NEW BRUNSWICK – Music, cultures and lifestyles will be celebrated in the city all year, with festivals and special events scheduled for weekends from April through October, including the city’s first day to highlight yoga.
City council members this week approved permits for nine events, starting with the traditional Rutgers Day Parade on April 28, which will start on Senior Place and wind through Voorhees Mall to Hamilton Street.
Little more than a month later, on June 9, the city will host Cicloiva, and annual effort when parts of some city streets are closed to encourage residents to walk, run, skate and bicycle. Cicloiva, a Spanish term that means “cycleway,” has been held three times a year in the past.
The annual Cinco De Mayo celebration will occur May 6, on parts of Livingston and Joyce Kilmer Avenues, and Paterson Street, and at Monument Square Park.
On July 22 the Guelaguetza festival will be at Boyd Park and amphitheater, highlighting the traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico. Guelaguetza is held annually in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. Many of New Brunswick’s Hispanic community come from that area of Mexico. More than half the city’s population is Hispanic, and more than half of that community come from Mexico, according to US Census data.
Two months later, on July 25, Boyd Park will be the site of the third annual Hub City Sounds Caribbean Festival.
In September, Boyd Park will be used for back-to-back events for the Punk, Hip Hop and Rock festival on Sept. 8, and then the next, Sept. 9, for the Indo-American Festival and the city’s first Yoga Festival.
On following weekend, Sept. 15, will be Central Jersey Jazz Festival on George Street between Liberty and Bayard streets.
The city’s annual Raritan River Festival will be Sept. 29 along the river at Boyd Park, and the Corazon Latino Festival and Ciclovia will be Oct. 14 at Joyce Kilmer Park.