Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Célébrez Bastille Day in Jersey City


Two hundred and thirty years after the storming of the Bastille, Bastille Day remains a symbol and celebration of liberty not just in France, but worldwide. So, it is only natural that Jersey City, a diverse city with breathtaking views of Lady Liberty, celebrates Bastille Day! The French American Academy is proud to be hosting this annual event for all ages.

If you love French wines, food and music than this is an event you don’t want to miss! It’s not every day (in New Jersey) you can indulge in authentic French escargot, savory crepes, cheeses and macarons all in one place while listening to live music. You’ll feel like you’re in the streets of Paris!

3rd Street will be lined with food and beverage booths, a stage for live music performances and high top tables to sit and enjoy your delicious French cuisine. The event is free but you can also purchase VIP Club tickets which includes champagne and cheese tasting while watching Tour de France.


Some participating restaurants in Jersey City are:


Choc O Pain – Their chocolate croissants are to die for!

Madame Claude – Authentic French food, live gypsy jazz and great cocktails!

Atlas – A favorite on Newark Ave for happy hour and live music.

La Cote – Great pasta dishes for dinner and they also serve brunch.

Ateliers du Chocolate – Perfect place to pick up delicious chocolates and truffles for a loved one.


Bastille Day Festival

The French American Academy

209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302


Choc O Pain

530 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 435-2462


Madame Claude

390 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 876-8800


La Cote

199 Warren St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 433-6639


Ateliers du Chocolate

321 Marin Blvd Suite #8, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 332-9220


Tropical Summer Vibes in Jersey City


Now that it’s officially summer, head to Surf City in Jersey City! Instead of driving an hour or hopping on a plane to be on the beach, you can take a 10 minute drive down to the waterfront and be surrounded by palm trees, sand, fire pits, music and great food. Surf City is located directly on the water with incredible views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and has both indoor and outdoor seating. They also have five bars, so there won’t be any trouble finding a drink! One is even devoted exclusively to frozen tropical drinks.

The service in the restaurant is very casual. You put in your order and are given a pager and when it goes off you pick up your order.  Easy Peasy!  While your food is being prepared, you can go to the bar and grab a beer or cocktail and find a table. They have two, four and eight foot tables, so they are able to accommodate large groups making it the perfect spot to go with a bunch of friends. There are also long communal tables where you can meet and socialize with other guests.

Some favorites from their menu are the twin lobster roll, steamed clams, fish and chips, crispy chicken sandwich and they’ve also added the Impossible Burger to their menu for anyone who is vegan or vegetarian.  Make sure to leave room for their key lime pie which is made with real juice from the Florida Keys.

Surf City is definitely one of the best summer spots in the city!


Surf City

1 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ


Yoga Fest in Jersey City


Each year during the week of the summer solstice is International Yoga Day on June 21st. Cities and studios around the world come together to celebrate the practice of yoga. In 2018 Jivamukti Yoga Jersey City teamed up with the Jersey City HDSID and Jersey City Cultural Affairs to create the first ever Yoga Fest in Jersey City. Local yoga studios and instructors came together in the spirit of unity and oneness along with over 500 yogis and several thousand onlookers. The event was designed to celebrate the practice of yoga in Jersey City and help establish our city as a yoga destination.

This year, you can expect even more participants, a full-day of yoga, live music and over 40 to 50 vegan venders, both food and products. The event will be held on Newark Ave on June 22nd from 7am to 6pm.

Starting at 6:30am on June 22, 2019 a registration table will be in place where participants will be required to register and sign in for classes. You should pre-register here on this site before to speed up the process. Saturday will be sunny and 80 degrees so make sure to bring water, sun block, sunglasses and of course a yoga mat!

A special yoga workshop will also take place Sunday June 23 @11am at Jivamukti Yoga Center Jersey City with Yogeswari, a headline international yoga teacher and special musical guests.


Jivamukti Yoga Center
171 Newark Ave. 2nd Fl, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 993-1110

Jazz Festival in Jersey City


If you live in Jersey City and have a passion for jazz, chances are you’ve heard of the Riverview Jazz Fest.  The festival began as a small concert in Jersey City in 2012 and now produces over 100 shows a year for the community.  This year, the festival runs until June 9th and you don’t want to miss out on these events happening right outside The Beacon.


June 5

West Side Arts & Music – Bring some chairs and blankets and enjoy the music of Larry Banks & his Molten Lava Ensemble from 7 pm – 8 pm in Lincoln Park.


June 6th

Madame Claude Bis – one of our favorite French restaurants in Jersey City will be hosting an evening of live jazz with resident band Manouche Bag from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm.


June 7th

White Eagle Hall – This beautiful venue is home to some of the best concerts in the tri-state area.  Purchase tickets here to see Red Baraat, a pioneering band from Brooklyn, NY.  Their June 2018 album release “Sound The People”, hit the top 10 on the World Music Charts in Europe.


Head to the Grove Street PATH Station on Sunday, June 9th from 12 pm – 6 pm for the closing day where you can enjoy the music of Winard Harper (1:30 pm), Murch Church Brass Band (3:30 pm) and Chino Pons (5:00 pm).


Madame Claude Bis

390 4th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 876-8800


West Side Arts & Music

Lincoln Park, Jersey City


White Eagle Hall

337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302



Grove Street PATH Station

325 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

MesMerica 360 : A visual Music Journey at Liberty Science Center


If you’ve never been to Liberty Science Center, this summer is the perfect time to visit for the MesMerica 360 tour. Tickets are selling out quickly, and this will be an unforgettable experience happening right here in Jersey City!

Music and art can provide us with relief from stress, and provide us with a sense of peace, tranquility, and renewal. Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist, James Hood, together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world to create an immersive, transcendent experience designed to soothe the mind and stimulate the senses.  People who have seen the show felt an overwhelming sense of joy, happiness and calmness and said they would 100% see it again.


Mesmerica premiered at the Fleet Planetarium in San Diego, California in June 2018 to two sold-out audiences and has been consistently filling venues with ongoing performances since October.  When it makes its way to the Liberty Science Center in June, guests will be able to enjoy the show in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! This stunning space boasts a resolution of 88 million pixels, a lighting system that can produce over 281 trillion colors, and new speakers capable of producing 30,000 watts of digital sound.  The Liberty Science Center is just a 10 minute car ride from your Beacon apartment and is located in the beautiful Liberty State Park.


Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 200-1000