The Top 19 Things To Do In Hoboken + Jersey City This Weekend {Including Cinco De Mayo + Kentucky Derby}

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The Mile Square + Jersey City are  jam-packed with events this weekend that you can not miss. So if you’re looking for plans, you’ve come to just the right place. From Cinco De Mayo + Derby Day celebrations, to live cooking shows, 10k runs, yoga, and grand openings, there’s surely something for every local {and visitor} to enjoy. As always, we’re your go-to for all the happenings. Here’s what’s going down:

*Regular Weekend Events*

Lutze Biergarten Opening: Thursday, May 4th from 5:00PM-10:00PM

 

 The Hudson River Waterfront kicks off the summer season on the day before Cinco de Mayo with the opening of the Lutze — the first open-air biergarten on the waterfront in Jersey City that will feature, craft beer, German brews, cocktails, sangria, a variety of foods including bratwurst, pretzels, crab cakes, and a raw bar {on weekends} along with hosting live music and lawn games, fire pits + more. Located at 15 Second Street in Jersey City. There will also be a Cinco de Mayo party there on May 5th!

The Art of Tasting at Harborside Atrium: Thursday, May 4th from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Food, wine + dancing? Sign us up! This Thursday, Art House Productions is hosting an evening filled with yummy bites {by some of the best Hudson County restaurants, that is}, wine tasting, and dance lessons by Swingadelic, right at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City {147 Harborside Financial Center}. And, it’s for a great cause: the fundraiser benefits expansion of theatre education programs in underserved public schools around Jersey City, and will also help give access to the arts within the JC community {by providing free arts festivals and shows}. Register for the event here.

Yoga Therapy To Balance The Koshas at Hoboken Urban Sanctuary: Friday, May 5th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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Get relaxed + rejuvenated this Friday with Devotion Yoga’s workshop {led by Brandt Passalacqua} that will teach you balance within the five koshas {aspects of self}. Participants will use meditation, asana, and pranayama techniques to ultimately get balanced + learn to lead a healthy lifestyle. The workshop {$50 – sign up here} is open to all skill levels – so ditch the retail therapy for a day of yoga therapy. 

Press Play at Hob’Art: Friday, May 5th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Hob’Art in Hoboken is holding an exhibition this Friday, that’s a must-see for art lovers: the exhibit, called Press Play, will feature work by visual arts + technology seniors at Steven’s Institute of Technology in a variety of mediums, including an interactive card game, a cooperative video game experience, a digital animated short, as well as a docu-vlog. Additional information on the digital exhibit can be found here.

Grand Opening at Vintage on First: Saturday, May 6th all day

Need a new vintage clothing store in your life? Vintage on First is officially opening its doors on May 6th, so make sure to stop by {302 1st Street, Hoboken} for their big debut! Shop locally-owned, collective vintage finds at their grand opening party, to add to your spring/summer wardrobeyou won’t be disappointed.

Newport 10K at Newport Town Square Jersey City: Saturday, May 6th at 8:30 AM 

The Newport 10K is every Hudson County runner’s dream: run along the scenic Hudson River waterfront, compete for a $15k prize, and reward yourself post-race with an after party at Newport Town Square {100 Town Square Place, Jersey City} that’ll have prizes, refreshments + a live DJ.

Spring Fling Boutique Crawl Hosted by AaRaa: Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM  

If you’re looking for some great Mothers’ Day gifts {or if you you need an excuse to spruce up your spring wardrobe}, check out the Spring Fling Boutique Crawl hosted by AaRaa Accessories. Weave your way through some HG faves such as Town House, WeeBabe, AaRaa, Alba Boutique, Washington General Store, Mini Market and Galatea. More info here.

Free Wellness Workshop at Monaco Theater Room: Saturday, May 6th from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Want to learn how to train your brain to start practicing healthy lifestyle habits? Join Jamie of Eat2Be, Heather of Welnys, and Tami of TonnenStrong for a free wellness workshop held at Monaco apartments {in the theater room} in Jersey City. Enjoy complimentary food by Busy Bee Organics while you learn to fuel + train your brain — just in time for summer! Space is limited, so email Heather@welnys.com to RSVP.

Free Art and Mindfulness Workshop {ages 3-5} at Asana Soul Practice: Saturday, May 6th from 1-2 PM 

Playdate plans = check. This Saturday afternoon, bring your little ones to Asana Soul Practice for an Art + Mindfulness Workshop led by Learning Honey Co. Children ages 3-5 will be able to learn how breathing activities, art projects, and story time can help with mindfulness at the free event {register here}.

Hoboken Historical Museum’s Black and White Masked Ball and Auction at David E. Rue Building: Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 PM

All dressed up with nowhere to go? We can fix that. In honor of the Hoboken Historical Museum‘s current black-and-white photograph exhibition, the museum is hosting a black + white Masked Ball gala + auction {located at the David E. Rue Building – 301 Garden St., Hoboken}. You’re invited to break out your best black + white outfits for an evening of dancing, fine dining {courtesy of Chef Anthony Pino’s AD Catering & Events} and a live auction {featuring amazing prizes: from Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade uptown viewing stand seats and Shipyard pool summer passes, to a year of indoor parking in Uptown Hoboken — and so much more!}. Grab your tickets to “the party of the century”  right here .

