Must-See Spring Concerts at the Prudential Center

Spring Concerts at the Prudential Center

Looking for big events and bigger music stars? Check out spring concerts at the Prudential Center.

NJ Concerts This Spring

Head to Prudential Center concerts for a wide array of talent, from pop singers to classic hit-makers, and upcoming talent to international artists.

April Concerts

  • Chris Brown: The Party Tour – See Chris Brown with special guest 50 ‘Cent for a night of rap and R&B on April 1.
  • Stevie Nicks – The singer steps out for her “24 Karat Gold Tour” with the Pretenders on April 2.
  • Arijit Singh – A big star in Bollywood, Arijit Singh brings his brand of classical Indian play back to the Prudential Center on April 22.
  • EXO: The Exo’rdium Tour – EXO is a K-pop group who are wildly popular in their native Korea. See them live on April 25.

May Concerts

  • Faith Hill & Tim McGraw – Real-life married singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are teaming up on tour, and will hit the stage on May 4.
  • Gospelfest 2017 – Gospelfest features some of the biggest names in gospel music, including Hezeklah Walker and Erica Campbell, on May 13.

June Concerts

  • The Weeknd – See The Weeknd as he tours for his new album, “Starboy,” on June 4.
  • Iron Maiden – This classic metal act will rock out at the Prudential Center on June 7.
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – The Tom Petty tour in NJ will see the solo singer getting back together with his backup band. See them live on June 16 for their 40th
  • Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Tears for Fears – ‘80s rock stars will team up for this catchy tour on June 17.

Ready to head to NJ concerts this spring? Grab your tickets and book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand.


All Aboard the Easter Bunny Express in NJ!

Meet the Easter Bunny at the Easter Bunny Express in NJ.

Easter Bunny Express in NJ

Planning a getaway with your family this Easter? There plenty of events and activities nearby for your little ones to enjoy! One of our favorite annual Easter events in NJ takes place just minutes away at the Whippany Railway Museum. Hop on over for a fun-filled afternoon at the Easter Bunny Express in NJ.

Passengers will be able to enjoy a 45-minute train ride along the Morristown and Erie Railway's historic Whippanong Trail. Departing and returning to the Whippany Railway Museum site, the event will be taking place on the following dates:

Saturday, April 8

Sunday, April 9

Saturday, April 15

at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Fares

Infants On Laps, One-year of age and under : FREE
Children (Under 12): $9
Adults (Age 12+): $14

The Easter Bunny and crew will be on board to greet visitors and pass out holiday treats during the 10-mile round-trip excursion. Experience the thrill of riding the Springtime Streamliner or make your day extra special by purchasing tickets for the elegantly-restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, 'Jersey Coast'.

Seats are limited for the Easter Bunny Express in NJ. Reserve your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel and enjoy a fun-filled Easter visit here in New Jersey.


Must-Visit Italian Restaurants in West Orange, NJ

Italian Restaurants in West Orange  NJ

For some of the best Italian food in North NJ, you simply must head to Italian restaurants in the West Orange, NJ area. Two of these fabulous eateries are located right inside The Wilshire Grand. Visit for an Italian feast to remember!

Delicious and Affordable Restaurants in West Orange, NJ for Italian Food

If you’re hankering for an authentic Italian meal, look no further. Visit one of these Italian restaurants in North Jersey for classic dishes, catering services, or fresh specials.

Primavera Ristorante

Eat at Primavera Ristorante for lunch on Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, and 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Here you’ll find a menu loaded with Italian favorites, such as pastas, pizza, and traditional dishes, along with daily specials. Catering is available, too – choose from a breakfast brunch buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres, a brunch or dinner buffet, or a hot buffet served from chaffing dishes.

La Primavera Trattoria

La Primavera Trattoria is the spot to hit for fresh, seasonal Italian food heavy on tradition. Lunch is served on Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy dinner on Tuesday-Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

The menu is full of fresh seafood dishes along with hearty classics like penne vodka and Bolognese. If you need a meal catered, the restaurant offers customizable menu packages for banquets, parties, and special events for 20 to 140 guests.

Affordable restaurants in West Orange, NJ are conveniently located at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Book your stay with us and enjoy an Italian meal to remember.


The Wilshire Grand: Affordable Wedding Reception Venue in NJ

Affordable Wedding Reception Venue in NJ

Looking to cut some of the stress out of wedding planning? You can when you involve the Wilshire Grand, an affordable wedding reception venue in NJ.

