NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — This week is jam-packed with sports, art, politics and fun in New Brunswick. Don’t worry about whether there’s anything to do. Worry about what you’ll be forced to miss.
Check out TAPinto New Brunswick’s weekly roundup of some of the best tickets in the city.
Monday, April 17
New Brunswick’s Urban Cleanup Week kicks off today, as businesses remove litter and clean sidewalks and streets. The event continues throughout the week, drawing on support from city employees, residents, schoolchildren and more.
Hookah is a fine way to start the week. Rutgers’ Arab Cultural Club hosts a general meeting at 9 p.m. in Scott Hall. Afterward, they plan to visit Bishop Beach on College Avenue for hookah and sisha.
Tuesday, April 18
What’s more spring than a little bit of swing? The six-piece Swingadelic band is set to play outside The Yard at College Avenue from 6 to 8 p.m. A dance instructor will be on hand to help you find your groove.
Wednesday, April 19
Enjoy a song or two with your lunch. A horn, trumpet and piano trio plays music of France and the Americas from 1900 to 1925 at 12:15 p.m. at the First Reformed Church, 9 Bayard St. Admission is free.
Get civic with the New Brunswick City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall. Among the agenda items are an ordinance to approve the redevelopment plan for the former site of the Ferren Mall and several bond ordinances in support of the budget.
Thursday, April 20
Calling all poets and performers: The Artists’ Collective will celebrate National Poetry Month at 8 p.m. at 35 College Ave. The club’s featured poet is Alphonse Burley, but all are welcome to perform. And, yes, there will be cookies.
Friday, April 21
Want to spark a movement? Learn how here, at the Spring 2017 Grassroots Organizing Conference. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ludwig Global Learning Center on the Douglass Campus. It’s sponsored by NJPIRG Students, the Honors College’s student board, the Douglas Women’s Center Coalition and Action Together NJ. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, is the keynote speaker.
Saturday, April 22
Hear ye, hear ye, for the Rutgers Renaissance Faire shall be held at 10 a.m. at Skelley Field on Cook Campus. Thy money shan’t be accepted, as admission is free. But merchants and battlers abound. So travel on over for a funky trip back in time.
Celebrate this Earth Day with some tunes at the Hub City Music Festival. A garden workday starts at 10 a.m. and is followed by a concert from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Promise Garden, 1 Oliver St. The event includes tree plantings and kid-friendly programs.
Sunday, April 23
The Fourth Annual Billy McCaw Futsal Cup is set for 11 a.m. at the Sonny Warbling Recreation Center. The tournament—which honors McCaw, a popular former Rutgers student who was killed several years ago in New Brunswick—pits friends against each other on the soccer field and supports a charity called The Ability Experience. For more information, click here.
New Brunswick closes miles of prime-time road to vehicles, letting pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters and dancers take over. The annual Cicolvia event is scheduled for 11 am. to 4 p.m. in the downtown area and beyond.
Rutgers women’s tennis takes on Minnesota at 11 a.m. on the left side of High Point Solutions Stadium.
New Labor holds a Workers’ Memorial Day march and rally at 1 p.m. at Anshe Emeth, 222 Livingston Ave. Demonstrators plan to march in support of worker safety and more.