Easily accessible and offering many open spaces, Elizabeth is often the proud host of varied and engaging festivals, no matter the season. With vibrant communities of ethnic heritage and bike and car enthusiasts, Elizabeth is also home to a diverse population of many distinct cultures. Our festivals are opportunities to celebrate both the diversity of our community and the shared interests that bring us together. Whatever time of year you’re visiting, you can always find something to do in Elizabeth!
The Tour de Elizabeth involves over 800 bikers on a themed, 15-mile ride through the city. The ride is fit for riders of all experience levels, and it is intended to teach locals and visitors about our rich history.
May also brings the Memorial Day Waterfront Carnival, an annual celebration in honor of those who gave their lives for this country at the scenic Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park. The festival features rides, food, music, and activities for all ages.
A cornerstone of Elizabeth’s thriving community is the commitment to celebrating all of the cultures that join together to form our city. Latin, Colombian, and Portuguese communities contribute to the wide range of diverse restaurants as well as festivals available in Elizabeth.
In June, we have one of the largest Portuguese parades on the East Coast. Join us as we demonstrate the city’s Portuguese culture and pride!
Come July, we proudly honor our Colombian citizens with the largest Colombian Day Festival in the country. Over 150,000 people join together to experience Colombian food and dance, share in the distinctive culture, and entertain each other.
In August, Elizabeth’s streets will be packed with classic and rare cars and motorcycles during the Car and Bike Show. Families who come to appreciate the craftsmanship of these vehicles also have the chance to dive into a range of great foods and activities.
Fall and Winter Festivals
October brings the greatly anticipated annual Historical Reenactment. As a city established before the Revolutionary War, Elizabeth invites reenactment enthusiasts from all over to join in this historically eye-opening experience.
Plan Your Next Visit
With guides for visitors to the area, GoElizabethNJ wants to help you plan your stay to make the most of annual festivals and upcoming events. To learn more about making plans in Elizabeth, browse our site.