The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. More than 800 local artists will open their studios and display their work to the public.
The tour is a special event for me because it was really the first major Jersey City based event that I attended when I first moved to this city. It helped me learn about the city’s history and cultural scene, and was the first time I met the founder of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, who was manning a table with a petition to save the Hudson and Manhattan Powerhouse.
The official kick off party starts tomorrow night from 6 to 11 pm at the Lackawanna Center at 234 16th Street. The party is free and open to the public and will feature over 60,000 square feet of artwork! Refreshments will be available and the event is family friendly with activities for children. More information may be found here.
Studios and galleries will be open on Saturday and Sunday with 121 different venues located across the city. A map may be found here.
Transportation to the various venues will be available. Shuttle buses will run from 12 to 7 on Saturday and Sunday and run three different routes. In addition, on Saturday two additional shuttle buses will run for a “barrier free” tour to venues that are ADA accessible. Bike JC will also be leading bike tours to the venues, including one long route and two shorter routes. Transportation information may be found here. Of course, you can take a self-guided tour or stroll the neighborhoods at your own convenience as well.
NOTE: As we are all aware, the weather is very uncertain and it is possible that Hurricane Joaquin will cancel or limit certain activities. I will put up a separate update about Hurricane Joaquin in the near future. Enjoy the weekend but take all necessary precautions.