Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival to hit Newark this October with more than 50 events

things to do cardMore than 6,000 people are expected to turn out to the Newark Arts Council’s Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival 2015 this month. From October 15th through the 18th, art enthusiasts will enjoy a gallery crawl, weekend studio tours, parties and a parade across more than 40 venues throughout the city.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase an Open Doors wristband for $10. The wristband enters you to win a hotel stay, Jazz Festival tickets, and a Newark Museum membership. It also gives wearers discounts at local Newark businesses to promote exploration and support of the city’s offerings. Wristband wearers will also be given priority admission to the Gallery Crawl after party at the Index Art Center on Friday night.

The weekend festivities will start early on Thursday, October 15 with the Open Doors Rooftop Party. The benefit event will take place at the Hotel Indigo at 810 Broad St. in Newark.

The party will support the Newark Arts Council’s arts education and community programs. Tickets are $40 and attendees will receive an Open Doors festival wristband.

On Friday, October 16 the festival will feature a Gallery Crawl throughout Newark to spotlight local art. The event will be followed by an after party at the Index Art Center, located at 237 Washington St. in Newark. The party will feature live performances from artists of many genres. It will run from 9 p.m. to midnight, and there is a $5 suggested donation at the door for admission.

The larger Newark community will come out together on Saturday, October 17, to celebrate the opening event of Newark’s 350th anniversary. The festival will kick off the celebration with their 8th Annual Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade, featuring a procession of “Animodule sculptures.”

The sculptures are the works of thousands of Newark children and youth. The parade is part of a free day of family friendly events in Military Park that will run from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

After a jam-packed weekend, the Open Doors festival will conclude with a free official closing party. The event will be held at 765 Broad St. in Newark from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and feature food, drinks, DJs and live music from local emerging artists.

Festival goes should also download the festival app to unlock promos, prices and other added features at

Wristbands and tickets for events can be purchased at

Featured image courtesy of the Newark Arts Council.