July 29th - August 4th: Goodbye July, Hello August! - This Week In The HDSID
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July 29th – August 4th: Goodbye July, Hello August!

We are almost entering the month of August (insert shocked Kevin McAllister from Home Alone, face here!) We still have a whole month and a half left of summer so don’t despair just yet! Plus, in August, we have Jersey City Pride Month and a number of downtown businesses will have some amazing events to celebrate! In the meantime, the District has you covered for the week ahead with events featuring live music, Artist & Maker Market, Hudson Restaurant Week and so much more!




Hudson Restaurant Week

There’s still time to enjoy Hudson Restaurant! Until August 2, enjoy a variety cuisines from the plethora of restaurants participating. The Historic Downtown District is represented by:

  • Ani Ramen
  • Hard Grove
  • Latham House
  • Pasta dal Cuore
  • Pasta e Vino
  • South House
  • Talde

Don’t forget to make reservations (if you need to), check out which other restaurants are participating and enjoy the food! For more information please visit: http://hudsonrw.com


WORD Presents Emperors of the Deep with William McKeever

Bruce the Shark from Finding Nemo and Shark Tales or Shark Week and Jaws … sharks bring out awe or fear in people. On Monday, July 29th, author and filmmaker William McKeever will be on hand at Word to screen a preview of the movie Man Bites Shark and talk about his book Emperors of the Deep at 7:00 pm. Before going off of fear, let’s educate ourselves on sharks. This is a great opportunity to learn about this creatures and how they function.

Here’s a little bit about the book and the author

In this remarkable and groundbreaking book, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores the secret lives of sharks—magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and ultimately the planet.

From blockbusters like Jaws to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying, cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Ocean Guardian founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species—Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White—as never before.

At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean—if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.


Tickets are available on www.wordbookstores.com

WORD Jersey City

123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


Soul of Sake XI at Ani Ramen

Soul of Sake is back! Get your tickets and enjoy some delicious appetizers, ramen and, of course, sake! This month’s event is taking place on Tuesday, July 30th at 7:30 pm and features the following sake:

  • Nanbu Bijin Umeshu Sake – dried apricot, tart finish
  • Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky – floral, caramelized candied orange peel
  • Hakkaisan Kijoshu Sake – elegant, light and sweet


Tickets are $38 if you are purchasing in advance and $42 at the door the day of the event. Both prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Get your tickets at: https://www.aniramen.com/store/events/


With the price of a ticket you can enjoy family-style appetizers, one ramen bowl, two sakes and one whiskey! All that and you leave with a happy belly!


Ani Ramen JC

218 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


CHAT4Change event

Join the East District for a Chat4Change event on July 31st at Enos Jones Park from 4:00-7:00 pm! Join the local police department for fun and doughnuts!


Enos Jones Park

237 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


Groove on Grove: Woodstock Wednesday/Artist and Maker Market

It’s Groove on Grove/ Artist & Maker Market time! On Wednesday, July 31st at 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, make your way to the Grove PATH Plaza for an afternoon filled with great music by talented musicians (Woodstock Wednesday) and a wide array of amazing artists!

The following vendors are scheduled to appear:

Axol and Friends

Eclectic jewelry

More Records JC

Lily Lough Jewelry


Paradox Thrift

Demi Olive Oil LLC

International Fit

The Gilded Stone

Groomed Guys Mobile

Gaia’s Cavern



Crystal + Irie

Houss Freya

Junk Yard Angel Vintage

Groove on Grove

Grove PATH Plaza, Jersey City, New Jersey


Latin-Jazz Night

Keep the musical vibes going on Thursday courtesy of Hard Grove’s Latin Jazz Night! At 7:00 pm, enjoy not only the delicious Cuban food, but also the music of Eldad Tarmu (vibraphone), Justin Velazquez (bass) and Carmen Arrojo (congas and vocals)

Thursday, August 1 7:00 pm


Hard Grove Cafe

286 1st Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


Feel Good Fridays

Finish off the work week the right way: with some shopping! On Friday, August 2 at 3:00 pm, it’s Feel Good Friday time! Support local artists and artisans and get something cool for you, your house, a friend… anyone! We have records, jewelry, hand-poured candles, prints, everything. Stop by the Grove PATH Plaza, shop and ease into the weekend.


