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What’s going on in JC? July 21 – July 26

Here’s our list of family-friendly events and activities in the Jersey City and Hoboken area this week. Check out a rockin’ BBQ tomorrow, see a concert in the out of doors or head out for Hudson Restaurant Week! Plus much more, this week…

Events

Lucky 7’s Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll BBQ

Jersey City Independent reported on this event yesterday. There isn’t much else online except some Tumblr mentions from jcgastronomer. It all happens Saturday at Lucky 7’s in downtown Jersey City. They will be shutting down Second Street to celebrate! The grills start at 1pm and the bands begin at 2pm. Plan on plenty of cold beer (complete with a beer garden) and their sweet teas. Plus, a menu including ribs, suckling pig, mac-n-cheese and cornbread. Bands performing include The Static Sea, The Micks, They Live and more! Saturday, July 21 beginning at 1pm at Lucky 7’s, 322 2nd Street, Jersey City.

Summerfest Concerts on the Hudson

This FREE music series takes place on Sundays and Tuesdays through August 14 in Liberty State Park. This Sunday, Kim Lawrence and
Don Carter (big band music) will perform. Tuesday night David Cedeno (Latin music) will perform. The concerts take place at the gardens behind Liberty House Restaurant. FREE. Sunday, July 22 from 5pm – 7pm and Tuesday, July 24 from 7pm – 9pm at Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

Hudson Restaurant Week

While NYC Restaurant Week is going strong, don’t forget about this side of the river! Hudson Restaurant Week begins on Monday, July 23. Run by the creator of Get Out Hudson Magazine and HudsonPulse.com, Tamara Remedios, this bi-annual “culinary celebration” has been promoting Hudson County restaurants since 2005. Participating restaurants in Jersey City include Edward’s Steakhouse ($18 lunch and $35 dinner), Hamilton Inn ($18 lunch and $35 dinner), Maritime Parc ($35 dinner), Satis Bistro ($30 dinner) and more. Some restaurants participating in Hoboken include Clinton Social ($30 dinner), Amanda’s ($35 dinner) and more. Be sure to check the listings for available dates and special menus. It all begins Monday, July 23 and will conclude on Friday, August 3.

Newport Beach Party 

A beach in Jersey City? Yes! The new Newport Green park area has a little beach, right on the Hudson. This local food festival will be setting up shop there on Wednesday with some of the Newport’s top chefs. FREE. Wednesday, July 25 from 6pm – 8pm at Newport Green, Jersey City.

Films in Van Vorst

This Wednesday, Films in Van Vorst will be showing the 2011 film The Help. Bring your chair and blanket and “leave your cell phones at home.” Wednesday, July 25 at 8:30pm in Van Vorst Park, Jersey City.

Hoboken Family Fun Nights 

These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! This Tuesday, check out The Fuzzy Lemons, “the juiciest family-friendly rock band on the scene.” This event is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s. Tuesday, July 24 at 7pm at Shipyard Park, Hoboken.

Groove on Grove 

Wednesday night, head to the Grove Street PATH Plaza and check out this week’s Groove on Grove theme: A Collection of Accounts Showcase. Live music will feature Duck Goose, Sandra Small and the Small World Bands and Winner Takes All Collective. Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. Wednesday, July 25 from 6pm – 9pm (rain or shine) at the Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City.

Movies Under the Stars

Movies begin at 9pm in June and July and around 8:15pm in August. Bring blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to get comfy in the park. You can bring food, but alcohol is not permitted. Strangely enough, this week Hoboken Movies Under the Stars is showing The Help, the same movie as VVP is screening this week. There will be no movie showing on August 1. FREE. Wednesday, July 25 at 9pm at Pier A Park, Hoboken.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park 

This week, the Guitar Bar Allstars performs. Don’t forget your picnics and blankets! FREE. Thursday, July 26 from 5:30pm – 10:30pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, Hoboken.

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What’s going on in JC? July 10 – July 15

Here’s our list of family-friendly events and activities in the Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC area this week. Also, keep up with what’s going on locally: parking restrictions in Hamilton Park area for a commercial shoot, stuff for Mom & Dad to do and a great deal for Liberty Science Center tickets!

Parking Restrictions

ABC/Disney will be filming in Hamilton Park on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13. There will be no parking on McWilliams Place from 9am – 5pm on either day. Defiant Productions will be filming a television promo for ABC/Disney’s upcoming talk show Katie, Katie Couric’s new show. Here’s a note from the production company with more info.

