Newark Festivals & Shows

Newark Festivals & ShowsFrom food to films, you’re sure to find a festival to please when you visit Newark. Enjoy a day (or long weekend) filled with educational activities, arts and crafts, family fun and lots of excitement. Become a part of the city’s tradition as you join in these annual events and shows!

African American Heritage Festival
Enjoy a classic carnival while simultaneously celebrating the African American culture when you come to the African American Heritage Festival in Weequahic Park. This fun-filled, family-friendly event builds on tradition, establishing a sense of pride and awareness of African American heritage as well as providing a weekend of entertainment for the diverse Newark community.

Address: Weequahic Park, Dayton/Weequahic Park, NJ 07112 - MAP
Phone: (866) 273-4441

Branch Brook Park's Cherry Blossum Festival
The beauty of spring is incarnate at Branch Brook Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival. The gorgeous, two-week long festival attracts thousands of visitors from New Jersey and surrounding areas for the elaborate performances, cultural demonstrations and family activities, not to mention the stunning blossoms of the park’s tree-lined pathways.

Address: 115 Clifton Ave., Newark, NJ 07104 - MAP
Phone: (973) 268-2300

Newark Black Film Festival
For six weeks, the Newark Black Film Festival provides the Garden State with some of the nation’s most definitive independent films. Hosted in the Newark Museum, this film festival showcases movies by emerging filmmakers, writers and directors that focus on the both past and contemporary experiences and concerns of African Americans.

Address: 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (973) 596-6550

Summit Street Fair
Find all sorts of hidden treasures at the Summit Street Fair & Craft Show, just 20 minutes away from downtown Newark. Bring out your family and friends to this festival for a day filled with live music, games, carnival rides, a variety of food and plenty of local vendors selling all sorts of homemade clothes, accessories, art and other crafts.

Address: 374 Springfield Ave., Summit NJ 07901 - MAP
Phone: (908) 277-6100
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West Orange Street Fair
When spring is in the air, the West Orange Street Fair fills downtown West Orange with more than 100 artists, vendors and performers. This smaller suburban town, only 15 minutes away from Newark, is typically quiet, but the crowds come out for this festival. Walk down the streets and enjoy fabulous food, live music and entertainment for all ages.

Address: Downtown, West Orange, NJ - MAP
Phone: (908) 654-1400
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Newark-Esses Pride
Support the LGBTIQ community at Newark-Essex Pride. This annual, weeklong event raises money for Newark’s LGBTIQ community programs. Although comparatively much smaller than similar events held in neighboring states, such as New York, Newark-Essex Pride provides a more intimate atmosphere that packs a big punch!

Address: Washington Park, Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (732) 688-7953


Maywood Springtime Family Funfest

Address: West Pleasant Ave., Maywood, NJ - MAP
Phone: (201) 998-1144


Bicycle Tour of Newark

Address: 920 Broad St., Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (973) 733-6455