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WHAT • Branch Brook Park: America’s First County Park

WHEN • June 15 • 4-6 pm

WHERE • Cherry Blossom Visitor Center/Lake St. and Park Ave.

Branch Brook Park became the First County Park in America on June 15, 1895, built on land donated to Essex County by the City of Newark. This program, a collaboration between Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience and Newark Celebration 350, will present an overview of the earliest days of Branch Brook Park; the success of the Branch Brook Park Alliance’s partnership with Essex County to restore the Park and present the research required to develop the plans for the restoration of the Park.

WHAT • Jazz Meets Dayton Street

WHEN • June 18 • 1-3 pm

WHERE • Donald K. Tucker Center/23-35 Elizabeth Ave.

This event brings together the citizens of Newark to celebrate Newark’s 350th Anniversary to the sound of Jazz and Blues. Celebrating the sweet sounds of jazz and music that filled the air in Newark by such greats as Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter, Melba Moore, James Moody and Newark’s own Antoinette Montague. Reserve seats at 203-820-8819.

WHAT • Ahead of the Curve: The Newark Museum, 1909-2016

WHEN • Opening June 18

WHERE • Newark Museum • 49 Washington St.

This installation focuses on the ways in which the Newark Museum, founded in 1909, created the model for today’s museums. Important objects from the founding collections will highlight the museum’s seminal role in establishing a place for visual learning in the City of Newark before World War I.

WHAT • Newark Stories: Newarkers Who Changed the Museum that Defined the City

WHEN • Opening June 18

WHERE • Newark Museum • 49 Washington St.

This exhibition looks at four individuals—Caroline Bamberger Fuld, Howard W. Hayes, Lida Clanton Broner and W. Clark Symington—whose love for Newark led them to support the Newark Museum.

WHAT • Progressives and Reformers: Newark Takes the Lead

WHEN • June 20 • 6 pm

WHERE • NJPAC/The Chase Room, 1 Center St.

This panel discussion reveals why Newark was at its most aspirational at the turn of the 20th century and how the city came together to tackle educational reform, take on key infrastructure projects, and create new cultural institutions. Please RSVP at [email protected]

WHAT • Newark Black Film Festival

WHEN • June 29 to August 3 • 7pm Screenings

WHERE • Newark Museum & CityPlex 12/360 Springfield Ave.

The Newark Black Film Festival, among the most prestigious black film festivals in the U.S., presents a diversity of viewpoints in black film history, presentation and progress. It is celebrating its 42nd year of exploring the black experience through cinema. On Aug. 3 at 4:30 p.m., the festival will host its biennial Paul Robeson Awards to recognize excellence in independent filmmaking.


WHAT • Ironbound July 4th Fireworks

WHEN • July 4 • 4 to 10pm

WHERE • Riverfront Park

An Independence Day Celebration featuring a fireworks show at the Passaic river and Riverfront Park in the Ironbound. Live music and family activities starting in the afternoon.

WHAT • Guard d’Avant Progressive Music Festival

WHEN • July 5, 12, 19, 26 & August 2 • 5:30 to 9pm

WHERE • Military Park, 51 Park Pl.

The 3rd Annual Guard d’Avant Progressive Music Festival is a weekly collection of alternative singers, songwriters, DJs and bands performing live in Military Park. We feature artists that have performed at festivals, including AfroPunk, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Pitchfork, and local artists.

WHAT • Insurance: Putting Newark on the Map

WHEN • July 16 • 1 pm

WHERE • Newark Public Library • 5 Washington St.

Xplore the World uncovers the history of Newark by exploring the insurance sector, which has been the largest positive aspect in the city’s 350-year history. A 20-minute documentary entitled Insurance: Putting Newark on the Map explores century-old documents looks at the economic growth insurance has provided for Newark in a story that has never been fully told.

WHAT • Hot, Hotter, Hottest: 300 Years of New Jersey Ceramics

WHEN • Opening July 22

WHERE • Newark Museum • 49 Washington St.

A new permanent gallery in the museum’s Ballantine House will be dedicated to the 300-year history of ceramics in the Garden State and will feature iconic works made in Newark. From pickle jars and pie plates, from artistic porcelains to modern studio pottery, New Jersey has one of the richest ceramic traditions in the United States.

WHAT • Festival de la Familia

WHEN • July 24 • 12-4pm

WHERE • Broadway between Bloomfield Pl. and Broad St.

Festival de la Familia, organized by La Casa de Don Pedro, is an annual family celebration of Newark’s Latino heritage and culture. Held in the North Ward, the street fair features musical performances, games, rides, and arts and crafts.


WHAT • Ecuadorian Festival

WHEN • August 13 to 15 • 10 am start

WHERE • Clover St.

This annual celebration of Ecuadorian culture and pride includes a parade, music festival, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, food and more. It takes place in the Ironbound and is promoted by the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce and Ecuadorian Consulate.

WHAT • 17th Annual International Food and Music Festival

WHEN • August 13 • 4 to 9 pm

WHERE • Ivy Hill Park, 5 Manor Dr.

A fun-filled family day featuring live music by local and professional artists, ethnic foods from around the world and child-centered activities.

WHAT • LABNJ Arts & Music Fair

WHEN • August 13 • Noon to 8 pm

WHERE • Elwood Park

La Asociación de Barranquiteños de NJ hosts its annual Arts & Music Fair, showcasing Newark’s Latino artists, at Elwood Park in the North Ward. The fair features local artists’ works in art, music, poetry, theater, pottery, sculpture, dance and papier mâché.

WHAT • Scavenger Hunt

WHEN • August 13 • 1 to 5pm

WHERE • Ballantine Gates, Branch Brook Park

A Scavenger Hunt in honor of the Newark 350th Celebration will begin in Branch Brook Park and will span most of the North Ward. If you think you’ve got what it takes to solve the clues, then get out your walking shoes and take part.

WHAT • Founder’s Day

WHEN • August 19

WHERE • Newark Museum • 49 Washington St.

The birthday of visionary educator, librarian and founding director John Cotton Dana is celebrated with a summer festival in the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Sculpture Garden. Together with a group of public officials, prominent businessmen and local collectors, Dana established the museum in 1909 and provided the intellectual leadership that made Newark’s museum one of the most progressive cultural institutions in the country.


WHAT • Brazilian Day

WHEN • September 5 to 7

WHERE • 269 Ferry St.

Brazilian Day Newark is a three-day, open-air event that celebrates Brazilian culture and the contributions of Brazilian-Americans to their community. The event features live concerts, folklore, and the cuisine and arts and crafts of Brazil.

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