Portugal Day Festival in Newark


For those not interested in the Big Apple BBQ over in NYC, but are still bored today, here’s another Saturday and Sunday option “outside of Hoboken.” Considering ain’t much noteworthy happening around our neck of the woods, I “borrowed” this post from the Daily Newarker (and provided appropriate trackbacks.)

Several Hoboken411 readers mentioned that this is one incredible Festival, with fireworks (at 11:30 tonight), fun, music and great food.

Plus, our hometown “buddy,” Governor Jon Corzine will be there tomorrow as well!

Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Portugal Day Festival

newark-portugal-day-june-7-2008.jpgIt’s true, despite rumors to the contrary, the Portugal Day Festival and Parade _will_ take place on the weekend of June 7th — mark your calendars. This is one of the biggest cultural festivals in the state, drawing a half-a-million people to Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood for music, food, drinks and great times.

New to the festival? Don’t worry: we’ve put together a survival guide for you below and some directions to help you find it. All roads (and planes and rails) lead to Newark in this state, so you’ve got plenty of options on how to get here — but, really, the train is your best bet.

Read what you missed after the jump…

(Portugal Day, continued…)

Survival Guide

  1. Don’t drive into the Ironbound. Seriously, we double- and triple-park our cars here for breakfast. Cramming half-a-million people into a half-mile of Ferry Street is a logistical nightmare. Instead: take the train. You won’t have to worry about traffic or driving if you’ve had one too many cups of sangria, and traveling by rail is safe.
  2. Come hungry. Just skip a meal. While walking through the crowds, you’ll see funnel cakes, arepas, rodizio, shishkebab, acapurrias, farturas (like a churro or zeppole), pasteles, corn on the cob, rice and vegetable dishes, gyros, fresh fruit, pinchos, empanadas, fried plantains, hangar steak, shrimp, acaraje, fish and sausage. I could go on, but maybe out just want to check out Jason Perlow’s coverage of the 2006 Brazilian Festival (which is a similar festival). Public consumption of alcohol is legal here, so enjoy your meal with a cup of fruit punch, a pina colada, sangria, or a bottle of Brahma beer.
  3. Plan ahead. Check the weather for the festival ahead of time, stay hydrated and dress accordingly. If you’re planning to meet up with friends, find a landmark — the triangle park outside Penn Station is always a good bet.
  4. Embrace the chaos. The Portugal Day Festival has always been known to be a little wild and chaotic. There are people _everywhere_, which means you’ll be hiking over sidewalks, navigating between vendor stands and power cables, cutting through the massive throng of people which will almost always seem to be flowing in the opposite direction. If you’re the structured type, this can drive you nuts. Instead, just relax and enjoy this little bit of Europe in New Jersey.
  5. Stay classy. City Hall has “issued a warning” to Portugal Day Festival revelers that irresponsible drinking and the display of large flags—a culturally sensitive issue—will not be tolerated at the festival. Have a good time, but not at the expense of your dignity.
  6. Be sure to bring a camera! Take some photos and videos of you and your friends hanging out during the Portugal Day Festival and send it to ken@dailynewarker.com. We’ll be sure to post it on the blog!

It’s sure to be a hectic and fun-filled day: enjoy, be responsible and stay safe!


  • From New York City: it’s easy; take the PATH from any of the Manhattan stops — 33rd Street (transfer: B, D, F, N, Q, R, V, W lines), 23rd Street (transfer: F, V lines), 14th Street (transfer: F, L, V lines), 9th Street (nearby: 1 line), Christopher Street (nearby: A, B, C, D, E, F, V lines), and the World Trade Center (transfer: E, 1, 2, 3, A, C lines) — to Newark, the last stop. Follow the crowd of people downstairs and follow the instructions below.
  • From the suburbs: take NJ Transit to Newark Broad Street station on the Morris and Gladstone lines, or to Penn Station directly on the Raritan Valley, Northeast Corridor, or North Jersey Coast lines. If you’re anywhere else, you’ll want to go to Secaucus first, then transfer to Newark Penn. If you go to Broad Street, you don’t have to schlep across downtown to the Ironbound: once you walk out of the station, take the Light Rail, this is Newark’s above-ground extension to the city subway and will take you straight to Penn Station for $1.35.
  • Leaving Penn Station: exit the station through the East side past the florist and the bar. Cross Market Street and go left on Ferry Street. Follow your nose, ears and eyes to the food, music and people.

Official Program of Events

Ironman at the Ironbound Newark Blog was kind enough to post the full schedule of events for the Portugal Day celebration. Here are the details excerpted for Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, June 7

  • 12:00 pm: Ferry Street is closed to vehicles
  • 2:00 pm: Festival on Ferry Street aka Portugal Avenue – music, folklore, and more…
  • 6:00 pm: Theatre at Sport Club Português. Coordinated by “Proverbo.”
  • 7:30 pm: Our Lady of Fatima Church band of Newark, and Lady of Conception Mosteirense band of Fall River, on stage on Portugal Avenue (Ferry Street).
  • 8:00 pm: Initiation of Monumental Music Festival in Portuguese on Ferry St.
  • 11:35 pm: Fireworks at Riverbank Park, near the Passaic River.

Sunday, June 8

  • 8:00 am: Ferry Street is closed to vehicles
  • 9:00 am: Start of marathon on Portugal Avenue (Ferry St.), next to the Iberia Peninsula restaurant. The races are of 5 km, 1 miles, and a race for children. This event is organized by the Den of Lions of New Jersey.
  • 12:00 pm: Reception of the guests of honor at the Sport Club Português of Newark following the award ceremony honoring the following people:
    • Jon Corzine, Honorable Governor of the State of New Jersey
    • Dr. Jorge Lacão, Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
    • Grand Marshal Anthony Matinho, Director of the Luso-Americano, and Grand Marshal Dr. Fatima Campos Ferreira, RTP presenter (Portuguese television)
  • 2:30 pm: Portugal Day Parade commencement in Newark located in the “five corners” (Ferry St. with Wilson Ave). National anthems of Portugal and the United States and there will be speeches depicting Portugal Day, Luis Camoes and Portuguese Communities.
  • 3:00 pm: Grand Parade with more than 150 cultural offices, and recreational associations – Portuguese and American. Various bands.
  • 5:30 pm: Continuation of the great and popular outdoor festival in Portugal Avenue (Ferry st.), Until 11:00 pm.
  • 5:30 pm: Catholic Mass thanks to the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Elizabeth, NJ.
  • 10:00 pm: End of celebration. Opening of Ferry St. to vehicles.

Go to the Ironbound Blog to check out the full week of events.

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3 Comments on "Portugal Day Festival in Newark"

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wow compared to hundreds of drunk jerks at the st pat`s parade in hoboken,yeah a great idea.

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strand tramp

1/2 million illegal brazilians mixed with a lot of alcohol, yeah what a great idea.


What’s the flag thing about?

My only guess is perhaps Puerto Rican flags since their parade is on the same day?

The law’s kind of obscure.