This weekend, check out some of the amazing community events happening around Jersey City. There’s the Way of the Ramapough event at Liberty State Park, Bergen Square Day, Jersey City Pier Fest, Music on the Porch, Strides for Safety 5K, Fall Harvest Festival, and more.

Hudson Chamber Event: Business Network Event | Fri., Sep. 15 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Hudson County Community College, 161 Newkirk Street, Jersey City | Business Network Event Are you a business owner or entrepreneur looking to expand your network and learn about valuable resources in your community? Then join us for our upcoming Business Networking Event in collaboration with Hudson County Community College! For more info, go here.

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2023 Flag Raising Ceremony | Fri., Sep. 15 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | City Hall Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street 2nd floor, Jersey City | For more info, go here.

Jersey City Swap & Sell: Clothing/Books/Stroller/Scooters/Bottles/Diapers/Toys | Fri., Sep. 15 | 4-7 p.m. | Hamilton Park, Downtown, Jersey City | JCFamilies & Jersey City Moms Present Swap & Sale Clothing/Books/Bottles/Diapers/Toys JCFamilies & Jersey City Moms are excited to bring Swap & Sell to the Back To School Picnic at Hamilton Park on September 15th from 4-7 pm. This will be an excellent opportunity for families to swap kids’ clothing and sale items that you no longer use, but please make sure all the things are in excellent condition and look presentable. For more info, go here.

5th Annual Jersey City Pier Fest 2023 | Fri., Sep. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | J. Owen Grundy Pier Park , Hudson Street, Jersey City | PERFECT WEATHER! FREE salsa music on the pier.  Don’t miss Pier Fest at Exchange Place this Friday, Sept 15th! Live FREE salsa from 3-D Rhythm Of Life at 6:15 PM and then the John “Dandy” Rodriguez Dream Team at 7:45 PM (see photo!), curated by Doug Beavers of Circle9 Records. PLUS Salsa dance instructions from Mario B of SalsaOn2 at 7 PM! Food trucks near by and then a rooftop after party at the Hyatt House. For more info, go here.

Music on the Porch: In Full Color En Vivo FRIDAY EDITION | Fri., Sep. 15 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City | Wepa! In Full Color is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month EN VIVO! Join us as we return to Music on the Porch, the incredible free outdoor music series presented by our amazing friends at @barrowmansionjc For more info, go here.

Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations – Opening Reception | Fri., Sep. 15 | 7:45 p.m. | Nimbus Arts Center – Nimbus Dance, 329 Warren St, Jersey City, NJ, Jersey City | Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations Saturday, September 15: Opening Reception & Nimbus Arts Center Season Launch Party Join artist Ajamu Kojo, curators Cheryl & Christopher Mack, Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, and a group of enthusiastic art lovers for the opening of Black Wall Street. The event is open to the public with wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres served. For more info, go here.

2nd Annual Strides for Safety 5K Against Gun Violence | Sat., Sep. 16 | 8 a.m. | Lincoln Park, Jersey City | Join us for the 2nd Annual Strides for Safety 5K Against Gun Violence! Our fearless County Executive has served our 12 municipalities over these last 20+ years with numerous philanthropic events proving that in Hudson County, there’s nothing more important than fostering our local communities. We believe all of Hudson County has a stake in ending gun violence and that by working together, we can build a County where all can thrive, free from the fear of gun violence. For more info, go here.

Kids’ DIY-U Workshop: Home Team Football Card Holder | Sat., Sep. 16 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Lowe’s Home Improvement, 727 Route 440, Jersey City | Little DIYers will tackle a new project when they create a super fun Football Player Card Holder! Get in the game and score with this hands-on workshop! Bring your mini-DIYer into Lowe’s at one of the select time slots. For more info, go here.

Bergen Square Day | Sat., Sep. 16 | 12-6 p.m. | Bergen Square , Intersection of Bergen Avenue and Academy Street, Jersey City | Bergen Square Day, a celebration of the rich, diverse culture and history of Jersey City, will be celebrated Saturday, September 16th. from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. in Bergen Square. The celebration, hosted by The Journal Square Community Association and the Museum of Jersey City History, together with the Journal Square Special Improvement District and Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, will take place at the intersection of Bergen Avenue and Academy Street. For more info, go here.

