Monthly Archives: May 2016

Newark Riverfront Revival Announces Summer 2016 Calendar of Events!


It’s going to be a great summer at Newark Riverfront Park and we are excited to present another season of exciting activities and events that are fun for the whole family!

This year we feature our ongoing free public fitness activities including Riverfront Yoga with fayemi shakur on Mondays at 6pm, Riverfront Zumba on Tuesday at 6pm, and our new addition, Riverfront Capoeira with Capoeira Muçurumim on Wednesdays at 7pm all located in The Meadow located on Raymond Boulevard @ Brill Street.

On river activities include our popular Boat Tours along Newark’s Riverfront and inside the Port of Newark with the Hackensack Riverkeeper and free public kayaking.

Suggested donations for Boat Tours are $5 for Newark residents and $15 for non-residents. Must be 5 years and older to sail.

Kayaking is free and open to the public, you must be 18+ to participate. Reservations are required via (201) 341-8311 or

June 26th – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

July 17th – Kayaking

July 23rd –  Riverfront Tour
12pm & 2pm

August 7 – Kayaking

August 21 – Port Tour
11am & 1pm

August 27 – Port Tour
11am & 1pm

August 28th – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

September 11 – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

September 18 – Port Tour
10am & 12pm

Learn all about the history, culture, and redevelopment of Newark’s riverfront with our Riverfront Walkshops:

June 5th – Ironbound Edition
July 17th – Downtown Edition
August 14th – North Ward Edition

Special events this year include Riverfront Open Mic nights every 2nd Wednesday of the month, Kizomba Dance Workshop with David Campos & Guida Rei followed by the Kizomba Dance Party with DJ Express on June 18th, live music with Emily & the Ideals on July 14th, Newark Hip-Hop Weekend July 8-9th, Riverfront Theater with The Movement Musical on July 16th, Family Movie Night Newark Office of Film + TV featuring Zootopia on July 22nd in The Meadow, 2nd Annual Dance Newark! on August 6th, Riverfront Movie Night sponsored by Newark Office of Film + TV featuring Purple Rain on August 12th, Riverfront Jazz with Brick City Soul Collective on August 26th and special selections from the Newark International Film Festival on September 9-11.

This season Quick Culture Meetups will return providing Newarkers an opportunity to network and discuss current events, city developments, arts, culture and more along the river on:

June 5th – Youth Edition
July 17th
August 14th

GalleryRetail will also host Outdoor Public Art Days providing interactive art projects and an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work on:

June 25th – Youth Edition
July 23rd
August 13th

Once again Newark Chess Club will host Riverfront Chess providing a beautiful backdrop for the game of strategy on:

July 7
July 21
August 4
August 18
September 1

And last, but certainly not least is our most popular event, Riverfront House Nights with DJ Omar Abdallah on:

June 17th
July 29th
August 19th – “Music Speaks” Edition with LPCCD featuring a screening of “Hands to the Sky”
September 16

There is something for everyone this summer at Riverfront Park helping us to achieve our mission of connecting every Newarker to the River!

For a full listing visit:


Newark Celebrates 350 Years on the Passaic on June 4th!

Big thanks the the Waterfront Alliance for featuring our upcoming 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day on their latest Water Wire.


Full article:

Newark Celebrates 350 Years at the Passaic River on June 4

Every year for the past five years, the residents of Newark, New Jersey have celebrated River Day—gathering at City Hall, marching bands stepping high, to parade to the Passaic River to symbolically reclaim the riverfront and launch the summer season.

This year’s parade and waterfront party—the 5th annual Walk to the Water and River Day—will take place on Saturday, June 4. And it has an extra celebratory element: the 350th anniversary of the founding of Newark.

“It’s a big deal for the city,” said Marcy DePina, program director forNewark Riverfront Revival (NRR), an initiative of the Ironbound Community Corporation that has worked with partners including The Trust for Public Land to restore and revitalize the Passaic waterfront since 2008. “The whole city is galvanized to come together and celebrate, and to imagine and look toward the future for the next 350 years.”

Today, more than 16 acres of public space along the Passaic River offers park-hungry Newark residents a breezy respite from urban life, with playing fields and playgrounds, a bikeway and walking trail, a boardwalk, and a floating dock. The park first opened in 2012, after four years of planning, community input, environmental cleanup, and fundraising.

“We try to make River Day a snapshot of all the cultures represented in Newark, so there’s a diverse offering of entertainment and education,” Ms. DePina said, listing music, theater, poetry; yoga, zumba, capoeira, dancing; and popular boat tours with Hackensack Riverkeeper.

“The EPA has a table, along with many other participants,” she added. “We talk to people about park stewardship.”

Two months ago, the EPA finalized a Superfund cleanup plan for the Passaic River. The job will entail dredging 3.5 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the river bottom and then capping it, bank to bank. “It won’t begin for the next five to ten years,” Ms. DePina said, “but people are just happy to know that the cleanup is going forward.”

On Saturday, June 4, Walk to the Water begins at 11am from Newark City Hall (920 Broad Street); Newark River Day at Riverfront Park (Raymond Boulevard btw Somme and Van Buren Streets) runs from 1pm–6pm. Visit the Newark Riverfront Revival website for more details or follow the organization on Twitter at @NewarkRiverfrnt for up-to-date information.



May 21st – 5th Annual Walk to the Water & River Day!!

Are you ready to kick of the Summer 2016 season at ‪#‎Newark‬ Riverfront Park?!?! Join us this Saturday, May 21st for the 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day in partnership with Newark Celebration 350!

Meet on the steps of Newark City Hall at 11am and Walk to the Water in symbolic reclamation of the Riverfront for the people!

Upon arrival at Riverfront Park, take part of the River Day festivities and get a taste of the upcoming 2016 season with a day filled with family friendly fun and activities featuring:

Keynote Speaker: Junius Williams

Performances by:

Shabazz High School Marching Band
Poetry by Urban Kween
Son del Caribe
Rancho de Casa Ribatejo
East Side High School Winter Color Guard
The Play of the Passaic by Earth Wing Protector Kid Heroes of Hawkins Street School
Capoeira Mucurumim
Los Pleneritos
J Read

Newark 350 Play by Yendor Productions

Boat Tours with the Hackensack Riverkeeper

DJ Omar Abdallah

Hosted by Tehsuan Glover

Rain Date – June 4th