Jersey City August Event Roundup

August 4, 2015 Catherine Hecht


Staying local in Jersey City does not mean doing the same boring thing. In fact there’s plenty of different cultural things happening in Jersey City and Hudson County to fill up your calendar this month.

We’ve put together a snap shot of great local activities to check out (most of which are free or under $20.) There are summer event series many of which are outdoors and family friendly, reoccurring events like flea markets where there is always something new to find, and of course date specific one time events not to be missed.

We hope you’ll be inspired to go out and try a new venue, see a new band, explore another part of the city and celebrate another culture for a day. Enjoy staying local this month and as always, thanks for reading!

The Jersey City Reservoir is hosting two kayaking days this month one on Sunday, August 9 and the other on Saturday, August 22. As always, kayaking is free at the JC Reservoir but donations are always appreciated. (10 am-3 pm, free)

Michelle Timek Yoga holds free waterfront yoga the 2nd Saturday of every month through September at J. Owen Grundy Park at Exchange Pl. (9-10:15 am, free)

Simply Feel Better (436 Central Ave) holds a Be The Peace You Wish To See Workshop every Thursday night. Create and experience personal and community peace using moving meditation, Reiki, color therapy, Chakra Balancing, Kinesthetic body balancing. (6:30-7:30 pm, $10 donation)

6th Borough Market takes place every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month in the parking lot on Montgomery Street & Marin Blvd. The market is filled with a balanced mix of craft and vintage merchants, and delicious food vendors and family activities. (11 am-5 pm, free)

The Hudson Flea (140 Sip Ave.) is an indoor flea market located just steps from the Journal Square PATH Station and is held every Saturday and Sunday Hudson Flea showcases art, vintage, furniture, hand-made, collectibles, crafts, one-of-a-kind art and much more. (11 am-5 pm, free)

The Pacific Flea (149 Pacific Ave.) is held the 2nd Saturday of every month and boasts a unique shopping experience featuring fine craft, antique and vintage items, live music, curated art shows, outdoor street art and rotating food trucks. (11 am-6 pm, free)

Liberty State Park Summerfest free concerts are held every Tuesday and Sunday. Featured performers this month include the Moonlighters Orchestra (8/4),  Nick Stefanacci (8/9), Soul Finderz (8/11), Cintron Band (8/16), Valarie Adam and the Dimension Band (8/18), Oli Silk Smooth (8/23), Redeemed Grace (8/25), Urban Guerrilla Orchestra (8/30) – check listings for times and park locations.

The Jazz for Lunch series continues every Wednesday at the J. Owen Grundy Park Pier at Exchange Place. This month features performances from Rich Reiter Jazz Quartet (8/6), Gordon James Band (8/13), Bryan Beninghove (8/20), Joel Zelnik (8/27). (noon-2 pm, free)

Live music continues every Wednesday at the MLK HUB located at Martin Luther King Dr. and Ege Ave. This month’s performers include P.R.I.M.E. (8/5),  Trusol and R&B April (8/12), and the Douglas Sisters and Harvest Dance Band (8/19). (5:30-8 pm, free)

PATH Summer Sounds features live music every Thursday at the Journal Square PATH Plaza (1 Journal Square.) This month’s performers include Julian and Dominiqe (8/5), the Frank Valdes Quartet (8/13), the Gordon James Quartet 8/20, and Stiletto and the Saxman (8/27). (noon-2 pm, free)

The Kennedy Dancers perform at Summer Dance Fest every Thursday at the J. Owen Grundy Park Pier at Exchange Place. Featured professional dancers and the Inner City Youth Junior Dance Co. will perform different styles of dance numbers including modern dance, Latin Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Belli Dance. (6:30-8 pm, free)

Carrino Provisions (8 Erie St.) presents a “Songwriter Series” every other Thursday featuring live music by Dina Rudeen (8/6) and Sandy Bell (8/20). No drink minimum and no cover fee. (7-10 pm, free)

The Lincoln Inn (13 Lincoln St) features live music every Saturday night, performers this month include: Irving Louis Lattin (8/8), Karyn Kuhl Band (8/15), Barry Ryan’s Rockabilly Express (8/22),  The Sensational Country Blues Wonders! and Twiddlin’ Thumbs (8/29.) (9 pm, free)

Free outdoor movies continue to be played throughout the month in Jersey City and Hudson County parks. Movies include: Annie (8/5),  St. Vincent (8/5),  Cinderella (8/5), Hook (8/5), Frozen (8/6 & 8/19), Stuart Little (8/7), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (8/12), Paddington (8/12 & 8/19), Despicable Me 2 (8/12), Big Hero 6 (8/13), 101 Dalmatians (8/14), Muppets Most Wanted (8/19), City Lights (8/21), Back To The Future (8/21.) *Read our article for the full line up of outdoor summer movies in Hudson County Parks.

