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ABOUT

Newark Arts Festival celebrates the rich diversity of the city’s expanding arts scene and welcomes the world to experience an exciting array of artist exhibitions, forums, studio tours, performances, mural excursions, screenings, children’s events and more.

Newark Arts mission is powering the arts to transform the lives of those who work, live and play in the great city of Newark, New Jersey. Established in 1981, Newark Arts was created to advance and expand the resources and offerings of arts and cultural organizations in the great city of Newark, New Jersey. Newark Arts provides leadership, direction, and technical assistance through partnerships with Newark’s many artists, arts administrators, community organizations, community development corporations, planning groups, economic development agencies, and government agencies as well as the general public.

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FESTIVAL MAP

Clusters By Day:

  • Thursday, October 4th: Halsey Street North (bordered by Washington Park; Academy Street; University Avenue; Broad Street)
  • Friday, October 5th: Market Street (bordered by Essex County College; Mulberry Street; Branford Street; Academy Street), University Heights/Fairmount (bordered by Clifton/Norfolk; 7th Avenue; Springfield; Dr. MLK Blvd)
  • Saturday, October 6th: Halsey Street South/Lincoln Park (bordered by Branford Street; Lincoln Park; University Avenue; Broad Street)/Lincoln Park
  • Sunday, October 7th: Gateway/Ironbound (bordered by Military Park; Mulberry Street; Raymond Blvd; Ferry Street; Newark Riverfront Park; Waydell Street; Rome Street; Jabez Street; Broad Street)

* For areas outside the clusters, we are promoting excursions and fun side-trips.

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GETTING HERE:

Start your Newark Arts Festival experience at our Official NAF2018 Reception Center headquartered at the Greater Newark Visitors and Convention Bureau.

NAF2018 RECEPTION CENTER

at the Greater Newark Visitors and Convention Bureau
58 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102

HOURS

Thursday, October 4th: 10am-7pm
Friday, October 5th: 10am-7pm
Saturday, October 6th: 10am-7pm
Sunday, October 7th: 10am-3pm

DIRECTIONS

FROM THE NORTH:

I-95 S toward George Washington Br/Upper Level (Crossing into New Jersey).

Merge onto I-95 S/New Jersey Tpke S (Portions toll).

Merge onto I-280 W via EXIT 15W toward Newark/Kearny (Portions toll).

Take the NJ-21 S exit, EXIT 15A, toward Newark/ARENA/IRONBOUND/Downtown ARTS.

Turn left onto McCarter Hwy/NJ-21.

Turn right onto Raymond Blvd.

Take the 2nd right onto Park Place.

Arrive at 58 Park Place, Newark, NJ.

FROM THE SOUTH:

Merge onto New Jersey Tpke N (Portions toll).

Merge onto NJ-81 N via EXIT 13A toward Newark Airport/Elizabeth Seaport (Portions toll).

NJ-81 N becomes US-1 (LOCAL) N/US-9 N/Pulaski Skwy N.

Take McCarter Hwy/NJ-21 toward US-22/Newark/Downtown.

Turn left onto Raymond Blvd.

Take the 2nd right onto Park Place.

Arrive at 58 Park Place, Newark, NJ.

MASS TRANSIT:

Hop in a taxi or ride share from Newark Penn Station to 58 Park Place.

By Bus

Bolt Bus https://www.boltbus.com/

Mega Bus https://us.megabus.com/

Greyhound https://www.greyhound.com/

By Train

NJ Transit http://www.njtransit.com

PATH http://www.panynj.gov/path

Amtrak https://www.amtrak.com

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FAQ

Q: What are the dates and times of the Festival?
A: General Festival hours are each day from noon to 9pm, however check each exhibition listing for more detailed specifics. The Festival Reception Center hours are as follows:
Thursday, October 4th: 10am-7pm
Friday, October 5th: 10am-7pm
Saturday, October 6th: 10am-7pm
Sunday, October 7th: 10am-3pm

Q: What are Clusters?
A: The Clusters are different walkable districts that Open Doors is highlighting each day during the four-day Festival. Each Cluster offers multiple art exhibits to view, purchase, and experience, plus additional amenities such as eateries, performances, and other activities. There are five Clusters this year, Halsey Street North, Market Street, University Heights/Fairmount, Halsey Street South/Lincoln Park and Ironbound/Gateway.

Q: What day is what Cluster?

A.

  • Thursday, October 4th: Halsey Street North (bordered by Washington Park; Academy Street; University Avenue; Broad Street)
  • Friday, October 5th: Market Street (bordered by Essex County College; Mulberry Street; Branford Street; Academy Street), University Heights/Fairmount (bordered by Clifton/Norfolk; 7th Avenue; Springfield; Dr. MLK Blvd)
  • Saturday, October 6th: Halsey Street South/Lincoln Park (bordered by Branford Street; Lincoln Park; University Avenue; Broad Street)/Lincoln Park
  • Sunday, October 7th: Gateway/Ironbound (bordered by Military Park; Mulberry Street; Raymond Blvd; Ferry Street; Newark Riverfront Park; Waydell Street; Rome Street; Jabez Street; Broad Street)

* For areas outside the clusters, we are promoting excursions and fun side-trips.

