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The Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs organizes cultural events for the City of Hoboken including the twice yearly Arts and Music Festival on Washington Street, Artists' Studio Tour, Citywide Art Walks, Hoboken Arts Gala, Harvest Festival at Pier A Park, Movies Under the Stars, weekly concerts in the Park during the summer months, Family Fun Nights, Art in the Park toddler program, Holiday Craft Fair and much more.


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Art in the Park registration is open
The City of Hoboken and Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla are proud to host Art in the Park, a five-week outdoor, creative arts program for children between 1 to 4 years old.

The program includes crafts, story time, music, sing-alongs, and more. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Elysian Park and Wednesdays in Stevens Park beginning the week of July 12.

The cost for participants is $45 for five classes (45-minute sessions).

Class Options are listed below:

Tuesdays at Elysian Park - Select time options below

  • 9 am to 9:45 am - July 12, 19 & 26, Aug. 2 & 9
  • 10 am to 10:45 am - July 12, 19 & 26, Aug. 2 & 9
  • 11 am to 11:45 am - July 12, 19 & 26, Aug. 2 & 9

Wednesdays at Stevens Park (Hudson St. bet. 4th St. & 5th St.) Select time options below

  • 9 am to 9:45 am - July 13, 20 & 27, Aug. 3 & 10
  • 10 am to 10:45 am - July 13, 20 & 27, Aug. 3 & 10
  • 11 am to 11:45 am - July 13, 20 & 27, Aug. 3 & 10

Thursdays at Elysian Park - Select time options below

  • 9 am to 9:45 am - July 14, 21 & 28, Aug. 4 & 11
  • 10 am to 10:45 am - July 14, 21 & 28, Aug. 4 & 11
  • 11 am to 11:45 am - July 14, 21 & 28, Aug. 4 & 11

Children may only attend the class for which they are registered. Children who miss classes due to vacation or other circumstances, will not be offered a makeup class.If class is cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, the City will send an email notification regarding a makeup date. Makeup classes will usually take place on Fridays at either Elysian Park or Stevens Park.Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Proof of Hoboken residency is required.Children should be dressed in messy clothing as some materials used may stain clothing.

For further information, email gfallo@hobokennj.gov.

Contestants will compete for title of Best Sinatra Style Singer

In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at DeBaun Auditorium, 24. 5th St., between River Terrace and Hudson Street,
on the campus of Steven's Institute of Technology.

For More information email gfallo@hobokennj.gov.

Prizes courtesy of: Annie & Em’s Bakeshop, Anthony Davids, Baking Mama, Bin 14, Black Rail Coffee, Blue Eyes Restaurant, Body Balance Massage Spa, Carpe Diem Pub and Restaurant, Dino and Harry's Steakhouse, Empire Coffee & Tea Co., Gregorys Coffee, Halifax, Hoboken Barbershop, Hoboken Hair for Men, Hoboken Historical Museum, Joey No Nuts, Kings Food Market, Leo's Grandevous, Little City Books, Massage Envy, Opulent Hair Loft, Stingray Lounge, The Cupcake Carriage, The Hoboken Man, The Madison Bar and Grill, Tonsorium Parlor, and Tunes Hoboken.

Thank you to our sponsors

Blue Eyes Restaurant, Burgiss, Colavita, Ironstate, Muller Insurance, The Rockefeller Group, and Veolia

These programs are made possible in part by funds from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by The Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of County Commisioners.

To reserve an assisted listening device, email gfallo@hobokennj.gov three weeks in advance of a performance.

Hoboken Music History Project

“A Mile Square of Music: 1960 to 1970”

We are honored to announce “A Mile Square of Music,” a documentary about how the mile square city of Hoboken helped shape an impactful era in music history, won a 2022 Telly Award. It was a pleasure for our Branding Shorts team to work with the City of Hoboken and Geri Fallo to produce this award-winning film. Special thanks goes to the talented musical performers and club owners who participated in this documentary.

The Telly Awards, established in 1979, showcases the best work of TV and video for all screens. The Tellys receive over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Past winners include BET Networks, Comcast, ESPN, Fox, HBO, MLB, NBC, Ogilvy & Mather, The History Channel, Time Warner, and Viacom. Congrats to all who helped “A Mile Square of Music” documentary win this prestigious honor.

A Mile Square of Music


Video Trailer: https://vimeo.com/66534821

Hoboken has a colorful musical past. Composer Stephen Foster wrote “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair” while living here in 1854. It’s the birthplace of singers Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Roselli. Gerome Ragni and James Rado wrote the book and lyrics to the iconic Broadway musical Hair while living here in the 1960s. From the late 1970s thru the 1990s, it was home to the infamous, metro area rock venue Maxwell’s, spawning ground of a thriving indie music scene, as well as home to Bar/None Records.  The stories are numerous and the music eclectic.

