This weekend, Jersey City has live music, the New Play Festival, and the Holi Hai Color Festival. There’s also lots of ways to give back to the community, like the SJC Trees & Trash Action Campaign, the Great Jersey City Clean Up, and more.

Strangers Stopping Strangers and Hey Bulldog
at White Eagle Hall

This Friday night, Hoboken-based Grateful Dead tribute group Strangers Stopping Strangers and New Brunswick’s Beatles jam band Hey Bulldog will be co-headlining at White Eagle Hall.

Cordas Americanas / Toomai String Quintet
with Adonis Gonzalez

“CVM welcomes Toomai String Quintet back to our stage with guest pianist and Latin Grammy nominee Adonis Gonzalez. Toomai’s program Cordas Americanas features music by some of Latin America’s most influential composers, spanning 1920s classical music to modern-day popular music.”

New Play Festival 2023: “Echoes of a Lost Son”
by Chima Chikazunga

“A decade after losing a loved one, the relationship between a healing mother and her daughter-in-law is tested when a woman walks into their life claiming to have a child with the man they both lost in the 9/11 attacks.” This event will include a Staged Reading and Q&A session.

GOMO's Open Mic & Lounge

“Music, poetry, story, dance, and more are welcome on the open mic in this bubbly and bloodless rite of spring.”

SJC Trees & Trash Action Campaign

“Join Sustainable JC's Trees & Trash Action Campaign (TTAC) and be a part of a community-wide effort to beautify our city and protect the environment! Our SJC TTAC volunteers will be helping to clean and green our neighborhoods in partnership with the Greater Neighborhood Alliance (GNA).”

The 5th Annual Great Jersey City Clean Up

“Hosted by the City of Jersey City, Keep Jersey City Beautiful (KJCB) inspires and educates people to take action toward improving and beautifying their community by mobilizing volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help clean our city on a single day!”

The All You Can Tournament 2023 – A Cure for the Community

This “video game tournament and free community e-Sports event” will have lots of different video games, as well as face painting, give-aways, and local entertainment.

Bond Vet - Jersey City Open House Party

This party, in celebration of Bond Vet’s Grand Opening of their third New Jersey clinic, will have pet cookies, human treats, and adoptable dogs.

See the “Golden Rule” Sailboat at Liberty State Park

Head to Liberty State Park this Saturday to catch the Golden Rule sailboat, which originally “set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, and which inspired the many peace makers and peace ships that followed.” This celebratory event will have live music and guest speakers.

  • Saturday, May 20
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: close to Liberation Monument, Liberty State Park, 200 Morris Pesin Dr.
  • Nature, Community event

Earl Morgan Branch Family Fitness Day

“Come out bring the whole family and enjoy a day filled with fitness, free smoothie samples, raffles, giveaways and more!”

Holi Hai Color Festival

This event, “the tri-state area's most talked about and unique celebration of the Spring Festival of Colors that originated in India,” will be “an all-day festival promoting peace, equality, and unity through cultural diversity, performances, food, and color play. This year will be a special partnership between two neighboring cities Jersey City and Hoboken with activities bringing the communities together.”

Pushing Up The Daisies Festival:
A Benefit for the Historic Cemetery

The 12th Annual Pushing Up The Daisies Festival will be this Saturday at The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery and will have live music all afternoon.

Brooke Lanier’s “Berths and Ghosts” Artist Talk
at Novado Gallery

This Saturday, Brooke Lanier will be giving an Artist Talk on her solo painting exhibition “Berths and Ghosts” at Novado Gallery.

White Eagle Hall Presents New York Night Train's
Soul Clap & Dance Off

See live rock music, hear classic soul records, and enter the dance contest on Saturday night at White Eagle Hall.

Jersey City Spring Half,10K & 5K Races

This fundraiser for JCFamilies is open to participants 14 years of age or older.

How Far Can You Walk: 2nd Annual 5K Walkathon

“Join Embrace Relief’s Second Annual 5K Walkathon and help us rebuild water wells in Africa, providing life-saving clean water for thousands!”

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Emily was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in architecture. She has a background in design, public health, radio, and comedy.