Q: There are so many Exhibitions. Where do I start?
A: Start with the day you are attending and then review the coordinating Cluster and its wealth of exhibitions and activities. Your best choice is hopping around the galleries and art venues that are listed in each Cluster on that Cluster’s day.

Q: Are Exhibitions organized by Cluster?
A: Yes, our list of exhibitions will be announced soon.

Q: Is the Festival free?
A: Yes, with the exception of certain Spotlight Events to be announced soon.

Q: What do I get with my purchase of Friday’s Art Crawl?
A: On Friday, October 5, 2018, join us for a fun guided gallery crawl alongside the lovely ladies of Brown Girls Bar Crawl. We’ll stop at some amazing exhibits and restaurants as we crawl through Downtown Newark, recently named the 9th most vibrant arts city in the nation. All are welcome to dress in your most artistic looks and use the hashtags #NAF2018 and #BrownGirlsBarCrawl to become a social star as your photo appears on newarkartsfestival.com.
Your $15 admission gets you a fashionable wristband with access to the discounts and/or free drinks that have been arranged at each of the galleries and venues. Please be sure to bring cash to make closing out at each stop fast and easy.
Get ready to enjoy amazing art, laughs and drinks with the smartest and best looking bar crawl crowd…EVER!

Q: Where should I park? 
A: Visit Newark Parking Finder and input the date and hours you will be at the Festival for the best parking options.

Didn’t answer your question? Email us at festival@newarkarts.org or call 973-643-1625.

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WHERE TO STAY

Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
1 Hotel Road,
Newark, NJ
973-623-0006

*Mention Newark Arts Festival at booking to receive the festival rate of $99/night. Reservations must be received on or before September 4, 2018.

Hotel Indigo Newark

810 Broad Street
Newark, NJ
973-242-0065

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Visit one of our other Greater Newark Area hotels.

Just head over to Newark Happening and BOOK NOW for Newark Arts Festival

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WHERE TO EAT

HALSEY STREET NORTH

Restaurants:
Café Carol
27 Mix
Black Swan Expresso
Burger Walla
Green Chic Pea
Harvest Table
Mocha Cafe Lounge
The Halal Guys
Qdoba

Blaze Pizza
Wok To Walk
Starbucks
Grabba Green
Fukurow
MiGente
Nizi Sushi
McGovern’s Tavern
Z Grill
Uptown Grill

Robert’s Pizza
La Cocina
Queens Pizza
Halsey Street Deli
Central Diner
Barcade
Deluxe Diner
Ono Grinds Poke

MARKET STREET & UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS/FAIRMOUNT

Market St Restaurants:
Dinosaur BBQ
Mercato Tomato Pie
Redd’s Biergarten
Novelty Burger
Suite 304
Fafjr’s
Edison Ale House
Taste Venue
Famous Cocktail Lounge
The Ainsworth Newark

University Heights Restaurants:
Resa Grill
Giovanni Pizza
Intrinsic Café
Ramen Gami
Smash Burger at NJIT
Pizza Hut
Playa Bowls
Fukurow Ramen
Boom Boom Chicken
Subway
Uptown Grill

HALSEY STREET SOUTH/LINCOLN PARK

Restaurants:
Just Fish Cafe
Vonda’s Kitchen
La Rouge
Hobby’s
Gratto Bistro
Chateau Spain
Soul Food Chess House
Allure Lounge
Sugar Daddy’s

GATEWAY/IRONBOUND

Restaurants:
Ferry St
Jimenez Tobacco Lounge
Hell’s Kitchen
Burger Bound
McWhorter BBQ
Francesa’s Pizza & Pasta
Cotidiano Café
BURG
Maize Restaurant

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100 Things To Do in Newark

100 Things to Do in Newark Before You Die is your personal tour guide to New Jersey’s largest city. Curated by Newark’s Glambassador, this comprehensive (and family-friendly) listing of 100 amazing ideas will immerse you in the best of Newark cuisine, art, history and culture. Soak up the sun and fun at Riverfront Park. Explore the breathtaking architecture of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Play, tinker and create in the MakerSPACE at the Newark Museum. Catch a Devils game at the Prudentia. 100 Things to Do in Newark Before You Die is your personal tour guide to New Jersey’s largest city. Curated by Newark’s Glambassador, this comprehensive (and family-friendly) listing of 100 amazil Center, and then head to the Ironbound for an unbelievable Brazilian burger. In Newark, the options are absolutely endless. So let’s get started, shall we? Get ready to experience the blueprint to the best of Brick City, right at your fingertips!

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JCAST

NAF2018 is pleased to partner with JCAST to cross-promote our sister cities in art!

Their Open Call is through August 26. Click on image to learn more!

Supported in part by a grant from NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.

Supported in part by a grant from NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.