Date(s) - 06/02/2019
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Church Square Park / 400 Willow Ave.
What better way to start the summer season than to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a hometown carnival? The 14th Annual OLG FunFest will take place Sunday, June 2, in Hoboken’s Church Square Park — and the surrounding area — with fun for all ages.
“OLG’s Funfest is one of Hoboken’s best summer events — with activities for the whole family,” said Chris Gizzo, FunFest chair. “Every year, over 100 parishioners look forward to organizing the event and bringing the community together.”
SPEND THE EVENING WITH FOOD, SPIRITS, MUSIC AND A LITTLE COMPETITION
The OLG NiteFest will begin the excitement on Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 10 p.m.
What better way to spend a summer evening, than under the stars at The Thirsty Monk? The parking lot next to Our Lady of Grace Church, located at 400 Willow Ave., will be transformed into an outdoor biergarten, where visitors will enjoy craft beers, sangria, music by DJ Tim Nelson, a variety of food and a used book sale. A Tricky Tray will feature a signed and framed poster of NY Jets Defensive End Leonard Williams. There will also be games of chance for the adults — plus activities for the kids.
To cap off the fun, the OLG Cornhole Tournament will return for a third year. Sponsored by popular Hoboken hotspot Willie McBride’s, the tournament will begin at 6 p.m. Teams can register in advance by sending an email to email@example.com. There is a $20 entry fee per team — and participants must be 21 years old. The winner will receive the Willie’s Cup and a free happy hour at Willie McBride’s. Please check the website at http://www.olgfunfest.com/ for more details.
THE FUN CONTINUES INTO THE DAYTIME FESTIVAL
The OLG FunFest will continue Sunday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Church Square Park, between Fourth and Fifth streets on Willow Avenue.
Children will enjoy pony rides, face-painting, bouncy houses and an inflatable slide. Adults will want to check out the festival’s various vendors (selling art, jewelry and more), the Tricky Tray, used book sale and a 50/50 raffle.
This year, the FunFest will feature a variety of food trucks that will tantalize and satisfy various palates.
Of course, refreshments, games of chance and music by DJ Nelson will keep going in The Thirsty Monk biergarten next to the church.
A CHANCE TO SEE INSIDE ONE OF HOBOKEN’S HISTORICAL TREASURES
Proceeds from the NiteFest and FunFest will go toward the restoration of Our Lady of Grace Church. Listed on the U.S. and N.J. Register of Historic Places, the church features paintings and vessels gifted by European royalty.
Tours at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. will give visitors a chance to experience the history and treasures of this restored spectacular 1876 German Gothic Cathedral-style church. The tours are not to be missed, as the church’s history involves not only the story of the structure itself, but also a bit about Hoboken in the mid-19th century.
Following each tour, a concert will be presented by Our Lady of Grace Music Director Kathleen McNally, who will be playing on the historic and majestic custom-built 1909 Wirsching Grand Organ.
The FunFest is held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the bouncy houses, face-painting and children’s activities will be held in Our Lady of Grace School, located next to the church.
Admission to both the NiteFest and FunFest is free. For more information, see the Our Lady of Grace FunFest website at: http://www.olgfunfest.com