What: 15th Annual Spring Arts & Music Festival
When: Sunday, May 3rd, 11am – 6pm
Where: Hoboken, Observer Highway to 7th St.
Why: When the Hobokeneers come out to street party with over 300 artistic folk, you’ll know it’s officially spring. On the other side of the Hudson, three stages will offer live music, including a headline performance by the reunited 60’s band, The Box Tops. Although they may not look like The Beatles, after a few beers and some mozzarella corn cakes (Mozzarepas!), we doubt you’ll hear the difference.
Beyond the music, you can enjoy a vivid mix of street fair, er, fare. Peruse the artist block between 2nd and 3rd streets, where the local bohemian set will display watercolors, oil paintings, and acrylic work. Craft vendors will also be in tow with pottery, metalwork, furniture, blown and fused glass, quilts, cementware, candles, and jewelry. Hoboken restaurants will have tents offering Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun, and Italian cuisine, so come hungry.
The kid’s stage promises live shows from The Theater Company’s production of “A Year of Frog and Toad,” based on Arnold Nobel’s beloved characters, the cheerful and ubiquitous “Frog” and his grumpy sidekick “Toad” as they gallivant through the forest learning life lessons along the way. The children’s area will also have games, creative activities, ponies, a petting zoo, magic shows, face painting, balloons, and of course, clowns.
How to Get There: Take the PATH train to the Hoboken station and walk two blocks west to Washington Street. Check Hoboken 411 for a full schedule of events. (Hoboken Festival, 201.420.2207, myspace.com/hobokenculturalaffairs)
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