Hoboken 2008 Fall Arts & Music Festival
Yesterday was the Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival. Shot some video, and here are some of my observations from the day:
- The weather sucked in the beginning. Rain, muggy, gross. Conditions improved later.
- Why is this called the “Hoboken Arts & Music Festival?” 80% or more of the vendors weren’t even from Hoboken.
- Speaking of “Arts,” the city throws this “Arts Festival,” yet they want to destroy the Neumann Leathers building. Hypocrisy.
- GREAT IDEA: Since there is so much FOOD at this festival, wouldn’t it be a great idea to create something like a “FOOD COURT?” It’s not easy to walk around Washington Street while eating a plate of Chicken Tikka Masala. Tables and chairs set up somewhere would be a big hit. Maybe every other block – make one side of the street a dining area. Also move the Uptown stage one block north if you have to make room. Anyone listening? Need my help?
- Lastly, many of these so called “artists” and vendors were quite nasty and un-people friendly. From bitchy fudge-packers, to obnoxious artists who’s work was trash – please don’t come back to Hoboken.
More after the jump…
It looks right now that the drenching rains will end prior to the start of the Hoboken 2008 Fall Arts & Music Festival!
3 Stages of Live Music
Observer Hwy Stage (bet. Newark & Observer Hwy)
- Noon Amy Speace
- 1:00pm Mere
- 2:00pm Sexpod
- 3:15pm Mary Weiss (formerly of The Shangri-Las)
- 5:00pm Philadelphia Funk Authority
3rd Street Stage (Kid’s Zone next to Capital One)
- Noon Music Together
- 1:00pm Music Together
- 2:00pm Erin Lee & Marci
- 2:45pm Erin Lee & Marci
- 3:45pm Fuzzy Lemons
- 4:45pm Fuzzy Lemons
Sixth Street Stage
- 12:30pm The Secret Garden
cast from the the DeBaun Center for the Performing Arts production
- 1:00pm Sinatra Idol winner Eric Nolan
- 1:30pm Kiera, Kenny & John
- 2:15pm Centerfold
- 3:00pm Bill Owens Five
- 4:00pm Icewagon FLU
- 5:00pm Frankie Morales and the Mambo of the Times Orquesta
(former singer with the Tito Puente Orchestra)
Special features include:
- Fine artists are located between 2nd & 3rd St., so if you are an art collector, this is the place to be. Oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, etc.
- Children’s area on 3rd street with rides, games, creative activities, ponies, petting zoo, magic show, face painting, clowns, balloons, live performances and much much more
- Crafters display / sell handmade: pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, cementware, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and much more
- Food: Lots of great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as: Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian
Here’s a placeholder for this years Fall Arts & Music Festival in Hoboken. Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 28th from 11am to 6pm.
As usual, there will be a couple hundred exhibitors selling their crafts, tchotchke’s, and lots of (mostly greasy) food.
Bands this year include Mere (who was recently featured on the 2008 Summer Olympics Soundtrack), Sexpod, Bill Owens Five and Centerfold (who will also be playing at the Hoboken Italian Festival next week.)
Will bump this entry as more specific details regarding the schedule become known.
Like I always say, there are two definitive ways to attend this festival:
- Go really early before the crowds arrive. Buy your stuff, grab your food, and scram!
- Go later if you like people-watching. A couple hours into the festival, Washington Street becomes a mob-scene of waddling patrons.
For more what the experience is like, see the Spring 2008 A&M Festival here (along with video recap).