The Weekender: LITM Turns 13, Newport Skates Opens for the Holidays

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Celebrate LITM’s 13th birthday, partake in the Hindu festival of lights, or adopt a new four-legged best friend — we present our top picks for what to see, eat, and do in Jersey City this weekend.

What: Whealth 5K Harborside Run/Walk
When: Saturday, November 19 at 10am
Where: Harborside Esplanade (by Henry’s on the Hudson)
Start the weekend with a gorgeous 5K run (or walk) along the Jersey City waterfront, led by avid runners David Trotta of Whealth and Jesse Barton of CKO Kickboxing. The casual run is open to all fitness levels and is followed by a quick cool down/meditation session and a healthy meal provided by Whealth. Tickets are $10 per person.

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What: Newport Skates Holiday Opener
When: Saturday, November 19 at 11am
Where: 95 River Drive South
Let the holiday festivities begin! Newport’s outdoor ice skating rink is officially open for business. You can checkout their official page for hours and prices.

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What: See Spot Rescued Home for the Holidays Adoption Event
When: Saturday, November 19 from 11am – 2pm
Where: K9dergarten at 173 Newark Avenue
The holidays can be especially lonely if you don’t have a place to call home, so SSR is holding an adoption event this Saturday in the hopes of finding permanent, loving homes for their playful — yet well-behaved — rescue pups.

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What: Silent Walk at Newport
When: Saturday, November 19 from 11am – 12pm
Where: Newport Center at 30 Mall Drive West
The Silent Walk is a peaceful protest to express that racism is not acceptable in the Jersey City community (or anywhere else).

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What: Diwali on the Hudson
When: Saturday, November 19 from 4pm – 12am
Where: The Atrium at Harborside Financial Center
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil. Jersey City’s Diwali festival will take place indoors at the Atrium at Harborside. The festival will include live performances, music, food, a cash bar, henna, and more. Admission is $10 per person.

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What: LITM’s 13th Birthday
When: Saturday, November 19 from 5pm – 2am
Where: LITM at 140 Newark Avenue
Newark Avenue wouldn’t be what it is today without trailblazers like LITM. One of the first cocktail bars to open in downtown, it set the bar — no pun intended — for what would eventually become Restaurant Row and the Pedestrian Plaza. Raise a glass (or 3) to 13 years of LITM with music, drink specials, food, and of course, local art and stories.

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What: Paulus Hook Fall Feast
When: Sunday, November 20 from 3pm – 6pm
Where: St. Peter’s Prep at Grand & Van Vorst
Celebrate the autumn weather and the Paulus Hook neighborhood with an afternoon of food, wine, and live music. This BYOB event will include food by neighborhood restaurants like Liberty Prime, Satis, John’s Pizza, and Bistro Le Source, among others. There will also be live music by the St. Peter’s Prep Jazz Band, Carol Lester, and Yidou Liu. Proceeds will benefit the Paulus Hook Park redesign.

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(Photo: LITM)