Rahway’s Culture Crawl 2017 filled the Downtown Arts District with artists of all types and genres as the event returned for its 5th annual celebration on Saturday, September 23rd, from 1-6 PM.


Throughout this FREE, one-day festival, the entire downtown of Rahway played host to live performances, interactive art, sculpture, audio installations, spoken word, film, video, music and unique vendors. Culture Crawl 2017 encompassed over ten featured areas, including three main stages, in addition to pop-up displays and performances for discovery while strolling the city’s streets. Local businesses also contributed their own activities to the day’s festivities.

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“Last year’s Tesla-inspired event was such a success we decided to go bigger and bolder,” said Amy Garcia Phillips, Executive Director of the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership (RABP). “This year we extended the hours and moved the event to a Saturday. Culture Crawl 2017 is a day where we can truly embrace the cultural tapestry of Rahway through the arts.”

Among the Culture Crawl 2017 highlights:

  • The day began with a Rahway Yoga Mala, an all-levels event in honor of the world day of peace, scheduled at 8:30 AM at the Art Building on Irving Street.

  • Three outdoor Main Stages created a live music festival throughout the entire event, with an exciting line-up of bands that includes Man Dancing, Levy & the Oaks, Charlie Sztyk, Seamstress, Fire is Motion, and many more!  

  • Grounded Aerial, a visceral, innovative combination of modern dance and uniquely rigged aerial elements, will soar from the rafters on the Hamilton Stage.

  • The Rahway Reel Short Film Festival, run by the crew at n3rd core Productions, offered short blocks of works, including pieces from Redglass Pictures that focus on such cultural luminaries as Ken Burns and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

  • Hannum’s Harley-Davidson featured a Motorcycles as Art exhibition, presenting specialty bikes that are unique in design, along with vendors and the third Main Stage.

  • An area was geared specifically to children, Art-Full Kids, which allowed kids to contribute to a yoga gratitude rock project, puppet shows, story times, and make art along with memories. Meanwhile, parents, guardians and friends visited the adjacent Wine/Beer tent, and played some games while their kids created.

  • Hosted by Bella and Luna, Rahway’s infamous Ambassa-Dogs, a pop-up dog park means that Culture Crawl 2017 truly has something for everyone.  

In addition to the Art-Full area tent, another wine/beer tent was offered at the Northfield Bank parking area, and Rahway restaurants all offered up their own Culture Crawl 2017 specials.

While the Rahway downtown is very walkable, two shuttle services were available to take attendees around to the various areas.

This event was RAIN OR SHINE and we were lucky to have a perfectly beautiful warm sunny day. For images from the event, please visit www.culturecrawl.org shortly.. Teasers are currently up on the RABP Facebook page “Rahway Arts & Business Partnership.”