The streets of downtown Summit will come alive this June as two new programs designed to delight residents of all ages make their debut. The first features live music performances on Thursday evenings throughout the month. The second is a carnival-style festival in mid-June, which feels like a festive way to usher in summer. From a 5K to a basketball tournament, New Providence also offers great ways to enjoy the outdoors and get a little exercise at the same time.
Take a look at some of the upcoming events and mark your calendars.
NJ Sharing Network’s Annual 5K Celebration of Life brings together thousands of walkers, runners, and volunteers to honor those who gave, pay tribute to those who received, offer hope to those who continue to wait, and remember the lives lost while waiting.
Where: 691 Central Ave. New Providence
When: 7:30 a.m.
Downtown Summit will be filled with music Thursday nights in June. Enjoy a meal at one of the many outdoor cafes, listen to some great live music, and shop in the various downtown businesses, some of which will be open late. Check back closer to June for a list of performers and locations.
Where: Downtown Summit
When: 5 to 8 p.m.
On Saturday evening, the gardens of Reeves-Reed Arboretum will be transformed thanks to fabulous music, wonderful art installations, and incredible food as it celebrates its most eagerly anticipated annual fundraiser, ART in the Garden.
Where: 165 Hobart Ave.
When: 6 to 11 p.m.
Beechwood Road morphs into a carnival-themed kid zone at Summit’s Family Fun Night. The main stage will feature live music from the Songs for Seeds band and World of Rock, a magic show by Mark Zacharia, and live animals from Rizzo’s Wildlife World. The Bank Street Parking lot will become a giant game zone, thanks to the Summit YMCA. Beechwood Road will be lined with entertainment including a balloon artist, face painter (thanks to Genualdi Orthodontics), a caricaturist, a chance to learn more about the animals from Rizzo’s, remote control car racing, an old-fashioned photo booth, and a juggling stilt walker, all of which will be free for the public.
Where: Bank Street and Beechwood Road, Summit
When: 4 to 8 p.m.
June 15 -16
New Providence Community Pool hosts its annual 3v3 Basketball Tournament. The event is open to boys and girls ages 9 – 18. Enjoy a little friendly competition. Members and non-members are welcome to join the fun.
Where: 1378 Springfield Ave. New Providence
When: 6 p.m.
Celebrate Father’s Day with Cars & Croissants. Hundreds of cars and car enthusiasts from all over the region will bring their rides to the Hilltop City on Father’s Day, lining Springfield Avenue, Beechwood Road, Bank Street and Union Place. Note that the event will not take place in inclement weather.
Where: Springfield Avenue, Beechwood Road, Bank Street and Union Place, Summit
When: 8 to 10 a.m.
Jazz vocalist Ellen LaFurn, accompanied by Vic Cenicola on guitar and Ron Naspo on bass, will perform selections from the Great American Songbook. The performance will include selections from their new album, C’est La-Furn.
Where: Summit Free Public Library
When: 2 to 4 p.m.