Events

Con Vivo Music Series

This music series takes place at Mercado Park, on the southeast corner of Newark and Jersey Avenues. This free event features chamber music and is tonight! Tuesday, July 10 from 6pm – 8pm at Mercado Park, Jersey City.

 

Hoboken Family Fun Nights 

These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! Tonight check out After 3 Theatre and Mother Goose. “Celebrating the rich imagery of familiar rhymes, songs and stories, Mother Goose involves boys and girls ages 2 – 8 in a merry adventure.” Tuesday, July 10 at 7pm at Shipyard Park, Hoboken.

Groove on Grove 

Tomorrow night head to the Grove Street PATH Plaza and check out this week’s Groove on Grove theme: Favela Chic Showcase: Special Au Capoiera Performance. Live music will feature United States of Bugaloo, Kiwi and Olhos d’Agua. Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. The Taco Truck will be joining in on the fun this week! Wednesday, July 11 from 6pm – 9pm (rain or shine) at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

Movies Under the Stars

Movies begin at 9pm in June and July and around 8:15pm in August. Bring blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to get comfy in the park. You can bring food, but alcohol is not permitted. Get a babysitter, because tomorrow night they are showing (one of my new faves) Bridesmaids, rated R. FREE. Wednesday, July 11 at 9pm at Pier A Park, Hoboken.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park 

This week, it’s the Hoboken Summer Bash! Enjoy performances by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and don’t forget your picnics and blankets! Hosted by Frank Raia. Thursday, July 12 from 5:30pm – 10:30pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, Hoboken.

Grassroots Community Rhythm Drumming Circle

The Grassroots Community Space holds a community rhythm drumming circle on the second Friday of each month. They welcome people of all ages to “bring an instrument and share their own rhythm with the rest of the community.” You must bring your own instrument, as they will not be provided and feel free to come and listen and dance. $5 donation. Friday, July 13 from 7pm – 9pm at Grassroots Community Space, 54 Coles Street, Jersey City.

Saint Anthony’s Festival

This is one of my very favorite local events in Jersey City! Saint Anthony’s of Padua Church hosts a festival/carnival every year on Sixth Street from Brunswick to Coles in Jersey City. It’s a mixture of old-school block party and NYC street fair. Indulge in Polish, Italian, Spanish and Philippino foods. Grab some beers for $4 and play games at the Midway! There will be live music from Rb Express, Sequoia and Pogo Dance Band! Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 from 5pm – 11pm and Sunday, July 15 from 1pm – 10pm. 330 Sixth Street, Jersey City.

City of Water Day

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is working to “transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Waterways to make them cleaner and more accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all.” Sounds good, right? This Saturday, celebrate City of Water Day in either Liberty State Park or Governors Island in NYC. There will be free ferries running between the two locations all day, so feel free to check out both! There are even “in your neighborhood” locations in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Hudson River Park and Staten Island and more, with more activities including an “urban swim” in the Hudson River. Liberty State Park will host exciting waterfront activities like guided historic boat tours, paddle boards, kayak tours, live music, wildlife demos from the Turtle Back Zoo and kid’s activities like a wave tank and face painting. Plus much more! For a map of City Water Day and directions click here. Saturday, July 14 from 10am – 4pm at Liberty State Park, Jersey City and Governors Island, NYC.

Deals

Liberty Science Center Discounted Tickets

This Travelzoo deal will get you an adult ticket, plus a free child ticket (a $29 value) for $16.75 to the Liberty Science Center. The deal is good for admission through September 3 and parking is not included. You have three more days to grab this deal. Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City.

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Jersey City Family Activities & Events

Here are some of the family-friendly events, activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City and Hoboken area!

Events

Groove on Grove 

Normally Groove on Grove is on Wednesdays, but this week you can catch it tomorrow for JC Fridays at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Listen to music from Ghetto Folk and Devi. Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. Friday, June 1 from 5pm – 11pm rain or shine. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

Torico’s Reopens! 

As we reported last week, Torico’s Ice Cream Parlor reopens tomorrow! Get delicious homemade ice cream for the first time in a year and a half. Friday, June 1 from 11am – 11pm at 20 Erie Street, Jersey City.

A Sound Start Demo Classes 

This Friday catch some FREE demo classes from A Sound Start. Classes include Kindermusik and Itsy Bitsy Yoga. Click here for class times. Also, the normal Saturday drop-in music class is free at 11am. No reservations required for any of the classes. Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at A Sound Start, 489 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City.

