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While many city tourists and locals visit places to admire the big city or the beautiful parks, the festivals in America are a big part of what makes the country grand and the event worth attending. Each city brings its own cultural and historical heritage that are celebrated through various festivals and events. Some cities have similar types of festivals or events, and others have unique annual celebrations.

See how many festivals you can fit on your itinerary! These celebrations are going to give you memories of a lifetime as they reflect the art, culture, heritage and the music of each city in the most exciting way. Show up and have fun with your friends, make memories and celebrate the love of food, wine, music, art, history, culture, traditions, and more at these gatherings.
African American Heritage Festival
African American Heritage Festival

(866) 273-4441

40 Clinton St
Newark, NJ 07112   Directions Website

Enjoy a classic carnival while simultaneously celebrating the African American culture when you come to the African American Heritage Festival in Weequahic Park. This fun-filled, family-friendly event builds on tradition, establishing a sense of pride and awareness of African American heritage as well as providing a weekend of entertainment for the diverse Newark community.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival

(973) 268-2300

115 Clifton Ave
Newark, NJ 07104   Directions Website

The beauty of spring is incarnate at Branch Brook Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival. The gorgeous, two-week long festival attracts thousands of visitors from New Jersey and surrounding areas for the elaborate performances, cultural demonstrations and family activities, not to mention the stunning blossoms of the park’s tree-lined pathways.

Newark Black Film Festival
Newark Black Film Festival

(973) 596-6550

49 Washington St
Newark, NJ 07102   Directions Website

For six weeks, the Newark Black Film Festival provides the Garden State with some of the nation’s most definitive independent films. Hosted in the Newark Museum, this film festival showcases movies by emerging filmmakers, writers and directors that focus on the both past and contemporary experiences and concerns of African Americans.

Newark-Essex Pride
Newark-Essex Pride

(732) 688-7953

Newark, NJ

Support the LGBTIQ community at Newark-Essex Pride. This annual, weeklong event raises money for Newark’s LGBTIQ community programs. Although comparatively much smaller than similar events held in neighboring states, such as New York, Newark-Essex Pride provides a more intimate atmosphere that packs a big punch!

West Orange Street Fair
West Orange Street Fair

(908) 654-1400

66 Main St
West Orange, NJ 07052   Directions Website

When spring is in the air, the West Orange Street Fair fills downtown West Orange with more than 100 artists, vendors and performers. This smaller suburban town, only 15 minutes away from Newark, is typically quiet, but the crowds come out for this festival. Walk down the streets and enjoy fabulous food, live music and entertainment for all ages.

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