Music, magic and more at Newark 350 Family Fun Festival



The Newark 350 Family Fun Festival, scheduled for Saturday in Newark’s Military Park, has announced its schedule — a full day of music, dance, poetry, children’s entertainment and more to launch a year-long celebration of the 350th anniversary of the creation of the city of Newark.

Saturday’s event will include free performances by R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quartet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance and Nai-Ni Chen Dance, and others.

Meanwhile, initiatives announced for later this year and next year include free tickets to Devils games, $3.50 tickets to select NJPAC events, free Newark Museum family memberships for every household in the city, free “Ward Jam” concerts throughout the city, a Newark Celebration 350 film festival, and the making of a documentary about the late writer and activist Amiri Baraka.

For updates, visit the Newark Celebration 350 Facebook page.

Here is the schedule for Saturday’s events:

11 a.m.: Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade, featuring Animodule sculptures (large, mobile animal sculptures) and marching bands. The parade starts at NJPAC, runs down Center Street, makes a left on Broad Street, a left on Park Place, repeats the same route, then ends in Military Park.

12:30 p.m.: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quartet
1 p.m.: Felix Hernandez’s Family FunRhythm Revue Dance Party (also broadcast live on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM).
2 p.m.: Special Ensemble (youth vocal performance group)
2:30 p.m.: Poetry by participants in the upcoming 2016 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poetry Festival
2:40 p.m.: NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens
3:45 p.m.: Angela Johnson
4 p.m.: Kenny Lattimore
4:15 p.m.: Family dance party with DJ Tony Touch

12:30 p.m.: Nai-Ni Chen Dance presents The Ten Elements of Chinese Dance Workshop
1 p.m.: Yoga sessions with Newark Yoga Movement
1:30 p.m.: Carolyn Dorfman Dance
2 p.m.: Nai-Ni Chen Dance presents Ribbon Dance Workshop
2:30 p.m.: Freestyle exhibition by FloydLittle’s Double Dutch
3:30 p.m.: Afro Brazilian Arts & Education Academy

Noon: “Animal Tracks and Signs”
1 p.m.: Mario the Magician
2 p.m.: “Science Circus”
3 p.m.: African drumming with QueenMother Imakhu MuNeferet
4 p.m.: Storyteller Queen Nur

Other attractions include an instrument petting zoo, a scavenger hunt, sand art, a bracelet making workshop, a pumpkin-carving demonstration and more.


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