“A Mile Square of Music: 1960 to 1970”, a 30-minute film produced by Branding Shorts, includes interviews with Luke Faust, Julio Fernandez, Jim & Beverly Hans, Patrick "Jude" Petrullo, Dorothy Blackwell McNeil, and members of the local band The Vee Jays, Ed Kwedar, Omar Mesa, and Frank Musumici, sharing exciting their stories about the music scene in Hoboken at that time.

The producers spoke to many others, but due to funding constraints and a shortage of time were limited as to what could be included in this project. We encourage anyone interested in Hoboken history to do their own research. There are so many wonderful stories that need to be discovered, documented and preserved.

“A Mile Square of Music: 1960 to 1970” will be presented as a Live Stream on the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Facebook - hobho.me/musicdocfb and YouTube -   hobho.me/musicdocyt pages on Sunday, Jan. 30th starting at 5pm. This is not an in-person event. Watch at home from the comfort of your living room.

Live Q & A with special guests to follow the screening of the film. Transcripts and audio files of the complete interviews will be made available through the Hoboken Historical Museum and Public Library at a later date. For more information: gfallo@hobokennj.gov.

Special thanks to all of the participants for sharing their stories, The Hoboken Historical Museum, Tony Parente, Micki Pagano-Parente, Grace Hill, Chrissy McLarty Whisler, Irwin Chusid, Rob Harari and Jack Silbert.

This program is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey StateHistorical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Board of County Commissioners.

“A Mile Square of Music: 1960 to 1970”, features interviews with:

Luke Faust

Luke Faust was born in Manhattan. In 1963, at age 27, he moved toHoboken. Playing harmonica, banjo, electric piano, and fiddle, Luke became a key member of musical group, The Insect Trust, whose ranks included RobertPalmer (later a famed music critic for the New York Times), vocalist NancyJeffries (who later became a prominent A&R executive for RCA, Electra &Virgin Records), and others.  The InsectTrust released two albums, a self-titled LP in 1968 and Hoboken Saturday Night in 1970 (reissued in 2005). Faust also played jug with The Holy Modal Rounders.Until recently, Faust co-ran the Monroe Street Movement Space in Hoboken with his wife Dena Reynolds.  

Julio Fernandez

Julio Fernandez was born in Cuba and came to Hoboken in 1961. He picked up the guitar at age 9 and played in his first band a year later. Around that time, he opened for popular Hoboken band The VeeJays and met Omar Mesa at a local performance venue. While a student at Hoboken High School, Julio and his music buddies put together the band Flight, which later became Top-Flite, playing gigs all over the tri-state area. In 1984, Julio was invited to audition for the jazz-rock fusion band Spyro Gyra and has been working with them for 37 years. When not touring the world, he continues to perform locally in Hoboken, most notably each summer at Sinatra Park with his all-star band,Julio Fernandez and Friends 

Jim & Beverly Hans

Jim Hans arrived in Hoboken at age 30 in 1966. He and Beverly married that year and opened the antique store, the Hoboken Calendar Shop of CurrentEvents, on Newark Street. They successfully ran it for 8 years. The shop attracted so many local musicians, inspiring Jim and Beverly to organize music and theatrical performance events at the Grand Hotel on 3rd and Hudson Street.Jim also co-founded the Hoboken Historical Museum in 1986 and was its president until 1991. He is the author of 100 Hoboken Firsts, published in 2006.

Dorothy BlackwellMcNeil (aka ‘PeeWee’ then & ‘Tante’ now)

grew up in Hoboken. She was recognized in 2010 by The Board of ChosenFreeholders of Hudson County as a Woman of the Year for her work at Hoboken’sClub Zanzibar, where she served as business manager, hostess and bartender from1971-1981. The club was founded in 1961 by her husband Charles McNeil. ClubZanzibar was an important theatrical venue on what then was commonly known as  the “Chitlin Circuit”, a series of performance venues throughout the eastern & southeastern United States that primarily served African American audiences. It was the first stop in New Jersey on the return trip south, following a successful performance at New York’s famedApollo Theater, which was the most prestigious stop on the circuit. The club hosted African-American entertainers such as Wilson Pickett, Kool and the Gang,Millie Jackson,The Platters, The Coasters, Rufus Thomas, and other successful recording artists of the time. In 2018 McNeil, along with fellow Hoboken women trailblazers, photographer Dorothea Lange and sportswoman Maria Pepe, was honored by having her image included on a large (150’ by 35’) exterior mural located at 14th & Grand St.