Bike JC Ward Tour 

This bike tour spans 15 miles and goes through all six wards of Jersey City. Click here for a map of the route. In person rider registration begins at 9:30am at Exchange Place and the tour begins at 11am.  The tour ends and the fun begins at 1pm – 5pm back at Exchange Place with live music, beer and “Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fair.” Sunday, June 3 beginning at 11am at Exchange Place, Jersey City. Rain date June 10.

Hoboken Family Fun Nights Begin 

The family fun begins on Tuesday and kicks off with Polka Dot Pals. These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! Tuesday, June 5 at 7pm at Shipyard Park, Hoboken.

Deals of the Day

NJ Children’s Museum 

This Groupon deal is offering a visit for two or four to the Children’s Museum in Paramus. Choose from two options: $10 for two tickets ($20 value) or $18 for four tickets ($40 value). Limited quantities available! Map.

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Jersey City Family Activities & Events

Here are some of the family-friendly events, activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City and Hoboken area!

Events & Activities

Groove On Grove 

Every Wednesday, catch live music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Tonight is “Shes & Hims Showcase” and the lineup includes Vanessa Perea, Brendan Kibbee and more! Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade and Saigon Café. Pick up some good street eats at The Taco Truck, who is stationed here every Wednesday evening! Wednesday, May 16 from 6pm – 9pm rain or shine. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map.

JC Farmer’s Markets 

The Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market returned for another bountiful summer on Monday. You can check it out Mondays and Thursdays at the Grove Street PATH Plaza from 4pm – 8pm. The Hamilton Park Farmer’s Market returns today and this year it’s better than ever! Now boasting 15 vendors, this market has something for everyone this year. Vendors include, our personal favorite, Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade, Stony Hill Gardens, Pizza Vita Mobile Pizza Truck (which was amazing and wildly popular!) and more. Bring your reusable totes every Wednesday from 3pm – 7pm around the Hamilton Park Gazebo.

Pilates in the Park Fundraiser

In its fifth year, Renaissance Pilates is hosting this fundraiser to benefit cystic fibrosis. The nephew of Danielle Buccellato, founder of Renaissance Pilates, Stanley Zolek is the spokesman of the event. Come for a free 55-minute Pilates class on the Hudson River and donate money to the cause. A raffle will be held, along with a champagne toast at City Bistro’s rooftop. Saturday, May 19 starting at 9am in Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken. Map.

Hoboken Citywide Yard Sale & Flea Market

This citywide event will take place at 25 different locations across Hoboken. Find everything you can imagine! Beginning Friday, May 18, click here for a listing of locations. Saturday, May 19 from 10am – 3pm, Hoboken.

Deals of the Day

Bowling for One or Five People 

This new Amazon Local deal offers discount bowling at Nationwide Bowling Center, which has a Jersey City location called Hudson-Bayonne Lanes 1. Choose from two games for $7 (a $14 value) or $25 for two hours of bowling, with shoe rentals for up to five people (a $75 value). Garfield Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. Map.

One-Year Online Language Course 

I know this isn’t technically a local deal, since it’s an online company, but I think it’s a really good one! Livemocha.com and Google is offering one-year of an online language course for $39 (normally $99.95). As a mom, I’m always looking to learn something new, but don’t always have the time. This is a really convenient way to conquer that dilemma. Choose from more than 35 languages and log on anytime, from anywhere. There’s only three more days to grab this deal.

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Jersey City Family Activities & Cinco de Mayo Events

Here are some of the family-friendly events, activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City and Hoboken area!

Jersey City Street Closure Alert

The following streets in Jersey City will be closed Wednesday, May 2; Thursday, May 3; Friday, May 4 and Monday May 7 from 7am – 4pm. Expect traffic delays.

  • York Street from Van Vorst to Washington
  • Warren Street from Montgomery to York Street

Events

Groove On Grove 

Every Wednesday, catch live music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Tonight is “Dos De Mayo Fiesta” and the lineup includes Karikatura, The Machete Movement and more! Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. Wednesday, May 2 from 6pm – 9pm rain or shine. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map.

