Everything Jersey City Festival Saturday May 19, 2012

With an estimated 40,000 visitors in attendance, the 2012 Everything Jersey City Festival was again a huge success. See the coverage in the Jersey Journal (5/19/2012): Everything Jersey City Festival 2012 brings “life” to Heights neighborhood with food, music

The festival celebrates community pride and harmony. It is TEN (10) Blocks (Central Avenue between Hutton and Congress Street) long with FOUR (4) stages of family fun and FREE Music & Entertainment! Meet premier artists and artisans. Dine on delicious festival foods and take advantage of great one-day-sales at participating businesses and much, much more! Festival hours were from 11 AM to 6 PM (Street closure: 5 AM to 8 PM), rain or shine.

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The Everything Jersey City Festival is organized by the Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation in partnership with Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, the City of Jersey City Municipal Council and Division of Cultural Affairs, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise and Board of Chosen Freeholders. It is paid for in part by the Jersey City Urban Enterprise Zone Program.

Exhibitor/ Vendor ApplicationShopping – ONE DAY SALESVolunteer Information
Sponsorship OpportunitiesFamily Fun EventCommunity Advisories
Festival EntertainmentGetting to the FestivalTerms & Conditions

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Central Avenue Shopping

The Everything Jersey City Festival is hosted annually by the Central Avenue business district. It is the one day of the year when businesses on the Avenue coordinate a “Customer Appreciation Day” and do something special for a community that shops local first. The CASID is again coordinating a HUGE ONE DAY SALE with Central Avenue (jewelry, clothing, shoes, furniture, etc) businesses on the day of the festival. Many Sales will offer 10% to 50% OFF select merchandise. You will also find great treats and bargains at participating Sidewalk Sales.

Festival Entertainment

From Salsa Music to Modern Dance and Rock and Roll, there will be something for everyone on the four festival stages! Artists interested in performing at this or future festivals are encouraged to send their press kit, including an audio and/or video sample of their work, to the CASID for consideration. Scroll down for our mailing address, or email us. If you’re not a performer but know of a good one we should consider, tell us!

Stage schedules for the 2012 festival:

TimeCongress Street StageHutton Street Stage
11:00 AMWoodfish (Funk Rock)The Audiobodies (Soulful Rock)
12:10 PMRumba Con Son (Salsa/Merengue)Christine Santelli (Blues Rock
1:00JC Legend Award Pres.
1:20McLean Avenue (Celtic folk rock)Choice (A-Cappella)
2:00Pride & Harmony Award Pres.
2:30Traditional Korean Dance DemoGo Falcon! (Punk Rock)
2:50The Manhattan Dolls
3:30Leah Le Grace (Pop-Punk)
4:00Outside the Box (Rock and Roll)
4:40Swing Sabroso (Salsa/Merengue)
5:10Chico Mann (Afrobeat)
5:30Jang-Star Tae Kwon Do Demo
TimeLincoln Street StageThorne Street Stage
11:00 AMDJ PasticheOxygen Box (R&B/Rock)
12:00 PMJBM Modeling Fashion ShowNalani and Sarina (Pop-Rock)
12:30JC Belly DancersDog Food (Rock and Roll)
12:45JC Children’s Theater
1:00Bembe Dance Collective
1:15McNair Academic Glee ClubSea of Otters (Rock and Roll)
2:00Runway Fashion’s Fashion ShowField Station: Dinosaurs
2:20Sleepy Wizard (Modern Rock)
2:40Emerald Fire Dance
3:10407 Moves from County PrepZone (Contemporary Jazz)
3:40The Hope Center
4:00Field Station: DinosaursMexican Folk Culture Performance
4:20Waking Lights (Indie Rock)
4:40My Passion Dance Studio
5:10Vows (Indie Rock)
5:20The Hope Center

Other performances:

Family-Friendly Fun

The Everything Jersey City Festival welcomes folks of all ages for a day filled with activities for the whole family. There is plenty to keep kids active including:

  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Petting Zoo
  • Moonwalk
  • Super Slide
  • Face painting
  • Balloons
  • and much more

This festival, and the Heights neighborhood in general, is a safe, family friendly place giving Hudson County’s youth a lifetime of warm memories of what main streets and urban life are all about.

Sponsorship Opportunities

This event would not be possible without continued support from sponsors. Businesses and organizations who become sponsors of the Everything Jersey City Festival enjoy a wide range of promotional benefits in conjunction with the event’s marketing campaigns. Additionally, this festival is designed to stimulate the local economy. Sponsors are reinvesting in our community by providing a much needed boost for local commerce.

If you or your business or organization is interested in becoming a sponsor at future events, please contact the CASID at (201) 656-1366 or send us an email request.

2012 Everything Jersey City Festival Sponsors:

AmwayLiberty Health/ Jersey City Medical Center
Bayonne Medical CenterLuxe Furnishing & Design
Bond Drugs (371 Central Avenue)Metro Honda
Capital One BankNot Yo Mama’s Fair Organizers, LLC
Christ HospitalPanepinto Properties
City of Jersey CityPSE&G
City of Jersey City Division of Cultural AffairsRite Aid Pharmacy
County of HudsonSpectra Energy
County of Hudson Cultural Affairs and TourismState Farm Insurance
El Sabroso Restaurant (414 Central Ave)Stop & Shop Supermarkets
Dunkin DonutsSusan Newman Design, Inc.
Goehrig’s BakeryThe American Flag Company
Hauptman CarpetsThe Hudson Reporter
Hoboken University Medical CenterThe Jersey Journal
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New JerseyThe Jersey City U.E.Z. Program/ EDC
Hudson County Community CollegeUS Representative Steve Rothman
Infinite PrintUnited Water
Jersey City’s Assembly Delegation – Assemblyman Ramos; Assemblyman Connors; Assemblyman O’Donnell’ Assemblyman MainorYelp
Jersey City Incinerator AuthorityWells Fargo Bank
Jersey City Parking Authority 
Jersey City Independent


Want to be part of this exciting event? The Everything Jersey City Festival encourages artists, artisans, crafters, festival food vendors, local businesses and community organizations to join with us as exhibitors. Such exhibitors at the festival will reach a crowd of thousands with their products, services or messages. Space is limited and is filled on a first come, first serve basis at the discretion of festival organizers.

The Exhibitor Application was due on April 21, 2012. The 2012 Everything Jersey City Festival is now full and only accpeting new applications for the waiting list. If you would like to receive future notice of this event, please join our JC Festival mailing list .

Got questions about the application? Email them to us. Are you an artist looking for more fairs in Jersey City? Consider joining our friends at Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fair.

Reminder to all Everything J.C. Festival Exhibitors:

  • Canopies (10’x10’) and tables are required for all vendors. Central Avenue businesses Kennedy Department Store (270 Central Ave., 201-420-8722) and C.H. Martin (256 Central Ave., 201-659-7055) have canopies available at very affordable prices.
  • The event is rain or shine.
  • Expect correspondence from festival no later than May 5th. All applicants should expect to notified by mail if they were accepted to this year’s festival. If you do not received email notification that your application is being processed, please email us immediately. Exhibitors will receive festival instructions in the mail for setup time and entry.

Before applying for this event, please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions attached to the application. If you would like to receive future notices for the festival, please join our JC Festival mailing list.