Things to do in Newark

New Jersey’s biggest city may be under the shadow of nearby Manhattan – but Vinnie Van GO has plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t give it a miss on your next visit to the northeast. This city has all of the comforts and cultural enclaves of a huge metropolis without the hustle and bustle.

Here’s Vinnie’s guide to Newark. Welcome to the capital of the Garden State!

Newark Annual Events

Cherry Blossom Festival

Each spring, Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes thousands of visitors to Branch Brook Park for a day of live music and cultural performances and other activities. This is a great day to spend with the family – there are fun things to do for all ages!

Portugal Day

If you’re in the area in early June, this street festival is one of Newark’s most hotly anticipated annual events. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Ironbound to take part in Portuguese cultural events, cuisine, and performances.

Lincoln Park Music Festival

One of the region’s largest free outdoor music festivals is held every summer in Newark’s very own Lincoln Park. With hip hop house, soul, gospel and jazz performances, this event will give you a taste of New Jersey’s rich music scene and history.

Newark Stadiums

Prudential Center

This multi-purpose indoor arena hosts some of the area’s biggest entertainment events, and is also home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Nicknamed “The Rock”, this arena is a great place to catch an event while you're in town.

25 Lafayette Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Red Bull Arena

This outdoor soccer stadium in Harrison, New Jersey is located along the Passaic River, just a short shuttle ride from Newark.

600 Cape May Street
Harrison, NJ 07029

Newark Landmarks

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The fifth-largest cathedral in North America and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark is certainly worth a visit when you’re in town. This Gothic-revival cathedral’s construction began in 1899, making it a vital part of Newark’s history.

Newark Museum

One of Newark’s top attractions is the Newark Museum. Get lost in ancient treasures in the state’s largest museum, full to the brim with American masterpieces from Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent, as well as an extensive Tibetan exhibit.

49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102


Welcome to one of Newark’s most fun neighborhoods. Also known to some as “Little Portugal”, this area has some of the best Portuguese food in the state, and is a wonderful place to spend the day exploring.

Newark City

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Newark Restaurants


This fashionable restaurant in Ironbound serves traditional Spanish cuisine. Try the baby lamb chops – they’re one of Vinnie’s favorite dishes!

77 Ferry Street
Newark, NJ 07105

Elbow Room

This eccentric downtown restaurant is the ultimate comfort food spot. Serving macaroni with everything from burgers to lobsters, make sure to save room for the ice cream sandwiches.

41 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 11216

27 Mix

If you want to know where Newark’s cool crowd hangs out, check out 27 Mix. This critically acclaimed fusion restaurant turns into a buzzing music venue at night. If the weather is nice, check out their outdoor dining patio.

27 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 11216

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