Tuesday, August 4
The opening reception of Kayt Hester’s solo show “10 Years of Tape” will be held at LITM, 140 Newark Ave. This exhibit celebrates 10 years of the artists work with  a look back at all her various themes and phases throughout the last decade reinterpreted in brand new images. All pieces are created in her signature medium: hand torn masking tape. A percentage of the proceeds from this show will benefit The Companion Animal Trust,  the Hudson County Animal League, and Beth’s Kitten Coalition. (7-11 pm, free) *Read more in our our article Kayt Hester: A Decade Worth of Tape

The Jersey City Ballroom (189 Brunswick St.) is holding an open house. Stop in and check out the studio, take a mini-class, enjoy the dance floor, nibble on some refreshments and cheer on dance students as they demonstrate what they have learned! (9:15 – 10 pm)

Wednesday, August 5
Groove on Grove features live music, food and fun every Wednesday. This week’s event features performances by San Simon (6 pm), Sylvana Joyce and the Moment (7 pm), Universal Rebel (8 pm). This weeks event also includes tons of artisan vendors at the Arts and Maker Market. The Grove Street PATH Plaza. (5-9 pm, free)

Thursday, August 6
Hudson Shakespeare Company performs Hamlet in Hamilton Park, 25 W. Hamilton Pl. (7-10 pm, free)

Friday, August 7
Opening reception for “Eternal Glory” a fine art exhibit by the Jersey City Artist Initiative will be held at City Hall, 280 Grove St. (7-8 pm, free)

Tea NJ (262 Newark Ave) presents “Recollection” paintings by Pat Massett. Take A walk down memory lane with a collection of paintings from his childhood. (9 pm, free)

Saturday, August 8
If you live or work in Jersey City and are concerned about the many feral and stray cats on your streets, here’s some good news. The Neighborhood Cats organization will lead a half-day workshop teaching best practices in TNR (trap-neuter-return) at the Jersey City Animal Control office, 199 Summit Ave. (10:30 am – 2 pm, free)

The 12th annual Bolivian Parade will lite up Jersey City as the colorfully costumed marchers make their way from Hamilton Park traveling down Jersey Ave., turning at Newark Ave., then onto Grove St. and ending in front of City Hall. (noon-3 pm, free)

Join Iris Records (114 Brunswick St.) for a live performance from Doc Reevez and 2 Hungry Bros to celebrate the release of their new album, “Recipe For Disaster.” Guest performance by world class digger and producer, Jesus Himself. (3-5 pm, free)

Sunday, August 9
6 teams will be competing in a process of elimination at the Jersey City Annual Stickball Tournament. Bring a chair, relax and enjoy! (11 am- 6 pm, free)

Writer Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl will be at Word Bookstore (123 Newark Ave.) to discuss their book Rad American Women A-Z, the  trailblaizing women featured in the book and why they wanted to put this resource together. A fun and engaging way to introduce children of all ages to amazing iconic women. (4-5 pm, free)

Wednesday, August 12
The New Jersey Blood Services blood drive will be at Groove on Grove this week from 2:30-8:30 pm. Donors will receive a pair of Mets Tickets! This week will feature “A Hot August Night Showcase!” Full music line up still being finalized, check the JCI calendar for updates. The Grove Street PATH Plaza. (6-9 pm, free)

The 112th Annual La Festa Italiana kicks off at Holy Rosary Church (344 6th St.) and continues through Sunday, August 16. This old world Italian feast features live music each night, food and drinks (including Italian delicacies made on site by local parishioners like fresh hot Zeppoles, their famous Rice Balls, assorted desserts, and lemony Limoncello), children’s activities and local vendors. (5-11 pm Wednesday through Saturday, noon-9 pm Sunday, free)

Jersey City Writers presents a literary reading event featuring all things magic, epic and unexpected. The event will be held at Art House Productions (136 Magnolia Ave.) and will also feature a reading from Sally Slater, author of Paladin, a fantasy adventure novel that has garnered over 10.5 million reads on the social networking platform for readers and writers, Wattpad. (7-9 pm, $10)

Friday, August 14
Live at the Lumberyard (428 Palisade Ave.) outdoor concert series continues with Twiddlin’ ThumbsZydeco Revelators, and Universal Rebel. (7-10 pm, free)

