If both Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day aren't enough to get you out of the house and enjoying the spring weather this month, then maybe this list of amazing events going on around the city will be! From farmer's markets to brunches, there's something for everyone!
Groove on Grove Kickoff at Grove PATH Plaza – May 1st
Groove on Grove is back for its 12th season starting this Wednesday! Head over to the Grove PATH Plaza for this opening night celebration! The theme for the first week will be Kentucky Derby. Woodford Reserve will be the liquor sponsor for the Grand Opening, providing whiskey samples throughout the evening, available through their liquor vendors: South House Bar & Restaurant, Orale Mexican Kitchen, and Porta Jersey City! If you can't make it out this week, just remember this free live music event happens every Wednesday at 6pm from now until the end of the summer! Grove PATH Plaza.
Taco Brunch Party at Los Dos – May 4th
Head over to the brand-new Los Dos Mexican Restaurant for a '90s-music-themed brunch party to kick-off Cinco de Mayo weekend! They're offering a mimosa pitcher, chips and guac, and one entrée for just $35! 100 York Street.
Jersey City Cinco De Mayo Food Truck Fest at the Urby Parking Lot – May 4th
To get a jump-start on your Cinco De Mayo celebrations, the Urby Parking Lot on Greene Street will be rolling in 20+ food trucks, a cash bar, and live music for a $5 admission, starting at noon. Grab your friends and indulge in some of the city's famous local food trucks! Urby Parking Lot, Greene Street.
Riverview Farmers Market Opening Day at Riverview Park – May 5th
The first Saturday of the month will mark the kickoff of the 9th Annual Riverview Farmers Market, starting at 10am, they will have delicious fresh produce as well as fun activities everyone can enjoy, like craft sessions, face painting, and yoga! Riverview Park.
Gringo's 2nd Annual Cinco De Mayo Block Party – May 5th
Gringo's will be hosting its 2nd
Annual Block Party to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, with a taco-eating contest, giveaways, and more! 12 Coles Street.
Paint and Bubble Tea at Sagoto Bubble Tea World – May 9th
Head over to Sagoto Bubble Tea for a 2-hour step-by-step acrylic painting event, for all levels of experience! All materials, as well as House Milk Tea, are provided for a $30 admission. 652 Newark Avenue.
Pre-Mother's Day Event at Taphaus – May 10th
To begin this weekend of celebrating one of the most beautiful relationships in our lives, Taphaus will be hosting a Bollywood Night for all you beautiful ladies, and most importantly moms! Head over for this GNO that is sure to make some amazing memories with the special women in your life! 2 2nd St.
2019 Taste of Culture at City Hall – May 13th
Taste of Culture is a 4th annual event that aims to feature and celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity of Jersey City through the different cultural performances and ethnic food. Jersey City is named again and again as the number one most diverse city in the country, so head on out and celebrate the diversity of Jersey City with your fellow community members! This event is free and open to the public. 280 Grove St.
Songwriter Showcase at Pet Shop – May 14th
Pet Shop will be hosting a special songwriter showcase sponsored by Mint 400 Records, Rhyme & Reason Records, One More with Brian Erickson, Look At My Records, Jersey Beat, and more! The night will feature performances by nearly a dozen local artists, with free admission! 193 Newark Ave.
LSC After Dark: Paws and Prosecco at Liberty Science Center – May 16th
This month might be the best theme for LSC After Dark yet: Paws and Prosecco! Guests 21 and over are invited to join in on this celebration of furry friends. Grab a drink, meet fascinating creatures, enjoy prosecco tastings, and discover amazing animal abilities. They're partnering with local rescues to make this the ultimate animal adventure! Tickets can be reserved here. 222 Jersey City Blvd.
Season Opening at Surf City – May 16th
Surf City Beach Bar and Restaurant opens for the 2019 season at 4pm on May 16th! They will have their happy hour on weekdays from 4-7pm and will be open at noon on the weekends. Get your summertime vibes going with this favorite outdoor beach bar right on the water! 1 Marin Blvd.
Ribbon Cutting Event at Tony Boloney's – May 17th
This famous Hoboken pizza joint has finally made its way to Jersey City! They had their soft opening a few weeks ago and have already been a huge hit with their indulgent and creative pizzas, sandwiches, and vast variety of mozzarella sticks! They are celebrating their grand opening at 3pm on May 17th, with Mayor Fulop in attendance along with the Tony Boloney's team and welcoming community members just like you! 363 Grove St.
Game of Thrones Trivia Night at WORD – May 18th
With the final season of Game of Thrones upon us, it's time for you to nerd out with fellow fans and show off your extensive knowledge of the GoT world and characters at WORD Café's Trivia Night starting at 6pm. Admission requires a $5 voucher that is good towards anything in the store on the night of the event and can be purchased at the door. 123 Newark Ave.
Jersey City Record Riot! at Grove PATH Plaza – May 18th
It's time for another edition of the Jersey City Record Riot! Join your fellow vinyl enthusiasts for a day of digging through fantastic collections of dirt-cheap LPs, 45s, CDs, and more! The event will run from 11am-7pm. 319 Grove St.
LO-FI Takes The Streets in the Heights – May 18th
LO-FI and RNA present an all-day block party and street festival on Ferry St between Ogden & Palisade in the Heights, from noon-9pm. There will be a jam-packed music line-up and plenty of local restaurants as well as some food trucks to keep you sated, and drinks will be available for purchase all day. This is a free event. Ferry St.
JC Health and Fitness Fair at City Hall – May 18th
Join your fellow local health and wellness buffs for the 4th annual JC Fitness Fair, to jumpstart your summer body! This is an opportunity to meet local fitness professionals and find the perfect workout or re-ignite your interest in an old favorite! The event will run from 10am-1pm outside the City Hall Building downtown. 280 Grove St.
Written by Claire Layton
Claire is a quintessential Canadian girl looking forward to exploring JC one craft beer at a time! She is a graduate student of anthropology, spending all of her free time either at the gym, frequenting comedy bars, or scouring the city for free concerts.