SUMMIT, NJ - Arts + Cars, the event that lets attendees seamlessly shift gears between the Summit Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) Classic Car Show and a Downtown Arts Festival, returns to the Hilltop City's central business district September 15, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., bringing with it this year a new twist -- a Beer and Wine Garden.

The family-favorite fall event features a juried art show with copious amounts of art and crafts for sale, the P.A.L. Classic Car Show, live music from the world longest-running Billy Joel Tribute Band, 52nd Street, and others, children’s activities, and food trucks.

Activities organized cooperatively by the Summit P.A.L., Summit Downtown, Inc., and the Visual Arts Center of NJ include: 

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Arts Festival

An outdoor, juried art show with plenty of art and wares for sale.  The Arts Festival will be located on Springfield Avenue between Maple Street and Summit Avenue.

Live Entertainment

The day kicks off with a student showcase followed by the World of Rock Trio. 'Summit Street Sounds' favorites, Cold Weather Company (12 p.m.) and The Baby Please (2 p.m.) perform next, prior to headliners 52nd Street (4 - 6 p.m.). Musical performances are sponsored by Regal Bank and Sunrise Senior Living of Summit.

P.A.L. Classic Car Show

Hundreds of classic cars will be displayed on Union Place and lower Beechwood Road.  For more information on the car show or to enter a car, visit

Chalk Artist

Renowned chalk artist Anthony Cappetto will be creating a chalk mural on the street during the festival at the corner of Springfield and Summit Avenues.

Children’s Activities will be provided by the Summit YMCA, The Connection, and other local nonprofits on Springfield Avenue.

Food Trucks

Food trucks will include Pizza Vita, Mexican Spice, Luigi’s Ice Cream, The Meat House, and other tasty options. Many downtown businesses will also offer takeout that attendees can bring to the beer garden.

Beer & Wine Garden

For the first time ever, there will be a beer garden downtown in the Bank Street Parking lot, featuring several beer and wine options available beginning at 11 a.m. A portion of proceeds will go to charity. People of all ages are welcome inside the Beer & Wine Garden, but only those with proof of age over 21 will be allowed to purchase drink tickets. No beer or wine will be permitted outside the Garden. Attendees are asked to have their ID ready when entering the garden. Drink tickets will be available to purchase for $7 each, cash only.

Those age 21+  that wish to volunteer can visit

In addition, the Summit Farmers Market will be open at 22 DeForest Avenue for its normal hours from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.