Taste of Home Live at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City: Sunday, May 7th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

To experience an interactive, live culinary show like no other, you must check out Taste of Home’s live event at the Hyatt Regency {2 Exchange Place, Jersey City} this Sunday. The popular cooking magazine will be sharing recipes, as well as tablescaping + food decorating tips and tricks, so you can learn to be the hostess with the most-ess {FYI, if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Community Foodbank of NJ, you’ll be entered in a raffle to sit at the chef’s table on stage — which means sampling recipes throughout the show!}. Additionally, you’ll be able to purchase Taste of Home merch {including cookbooks that you absolutely need in your kitchen}. And 10% of the proceeds will go to the Community Foodbank as well. Tickets can be purchased here.

*Cinco De Mayo Events*

Margaritas at Porter Collins Restaurant: Thursday, May 4th – Saturday, May 6th

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There’s a new drank in town, and you’re going to obsess over it {if you haven’t already}: the “Palm Springs Weekend” at Porter Collins in Hoboken will literally take you on an instant vacay: it’s made with Dad’s Hat rye, Krogstads Aquavit, St. Germaine, Prosecco, lemon, grapefruit + muddled strawberries — and it serves up to 6 people. As if that’s not music to your ears, they’re turning popular XL cocktail into an XL Marg, in lieu of Cinco de Mayo {yep, the best of both worlds}. Try the limited-edition drink anywhere from May 4th until May 6th {and use #HobokenGirl in your pics, we know this one will be totally insta-worthy}.

Cinco De Drinko at House of Que: Friday, May 5th All Day 

Cinco essentials: drink specials + a mechanical bull {yep, we went there.} This Friday, head to the ‘Que for a live DJ, $5 Cuervo shots, margs + draft beers all day long, and a spin {or 5} on the HOQ bull. That’s our kind of fiesta. 

Cinco De Mayo at Black Bear Bar + Grill: Friday, May 5th

Talk about tacos + tequila: Black Bear is celebrating one of our favorite drinking holidays with $2 tacos, $6 El Jimador margs + shots, and $4 Modelo/Corona Lights. Count us in. 

Cinco De Mayo at Urban Jungle Play: Friday, May 5th from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Bring the kiddies for a Cinco De Mayo celebration after school at Urban Jungle Play in Hoboken, where they can celebrate traditionally with snacks, dancing + crafts. It’s the perfect playtime activity to observe of the holiday, and your youngsters will surely enjoy the fiesta.

’90s Tribute Night at Maxwell’s Tavern: Friday, May 5th at 8:00 PM

For a more unconventional Cinco celebration, head to Maxwell’s on Friday night for a ’90s night, featuring tributes by Lady Picture Show {STP}, The Lost Dogs {Pearl Jam},  Enjoy Incubus + Penny Royalty {Nirvana}. Tix can be purchased for $10 at the door, or $8 here. Jam out to your favorite throwback tunes, if traditional Cinco De Mayo festivities aren’t your thing.

Mikie Squared’s 11th Birthday + Cinco De Mayo Celebration at Mikie Squared: Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th 

Not only is it Cinco De Mayo — it’s Mikie Squared’s 11th birthday! come celebrate at your fave bar + grill with prizes and other giveaways {plus, a chance to win a bike — perfect to ride around the Mile Square in this beautifulllll weather}, as well as a live DJ + drink specials on Friday and Saturday {because, double the fun}.

*Kentucky Derby Events*

Derby Viewing Party at The Brass Rail: Saturday, May 6th from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sundresses + juleps? Oh, yes. Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at The Brass Rail this Saturday with $5 Jim Beam Black Mint Juleps, Apple Juleps, + Jim Beam drinks from 2-7 PM: your Mile-Square-turned-Louisville paradise. 

Get Down and Derby at Wicked Wolf Hoboken: Saturday, May 6th 

Yes, it’s Derby Day. No, Wicked Wolf is not horsin’ around {okay okay, all puns intended}: bring your floppiest hat for a celebration that will include $4 Stellas and $5 Bulleit Mint Juleps {our kind of celebrating, indeed}.

Derby Day Party at The Stewed Cow: Saturday, May 6th 

Dress in your Derby Best? No problemo — break out your cutest Kentucky Derby attire for The Stewed Cow’s Derby Day Party this Saturday, where you’ll have a chance to win a prize for the best hat. Additionally, enjoy the races while you sip $5 Jim Beam Black Mint Juleps. Sounds like the perfect relaxing {or opposite of relaxing, if you get reaalllly into these things} afternoon to us.

Kentucky Derby Party at Sorellina: Saturday, May 6th at 3:00 PM 

Join Sorellina for one serious Kentucky Derby party: for $65, enjoy open bar + food and drinks {gratuity included} while you watch the most-anticipated horse racing event like, ever. You can purchase tix to the festivities here, or call 201-963-3333.

As always: have a fun + safe weekend, wherever you end up {and make sure to tag @HobokenGirlBlog on IG + Twitter}

See More: 15 Spots For a Margarita in Hoboken & Jersey City


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Krista is a 20-something Jersey Girl who lives in oversized sweaters and oversized sunglasses. Although she currently resides in North Jersey, she was born and raised in South Jersey and will always choose a hoagie over a sub and a pork roll over Taylor ham in the endless debates. She believes wholeheartedly in Sunday dinners, retail therapy, and stellar Instagram captions. When she’s not writing, shopping, or pretending to be a better skier than she actually is, she can be found winding down with a glass of Riesling in one hand and a good book or magazine in the other.