The Weekender: Live Jazz at The Grind Coffee Shop, Beer Launch at Departed Soles, Oscar Party at LITM

Take in a free jazz concert at the Grind Coffee Shop or enjoy a few brews at Departed Soles for a good cause  — we present our top picks for what to see, eat, and do in Jersey City this weekend.

What: Live Jazz at The Grind Coffee Shop
When: Friday, February 24 from 6pm to 9pm
Where: The Grind Coffee Shop at 360 Communipaw Avenue
Live Jazz Nights are back at the Grind Coffee Shop. The free music series returns tonight with a live performance by Conundrum. BYOB glasses will be provided should you care to bring a bottle of wine.

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What: Departed Soles Beer Release Party
When: Friday through Sunday
Where: 150 Bay Street
Departed Soles Brewery debuted two new beers this past Thursday and will continue the release party into the weekend. The new beers — Konstantine Kolsch and Island Gurl Milkshake IPA – are described as an “easy drinking Kolsch that is beautifully complex beyond the surface,” whereas Island Gurl is described as a “hoppy piña colada” dry hopped with Mosaic and Citra and aged with a few pounds of coconut. A portion of the proceeds from opening week/weekend will be donated to the Dear Jack Foundation, which helps adolescents and teenagers diagnosed with cancer.

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What: Whealth 5K Harborside Run/Walk
When: Saturday, February 25 at 10am
Where: Whealth Cafe at Harborside
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 at the Whealth Harborside Cafe.

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What: Spring Sports Expo at The Armory
When: Saturday, February 25 from 9am – 2pm
Where: Jersey City Armory at 678 Montgomery Street
The first annual Jersey City Sports Expo is a family-friendly event designed to bring Jersey City’s wards together. There will be sports clinics for basketball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, boxing, volleyball, and more. 

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What: 8 Springs Studio Essential Oils for Athletes Class
When: Sunday, February 26 from 12.15pm to 1:15pm
Where: 300 Coles Street at Cast Iron Lofts
Boutique megaformer gym 8 Springs Studio is holding a free seminar on the benefits of therapeutic essential oils for athletes. The class will cover what they are, how to use them, application methods, and which oils best support recovery after a workout.

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What: Jersey Stands with Trans Youth Rally
When: Sunday, February 26 from 2pm to 4pm
Where: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall
In partnership with Garden State Equality,  this statewide rally is designed to show solidarity and support for trans gender students and youth. 

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What: The Oscars Watching Party at LITM
When: Sunday, February 26 from 8.30pm – 12am
Where: LITM at 140 Newark Avenue
Watch the glitz, glamour, and drama of the 2017 Oscars at LITM Sunday evening. There will be champagne specials throughout the night (mimosas kir royales, bellinis) and you’ll get 5% off your bill for every category winner you predict correctly.

(Photo: Departed Soles)