Our Top 12 Events for July 2016
As the weather heats up, so does our event calendar with over 300 events. There's something for everyone and then some! Here are our recommendations for things to do in July.
July 3 & July 6: Fireworks in Newark
Although we'll be missing the thunderous boom on the 4th itself we have two fireworks shows to view. On July 3, Riverfront Park will have vendors, carnival rides, music and fireworks along the Passaic and a few days later you can catch some Motown and fireworks over the greens at Weequahic Park.
July 7: Sounds of the City
Music is HUGE in Newark with many of the city's go to music events kicking off in July and the biggest one being NJPAC's Sounds of the City. Thursday evenings from 5-9pm you can catch a high profile performance for free in front of the theater. This summer the line-up include Felix Hernandez, Universal Hip Hop Museum with Rakim, Junior Marvin's Wailers, Avery Sunshine, Tortured Soul and Bilal. Get all the details.
July 5: Guard D'Avant Music Festival
For the third year, Military Park will be filled with live bands and DJ's on Tuesdays from 5-9pm. Programmed by Newarkers, Shayna and Peter Winstead, it showcases new and upcoming talent as well as headliners like Anna Wise and DJ Sliink. More details and full line-up.
July 7: Jazz in the Garden
Thursday afternoons, enjoy your lunch at Newark Museum as world class musicians hit the "garden." You can bring a brown bag lunch or have some tasty delights from local vendors. Free for members, $5 for non-members. The schedule includes: Lenny White, Brandee Younger, Charenee Wade, Mino Cinelu, Woody Shaw Legacy Ensemble. See who else is on the list.
July 9: Hip Hop Night
Riverfront Park presents a day focused on hip-hop for political, social and environment justice. There will be performances by Rah Digga, Rhymageddon, Nene Ali, Samad Savage, Sol Zalez, Jonathan Stamper, Oskii. More details and info on hip-hop movie.
July 6: Newark Black Film Festival
Wednesday evenings you can view a series of films paired with local and talented speakers to create discussion after the film. The festival includes A Ballerina's Tale, Ayanda and many more. Also check out the youth series that hosts free film viewings for little ones at the Library on Mondays and the Museum Wednesday mornings. See both schedules.
July 14-17: Newark Pride Fest
Newark's Pride Committee has put together a tight schedule packed with cinema, parties, awards, game shows, cookouts, festival and more. See entire schedule of happenings.
July 17: Kayak on the Passaic
See the city from the water with a great activity for all. Enjoy Kayaking on the Passaic River from Riverfront Park. Although free, reservations are required. Details are here.
July 24: Festival de la Familia
A North Ward street fair hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro that offers musical performances, games, rides, arts and crafts and much more. Get details.
July 5: Free Films at CityPlex
Starting July 5th and running Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the rest of the summer, CityPlex puts together a line-up of films with a child in mind. All movies and showings are free and are on a first come, first served basis. See entire schedule.
July 16 & 23: Let Us Create
Be artistic in Washington Park as artists of all ages convene to paint, draw and be creative. Bring your easels, canvases, paints, brushes and more to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Learn more.
July 12: Dodge Poetry Readings
Tuesday afternoons starting July 12 through mid August, get a taste of what's to come this fall with Dodge Poetry Readings in Military Park. Read more.
July 29-31: Lincoln Park Music Festival
The month closes out with the iconic music festival that comes together on Lincoln Park. Although the line-up of artists haven't been revealed (yet), it's always a destination. Friday is Gospel/Youth Showcase, Saturday is House Music and Sunday is Hip Hop. Keep your eye out here when we reveal the details.
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