This weekend, Jersey City is packed with events to get everyone excited for the summer season. Pride Month is underway, and there will be a Pride Month Drag Brunch Extravaganza at Canopy JC. There’s also the Hamilton Park Festival, a Native Plant Sale, not one but two outdoor film showings, and much more. 

North River Sing Community Chorus Concert

The non-profit North River Sing Community Chorus will be in McGinley Square this Sunday, performing “stylish show tunes & jazz standards.” The event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. 

Jersey City Comedy Festival

“The Jersey City Comedy Festival features a stand up comedy competition with 48 comics from across the country; 3 incredible headliners – Chris Gethard, Rex Navarrete, and Marina Franklin; Hip Hop Improv; Sketch Comedy; and Character Sets. Audiences will be able to vote for their favorite comedian at each stand up showcase and follow them from start to finish to help them win the festival!”

Movies on the Pier: “Sonic 2”

“This event is free and open to the public. Please bring your own chair. There will be food and drink onsite available for purchase. We hope to see you!”

Jersey City Movies in the Park: “Minions, Rise of Gru”

Jersey City’s “Summer in the City” is back with outdoor films and performances all season long. This Friday, the 2022 movie “Minions, Rise of Gru” will be showing in Canco Park. 

NPSNJ Hudson Native Plant Sale

This Saturday, the Native Plant Society of New Jersey Hudson County Chapter will be hosting a native plant sale in Riverview-Fisk Park. There will be a members-only presale from 10 to 10:30 a.m., a raingarden tour at 12 p.m., and a native plants talk at 1:30 p.m.

GO Jersey City

“GO Jersey City is a day of service and fun where residents of Downtown Jersey City, and beyond, go out and serve 10+ local non-profits and parks throughout the city. It is a way for us to give back and support the people and places that make our city great.” There will be free t-shirts and coffee, and a celebratory After Party. 

38th Annual Hamilton Park Festival

Head to Hamilton Park this Saturday for their annual festival event that will have food, vendors, and entertainment.

“on the other side” (Russia/USA)

A part of the Voices International Theatre Fest, this is “a dance performance as a form of somatic protest and viscous disobedience in light of the current aggression of the Russian government. Russian artists Elena Demyanenko and Tarik Burnash examine the notion of the rapidly disappearing past and their need to negotiate the unknown, absurd, madness, inhibition, and rage while searching for release into another approach for moving forward and finding their resistance.” 

12th Annual All Points Borscht:
An Evening of Comedy & Community

“Hosted by Phil Rivo and starring Internet sensation Ariel Elias and star of Last Comic Standing Kerri Louise, be there for Temple Beth-El’s most important fun-raiser and fundraiser of the year. In addition to a wonderful evening of side-splitting laughter and warm community, Borscht is crucial to balancing our operating budget.

Justin Garcia and Friends at Fox & Crow

“Guitarist Justin Garcia combines elements of Jazz, Country, free improvisation, latin and soul to weave together a sonic world that’s both nostalgic and fresh. He has played around the world but you’ll often find him playing guitar for various artists in New York and New Jersey. His latest project is an homage to early americana and country soul with plenty of tele twangin and soulful pedal-steel.”

“Horseshoe Empire” at the Museum of Jersey City History

This show at the Museum of Jersey City History is “a provocative play about Jersey City’s most notorious mayor,” Frank Hague.  

  • Saturday, June 10; Sunday, June 11
  • 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Location: Museum of Jersey City History, The Apple Tree House, 298 Academy St.
  • Cost: see ticketing page for pricing
  • Performance, Local history
  • Ongoing event: next performances will be Saturday, June 17

Pride Month Drag Brunch Extravaganza at Canopy JC

“Join us as we celebrate both Hudson County Pride and LGBTQ Pride Month. Get ready for an amazing drag brunch experience hosted by the sultry Kimmy Sumony with performances by special guest stars  A’nylah the Doll (Season 9 winner of Polish the Queen at the Playhouse Bar) and Koko Nutwata, with hot beats by DJ Tim Dawg (resident DJ at Pier 13 in Hoboken and Gringo’s). There will be special Pride activations by Corgi Spirits and 7 Souls Tatto.”

“The Best Child in the World” by Alina Serban (Romania)

Part of the Voices International Theatre Fest, this “is the first play by a Roma female director that entered the permanent repertoire of The National Theatre of Bucharest,” and is “The story of a Roma girl who discovers at a very young age the differences of race and environment. She manages to make her way through life and transform her complexes into determination and motivation through the power of therapeutic exercise.”

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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.