Live music at the Dopeness (322 2nd St) featuring performances by Xenophile, Fall of the Albatross, The Great Airport Mystery, Misdirect. (8:00 pm, $10)

Saturday, August 15
The 5th annual NJ West Indian Family Fun Day will be held in Lincoln Park. Come early, bring your family, cooler, set up your grill and enjoy the show. The event features children’s activities local DJs, dancers, and artists.  (11 am – 7 pm, free)

The Indo-American Parade and Festival kicks off at India Square (Newark Ave.) and makes it way to Leonard Gordon Park. (noon-5 pm, free)

JCFamiles and Playmusician present an Indian Independence Day Celebration at Hamilton Park with live bands, dance performances, food and fun. (3-9 pm, free)

Celebrate Puerto Rican culture at a two-day festival and parade this weekend. (The parade is tomorrow – see below.) The Puerto Rican Festival runs Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 and features Puerto Rican music, dancing, food and drinks at Exchange Place. (2 pm-10 pm, free)

Hudson Shakespeare Company performs Hamlet at The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Ave. (7-10 pm, $10)

Sunday, August 16
The 55th annual Puerto Rican Parade kicks off from Kennedy Blvd. at Lincoln Park and makes its way down Montgomery St. to City Hall. The parade starts at 1 pm and is estimated to run until 3 pm. (The festival continues today at Exchange Place, 2 pm-10 pm.)

Filmmakers Chris J. Cullen and Chris Capaci have returned to the Brightside Tavern (141 Bright St.) for a one day only “Shorts Fest Film Series.” Celebrating the short film in many different categories on two screens with a fun award show at the end of the night. (9-10 pm, $8)

Wednesday, August 19
This week’s Groove on Grove will feature “The Rock Emporium!” Full music line up still being finalized, check the JCI calendar for updates. The Grove Street PATH Plaza. (6-9 pm, free)

The City of Jersey City and NJCU presents the Sounds of Summer outdoor music concerts. This month features a Jazz concert at Lincoln Park with performances by Winard Harper and Jeli Posse. (6-8 pm, free)

Friday, August 21
Art House Productions (136 Magnolia Ave.) presents a Dance Party to benefit the “Your Move Dance Festival.” Come boogie the night away with a live DJ, swing dance lessons from Jersey City Ballroom, and catch pop-up surprise performances throughout the night. (7-10 pm, $10)

Come out and see live music at Lucky 7’s (322 2nd St.) bands playing include: Vancouver Riots, Lip Action and Nervous Dater. (8 pm, free)

Saturday, August 22
Join the Astor Place Neighborhood Association’s Men and Women of Excellence for their Annual Festival of “The Celebration of Family.” The outdoor festival will be held at (Astor Pl. and Monticello Ave.) and features music, food, cycling, crafts, face panting, vendors, healthcare and educational resources (noon-7 pm, free)

Come out for an afternoon of Argentine Tango at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Free Lessons start at 5:15 pm. (5-7:30, free)

Sunday, August 23
Glen Coleman plays live music at Tea NJ (262 Newark Ave.) Rock the end of summer in music, friendship, laughter, singing, and of course, good food. (2-4 on, free)

Wednesday, August 26
This week’s Groove on Grove will feature “Grove on Grove’s Back to School Special!” Full music line up still being finalized, check the JCI calendar for updates. The Grove Street PATH Plaza. (6-9 pm, free)

Friday, August 28
Live music at the Dopeness (322 2nd St) featuring performances by Simple State, Fiscal Cliff, and After the Spider Band. (7:00 pm, $10)

Saturday, August 29
Come out and show your PRIDE at the 15th annual LGBT Pride Festival! The event will be held on Newark Ave. (between Grove St. and Jersey Ave.) for the first time this year and is hosted by the Gayborhood Jersey City and Humanity Pride Productions. The festival is a celebration of gay culture and history as well as a chance to raise awareness about local and national Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender issues. There will be music, dancing, non-profit organizations, and vendors selling food and drinks, clothing, jewellery and more. (noon-8 pm, free)

Live music at the Dopeness (322 2nd St) featuring performances by Chimes, Dialogue from a Silent Film, Dreamdriver, and Sol Ardour. (7:00 pm, $10)

Sunday, August 30
Get your wheels ready! Rockit Docket presents “Roller Disco” at Enos Jones Skate Rink. This is a fundraiser for the skate park… bring your own skates, skateboards, etc. and enjoy the music! (2-10 pm, $8 adults, $4 kids – suggested donation.)

For additional local event listings, including ArtsFamily FriendlyMarkets and more visit our Cultural Calendar.

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JCI File Photo: Zeppole Making at La Festa Italiana

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