here, and you can even compete with your fellow classmates at a latte throw down! This event runs from 7:30pm-10pm. 148 1st St.
Live Piano Music at GP's
GP's is known to have great live music. Join them on Friday evening for live piano music. Music begins at 9pm and runs until around or after midnight. 236 Pavonia Ave.
Movie Under The Stars in Hamilton Park
Join the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association for their Movies in the Park event. This week's feature film is Strictly Ballroom. The film begins at 8:30pm and will run until around 10:30pm, as always, the event is free, but it is BYO chairs, blankets, food, and FUN! 9th Street, Hamilton Park
Paint and Sip Fundraiser at Weichert Realtors
Spend your Friday night giving back, while also having fun! Come to Weichert Realtors office for a Paint and Sip night. All proceeds from this event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Not only will you be helping a good cause, but you get to enjoy some complimentary wine while you create your own masterpiece! Please purchase tickets here before the event. 251 Washington St.
Saturday, July 21st:
Outdoor Yoga Class at J. Owen Grundy Park
Embrace your inner yogi this morning at an outdoor waterfront yoga! From 9am to 10:15am this Saturday, start your morning off just right with yoga and the greatest view of NYC in JC! (Psstttt, besides feeling great, you can even win some raffle prizes!) Tickets can be bought here. J. Owen Grundy Park
Magnolia Landing Marketplace
Journal Square is hosting this marketplace in the pop-up location in the new plaza behind the PATH. Live music will be provided by the Riverview Jazz, and PJ Ryan's Squared will be providing some adult beverages. Join them from 12pm to 5pm. 136 Magnolia Ave.
Famous Food Market at Lutze Biergarten
The Famous Food Market is a free-to-enter destination for this weekend. Visit the Harborside from 11am to 7:30pm on Saturday to taste the world! If you can't make it Saturday, it also runs on Sunday, and every weekend until October 28th! 3 2nd St.
Dog Days of Summer at Liberty Harbor
Jersey City is one of the biggest dog-friendly cities, and this weekend will be nothing short of amazing for both you and your k9 friend. Join Liberty Harbor for their 2nd annual Dog Days of Summer, featuring unique vendors for your dog and you. Your dog will thank you for this, and you can enjoy yourself some giveaways, carnival games, and nourishments from Zeppelin Hall. 333 Grand St.
House Music Festival at Lincoln Park
Jersey City's Lincoln Park is throwing its first House Music Festival on Saturday! From 12pm to 9pm enjoy house music, local vendors and dance the day away. You even have the chance to win cash prizes for your killer dance moves. Route 440, Communipaw Ave.
One World Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival is visiting JC! Buy tickets for this Saturday to enjoy this spectacular and beautiful experience! Witness the water being lit by beautiful lanterns with the backdrop of NYC while in Liberty State Park. Tickets can be bought here. 1 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Sunday, July 22nd:
WORD presents Octavia's Broom and Activism Workshop
Join WORD Bookstore for an intriguing and informing discussion surrounding how Afro Futurism can lead to "concrete social engagement in your current community." WORD has rounded up some of the best fiction experts, writers, activists, and community leaders for this event. Entrance is $40, and includes an autographed book, a café beverage, and of course, stimulating conversation. 123 Newark Ave.
Comedy Book Release at The Underground
Come laugh you're a** off this Sunday (from 3pm-8pm) and push the Sunday scaries away for a bit more! This book opening release comes with its own live performance from Comedy Central's own Rey Gibbs. If you're one of the first 10 people to arrive and purchase a book (or have purchased one before) you get a free gift bag! 116 Newark Ave.
Mama Yo at Surf City
Sunday is the perfect day to visit the beach…ah I mean Surf City (same thing!). Come listen to some live steel drum music from 3pm-7pm. 1 Marin Blvd.
Salsa Dancing Class at Dance Academy
This once a month workshop will help you refine your salsa dancing skills. This lead and follow technique and mechanics class will help you learn from top instructors. This class runs for 1 hour and is $20 per person. More information can be found on their website. 83 Franklin St.
Written by Angela Ashman
Angela is a graduate student of cultural anthropology. While living in JC for the past two years, she has developed quite a taste for champagne, eclectic bars and exploring dog parks with her adorable cardigan welsh corgi, Olive. Follow her adventures with Olive on her Instagram @angie_ash!