The Weekender: Newport 10k, The Return of 6th Borough Market & Pacific Flea

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Whether you want to enjoy the sunny weather or feast on local food and wine, this weekend is packed with activities, starting with the Newport 10k race on Saturday morning. Plus, don’t miss the season openers of Pacific Flea and Sixth Borough Market and enjoy an all-day block party at Charles & Co.

What: Newport 10k
When: Saturday, May 14 at 8.30am
Where: Newport Town Square
The Newport 10k is officially here. The USA Track & Field-certified race kicks off at 8.30am at Newport Town Square. On-site registration (which starts at 7am) is $40 per person. Proceeds of the race will be donated to the Jersey City Medical Center.

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What: Pets for the Park Parade
When: Saturday, May 14 at 10.30am
Where: Flag Plaza at Liberty State Park
Liberty State Park advocates are planning a pet parade as a means to protest the plans to commercialize a section of the state park. The parade will kick off at Flag Plaza and make its way down Liberty Walk and head north over the South Cove Bridge. All pets attending must be leashed.

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What: Pacific Flea Season Opening
When: Saturday, May 14 from 11am – 5pm
Where: 149 Pacific Avenue
The Pacific Flea and artists’ market is back for another season. Join Mayor Steven Fulop for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the new season. Then get ready to shop vintage, antiques, food, and more. If you plan to attend Pacific Flea on Saturday, be sure to sign up for Whealth’s special 3-course brunch ($35 per person), which will include shriracha rice balls, Hoisin-braised beef lettuce wraps (veggie option available), and a lemon olive oil ice cream.

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What: Charles & Co. Grand Opening Block Party
When: Saturday, May 14 from 12pm – 6pm
Where: Charles & Co. at 201 Montgomery Street
The Charles & Co. Block Party is a festival celebrating all the local shops/business in the area including Kanibal & Co., Hazel Baby & Kids, CoolVines Jersey City, and Another Man’s Treasure, to name a few. There will be food and drinks by Park & Sixth, Bread & Spoon, and new Australian restaurant, Frankie Bar & Eatery.

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What: Madame Claude Wine Tasting
When: Saturday, May 14 from 5pm – 7pm
Where: Madame Claude Wine at 234 Pavonia Avenue
Start your Saturday night with a free wine tasting at Madame Claude Wine. The tasting will feature Ripe Wines (short for Representing Independent Premium Estates). Ripe represents a range of certified organic and minimal intervention wines from France, Spain, and Chile.

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What: 6th Borough Market Season Opening
When: Sunday, May 15 from 11am – 5pm
Where: Hudson Street & Columbus Drive (outside Exchange Place)
6th Borough Market is back debuting at its new location near Exchange Place (on Hudson Street and Columbus Drive). The outdoor market features local food, crafts, and arts all rolled into one festive block party. It will run the first and third Sunday of every month through October 16. Participants include The Guac Spot, Squeezed NJ, Bang Cookies, Liberty Humane Society (select dates only), Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato, Baonanas, and more.

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In New York

What: 9th Avenue International Food Festival
When: Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 6pm
Where: 9th Avenue from 42nd Street to 57th Street
I was born in Hell’s Kitchen and I’ve been attending this food fest since I can remember. It’s a massive smorgasbord of food, drinks, music, and cultures. If you happen to be in New York this weekend — it’s worth checking out (though be warned, it gets very crowded).

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