The Weekender: Food Truck Fest at Exchange Place, Olympics Party at Taphaus, Bolivian Day Parade

Food Truck Fest

From Olympic viewing parties to a food and music fest by the pier — we present our top picks for what to see, eat, and do in Jersey City this weekend.

What: Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony Screening at Taphaus
When: Friday, August 5 at 7.30pm
Where: Taphaus at 2 Second Street
The 2016 Rio Olympics have finally arrived and Taphaus is having an opening ceremony viewing party. Sit back, enjoy a cold one, and root for your favorite athletes all from the comfort of the Jersey City waterfront.

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What: Hudson Restaurant Week
When: Friday, August 5
Where: Participating restaurants
Friday is the final day to take advantage of Hudson Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants are offering discounted lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus. New restaurants include The Kitchen Step, Greene Hook, and Hamilton Pork. Other favorites include Amelia’s Bistro, GP’s Hamilton Park, Maritime Parc, and Raval.

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What: Con Vivo Music Presents
When: Friday, August 5 from 7pm – 8.30pm
Where: The Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street
Con Vivo Music presents a portrait concert of the Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu. Takemitsu was influenced by a broad range of music from jazz to Debussy and Schoenberg. The free performance will be framed as a musical garden, with unique staging, lighting, and arrangements of both performer and audience. It will be performed by Dan Lippel    (guitar), Laura Cocks (flute), Kallie Ciechomski (viola), and Zach Herchen (saxophone).

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What: Cold Brew 101 Class
When: Saturday, August 6 at 10am
Where: Modcup at 25 Senate Place
Who doesn’t love a nice cold brew in the summer? Modcup Coffee is hosting a complimentary Cold Brew 101 class to make sure your cold brews are perfectly crafted.

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What: The 13th Annual Bolivian Day Parade
When: Saturday, August 6 at 11am
Where: Starts at Hamilton Park and ends at City Hall.
The Bolivian Day Parade is one of Jersey City’s most colorful parades. The costumes are fabulous, the dancing is contagious, and the entire parade is a celebration showing off the country’s Spanish, Andean, and Native American culture.

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What: Rotary Club Inaugural Food Truck Festival & Music Festival
When: Saturday, August 6 from 12pm – 7pm
Where: J. Owen Grundy Pier at Exchange Place
The Rotary Club of Jersey City is hosting its inaugural food truck festival. Vendors include incrediBalls, House of Cupcakes, The Green Radish, No Pão, Luigi’s Ice Cream, and many more. There will also be live music, a beer garden, and kids’ activities. Founded in 1916, the Rotary Club is the oldest service club in Jersey City with a mission of serving the people of its community. You can learn more about the Rotary Club and contribute to their causes here.

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What: 6th Borough Market 
When: Sunday, August 7 from 11am – 5pm
Where: Harborside Plaza 4 at Columbus Drive & Hudson Street
It’s time for the next 6th Borough Market, an outdoor market featuring a variety of local crafts and food. This weekend vendors will include Stripes & Polka Tots, Suds & Lites, Reine de Blanc, and more. 6th Borough Market is free and open to the public every 1st and 3rd Sunday through October.

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In New York

What: 2016 National Drone Championship 
When: Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7
Where: Governor’s Island, New York
Last weekend’s qualifiers are over and it’s time for the championship. The event will have an opening ceremony on Friday, freestyle competitions throughout each day, and the finals and closing ceremony on Sunday. General admission tickets are free and ESPN3 will also provide live coverage.

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Plus, don’t forget there will be no weekend 33rd Street PATH service beginning Saturday at 12.10am.

(Image: Rotary Club of NJ)