Situated on the Arthur Kill waterway, less than an hour from Manhattan, Elizabeth is the gateway to New Jersey and a destination in its own right. The city’s events offer entertainment and educational opportunities for families, couples, solo adventurers, and anyone interested in colonial history, international heritage, and a lively food and arts scene.
Cultural diversity is the pride of our city. Practice your dance moves alongside the talented performers at the Colombian Day Festival. Bring your favorite foodie to the Taste of Elizabeth and enjoy pastries, wine, and dishes from around the world in an atmosphere of casual class. And raise a glass of sangria to the sea of green and red flags at the Portugal Day Parade, a tradition of almost 40 years and one of the largest events of its kind in the tri-state area.
Elizabeth sits at the crossroads of art and history. Stroll the gleaming rows of classic cars at the outdoor Car and Bike Show. Mingle with local residents and history lovers during Four Centuries in a Weekend, when more than 30 historic sites throughout Union County open their doors to the public for demonstrations, activities, and presentations. Or let yourself be transported to colonial times at the Annual Historical Reenactment, where you can browse artifacts tended by men and women in regal period dress—you might even get to smell the gunpowder from a working musket!
The Tour de Elizabeth bicycle ride is the perfect way to experience natural beauty and the vibrancy of the city all in one journey. The 15-mile route is open to all ages. Join hundreds of riders each year for this signature celebration of the city’s architecture, cultural diversity, and place in Revolutionary War history.
Experiencing an Elizabeth event while you’re in town is a must. Be sure to add an event to your trip itinerary and you’ll be rewarded with a slice of local life.