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Cancelled – Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2020 “Just Jersey: Everything Great in the Garden State”

July 25, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Details about the 2020 event will be announced at a later date. Check out what we did in 2019 below!

New Jersey is a state rich with ethnic and cultural diversity.  Nowhere can you see this more than in the music, fine arts, cuisine, and horticulture of the people who live here. Spend the afternoon celebrating the diverse arts, culture, and heritage that are a part of central New Jersey.

Summer Fest is an event planned and organized by our student interns, who are themselves a diverse group from various fields of study and different cultural backgrounds across the state. They’ve worked very hard this year, in collaboration with our many partners, to feature a wide range of fun activities, entertainment, and vendors.

Coinciding this year with National New Jersey Day, come celebrate our great state and enjoy the Jersey summer vibe in the Gardens with live music, dance performances, cooking demos, garden tours, chalk art, live painting, and so much more.

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Thank you to our supporters, the Cook Community Alumni and Elevation Printing Services, for helping to keep this a free event.

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In the spirit of celebrating all things Jersey, Rutgers Gardens is pleased to partner with Just Jersey: Local Goods from the Garden State. Please visit their truck at the event to check out an amazing variety of handcrafted goods from local makers!

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As well, we are proud to partner with the New Brunswick Cultural Center and Hub City Sounds, who will be featuring a wide array of music and art guests from their diverse affiliates! Special guests who will be at the event include the following, listed below.

Live Musical Guests:

Main Stage in the Evergreen Garden
Jay Silent Knight – Host
New Brunswick Vinyl Society
Bad Blooms

Otken Memorial Garden (Children’s stage)
Mr. Ray

Alumni Pavilion
The Banshee Brothers
Death and Heaven

Ornamental Tree Collection
Rising Smoke 
Dennis McDunah

Featured Artists:

Face painting artist

Matthew Many
Caricature artist

Henna artist

Ken Bruce
Live painter

Chalk art with Highland Park Arts Council

Balloon Twister

Rutgers Gardens Youth Program
Nature-based crafts

Other Event Highlights:

Ask the Experts
Let the Middlesex County Master Gardeners and other experts from Rutgers University answer all of your horticultural questions!

Garden Tours
Our knowledgeable staff and interns will guide you through the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden—as well as other areas of the gardens—while highlighting the amazing diversity of plants that are featured here, as well as other interesting topics.

Tastings from the Student Farm
Sample fresh herbs and produce grown here on the Student Farm at Rutgers Gardens, using organic practices.

Featuring flavors from around the world, enjoy some good eats from Bites and Bowls, Fantastic Thai, Shore Shake, and America’s Kettle Corn. We will also have a number of New Jersey artisans with a variety of unique, locally made products.

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July 25, 2020
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Rutgers Gardens
130 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States
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