NEW BRUNSWICK – After a tease of summer weather it’s back to being cool but not enough that you wouldn’t want to get outside. This week has concerts, block parties, free hot dogs, and plenty more to do in Hub City.

Wednesday, April 18

  • If you’re craving hot dogs then it’s your lucky day. RUPA’s annual Hot Dog Day is back with all the free hot dogs (plus mac & cheese and tater tots) you can eat. This event will also have games, inflatables, and a zip line down College Ave. It will be from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in front of the College Ave. Student Center. There will be road closures down College Ave. during the event.
  • Bring your dancing shoes to The Yard for Swing Dance Night. This event is for beginners or pros and there will be plenty of opportunity to learn the steps from a pro with free dance instruction. This event is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Yard is located at 40 College Ave., New Brunswick.
  • Speak out against sexual violence and show support to survivors everywhere by walking in the Take Back the Night March. The event, organized by WOAH (Women Organizing Against Harassment), will begin at 7:00 p.m. in front of College Hall on the Douglass campus (125 George St., New Brunswick) where everyone will meet and make posters for the march. The march itself will start at 8:00 p.m. and it will go down George Street and end at Voorhees Mall on the College Ave. campus (off of Hamilton St.). At 9:00 p.m. there will be a Speak Out with survivors and protesters sharing their experiences and support. The event will end at 10:00 p.m. The march is open to the public and to all genders.
  • The Center for Latino Arts & Culture (CLAC) is hosting a screening of the documentary film Chavela. The film is about Mexican artist Chavela Vargas, who over a lifetime produced over 80 albums and came out as a lesbian at the age of 81. It’s centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela, shot 20 years before her death in 2012. This event runs from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the CLAC (172 College Ave., New Brunswick). It is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 19

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  • The Arab Cultural Club is having their 10th Annual Street Fest on College Ave. All are welcome to celebrate and learn about Arab culture with free food, games, henna, and many more activities. The fair is from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Bishop Quad area (across from the College Ave. Student Center and to the right of Brower dining hall). Everything is free and open to the public.
  • The Zimmerli Art Museum is having their 2018 Woodruff Matsuo Lecture called East Meets West: Japonisme and European Art. It will be presented by Sarah E. Thompson, Curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. From the Facebook event page: “Beginning in the 1860s, after Japan ended its more than 200 years of seclusion, Japanese prints, ceramics, and other wares became available in Europe. Artists responded almost immediately, incorporating Japanese subjects, compositional formats, and techniques into their works. “Japonisme,” as style became known, was behind many innovations of artists still celebrated today, like Van Gogh, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Whistler. Thompson has curated many acclaimed exhibitions, including Hokusai, a comprehensive look at one of the masters of Japanese art; her most recent publication is Tattoos in Japanese Prints. This program is held in conjunction with our special exhibition, "Set in Stone: Lithography in Paris, 1815-1900," on view through July 29, 2018.” This event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow. The museum is located at 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick.
  • See George Thorogood live at the State Theatre with his longtime band The Destroyers. They’ll be performing their catalog of hits including “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Bad To The Bone,” and more. The Destroyers are Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar), and Buddy Leach (saxophone). Tickets start at $37 and can be purchased on the theatre’s website. $1 on top of the ticket price will go to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. The theatre is located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.

Friday, April 20

  • Feeling nostalgic for retro arcade games? Then come out to TASA’s 15th Annual Nightmarket. The Taiwanese American Student Association’s is bringing a cultural nightmarket to College Ave. with plenty of delicious food and fun games to go around. Play old favorites like Pac Man, Tetris, Space Invaders, and classic Mario while eating Taiwanese chicken and noodle dishes and drinking bubble tea. There will also be a DJ and live performances from Rutgers student groups. The event is free and open to the public but the food and games are paid for by purchasing Nightmarket tokens for $1.00 each. The market is open from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. under the bridge on Morell St. between the College Ave. Student Center and Panera Bread.
  • Bring the kids out to see Wild Kratts Live! At the State Theatre. From the State Theatre website: “Animated Kratt Brothers Martin and Chris—who you may know from Zoboomafoo and Kratts' Creatures—come to life in a classic Wild Kratts adventure! Off  "To the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal "wow facts" the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from the villain's clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.” Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased on the theatre’s website. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs for about 90 minutes with one intermission.

Sunday, April 22

  • Parents can get free tips and learn some new and fun ideas to enhance their parenting skills at the Eat, Play, Love event at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Families can come to the event without having to worry about a babysitter as free onsite childcare will be provided. Speakers include nutritionist Laura Vetter, psychologist Brenna Hassinger, and professor Muriel Rand.
  • The workshop is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The hospital is located at 254 Easton Ave., New Brunswick. This event is hosted by Community Child Care Solutions, a child care resource for families, child care professionals and the community in Somerset and Middlesex Counties, NJ.
  • Forget about your car for a day at the New Brunswick Ciclovia. This is an event for opening the streets for residents by closing them to traffic along a special route, and on a specific day, so everyone can get outside and be active in a safe, friendly environment. It means you can use designated city streets to walk, bike, skate, dance, stroll and play without vehicles. Ciclovia is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. George Street, between Albany St. and Commercial Ave. will be closed for most of the day.