You’ll never hear “I’m bored” when your family joins Summer Fun in the City with NJPAC. There’s poetry, jazz, dance, storytelling, movies and more throughout July and August. Together with our partners — the City of Newark, Forest Hill Community Association, Newark City Parks Foundation, Inc., Newark First Fridays and United Way — we’ll make your summer evenings memorable. Getting outside has never been so much fun!

summer schedule

Time: 5PM
Location: Military Park
Get your fun on this summer with free weekly dance classes in the park! We give you three-for- the-price-of-none with three different movement classes in each weekly session. The offerings include capoeira, Haitian, Jersey Club, samba and more! No experience necessary. The upbeat music and catchy steps will make your Tuesdays evenings a blast!

July 23 Dance Classes: West African – Karen Love Jersey Club – Anthony Harris

Music and Movement is a partnership with the Newark City Parks Foundation, Inc. and United Way

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Time: 6PM
Location: Mulberry Commons
End a hot summer day with cool jazz and poetry. Bring a blanket and some chairs so you can comfortably relax and be entertained by our talented artists. Jazz and Poetry is a partnership with the City of Newark

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Time: 5PM
Location: Military Park
Get your fun on this summer with free weekly dance classes in the park! We give you three-for- the-price-of-none with three different movement classes in each weekly session. The offerings include capoeira, Haitian, Jersey Club, samba and more! No experience necessary. The upbeat music and catchy steps will make your Tuesdays evenings a blast!

July 30 Dance Classes: Afrobeats – Adeola Fashina Afro-Haitian – Julio Jean

Music and Movement is a partnership with the Newark City Parks Foundation, Inc. and United Way

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Time: 6PM
Location: Raymond A. Brown Park
Join our figure drawing class open to artists — and aspiring ones — of all skill levels. We’ll explore structure in drawing with an in-depth study and live models! Limited supplies are provided; you are welcome to bring your own drawing pad and pencils/pens. No specific supplies required. This program is in partnership with Newark First Fridays.

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Time: 5PM
Location: Military Park
Get your fun on this summer with free weekly dance classes in the park! We give you three-for- the-price-of-none with three different movement classes in each weekly session. The offerings include capoeira, Haitian, Jersey Club, samba and more! No experience necessary. The upbeat music and catchy steps will make your Tuesdays evenings a blast!

August 6 Dance Classes: Jersey Club – Anthony Harris Zumba – Leslie Lucy

Music and Movement is a partnership with the Newark City Parks Foundation, Inc. and United Way

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Time: 6PM
Location: Mildred Helms Park 
Let’s celebrate Mary J. Blige! While she won’t be there in person, we’ll enjoy an interactive reading of her children’s book Mary Can!, an NJPAC Books on the Move selection. Then we’ll hear the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” in a screening of the film Trolls World Tour where Blige voices Queen Essence, the leader of the funk trolls and powerhouse behind the song “It’s All Love.” Family Movie Night is a partnership with the City of Newark

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Time: 6PM
Location: Mulberry Commons
End a hot summer day with cool jazz and poetry. Bring a blanket and some chairs so you can comfortably relax and be entertained by our talented artists. Jazz and Poetry is a partnership with the City of Newark

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Time: 5PM
Location: Military Park
Get your fun on this summer with free weekly dance classes in the park! We give you three-for- the-price-of-none with three different movement classes in each weekly session. The offerings include capoeira, Haitian, Jersey Club, samba and more! No experience necessary. The upbeat music and catchy steps will make your Tuesdays evenings a blast!

August 13 Dance Classes: Line Dance – Najah Riker Samba – Malaïka

Music and Movement is a partnership with the Newark City Parks Foundation, Inc. and United Way

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Time: 5PM
Location: Phillips Park
There’s no such thing as two left feet! Learn some Salsa steps with Smiling David’s Dance School and then try your new moves when Latin jazz band Carlos Frias and Circulo Social plays. You’ll be swinging your hips and moving your feet to catchy rhythms in no time! This program is in partnership with Forest Hill Community Association.

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Time: 5PM
Location: Military Park
HBCU Night Get your fun on this summer with free weekly dance classes in the park! We give you three-for- the-price-of-none with three different movement classes in each weekly session. Special event! Explore step, hip hop and other dance genres that are part of the culture of HBCUs followed by an after-party at MENTOR Newark’s “Heritage Hall: HBCU Experience,” an interactive, intergenerational exhibit. Show school pride and wear your HBCU swag! No experience necessary. The upbeat music and catchy steps will make your Tuesdays evenings a blast!

August 20 Dance Classes: Step – Oliver Franklin, Sr. Jersey Club – Anthony Harris Line Dance – Najah Riker

In partnership with the Newark City Parks Foundation, Inc., United Way and MENTOR Newark.

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Time: 5PM
Location: Phillips Park
While we groove to the sounds of Latin jazz band Carlos Frias and Circulo Social, Daniela Palacios, founder of Para KIDS!, will lead a Spanish and English bilingual children’s workshop and storytime! This program is in partnership with Forest Hill Community Association.

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Time: 5PM
Location: Military Park
Get your fun on this summer with free weekly dance classes in the park! We give you three-for- the-price-of-none with three different movement classes in each weekly session. The offerings include capoeira, Haitian, Jersey Club, samba and more! No experience necessary. The upbeat music and catchy steps will make your Tuesdays evenings a blast!

August 27 Dance Classes: West African – Jerome Hunter Jersey Club – Anthony Harris Soca – Leslie Lucy

Music and Movement is a partnership with the Newark City Parks Foundation, Inc. and United Way

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Time: 5PM
Location: Military Park
Celebrate Newark Brazil Day in a Downtown Park! NJPAC and Newark First Fridays showcase the vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture with upbeat music, dance, food and energetic performances. Discover the joys of Brazilian culture and learn about the connections between African Americans and Afro-Brazilian people. This program is in partnership with Newark First Fridays.

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Our City has worked to provide our residents with the best summer ever, with enjoyable, safe, and educational family and youth-oriented activities.

Ras J. Baraka
Mayor