Patrick "Jude" Petrullo

Born and raised in Hoboken, Patty Petrullo’s early musical influences include seeing his uncle Val Valente perform on the Ed Sullivan Show and hearing the Beatles on the radio. His first public performance was at theHoliday Inn on River St. in Hoboken with a group called The Poor Souls. At age13 Pat joined the most popular Hoboken band at the time, The Vee Jays, performing at local clubs and high school dances. At age 16 he joined TheBottle Brass, who gigged a lot at the Jersey Shore. That group later became Pat and the Bottled Brass. When the band recorded their first single in 1969, the record company changed the name of the band to The Student Body.  At age 20, Petrullo changed his name to PatrickJude and in 1973 landed the role of Judas in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar.


After seeing the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964,Hoboken friends Omar Mesa (lead guitar) and Ed Kwedar (drums) decided to form a band, soon joined by Frank Musumici (lead vocals/bass) and Peter Romano (rhythm guitar). (Keyboardist Ray Bryn was a later member.) The Vee Jays performed atHoboken High School, parties, hotels, bars, and a Battle of the Bands at thePalisades Amusement Park, which they won! The VeeJays released a single,“Gloria” (a cover of the Them hit) and “Twine Time” (first recorded by AlvinCash) on the Clarity label.

The Vee Jays' Bios:

Omar Mesa

was born in Havana,Cuba, in 1948, and at age 6 moved to Hoboken with his family. After his time in The Vee Jays, Omar was an original member of the Latin-funk band Mandrill, playing guitar on their first four albums on Polydor Records. With Mandrill he toured major venues nationwide and appeared on TV shows such as Soul Train andDon Kirschner’s Rock Concert.

Ed Kwedar

was born at Hoboken’s St. Mary’s Hospital in 1949 and lived above theClub Zanzibar in his youth. He was drafted into the army in 1969, ending the original lineup of The Vee Jays. Ed then played in bands in California andPennsylvania before landing in Connecticut in 1981 to work for IBM. He stopped performing live when his son was born in 1985, but has never stopped playing music at home. 

Frank Musumici

was born in New York City. His family moved toHoboken when he was 2. Frank left The Vee Jays when he was drafted in 1967 but returned to the band months later after being discharged with bad eye sight. Post-Vee Jays, Frank worked with comedian Rodney Dangerfield and performed at Dangerfield’s club in Manhattan.

The Insect Trust
Cover of the album Hoboken Saturday Night
by The Insect Trust
Publication from The Hoboken Historical Museum about Club Zanzibar.

The band Flight

Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival

Sun. Oct. 2, 2022,
11am to 6pm

Washington St. bet. Observer Highway to 7th St.

Over 300 artists, crafters, food vendors, local businesses and more participating.
2 stages of live performances.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Burgiss, Suez Water, The Rockefeller Group, Ironstate, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, JP Bagel Express, This is It Stageworks, Muller Insurance, Hudson County Division of Parks & Roads. Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism. www.visitnj.org

We are looking for volunteers to help with morning setup on day of the event
Contact gfallo@hobokennj.gov if you able to volunteer

Art • Craft • More from Spring Fest 2022

Art by Dillon Dunning
Mike Pagano Metal Sculpture
Mike Pagano Metal Sculpture
Pottery by Corrine Carr
Pottery by Corrine Carr
Tie Dye by Cecily Salinas
Made by Miryam Cera
Bag made by Miryam Cera
Bespoke Bacon Jam
Bespoke Bacon Jam
Hudson Houndstooth
Hudson Houndstooth
Kalsang Pottery
Kalsang Pottery
The Resin Project
The Resin Project
The Resin Project


Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. www.visitnj.org.

Sponsored by: Burgiss, Citi Bike, Ironstate, Kundert Cars of Hasbrouck Heights, Pegasus Partners, Suez, The Taurasi Group, Wonder Lofts and some very dear friends.

Additional support provided by: Capital One Bank, Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, Nastasi Architects & WFUV

Special thanks to: Anthony Davids, Choco Pain, Dunkin Donuts, Shop Rite & Starbucks

Volunteers are needed for morning vendor checkin.

For more information: gfallo@hobokennj.gov

Karyn Kuhl Band (Photo by Mickey Deneher)

Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. www.visitnj.org.
Thanks to our sponsors: WFUV, Burgiss, Suez, Wonder Lofts, Ursa Development Group, Citi Bike, Tarasi Group,
Ironstate and Kundert Volvo Cars of Hasbrouck.

Additional support provided by: Capital One Bank, Anthony Davids, Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts

For more information: gfallo@hobokennj.gov

Volunteers are needed



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