If you're stuck in the city while everyone else seems to be going away on vacations and beach getaways, it's time to start planning your weekend with some of the fun events going on right here at home!
Thursday, July 18th:
Bubble Fest at Grove Street Farmers' Market
Join the HDSID and JC Families for an extra special farmers' market, it's going to be a fun-filled time of bubbles, arts & crafts, and music! Bring the kids for a fun summer afternoon and shop local! Grove Street PATH Plaza.
LSC After Dark: Born to Be Wild at Liberty Science Center
On the heels of the new Lion King movie, take a walk on the wild side at Liberty Science Center's next LSC After Dark event for guests 21 and over, Born to Be Wild, from 6–10pm! LSC will be transforming into the ultimate safari adventure! You can grab a drink and meet creatures from the African savanna, discover eco-friendly initiatives, test your knowledge at the Disney trivia competition, and visit the Pride Lands to protect the Circle of Life in our Lion Guard exhibit. You can also experience new shows in the planetarium, enjoy drink tastings, and snack on delicious food from local vendors, courtesy of Midnight Market, at only $5 per plate. Get tickets now for a discounted online price, $20 per person. Tickets are $5 more at the door. 222 Jersey City Blvd.
Sausage Fest (the good kind!) at Zeppelin Hall
Thursday marks the start of Zeppelin Hall's Sausage Fest! Until August 4th there will be over 20 new and exotic sausage dishes grilled over an open flame, and as always over 100 beers plus wine and cocktails to wash it all down! 88 Liberty View Dr.
Berry Lane Park Concert Series
The City of Jersey City, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs are excited to welcome back the Berry Lane Park concert series! Part of the larger Summer in the City series, the Berry Lane Park series takes place in Berry Lane Park every Thursday during the months of July and August starting at 6pm and running until 8pm. This Thursday's performer is House Music Pioneer Byron Stingily bringing a little soulful house music to your Thursday evening! 1000 Garfield Ave.
Friday, July 19th:
Salsa on the Hudson at Liberty Harbor Marina
What better way to spend a Friday night than a Salsa Boat Party around the Hudson? The event benefits the 59th Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Arts & Culture Parade and Festival! The boat boards at 7:30pm, with an 8pm departure. Tickets can be purchased here. 1 Marin Blvd.
Molly Tigre: Live at the Parlour at Fox & Crow
Fox & Crow will be filled with the afro-jazz music of Molly Tigre this Friday! Molly Tigre mashes African music—especially the entrancing rhythms and melodies from Mali and Ethiopia—together with the adventurous and experimental leanings of some frightfully talented NYC musicians. Head over for a 10pm start to this night of incredible music! 594 Palisade Ave.
Saturday, July 20th:
SoulCulture Fest 2019 at Liberty State Park
For the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday, head over to Liberty State Park from 2-9pm for music, outdoor art installations, a wellness tent, entrepreneurship tent, D.I.Y. area, local curators experience (talks, body painting, game bus, photo-booth, canvas painting, and more!), vendors' village, and thrift pop-up stores, food trucks, and so much more! 1 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Annual Block Party at Gringo's Tacos
Join Gringo's at their 2nd Annual Block Party to celebrate their 2-year anniversary with an awesome day of activities and games that will cater to every age! Starting at noon, some of the things you can look forward to are live music, games, a dunk tank, face painting, and balloon twisters! 12 Coles St.
Food + Culture: South Asia at Mana Contemporary
Food + Culture: South Asia introduces Mana Contemporary's partnerships with the New York University Steinhardt Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and their inaugural research fellow, Maki Thomas Livesay. The day will be marked by a thoughtful panel discussion with moderator Krishnendu Ray, department chair and associate professor of food studies at NYU, with Sonia Chopra, director of editorial strategy at "Eater;" Priyanka Naik, editor and Food Network award winning cook; Nur-E Farhana Rahman, co-owner of Korai Kitchen; and Khushbu Shah, author and writer at "Thrillist." Before and after the panel, Korai Kitchen will be serving a Bangladeshi tasting menu, Ajna Dance Company will give a special performance and interactive workshop, and non-profit Chhandayan will organise a tabla drum duet. For a full schedule of the day visit their event page here. 888 Newark Ave.
Sunday, July 21st:
SummerFest Concert Series at Liberty State Park
The City of Jersey City, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs have welcomed back the SummerFest concert series! SummerFest is a concert series that takes place every Tuesday and Sunday in Liberty State Park during the months of July and August. This Sunday's performer will be the Hungry March Band, a legendary NYC brass ensemble that you won't want to miss! 200 Morris Pesin Dr.
Free Yoga at Lincoln Park
Start your Sunday off right with a free yoga session in Lincoln Park! The class begins at 10:30am, be sure to bring your own mat/towel, and then stay to check out the farmers' market afterwards! Lincoln Park.
Mama Yo! At Surf City
Local steel drum cover band Mama Yo! will be performing at Surf City from 3-7pm…in case you needed another reason to head over to Surf City for a drink this weekend! 1 Marin Blvd.
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.