Friday, July 26, 2019

Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2019 Celebrated on National New Jersey Day July 27

Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2019

WHEN: National New Jersey Day, Sat., July 27, at 3pm
WHERE: 112 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick
For more information on the Rutgers Summer Fest 2019, call 732-932-8451 or visit

In partnership with New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc./Arts New Brunswick’s Hub City Sounds 2019 Concert & Performance series

Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2019, a partnership of Rutgers Gardens and New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc., a free, family-friendly event, will feature live music, dance performances, cooking demos, garden tours, chalk art, painting and more, is now part of the Arts New Brunswick’s Hub City Sounds 2019 Concert & Performance series this year.

“New Jersey is a state rich with ethnic and cultural diversity, and nowhere can you see this more than in the music, fine arts, cuisine and horticulture of the people who live in central New Jersey,” said Mary Ann Schrum, manager of programs and development at Rutgers Gardens.

This year, Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2019 coincides with National New Jersey Day, celebrated on July 27 by National Day Calendar. Since 2017, National Day Calendar began recognizing each state in the order they entered the Union, starting the week of Independence Day.

In the spirit of celebrating all things Jersey, Rutgers Gardens has also partnered with Just Jersey, which offers handcrafted and locally sourced products from over 250 New Jersey-based artists, designers and creative businesses. Many of these New Jersey artists will serve as vendors at Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2019 on July 27, offering visitors a unique opportunity to shop a wide range of high quality, handcrafted products.

“We are so excited for this partnership with Rutgers Gardens,” said Tracey O’Reggio Clark, interim executive director of New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc. “This will be our first time expanding our Hub City Sounds Concert & Performance series locations beyond Boyd Park, Joyce Kilmer Park and Downtown New Brunswick.”

“Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest harmonizes with our overall mission to support local artisans, musicians, and artists throughout Middlesex County and across the state of New Jersey, and with activities and events for all ages, these festivals have something for everyone,” she added.

“Come and celebrate National New Jersey Day by listening to local musical artists throughout the Gardens”, said Sarah Ferreira, Artistic Coordinator for the Hub City Sounds, New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc. “The music program includes a children’s jam session with Mr. Ray, the New Brunswick Brass Band, The Vaughn S Jazz Trio, Live DJ Sets by DRKBXT, DJ Early, and DJ FullyFocus – featuring Busker Dennis McDonough, and many more!”

The annual Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest, which began in 1965 as an Open House, is an event planned and organized with the help of Rutgers Gardens’ student interns, who are themselves a diverse group from various fields of study and different cultural backgrounds across the state.

“The interns have worked very hard this year, in collaboration with our many partners, to feature a wide range of fun activities, entertainment and vendors,” said Schrum.

Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2019 includes extensive collaborations with the New Brunswick Community Arts Council, Highland Park Arts Commission, New Brunswick City Center and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers.

About Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens’ mission is to cultivate inquisitive minds, great plants and inspired gardening through educational exploration and enjoyment. Open 365 days a year, Rutgers Gardens is one of the few botanical gardens in the country that does not charge an entrance fee. It hosts a wide range of public activities to support more than 180 acres of maintained and natural areas, and offers a diversity of educational programs for students and the public alike. It boasts one of the largest collections of American hollies in the U.S as well as pollinator gardens, a bamboo forest, and more than 10 other diverse, beautiful horticultural exhibits.

About New Brunswick Cultural Center

New Brunswick Cultural Center’s mission is to stimulate the cultural development and economic growth of arts and entertainment in New Brunswick through the enhancement, preservation, maintenance and effective administration of existing and future venues that service the primary constituent base of the New Brunswick Cultural Center. And, by nurturing emerging and viable arts, educational and entertainment organizations that reach the diverse communities of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Cultural Center and its Arts Partners thrive to establish New Brunswick as the premier arts and entertainment destination in the region.