The soft ping of your phone chimes incessantly as everyone in the group chat debates what to do this weekend. You glance over the options and slouch back into the seat without responding. Everyone is suggesting either an evening at a restaurant in Little Italy or a quaint coffee shop in Manhattan.
You reach for the cell phone and begin to type out, “I can’t this weekend…” when you realize there are plenty of free things to do, right here, in Jersey City.
While it is difficult to find free things to do, it is not impossible. Jersey City hosts festivals regularly in various parts of the city.
You could enjoy live music and food at the All About Downtown Festival or test out some spicy recipes at the annual Chili Cookout happening in Lincoln Park.
“There were a lot of people there,” said Kimberly Portuguez said about the All About Downtown Festival. “They had reggae and Cuban music! It was a lot of fun. I loved the sense of community.”
Looking for something more cultural? Head down to Journal Square’s Little India to indulge in some samosas and more in celebration of Diwali.
Street Art Tour
Are you looking to delve into your inner artist? Try making up your own street art tour!
There are murals galore in Jersey City, even on the ground. Grab your friends and map out some of the most creative pieces in town.
Picnic and Play
Whether you are going for a stroll or enjoying a sandwich by the fountain, Lincoln Park is a great place to spend some quality time with friends and family. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. all week long.
Another public park is Liberty State Park, where you have a scenic view of the Hudson River. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with exceptions on national holidays.
While transportation may not be free, it costs nothing to enjoy the view of New York City from the Hudson Waterfront. Grab lunch with a friend or bike around the walkway while the sun sets across the New York City skyline.
“It was a very beautiful view of New York,” said Lesly Majano, a sophomore criminal justice major, “I like looking at the different people there, exploring and enjoying the scenery.”
Jersey City is full of historical landmarks, and these museums cannot be missed!
Greenville Public Library hosts the Afro-American Historical Society Museum on the second floor, where you can find information about the traditions and cultures of African Americans. The museum is open to the public on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or, check out the artistry of animation exhibit at the Museum of Russian Art. The MORA is open on weekends from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admissions to both museums are free, but donations are encouraged.