More than 300 artisans, crafters, and musical performers will take over downtown Washington Street for the 25th annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival. The free festival is organized by Geri Fallo, the city’s administrator of cultural affairs.
“The festival is a great way to showcase Washington Street and introduce residents, as well as visitors to local businesses,” said Fallo. “There is always a lot of delicious food, activities for children, wonderful music, and creative art and craft vendors.”
The festival, which will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, will host more than 30,000 attendees on Washington Street from Observer Highway to Seventh Street, rain or shine.
A variety of food as well as handmade crafts, jewelry, art, and home goods will be on hand. Attendees can visit with local businesses and nonprofits.
The festival is sponsored by Suez Water, Getaround, Capital One Bank, Bowery Farming, NJ Lottery, and NY Waterway. It receives food donations from Anthony Davids, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, JP’s Bagel Express, and Losurdo’s Italian Deli and Bakery.
A variety of vendors
Fine artists from all over will display and sell oil paintings, watercolors, acrylic paintings, sculpture, mixed media, digital illustrations, and photography.
Crafters will offer handmade jewelry, soaps, candles, body products; household items made from recycled materials such as license plates, zippers, and vinyl records; clothing, hand-drawn maps and cards, and other unique handcrafted items.
Andrea Corniel of Hachi House will return this year, selling a new line of face soaps as well as bar soaps, balms, and essential oils. “The Hoboken Arts & Music Festival is an iconic event in Hudson County that is always fun and super accessible,” said Corniel.
She brings a friend to work her booth, so she can take a break, walk around, and grab some of the food she always enjoys.
Her big sellers are bar soaps, including the one called, “There’s a man in my bed.”
First-time vendor Emily Walek of Phenomenalia sells hand-drawn maps, cards, and totes. The Hoboken resident of three years said, “It’s such a fun event. It is kind of the first nice weekend that launches summer and spring for everyone. Everyone in Hoboken comes out and enjoys different foods and meets local artists, and the live music is always great. I am excited to participate this year.”
She sells local maps including a new Hoboken map, the New York City boroughs, Jersey City, as well as fantasy maps, prints, and cards in various sizes.
Kids ride free
The festival will have a dedicated children’s section on Third Street in the parking lot of Capital One Bank.
This area will include rides and games. Children can get a balloon animal, have their faces painted, or create masterpieces of their own with sand art.
Festival patrons can look forward to an eclectic array of international foods, from Indian, Mexican, and Caribbean cuisine to festival favorites like sausage and peppers and kettle corn.
Sing and dance along
Musical performances will take place from 11:40 a.m. to about 6 p.m. on three stages on Washington Street. They will be at Seventh Street, Third Street, and Observer Highway.
Performances include Cuban fusion, Americana, rock, and folk.
“We are very excited about the musical lineup this year,” Fallo said. “Buster Poindexter puts on a great show and will have the audience up on their feet dancing, especially when he performs ‘Hot, Hot, Hot.’ Also featured this year, since the Festival falls on Cinco de Mayo, we scheduled Mariachi Artistico to perform.”
The Observer Highway Stage will host Rest Ashore with Erica Butts, Jeb Jones, The Joe Taino Group, Sonic Blume, Karyn Kuhl Band, and Buster Poindexter.
The Third Street Stage features family-friendly musical performances by Rockness Music, Songs to Seeds, Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts & Ralph Capasso, and the Garden St. School of Performing Arts.
The Seventh Street Stage will feature performances by All Saints Episcopal Day School & Bold Arts, Granton Ave., The James Calleo Band, Debra Devi, Mariachi Artistico, Gene D. Plumber, and Maxima Alerta.
Easy to get to
Those coming from out of town can arrive by train, bus, or ferry. The Hoboken Terminal is just three blocks away.
Washington Street will be closed to cars between Observer Highway and Seventh Street during the festival; there will be no street parking.
NJ Transit buses will be detoured.
For more information and a performance schedule go to Hobokennj.gov/events/hoboken-spring-arts-music-festival.
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