Nimbus Arts Festival Summer 2021

Nimbus leads Jersey City and statewide audiences back to live performance with the first annual, star-studded, outdoor NimbusArts Festival, presented on the Harborside Campus with lead sponsorship by Mack-Cali.

With a lineup of nationally-renowned and locally-loved performing artists including Nimbus Dance, Jersey City’s hometown dance company, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, co-presentations with Segunda Quimbamba Puerto Rican Folkloric Center, Riverview Jazz Festival, and Hudson West Folk Festival, the Festival offers world-class arts in a laid-back and socially-distanced atmosphere, complete with food trucks, drink refreshments by CoolVines, and artisan vendors.

Proceeds benefit the Nimbus Scholarship Fund, making dance and the arts available to all Jersey City youth.

Location: 107 Morgan Street
(across from Nimbus Arts Center)
Event Schedule

June 12
1pm – Family Arts & Culture Day
The Nimbus Arts Festival Family Arts & Culture Day offers an afternoon of arts activities for all ages, youth performances, dance lessons, scholarship awards, magician performance, art vendors with youth-oriented craft items, DJ dance party, and more!

7 pm – New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble
New Jersey’s World Class orchestra and one of the state’s oldest and most revered arts institutions, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra makes a rare Jersey City appearance with their Brass Ensemble. Performance features NJSO’s exceptional brass musicians in a collection of musical selections that highlight the triumph and grandeur of music written for brass, as well as its subtlety of expression. Opening act by talented Jersey City youth performing artists – winners of the Nimbus Arts Festival’s city-wide Youth Talent Show.

July 10

7 pm – Jazz in the City presented w/ Riverview Jazz
An evening with the Freddie Hendrix Organ Group and the DavisWhitfield Trio. Freddie Hendrix, one of the “most in-demand trumpeters in Jazz” boasts performance credits with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, and with superstars Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Alicia Keys. Davis Whitfield, whose sound has been compared to McCoy Tyner and Thelonius Monk, is an emerging presence in the NYC Jazz scene.

August 21

7 pm – Roots and Folk
Roots & Folk presents an exceptional lineup of musicians in partnership w/ the Hudson West Folk Festival. Headlined by Damn Tall Buildings, a Brooklyn-based trio known for stretching the genre of traditional Blue Grass with rock, blues, and swing influences, is backed by virtuosic musicianship, vocal harmonizing, and downright beautiful songwriting. Local favorite Abbie Gardner, award-winning songwriter, captivating vocalist, & world-class dobro player, brings her unmistakable magnetism to the Festival; and RC Andrés, with a background in Latin, Brazilian and Spanish percussion, returns to Americana and Country roots with songs from his new album Distilled.

September 26

1 – 6 pm – Música y Ritmos
¡Disfrutar los sabores Latinos! Música y Ritmos returns with an incredible line-up of musicians, dance and music workshops, visual arts, and food! In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, come out and enjoy!
Tickets Available Soon