New Night fest returns Saturday
Annual event includes vendors, games, art
Thousands of people will kick off their summers this Saturday by heading to Main Street for the annual A New Night Downtown festival.
Hosted by the Downtown Newark Partnership, the free event will run from 3 to 9 p.m. on Main Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic between Chapel Street and South College Avenue. Free parking will also be available in all city lots.
“It’s supposed to be beautiful on Saturday, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get downtown, hang out with your friends and neighbors and experience everything New Night has to offer,” said DNP administrator Megan McNerney. “There’s something for everybody. You can eat, shop and enjoy right down the middle of Main Street. It’s the one and only time the whole year you have the opportunity to do that.”
Nearly 60 vendors – including stores, restaurants and nonprofits – will set up booths lining both sides of the street, including free tie-dying in front of Switch Skateboarding. The Newark Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a children’s area at the far end of Main Street, near the University of Delaware Green.
McNerney said the Newark Police Department’s community policing center at 134 E. Main St. will be open so children can stop by to meet officers and pick up any trading cards they need before the contest ends on Sunday.
“It’s the last day to get your trading cards if you are trying to find all 100 of those,” McNerney said.
Three stages will offer live music, and the Newark Arts Alliance will host more than a dozen local artists displaying their art, crafts and jewelry for sale on the Academy Lawn.
Attendees can also play tennis with Mayor Sierer on Academy Street from 4 to 6 p.m.
A crowd wanders Main Street during a previous New Night Downtown festival. The annual event returns Saturday.