Story Lines | Sat., Sep. 16 | 1-4 p.m. | ART150 Gallery, 157A First St., 2nd Floor, Jersey City | Story Lines explores the inspiration behind works by Nanette Reynolds Beachner, Stephanie Guillen, and PE Pinkman in an intriguing group show that explores volatile societal issues, historical events, and personal journeys in trying times. For more info, go here.

Continuous Flow Christian Center/The Flow Annual Community Day | Sat., Sep. 16 | 1-5 p.m. | Continuous Flow Christian Center/The Flow, 168 Monticello Ave., Jersey City | | Free | A day of fun with rides, games, food, balloons, vendors, and much more! For more info, go here.

Children’s Movie: Coco | Sat., Sep. 16 | 1-3 p.m. | Five Corners Branch, 678 Newark Ave, Jersey City | Join us at Five Corners for a special movie screening. On Saturday, September 16th we will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, with Coco (2017). This fun Pixar movie follows Héctor and Miguel, as the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. For more info, go here.

White Eagle Hall Presents: The Gories | Sat., Sep. 16 | 7 p.m. | White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave., Jersey City | The Gories are an American garage rock trio that formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1986. They were among the first 1980s garage rock bands to incorporate overt blues influences. For more info, go here.

The Lazy Sky at Fox & Crow | Sat., Sep. 16 | 8-10 p.m. | Fox & Crow, 594 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City | An evening of bluegrass from West Jersey quartet, the Lazy Sky. For more info, go here.

Kids Baking Contest & Fall Harvest Festival | Sun., Sep. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Riverview Farmers Market, 498 Palisade Ave, Jersey City | Join us for our annual Fall Harvest Festival at the Riverview Farmers Market! For the first time this year, we will be hosting a Kids Baking Contest! For more info, go here.

Native Plant Sale – Wildflower City | Sun., Sep. 17 | 12-2 p.m. | Krewe Restaurant, 673 McGinley Square, Jersey City | Join us for part 2 of our Native Plant sale at Krewe Restaurant in McGinley Square! We have a limited supply left, including butterfly weed and swamp milkweed (monarch butterfly host plants!), purple coneflower, golden alexander (host for the swallowtail butterfly), red columbine, ferns and culver’s root. All plants are pesticide-free, straight species that are best for wildlife. Buy a plant, stay for lunch AND you get a complimentary order of beignets! For more info, go here.

Ukrainian Fall Festival 2023 | Sun., Sep. 17 | 1-6 p.m. | Ukrainian National Home of Jersey City, 90 Fleet St., Jersey City | For more info, go here.

The Nellie Bly: Book Club — Adults | Sun., Sep. 17 | 1:30-3 p.m. | The Apple Tree House, 298 Academy Street, Jersey City | | Free | Join Speranza Theatre Company for the Nellie Bly Book Club! For more info, go here.

Nellie Bly: A Chain Around the World | Sun., Sep. 17 | 4 p.m. | The Apple Tree House, 298 Academy Street, Jersey City | | Free | Travel around the world with Nellie Bly as she races to beat the record set by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days!” On November 14, 1889, The World’s convention-defying reporter set sail from Hoboken NJ on a daring adventure that awed the nation and changed her life forever. Join us on SATURDAY, SEPT 16th at 6 PM and SUNDAY, SEPT 17th at 1 PM and 4 PM at the Apple Tree House For more info, go here.

The Way of the Ramapough at Liberty State Park | Sun., Sep. 17 | 7-10 p.m. | Liberty State Park, South Lawn, 200 Morris Pesin Dr., Jersey City | Come celebrate the rich traditions, history, and legacy of Northern New Jersey’s native inhabitants, the Ramapough Lenape on the South Lawn at Liberty State Park at 7pm on September 30 with a showing of the film The Way of the Ramapough. The film will be accompanied by discussions with Vincent Mann, Chief of the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lenape Nation; Dr. Jack Tchen of the Rutgers University Clement A. Price Institute, and world-famous swimmer Lewis Pugh at the conclusion of his journey from the headwaters of the Hudson River to the Newark Bay. Chief Mann will also lead a drum ceremony. For more info, go here.

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Emily was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in architecture. She has a background in design, public health, radio, and comedy.