June 14, 2024


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Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced “Summer Fun in Newark,” a vibrant series of free outdoor events that will ignite Newark’s public parks, recreation centers, and cultural venues, infusing Newark neighborhoods with a wide array of wholesome activities, entertainment, and opportunities for education.


Starting Friday, July 5, and continuing through Saturday, August 24, events in all five wards will spotlight the breadth of Newark’s cultural energy — outdoors and accessible for all to connect, relax, and play. City pools already opened on May 30.


“Nothing brings a community together better than joyful, shared experiences that create memories steeped in the sense of belonging. That’s what ‘Summer Fun in Newark’ is all about,” said Mayor Baraka. "This year, I think we’ve outdone ourselves with an exhaustive array of activities for families and people of all ages, abilities, and interests. I encourage every resident to accept my personal invitation to come out, enjoy each other, and taste what it is to be Newark and Proud of It!”


The all-encompassing summer fun program is a mosaic of interlocking offerings from City of Newark entities including the Department of Recreation, Cultural Affairs & Senior Services, the Office of Special Projects, the Office of Violence Prevention & Trauma Recovery (OVPTR), the Arts & Education District, and Newark City Parks Foundation, Inc.


This citywide programming enables residents of all ages to deepen their engagement with Newark, a city long defined and strengthened by the arts, culture, and athleticism. The range of free activities span festivals and farmers markets, parades, and pop-up playgrounds, music and movie nights, a cookout and a carnival, and a full spectrum of sports, arts, games, enrichment and social expression programs for young kids, families, teens, adults, and seniors.


Please sample Summer Fun in Newark by viewing this video, here.



For the complete schedule of activities, continuously updated throughout the summer to accommodate weather and other conditions, click here.