 

Project 365 Jersey City Green Week

Project 365: Jersey City Green Week will give residents local events each day of the week that “highlight and promote green and sustainable living throughout the year.” On Thursday, May 3, “explore, dine & shop” at various local businesses in town. By printing your “green pass” here you can save at participating local businesses through Saturday, May 5. A few restaurants include Marco and Pepe, Skinner’s Loft, The Iron Monkey and more. On Friday, May 5 there will be a Green Crafts Fair at the Grove Street PATH plaza beginning at 2pm. The five-day event concludes on Saturday, May 5 at Van Vorst Park for Green Events & Games from 11am – 3pm, with activities including a bike tour with Bike JC, multiple clean-up activities, kayaking at Jersey City Reservoir 3 and much more. This event is happening now and lasts through Saturday, May 5. Click here for details.

 

Seventh Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta

Come and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a parade and block party in downtown Jersey City! The two-block parade will begin across from City Hall (179 Grove Street) in downtown Jersey City. The parade begins at 4pm and the party begins at 5pm and will last until midnight. Enjoy live entertainment, food and more! Friday, May 4 from 4pm – midnight. 179 Grove Street, Jersey City. Map.

 

4th Street Arts 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off and Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 

This local Jersey City annual event challenges local restaurants and resident chefs to make chili and compete for the title “Best Chili in Chilltown.” Admission is $5/person and VIP entry is $25/person with an advanced ticket purchase and access to the event an hour early starting at 12:30pm. Judge’s Choice will be announced at 4:30pm and People’s Choice at 5:30pm. There will be lots of chili, cold beer, live music and much more! Saturday, May 5 from 1:30pm – 6:30pm. Purchase tickets here and RSVP via their Facebook page here. This event is kid-friendly, but leave the furry friends at home. 4th Street between Newark and Merseles, Jersey City. Map.

 

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival 

Come and check out this huge event with more than 300 artists, crafters, restaurants and more! There will be three stages of live music featuring acts like The dB’s, Freedy Johnston and more. There will be children’s activities on 3rd Street including rides, games, balloons, live performances and face painting. Sunday, May 6 from 11am – 6pm rain or shine. The festival will take place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street in Hoboken. Map.

Deals of the Day

Two Weeks of Sleep-Away Summer Camp

With this livingsocial deal, pay just $500 and get two weeks of sleep-away camp for your child ages seven – 16 from June 30 – July 15, July 17 – 31 or August 2 – 15. This deal is from Trail Blazer Camps and is in Montague, NJ. Only 12 days left on this deal! 210 Deckertown Turnpike, Montague, NJ. Map.

Classes and Play Time at My Gym 

This deal, brought to you by Plum District (formerly Doodle Deals), offers four classes, four free play visits and a lifetime membership at My Gym (up to $160 value). There are 15 locations available, including Hoboken. The deal expires in three days. My Gym locations.

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Jersey City Family Events & Activities

Here are some of the family-friendly events, activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City, Hoboken and Northern NJ area!

Groove On Grove

Every Wednesday, catch live music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Tonight’s lineup includes The Aster Pheonyx Project, J Ross Parrelli, a BMX demo by Grove Street Bicycles and more! Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade & Saigon Café. Wednesday, April 25 at 6pm. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map .

The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long! 

The family-favorite movie comes to life! Join in and sing along with the songs of The Wizard of Oz. If you dress in costume, you will receive a special surprise! April 26 – April 29 from 7pm – 9pm. Monroe Center for the Arts, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken. Map.

Arbor Day Celebration at Terhune Orchards 

This farm and orchard is such a fun place for a family daytrip! It’s one of my family’s personal weekend favorites. This Friday, Terhune, in Princeton, will be celebrating Arbor Day by inviting families and pre-school kids to the farm for story time and a free blue spruce seedling. FREE event, Friday, April 27 at 10am and 4pm. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ. Map.

Deals of the Day

Family Membership to Newark Museum

Brick City’s been all the talk these days. Now you and your family can be a part of it and experience the local culture that Newark Museum has to offer! This livingsocial deal boasts a one-year membership to the museum for two adults and up to four kids (with four tickets to the Planetarium) for just $30! If you are looking for some summer fun on a budget, this deal is for you. This deal expires in five days. Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. Map.

Massage Packages at Serenity Day Spa

Moms and Dads need deals, too! This grown-up only deal, brought to us by Groupon, gives a great deal for a massage right here in Jersey City at Serenity Day Spa. Choose from a 60-minute Swedish massage and paraffin treatment (normally $110) for $49 or a 60-minute couples massage, aromatherapy and two glasses of wine (normally $230) for $89. This deal expires in one day! (If you miss the deal, they are currently offering grand opening specials like $1/minute power massages or $50 for some massages and treatments.) Serenity Day Spa, 262 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ. Map.

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