All About Downtown Street Fair Returns Bigger & Better

September 16, 2016 Catherine Hecht

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The All About Downtown Street Fair is the perfect way of ending Summer and kicking off Fall here in Jersey City. The event takes place this Saturday, September 17, from 11 am to 6 pm and will run along Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Coles Street.

New for this year the fair is taking over additional surrounding streets, including Newark Avenue between Jersey Ave. and Coles St., Jersey Avenue between Newark and Columbus Ave. and 1st Street between Jersey Ave. and Coles St.

The annual event is organized by Rachel Sieg and her amazing team at the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID), a public-private partnership through which property owners and business owners have a direct impact on Historic Downtown Jersey City neighborhoods and their development.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend this year’s 6th annual event and will feature more than 300 vendors including: food and drinks, artists, vintage threads, furniture, handmade goods, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses. The kids area, on Jersey Avenue close to the intersection of Christopher Columbus Ave., will feature children’s vendors and food, face painting, bounce house, ferris wheel, additional rides, and children’s programming will be going on through out the day. If you have never been, expect a fun filled day surrounded by friends and neighbors!

Jersey City Independent will also have a booth at the fair (and is proud to be a returning sponsor).  We will be at space #230 on Newark Ave., between Jersey Ave. and Coles St. Come by and say, “Hello!” Plus pick up a copy of the JCI magazine Fall issue, and learn about becoming a contributor, Sustaining Member, Sustaining Partner, or an Advertiser.

Another Man's Treasure at the All About Downtown Festival 2014

Another Man’s Treasure at the All About Downtown Festival

FOOD

Attendees will be able kick back at South House’s beer garden, which is new for this year, in addition to sampling tasty treats, and gourmet and unusual fare from food trucks and local restaurants. For a great run down on this year’s food options check out the blog post from Jersey Eats.

ENTERTAINMENT

Live music and performances will be also featured throughout the festival. Iris Records (1st and Newark Ave.), The Rock-it Docket, and Sirelo Entertainment will be hosting stages in addition to the music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

Line up on the PATH Plaza includes:

11:00 am – 12 pm Soul Cypher
Mateo Ahki & Special Guests
3:00 pm – Stadium Status
2:00 pm – Bradford James
4:00 pm – Jay Hype
5:00 pm – Dj Pastiche & Roman Shelepenov w/ Drum Circle

Local promoter Anthony Susco (better known as Dancing Tony ) and The Rock-it Docket will provide entertainment on the corner of Bay St. and Newark Ave.

The line up includes:

11:00 am – Next Step Broadway dancers
11:15 am – The Pedestrians
11:55 am – Katja Larssen
12:20 pm – Keepin’ the Family
1:10 pm -Francine Moon
2:00 pm -DJ Kev Love
2:50 pm -Tru Soul
3:40 pm -Surati dance performance
4:00 pm -The One and Nines
5:00 pm – The Defending Champions

Sirelo Entertainment lead the Drum Parade at the All About Downtown Festival

Sirelo Entertainment lead the Drum Parade at the All About Downtown Festival

Sirena Mercado and Chelo Mercado of Sirelo Entertainment (along with the Grassroots Community Space) are hosting a stage featuring art, music, dance and special performances at Mercado Park – located on the corner of Newark and Jersey Ave. Sirelo Entertainment will also once again lead the Drum Parade & Grand Finale down Newark Avenue to close out the festival. Anyone who is interested in joining the parade should meet at Mercado Park at 4:30 pm to warm up.

The lineup includes:

Live Panting by Ivan Retro MustArt
11 am – Music on (chill ambient)  by Purple Stuff (Kevin Spyker)
12:00 pm – Boss Chick Dance Demo (Sarah Ewing)
12:20 pm – African Fusion Dance with Nia Allen
12:40 pm – Au Capoeira – Kids and Adult Capoeira Joda
1:00 pm – Hoop Dance Performance with Stevie McDole
1:20 pm -Tabla Drum Performance by Taalim’s Mike Lukshis
1:40 pm – Joseph Langham Solo (Ukelele Music)
2:00 pm – Hip Fit with Laura Miller
2:15 pm – Debra Devi
2:45 pm – Bollywood Funk Performance with Ayesha Bfunk
3:00 pm – The Apple & Tree Band
3:00 pm – DJ Switch moderate by George Soul (Georg ESoul Fernandez)
3:15 pm – Boss Chick Dance Demo (Sarah Ewing)
3:30 pm – Frank Ippolito Band with “Water Mark”
4:00 pm – African Fusion Dance with Nia Reid-Allen
4:15 pm – Tabla Drum Performance by Taalim’s Mike Lukshis
4:30 pm – Baladi Beats Bellydance with Tarik Sultan
4:45 pm – Hip Fit with Laura Miller
5:00 pm – House Music (Drummers arriving)
5:15 pm – Hoop Dance Drum Performance with Stevie McDole
5:30 pm – House Music (Drummers arriving/warm-up)
5:40 pm – House Music (Drum Parade start marching down Newark ave)

LOCATION

The festival will take place rain or shine. Residents should note that Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Coles Street, Erie Street between Columbus Drive and Newark Avenue, Bay Street between Grove and Erie Streets, Jersey Avenue between Newark and Columbus Avenue, and 1st Street between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street will all be closed to vehicular traffic during the event.

The All About Downtown Street Fair will be held Saturday, September 19,  from 11 am to 6 pm on Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Cole Street. For more information, visit jcdowntown.org.

JCI file photo by Mickey Mathis

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