There’s one more full month of summer, and the City of Newark is filling August with dozens of activities to make the most of the rest of the season. “Summer Fun in the City” is an initiative offering arts and culture, athletic, educational, and empowering activities for a variety of ages throughout all of Newark’s wards.
Last year Summer Fun and Fall Fun in the City served more than 20,000 residents of Newark, and this year the City is looking for just as many participants and support through volunteers and supplies to make the events a success.
Have a look through the Summer Fun brochure below, but first check out a preview of 10 activities the community can enjoy in the City this August.
1) Step back in time at the Classic Film Festival in Military Park
Military Park has already screened classics such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” but residents can still watch the following screenings from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, August 1 – “Cabin in the Sky”
Tuesday, August 4 – “Bingo Long and the Traveling All Stars”
Saturday, August 8 – “On The Waterfront”
Tuesday, August 11 – “Let’s Do it Again”
Saturday, August 15 – “Casablanca”
Tuesday, August 18 – “The Maltese Falcon”
Saturday, August 22 – “Uptown Saturday Night”
Tuesday, August 25 – “The Spook that Sat by the Door”
Tuesday, September 1 – “The Great Dictator”
There will also be Wednesday movie nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout various locations in different Newark wards.
2) Play basketball at midnight at the Newark YMCA
Midnight Basketball will take place in Newark’s Central Ward at the YMCA from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 30, August 7, August 14, August 21 and August 28.
Basketball fans should also register for the “Shaquille O’Neal Believe in Newark 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.” This event will take place on Broad Street in front of City Hall at 12 p.m. on August 15, with the second round on August 16. Tournament registration is August 8 and 9 at recreation centers and Centers of Hope citywide.
3) Compete at the Locals Skate Jam and Contest
There will be a skate clinic, locals skate jam and contest at the Jesse Allen Skate Park on August 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Washington Park will add a BBQ to that lineup on August 16, and Shorty’s will also have “Morning Skate Yoga,” a BBQ and concert to finish out the series on August 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
4) Play Street Hockey with the New Jersey Devils
“Family Fun Street Hockey and Games with the New Jersey Devils,” the state’s NHL team, will be held on July 30, August 6, 13, 20 and 27 at various locations throughout all of Newark’s wards from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
5) Paint a Peace Mural across the City
“The Peace Mural Project: Arts Music and More” continues throughout the city at Hyatt Court on August 19 in the East Ward, Kearney Street on August 21 in the North Ward, and Stratford Place on August 26 in the South Ward from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
6) Sign up for one of the many themed youth “Mini Camps”
The City is offering several different youth camps that will run Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. each week in August, with various themes for each camp. Some of the themes include “Poetry in Motion,” “Earth Angels,” “Yoga Camp,” “Eco-Art Camp,” and leadership camps.
7) Garden with the Greater Newark Conservancy
The environmental and conservation organization, the Greater Newark Conservancy, will be holding gardening days and a farm stand on August 3, 10, 21 and 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout different locations across the city.
8) Eat and play at the Soccer in the City and BBQ
Newark residents can play a match of soccer together on many days throughout the rest of the summer, either in the afternoon from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., or the evening from4 p.m. to 9 p.m., in each of the City’s wards. These games and BBQs will take place on July 30, August 1, 4, 8, 12, 15 and 20.
9) Come together with the community for City Festivals
The City will celebrate several different events such as Georgia King Day on August 15, Summer Fun Community Day on August 17, 7th Avenue Festival on August 20, Family Fun Day on August 25, and Back to School Fest on August 29. There will be a “Newark Kids Rock Concert and Family Event” in Mildred Helms Park on August 1from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
10) Occupy the City with an anti-violence walk and rally
City officials and community members will come together on August 8 at 4 p.m. to march against violence throughout each of the City’s wards, where they will then meet at a rallying point downtown. There will also be a “24 Hours of Peace” initiative on August 28 to August 29 from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Clinton Avenue in the South Ward.
For more information on any of these events, look through the brochure below or call 973-733-6706.
Featured images courtesy of the City of Newark.