WEST ORANGE, NJ - The biggest street fair and festival in the history of West Orange is happening on June 7 from 11 am - 7 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. In addition to the Downtown West Orange Alliance Street Fair, the annual Edison Day at Thomas Edison National Historical Park and the annual Township picnic is taking place.
The township has issued information regarding parking for all visitors:
The Downtown Street Fair and Edison Day is Saturday, June 7th, from 11 AM-7 PM. As a result, Main Street will be closed between Lakeside Ave & Babcock Place from 7 AM to 9 PM.
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Parking will be available on side streets, at Town Hall and at 80 Main Street. Shuttle service will run every 15 minutes from 80 Main Street to and from the fair. There will be handicappe parking available at the Edison museum.
For the first time, the event will feature a Beer Garden, along with 75 vendors selling everything from food to art. Pleasant Valley Productions will be part of the day's entertainment, which will also include bands, solo acts, cabaret and Broadway performances, comedians, a dance troupe, jazz musicians, and more.
There will be bounce houses, a splash tank near the Community House and a "Touch a Truck" exhibition for children. The exhibition will feature police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and large vehicles that children can explore. Drivers and operators will be there to explain how the vehicles work.
This year the Downtown West Orange Alliance is partnering with the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) to celebrate "Edison Day
," an annual event that this year will also commemmorate New Jersey's 350th anniversary. The Street Fair will be held in and around TENHP located at 211 Main Street. In addition to the Edison Factory, tours will also be held at Glenmont, Thomas Edison's historic home in Llewelyn Park.
The park was chosen by the State of New Jersey to highlight the theme of "Innovation" for the state's NJ350 Anniversary. TENHP has planned several free events at the museum during the Street Fair: special Thomas Edison memorabilia that is brought out only once a year on Edison Day will be displayed and there will be hands-on chemistry activities, a Junior Ranger tent, animated highlights from the Black Maria, where movies were first invented, a Dream Rocket Children’s Art Project, and an Electric Vehicle Car Show.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum will be on site. The Mobile Museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience images, artifacts, films and interactive elements to learn about New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees. West Orange township historian Joe Fagan will display unique West Orange memorabilia.
The Annual West Orange Town Picnic, usually held in September, will also be incorporated into the street fair. Township agencies will be on-hand to answer questions about the town to residents, visitors and prospective homeowners. As always, there will be special giveaways and a raffle contest for free overnight stays at local hotels and free dinner gift certificates to area restaurants.