Hey, you! Yeah, YOU! Gloomy weather got you in the dumps? Is your sweater a little too warm? Have you failed at your lifelong dream to be a potato? While our list of events can’t help with any of those things (weather, your sweater, or being a potato), it can sure spruce up your plans for the weekend! We’ve got a great lineup of events that will either get you in the holiday spirit or get you acting like one!
Can’t find any events you’re interested in? Our Event Calendar has nearly forty events this weekend so if you’re looking for something more festive, check there!
Go TEDxJerseyCity’s 2016 Conference
December 3rd @ 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Landmark Loew’s Theater, 54 Journal Square Plaza., Jersey City
TEDx is back for their fourth annual year of programming! This year’s conference features a number of Jersey City brainiacs who have decided to dive into topics that affect us all, such as – “Why Do We Say ‘That’s Cool?'” with Debra Devi, “The Last Car I Will Ever Own,” with Michael Flinck, “The Three Spheres: East, West, and Digital,” with Mark Stahlman, and many more!
2. Performance Night and Open Mic feat. Aaya Perez
December 1st @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Art House Productions, 136 Magnolia Ave., Jersey City
Join Art House for the final Performance Night and Open Mic of the 2016 season! Take this as an opportunity to profess your love, crack a joke, or dance your heart out. Whether you want to get on the stage or be in the seats, be there or be square!
Note: There are eighteen First-come, First-serve spots available for open mic participants.
3. Flea Market Funk’s DJ Prestige 45 RPM Set at South House
December 1st @ 8:30 PM – 1:00 AM
South House, 149 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Muddy Waters, Sharon James, and James Brown. If any of those names revive the constant funk in your soul, then you might want to find yourself at South House tonight for DJ Prestige. There will be tons of drink specials and a full menu for you to choose from while you’re there!
4. Solstice at Gallery A – a JC Fridays Event
December 2nd @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
A Condominiums, 389 Washington St., Jersey City
With the Winter Solstice soon approaching in the next few weeks, Gallery A got a head start on artworks that featuring the new year as it draws near. Head to Gallery A this JC Fridays for works by Gianluca Bianchino, Lawrence Ciarallo, Natalia Pas, Svetlana Martisova, Biluomi Yemaya, Hao Feng, Brandon Moon, Anna Ryabtsov, and Yu Tian Cheu.
5. Holiday Market – a JC Fridays Event
December 2nd @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
December 3rd @ 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Merseles Studio, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Are you looking for a gift for that special someone or just need to fill that empty space on your living room wall? Merseles Studio will have an amazing lineup of handcrafted jewelry and gifts at their Holiday Market this Friday ripe for the taking.
7. Sonnets Under the Stars – a JC Fridays Event
December 2nd @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 38 Duncan Ave., Jersey City
He held her hand gently as she lifted herself into the gondola. Her eyes twinkling in starlight as he began to recite —
“Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
Thy edge should blunter be than appetite,
Which but to-day by feeding is allayed,
To-morrow sharpened in his former might:
So, love, be thou, although to-day thou fill
Thy hungry eyes, even till they wink with fulness,
To-morrow see again, and do not kill
The spirit of love, with a perpetual dulness.
Let this sad interim like the ocean be
Which parts the shore, where two contracted new
Come daily to the banks, that when they see
Return of love, more blest may be the view;
As call it winter, which being full of care,
Makes summer’s welcome, thrice more wished, more rare.”
Join St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Friday evening for a night of Sonnets Under the Stars. All audience members are invited to take part in the readings of sonnets by William Shakespeare and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
8. The Twelve Dates of Christmas
December 2nd @ 8:00 PM
Holiday Artisan Market @ 6:30 PM
Art House Productions, 136 Magnolia Ave., Jersey City
If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet and you’re looking for something to get you there, then this might be it! With the combination of a Holiday Artisan Market and a one-woman musical Art House might be able to lure you in for this extravaganza of an event.
“After seeing her fiance kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary’s life falls apart — just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where “romance” ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical.”
9. Jingle Bell Rock at The Park Tavern – a JC Fridays Event
December 2nd @ 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Park Tavern, 575 West Side Ave., Jersey City
Enjoy drinks, eats, great artwork, live performances by The Bottomless Mimosas, the Hudson City Rats, and Terry Haman, with DJ Nick Neutron spinning between sets.
Bring a gently-used coat to participate in the Jersey Cares Coat Drive!
10. Protect Our Rights – Art Show Fundraiser for ACLU
December 3rd @ 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Shuaspace, 340 Summit Ave., Jersey City
Join Shuaspace for their newest exhibition with artworks by Peter Bill, DISTORT, Bryan Elkins, Narciso Espiritu, Allison Remy Hall, Meredith Miotke, Bruno Nadalin, Sam Pulin, Alicia Ruth, Dominic Sansone, and more!
This exhibition is meant to be a fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union.
11. Sustainability Hackathon
December 3rd @ 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
&Co, 201 Montgomery St., Second Floor, Jersey City
Mark your calendars for December 3rd for a full day of creating solutions with your neighbors. Found out more at the Office of Innovations first ever, #HackathonJC to help create a more sustainable #JerseyCity.
12. Project: Market 2016
December 3rd – 4th @ 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
City Hall, 280 Grove St., Jersey City
Project: Market is back for their 4th annual event! Head to this awesome heated, indoor market and do some holiday shopping from some Jersey City’s very own!
13. Tree Lighting, Caroling, and Wreath Decorating for Veterans
December 3rd @ 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Head to The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery for their Annual Christmas Tree lighting! During the afternoon there will be wreath decorating for our veterans, caroling, photos with Mr. And Mrs. Claus, and more!
14. Political Action Meetup
December 4th @ 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Indiegrove, 121 Newark Ave., Jersey City
The Hudson County Young Democrats are calling on members of the community to take part in their first monthly “Political Action Meetup.” This meetup will ask guests to “make phone calls and send emails to elected officials, educate our peers, and help fight against threats to human rights and freedoms.”