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Adventures in Kekeland: Newark First Fridays




I decided to head to Military Park for my first post-#dayjobchronicles Friday night and I was not disappointed. The landmark is currently home to the Newark First Fridays series where all things art, commerce, and cucumber lemonade meet.



The evening featured a live painting session where two local artists Kenzie Mckenzie and Abstrak Maniak presented their work.

There was also an art walk where other artists showed. One of them was The Pour Artist. I snagged one of her coloring books to help chill me out as I wade through this transition.

I ran into the founder of Brick City Home School and two of her adorable children.

Vendors including a charming brand that specializes in men’s ties and the Nork Project.

I couldn’t resist picking up one of their signature ‘Newark is For Hustlers’ tees.

The highlight of the evening was the live musical performances. While I was there strictly to see ByHaze serve up some magnetic vibes, I really enjoyed the tortured love songs offered up by Uncle Tim’s Bench.

It seemed like every breather in the crowd was rooting for ByHaze. He killed doing covers of Erykah Badu and CeeLo Green before launching into his original work.

Taya from the 3 Ps in a pod podcast and Nichelle from Newark happening were both there to cheer him on.




So were a few of his fellow Cloud kids.


They were repping of course.

Walking one man show Daryl Stewart was on the scene.


ByHaze even acquired a miniature dance partner.

It was a chill evening of low maintenance fun.





There are only three First Friday’s events left this summer. Follow @newarkffr on Instagram to stay in the know.

What You Should Know About Newark First Fridays


Nearest Parkway Exit: 142A (take McCarter Highway after)

Parking: On Street is free if there’s no event in the area

Service: N/A

Who to Bring: Besties, Boyfriends, Big Mamas and Babies the whole gang is welcome!

Decor: N/A

Dress Code: Super casual

Wait Time: None. There’s so much to do and see people tend not to linger.

Food: Definitely worth the wait.

Insiders Order: Handmade drinks from a cart near the T-Mobile tent- save the Gatorade for hangovers and sporting events the way God intended.

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