Portugal Day Newark
Every year nearly 300,000 people come to Newark’s Ironbound to celebrate Portugal Day. Dive in and explore Portuguese culture and cuisine close up. Find the quickest ways to get here and nearby hotels and deals to extend your stay. Be moved. International music and dance performances happen all night long!
From folk dancing to special performances by Portuguese recording artists, classical guitarists, to classic rock you’ll get to experience all that Portugal is right here in Newark.
Savor the flavors of Portugal as Newark’s Ironbound eateries serve up the best of Ferry Street, dishing out classics like Portuguese BBQ chicken, grilled sardines, chouriço sausages, and sangria.
You won’t want to miss a bite. Take a look at this year's festivities.
Portugal Day by Sol Mar features singer Zé Amaro and Os RED
The year the celebrations of Portugal Day resume with concerts and great food!
Newark, NJ – Restaurant Sol Mar is hosting a major event to celebrate Portugal Day on June 10, 11, and 12, in Newark, honoring the Portuguese heritage through music and gastronomy. The festival of the Luso-American Community in the USA is now being resumed after having been canceled for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Portugal Day festival in Newark was hosted by community activist Bernadino Coutinho (1937n - 2016) for more than 30 years. It was through his foundation that Coutinho helped promote the Portuguese culture and the integration of the communities. One of the main attractions that take place even today is the great parade, featuring clubs and folk dances, organized by a civil society committee.
The festival will take place at the intersection of Niagara and Ferry, in Ironbound. Open to the public, and hosted by Sol Mar, it traditionally attracts thousands of visitors. The event counts with a 24-feet hydraulic stage, from which artists coming directly from Portugal will lead the party. The safety of the visitors is also a priority, with the support of the City of Newark and the Newark Police Department in charge of security.
The festival will feature the “Portuguese Cowboy”, Zé Amaro, and his band for the opening concert; the trio Os Red, which has previously played in many other countries, with its style ranging from pop to reggae; accordionist Filomena Raposo; and singers Licínio Ferraria and Aléxys.
Portugal Day by Sol Mar is being hosted by restaurateur Tony Nobre, born in Cadaval, Portugal, and resident in the USA for 42 years. Nobre has been participating in Portugal Day for more than three decades, having been honored with the title of “Man of the Year” and “Grand Marshall” twice, by Foundation Bernadino Coutinho.
“Our contribution is through the Portuguese cuisine and concerts by Portuguese artists. Sol Mar hosts an event for the Portuguese community every year, highlighting and cherishing our customs and families. Let’s work to make this year even better. The support of local companies was key for these cultural attractions to reach us here.”