New Night fest re­turns Satur­day

An­nual event in­cludes ven­dors, games, art

Newark Post - - Front Page - By KARIE SIM­MONS ksim­mons@ches­pub.com

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.

NE­WARK POST FILE PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

A crowd wan­ders Main Street dur­ing a pre­vi­ous New Night Down­town fes­ti­val. The an­nual event re­turns Satur­day.

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