The Weekender: JC Pride Downtown Bar Crawl, 70s Dance Party at Van Vorst Park, Free Adoptions at LHS

Calling all dancers: Get ready to treat your body to a non-stop dance party this weekend. From Disco in Van Vorst Park to the JC Pride Opening Dance Party at Transmission, you’ll have multiple spots to get your dance on. Plus, check out Magnolia Landing’s Summer Series at JSQ and the Puerto Rican Heritage Fest on Columbus.

What: Liberty Humane Society Clear the Shelters
When: Saturday, August 19 from 11am to 4pm
Where: 235 Jersey City Boulevard
Hundreds of national shelters are teaming up with NBC-owned TV stations and Telemundo for Clear the Shelters — a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need. Here in Jersey City, the LHS will offer free adoptions on Saturday. So if you have some room in your home for a four-legged, furry friend, there are plenty waiting at the LHS.

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What: Magnolia Landing Summer Series
When: Saturday, August 19 from 11am to 4pm
Where: Corner of Magnolia & Summit
The Magnolia Landing Summer Series is back at JSQ for another weekend of outdoor eats and shopping. The outdoor market — which will hold its final event on September 9 — includes 20+ artisan, vintage, and food vendors, live music from local bands, and a special “Neighborhood Row” section, which will spotlight local small businesses. Confirmed vendors for this Saturday include Muttley Royale (food truck specializing in comfort food), We Build Bikes (pop-up bike shop), Katie Pea Studio (whimsical illustrated paper goods), O’Lala Empanadas (local Latin fusion food), and more.

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What: Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
When: Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20 from 12pm to 10pm
Where: Columbus Drive btwn Brunswick & Merseles
Puerto Rican food, salsa music, and a car show are just a few of the things you can expect from this year’s Puerto Rican Heritage Festival, which will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday. The festival will also have open-space boxing matches on-site.

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What: Jersey Ciy Pride Bar Crawl
When: Saturday, August 19 from 6pm to 10pm
Where: Atlas, LITM, Talde, and The Pint
Drink for a good cause during the official JC Pride Bar Crawl. The tour will make stops at Atlas, LITM, Talde, and The Pint. You can register/show up at any of the bars throughout the night. There is a suggested $10 donation and all proceeds will benefit the Hudson Pride Connection Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organization located in Journal Square.

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What: 4th Annual Disco in the Park
When: Saturday, August 19 from 7pm to 10pm
Where: Van Vorst Park
Put on your best dancing shoes and get ready to be transported back into the 70s for the 4th Annual Disco in the Park party. The evening will start off with a free 70s dance class by the Jersey City Ballroom. Then DJ Marvilious will keep you on your feet for the rest of the night. The family-friendly event is free for all to attend.

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What: JC Pride Opening Party
When: Saturday, August 19 from 10pm to 3am
Where: 150 Bay Street
Head to Club Transmission for the official JC Pride Opening Dance Party. There will be two DJs and two dance floors. Admission is free before 10pm; otherwise, it’s $10 at the door.

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