Bergen Point Fall Festival will take place Oct. 19

All the block party essentials, and much more

Head over to the southern end of Broadway on Oct. 19 for live music, games, food, rides, and more.
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Head over to the southern end of Broadway on Oct. 19 for live music, games, food, rides, and more.

You’re officially invited by Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and members of the Bayonne City Council.

The seventh annual Bergen Point Fall Festival, a growing celebration that’s historically drawn a crowd totaling thousands from Bayonne, Hudson County at large, and Staten Island, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon until 6 p.m.

As it has in years past, the festival, organized by the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone and Bergen Point Merchants, will offer all the block party essentials, and much more.

Under the Bayonne Bridge, live musicians, dancing, inflatable rides, balloon sculptures, sand art, face painting, a dog costume contest, food vendors, Bergen Point merchants, and specialty vendors will fill Broadway from 5th Street to Cottage Street.

“We invite our Staten Island neighbors, just ten minutes away, to come across the Bayonne Bridge for some great family fun activities.” — Mayor Jimmy Davis

The dog costume contest is a perennial favorite.

Dogs owners who win first, second, and third place will receive prizes. All participants will receive a dog blanket. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. for the contest, which begins at noon. The canine competitors will parade down Broadway wearing creative, specially-crafted outfits.

The festival features people and happenings unique to Bayonne. Last year saw a visit from the Bayonne improv comedy team that produced “Revenge of Gasman,” a short independent film. The stars, including well-known former resident “Captain Bayonne,” took to the streets donning their superhero and villain costumes.

This year’s festivities were supported by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State’s Division of Travel and Tourism, along with sponsors RWJBarnabas Health, Catchmaster, and the Bayonne Hometown Fair.

“I would like to thank the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism and our private sector sponsors for their support of the Bergen Point Fall Festival,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said. “We invite our Staten Island neighbors, just ten minutes away, to come across the Bayonne Bridge for some great family fun activities.”

It’s not too late for vendors, nonprofit organizations, or entertainers to get onboard. Apply by contacting Dee Dee Bottino at the Bayonne UEZ/SID at 201-858-6357 or by email at bayonneuez@baynj.org.

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