It’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.
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.
Want to get in touch with the festival organizers? Contact information is below — calling or coming to the Ferry Street office are more likely to get a fast response than email.
Business: (973) 344-0123
Fax: (973) 344-0638
296 Ferry Street
Newark, NJ 07105