After missing last year, the Hoboken Arts & Music festival made its return on Sunday, with more than 200 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, and local businesses setting up shop along Washington Street between live musical performances on 3rd Street and 7th Street, respectively, as patrons shopped, ate, and, of course, danced throughout the day.
The festival, organized by the Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs and supported partly by a grant from the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, kicked off at 11 with music playing until around 6 featuring performances from Swingadelic, Orquestra La Experienca, and the Smithereens.
Sunday’s Arts & Music Festival was the first since the fall of 2019, bringing back with it a renewed sense of community with neighbors, tourists and friends gathering together, enjoying what the day had to offer.
“This event, the art & music festival has been going on for 26 years, so when we had to stop for covid that was a sad day,” said Geri Fallo, Hoboken’s Administrator of Cultural Affairs. “So many people came out today… I’m seeing people I haven’t seen in 2 years… the festival brings people out and it brings a real sense of community
“It’s my fourth time showcasing here, one of the highlights of the year for me,” said Samantha Carell, an abstract artist out of Philadelphia. “There’s nothing better than a thriving community and it’s great to see everyone come out and really support… It’s been wonderful.”