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Announcing Downtown Thursdays 2022 Schedule
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WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Downtown West Orange Alliance is excited to host creative programs, music, and outdoor dining on select Thursdays in the downtown this summer for residents and visitors to enjoy. The first event kicks off June 23. Registration is encouraged to receive updates and special promotions from the participating West Orange businesses. The events are free, family friendly and open to all.

West Orange residents, surrounding communities and visitors beyond are invited to come eat, shop, and take part in special programs the entire family can enjoy. Spend the whole evening, or drop by for a shorter visit that fits your schedule.

In addition to Thursday, June 23, more events will be held July 14, July 28, and August 11 starting at 5p.m. and ending at 8p.m. at designated locations in the downtown. Event highlights include a block party, ice carving, touch-a-truck, crafts, games, lots of music and of course outdoor dining.

The upcoming four West Orange Downtown Thursday events are outlined below:

Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: The Valley - 55 Kingsley Street
Activities: Crafts, Food Truck, Games, DJ
Rain Date: June 30

Date: Thursday, July 14
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: St. Mark’s - 30 Main Street
Activities: Ice Carving, Costumed Characters, DJ, Outdoor Dining
Rain Date: July 21

Date: Thursday, July 28
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: Tory Corner - 87 Washington Street
Activities: Touch-A-Truck, Cupcake Decorating, Games, DJ
Rain Date: August 4

Date: Thursday, August 11
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: Eagle Rock - 3 Mississippi Ave.
Activities: Live Jazz, Food Tour, Outdoor Dining
Rain Date: August 18

A goal of the Downtown West Orange Alliance is to help shine a spotlight on local businesses that while always can use more support, this year in particular will certainly benefit from boosted engagement with locals, surrounding communities, and other visitors as we move forward after several challenging years.

"There is an increased sense of excitement this year. People who are looking for more shared experiences will absolutely have an incredible time joining us for Downtown Thursdays in West Orange," said Meg Brill, Executive Director of the Downtown West Orange Alliance. "We are sure everyone will find something to love on your Thursday nights out in downtown West Orange. We are also always looking for new ideas to enhance our programming and we welcome feedback on what attendees would like to see added in the years to come."

Laiquan Harvey-Davis, owner of restaurant How Delish, shares, "Since we opened our shop during the pandemic, many people in the neighborhood had no idea we existed. Now that people are getting out more, we get to meet more people from the local community. Downtown Thursdays allow us to connect to not only residents near our shop but West Orange community beyond."

About Downtown Thursdays in Downtown West Orange

Downtown Thursdays was started in 2016. The Downtown West Orange Alliance created the initiative to encourage more local shopping and dining in downtown West Orange. Unique, free programming is also curated for each location. The event is held on select Thursday evenings during the summer months.

Registration is not required but is encouraged in order to receive updates on the event and more information are participating organizations and businesses.
Register here: https://wodowntownthursdays.eventbrite.com/