The following vendors are scheduled to appear:


  • Axol and Friends
  • SIPPs (Sol Infusions Potions & Punches LLC)
  • Eclectic Jewelry
  • Chord Candles
  • Mabel Tea
  • More Records JC
  • Paradox Thrift
  • Outer Limits Hot Sauce
  • Vintage On First
  • Bash and Pop Records
  • International Fit
  • Theatre of Terror
  • Illapa illustrations
  • Ally Bird Vintage
  • Gaia’s Cavern
  • Niwa Jewels
  • Junk Yard Angel Vintage
  • Lin’s Gems
  • Finch JC
  • ata now

Groove on Grove

Grove PATH Plaza, Jersey City, New Jersey


Bolivian Flag Raising

On Friday, August 2nd at 4:00 pm join Mayor Fulop, the Office of Cultural Affairs, the City Council and the Centro De Residentes Bolivianos En New Jersey organization for the Bolivian flag raising ceremony. The event will take place in the City Hall Chambers. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Also, get ready for the Bolivian Parade and Festival! It’s taking place on August 3rd from 12:00 – 5:00 pm and the route will cover Brunswick Street, Christopher Columbus Drive and finish in front of City Hall!


City Hall

280 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


2019 Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival Opening Party

Happy Jersey City Pride 2019!


Join the Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival and Talde for the opening party on Friday, August 2, at 8:00 pm – 2:00 am!

Get your dancing shoes and be prepared to have an amazing time! The event will be hosted by Lagoona Bloo and music will be by DJ Marto and DJ Senobyte! The event will also feature giveaways, appetizers, drink specials and spectacular performances, so be prepared.

The $5 cover charge will go to benefit the Hudson Price Center!



8 Erie Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


Roxanne All Female Police Tribute

Every Breath You Take, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, King of Pain and, of course, Roxanne. Join the all-female Police tribute band, Roxanne, on Saturday, August 3rd at FM! From 8:00 pm – 1:00 am, let Roxanne take you back to the 80’s with the songs on The Police! Get ready for a rockin’ time!


FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge

340 Third Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


Pride Karaoke at LITM!

Enjoy another Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival event, this time at LITM! Oh, it’s Pride Karaoke time! On August 5th at 9:00 pm sharp, do all of your vocal exercises and runs beforehand and start signing!

LITM will also have the following specials:

Happy Hour 5:00 to 7:00: martinis, wine, mixed drinks and beer

$7 mules all night



140 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey

Coming up…

National Night Out!

Mark your calendars: National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday August 6th!

For more information check out: https://bit.ly/2YsrcK6


Salsa Fest

Salsa Fest is back on Saturday August 24th! Prepare for a night filled with friends, music and fun!

344 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


19th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival

The Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival is here! The culmination of a month’s events all throughout the city comes to a spectacular and fun-filled event on Saturday, August 24th at 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall! Enjoy a day filled with love, acceptance, pride and more love! The theme for this year, as per the organizers is: Honoring Our Past…Creating Our Future! The theme reflects the sense of gratitude, respect and acknowledgment of the Stonewall 50 Commemoration and WorldPride 2019!


Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall

119-158 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


Summer Ready!

Uni K Wax and blo Blow Dry Bar

Getting ready for an event? Going on vacation soon and need to get everything together? Lucky for you Uni K Wax and blo Blow Dry Bar are here to make your day or vacation a breeze.

Want soft curls, a cute braid or pin straight hair but really you don’t have the time? Don’t stress! Honestly, it’s too hot outside to style it yourself- have the professionals do it! Pillow Talk, High Society, Executive Sweet… these are just some of the styles you can get at the blow dry bar. Get ready for any event or just get your done for you! As blo Blow Dry Bar says, “At Blo, you’re not cheating on your hairdresser. No cuts, no color: Just wash, blo, and go!

Looking for a place to get spiffy for your beach vacation, the pool or just tired of shaving? That’s where Uni K Wax comes in with their waxing services. As per the Studio: “pine-based, proprietary elastic-wax formula is created with pure, honest ingredients for optimal comfort on even the most sensitive skin. Applied at body temperature, it exfoliates and nourishes, while its flexible elasticity adheres directly to the hair, leaving only smooth skin behind.” Waxing with minimal discomfort? Sign us up!


Uni K Wax Studio

332 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, New Jersey


Blo Blow Dry Bar

160 Morgan St Suite 3, Jersey City, New Jersey



Hard Grove 5K Run!

Hard Grove’s owners, via their non- profit Carevel Foundation, are hosting their 7th Annual 5K Run! Proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The organizers are looking for sponsorships/donations. If you would like to make a donation or sign up, please take a look at the form:
Have a great week Jersey City!

Historic Downtown Farmers’ Market!

Don’t forget: every Monday and Thursday, the Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market at the Grove PATH Plaza. The Farmer’s Market is open from 4:00 – 8:00 and features a wide array of farms, produce, plants, specialty foods and desserts!
Come on out and support your local farmers and businesses!

2019 Sponsors

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For sponsorship opportunities please see our 2019 Media Kit: https://jcdowntown.org/images/documents/mediakit2019.pdf

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