The Wilshire Grand: One of the Best Wedding Reception Halls in NJ

We’ve recently been awarded the “Manhattan Bride Best of 2017.” Here's what you can expect while with us:

  • The Accommodations: Our rooms are luxurious and comfortable. Every room has a comfortable bed (or two), a large-screen TV, massaging showerheads, and more.
  • One of the Most Ideal NJ Wedding Venues with Hotel Rooms: Weddings are held in our beautiful courtyard and receptions in our grand ballroom. Your wedding concierge and bridal attendants will accommodate your every need and make sure that all of your religious, family, and cultural traditions are respected.
  • Wilshire Caterers: At the top of the list of reception stressors is the catering. Our Wilshire Caterers will put your mind at ease. Not only do we accommodate every taste and dietary requirement, we provide class and sophistication.
  • The Wedding Package: Along with comfortable accommodations and a gorgeous space for your reception, those who purchase our wedding package will have access to our Bridal Hospitality Suites to get ready for the big day in privacy.

The Perfect Wedding & Reception Has to Involve the Wilshire Grand

Cut the stress out of wedding planning by booking with the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We have been voted as one of the best wedding reception halls in NJ for a reason: we provide you and your guests with the very best.


Make Your Meeting Work for You at Corporate Event Venues in NJ

Corporate Event Venues in NJ

Business meetings are a cinch when you have the right setting. The Wilshire Grand’s corporate event venues in NJ fit the bill, providing you with ample space and amenities for all your needs. That means you can get down to business and leave the little details to us.

NJ Meeting Venues: Service and Space Meet Elegance and Sophistication

Everything you’ll ever need out of NJ event venues is right here.

Services

Our business services keep you connected and offer convenience. We have a dedicated staff to help with planning and coordinating your meeting, not to mention take care of your business needs.

We also offer complimentary Wi-Fi as well as a business center that’s open 24-hours. Don’t forget that we’re just a quick five-minute ride from Newark Liberty Airport, and you can hop on a shuttle for a free ride within a five-mile radius of the hotel.

Stay with us during your meetings, conferences, or business gatherings and you’ll also get complimentary breakfast each morning.

Space

Our event space is flexible and can be configured to your needs. With over 20,000 square feet available, we can come up with the perfect set-up for your event.

We also offer world-class catering, customized menus, audiovisual equipment for presentations, an outdoor reception area, and free parking for every guest.

If you’re looking for NJ venues for a business meeting, look no further. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has everything you need for a smooth, seamless meeting so you can focus on work. Request a proposal to hold an event at our NJ meeting venue and the rest will fall into place.


St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ and NYC

St. Patrick's Day Parades in NJ

The biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ and NYC can be found all throughout the surrounding area near The Wilshire Grand. Put on your best green outfit and join the festivities!

St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NJ

Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 11, join the residents of Morris County for their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Along with the march in celebration of Irish heritage, pre-parade events are planned, including the Grand Marshall Reception. This will include bagpipers, live music and dancing, beer and wine, and hors d’oeuvres on Friday, March 3rd.

Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For Nutley’s parade on Saturday, March 4, an Investiture Mass will start things off, and the parade will march out from the Holy Family Parking Lot at St. Mary’s Church. The parade will additionally honor the Firefighter of the Year and feature the 2017 Parade Queen, Morgan Sim.

West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in West Orange will kick off on Sunday, March 12. It will traverse Main Street and Eagle Rock Avenue, with grand stands along the route for optimal viewing.

Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Watch the Newark parade on March 17th at 1:00 p.m. as it makes its way past St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, Military Park, and the Newark Museum. The event’s 82nd year keeps Irish tradition front-and-center for the holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NYC

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For a few centuries, NYC’s parade celebrating St. Patrick has marched along the avenues with Irish pride. Enjoy the pomp and pageantry of this event, which regularly draws a few million spectators, on March 17 at 11 a.m.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is close to all of these parade locations. Take your pick and have fun on St. Patty’s Day when you book your stay with us.


The Sounds of Jazz Grace the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

If you enjoy the sounds, soul, and rhythm of jazz, you’ll love what’s on the docket for this February through April at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Giants of modern jazz, plus up-and-comers, will hit the stage as part of the Jazz Series.

Spring Jazz Concerts in NJ

The upcoming schedule for the Jazz Series at New Jersey Performing Arts Center is full of variety and talent.

Kevin Mahogany – February 12

Hear the famed baritone jazz singer at NPAC’s Jazz Brunch Series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Rob Paparozzi – March 12

Paparozzi has fronted many musical outfits and plays a range of styles, from blues to jazz to pop. He’s another entry in the Jazz Brunch Series.

The Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub Duo – April 2

Classic jazz guitar duets from the ‘30s will serenade another Jazz Brunch.

Here is the Place, Our City – April 7

Grammy-nominee Adegoke Steve Colson gathers a bevy of performers for a jazz tribute to Clement Price and Amiri Baraka.

Cecile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner – April 21

This will be a unique performance by a theatrical jazz singer and jazz pianist.

Wayne Shorter: Weather Report and Beyond Reimagined – April 22

This tribute to Wayne Shorter will be headlined by modern jazz stars like Christian McBride and Rachel Z.

Christian McBride with Esperanza Spaulding – One on One – April 23

One jazz mainstay and a new talent join together for an evening of conversation and music.

Wayne Shorter Quartet with Herbie Hancock – April 23

Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock were once members of the Miles Davis Quintet. Hear these jazz legends together once again.

Hear your favorite jazz performers and see jazz concerts in NJ when you book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.


Museums to Visit with Kids in NJ

Museums to Visit with Kids in NJ

Let’s face it: some museums are too boring for kids. They may be beautiful institutions of enlightenment, but they also might be too stuffy or dry to hold a child’s attention.

Instead, try these museums to visit with kids in NJ for educational and eye-opening experiences that the whole family can appreciate.

Family-Friendly Attractions in NJ are Fun and Educational

Newark Museum

Newark Museum features a perfect blend of history, art, and local culture. American and decorative arts are on display alongside artwork from Africa and Asia as well as ancient cultures. Family workshops aimed at children and their parents make collections accessible for younger generations.

Montclair Art Museum

See American and Native American art at Montclair Art Museum. This is a kid-friendly institution, with a Family Learning Lab where kids can do fun activities and create their own art. There’s also a Family Guide available for some exhibitions with activities to help children engage with the displays.

Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center is where science comes to life. This is one of the best museums in NJ for a slew of interactive exhibits and activities to try, including building with gigantic foam and wooden blocks, learning how wild animals catch their food, and watching a lightning show. Learn about balance and movement by scaling the Infinity Climber, and visit the Wonder Why exhibit to build, climb, create, and learn about the world around you.

If you and your family are looking for things to do this winter in NJ, try out any of these fun and family-friendly attractions in NJ. Get enlightened, learn a thing or two while you’re at it, and stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel to experience it all.


Couples Hotel Getaways in NJ for Expecting Parents

Couples Hotel Getaway in NJ

If you and your spouse or significant other are parents-to-be, you're probably bursting with excitement and nervousness for your expected arrival. During this special time, you should make sure to enjoy each other's company and savor the moments when it's still just the two of you.

Take some time away and consider couples hotel getaways in NJ to make some memories before your family grows.

Deals and Things to Do for a Couples Getaway in NJ

Escape into Nature

Peaceful and quiet surroundings establish the perfect backdrop for a couples' retreat. Verona Park in NJ is a beautiful escape from the bustle of the daily grind.

Bring a picnic and have a romantic meal for two among the scenic lake, ornamental bridge, and picturesque woods. Take a leisurely stroll along the park's trails. Visit the boathouse to rent a row boat for a lovely excursion on the lake. Spend some time in the Children's Garden and wander along brick pathways, reveling in nature's bounty.

Parents to Be Hotel Packages in NJ

The Parents to Be package is an ideal way to plan a couples getaway in NJ. It includes transport to and from the park, a relaxing pedicure or foot massage from Bijou Nails, early check-in, late check-out, complimentary breakfast, a suite upgrade, WiFi, and free parking.

Book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel with this package and enjoy a relaxing getaway for two. We have everything you need for a calm, serene retreat while you're preparing for your little one's imminent arrival.


Go on a Tasting Journey at Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

If your palate could use a kick, you should attend Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017. Taste a variety of reds, whites, champagnes, grape blends, and more, and sample artisan foods that will delight your taste-buds. This is a can’t-miss event for both wine aficionados as well as foodies, or if you just love tipping back a good glass of wine.

New York Wine Events: Winter Wine Festival

Details

Winter Wine Festival will take place at PlayStation Theater in Times Square, NYC. There will be two different sessions on Saturday, February 4: one from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and one from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

What to Expect

Taste wine from all over the world, sample artisan foods, and munch on light hors d’oeuvres at NYC wine events for 2017. All of it will be set to the tune of live jazz from Brian Simpson, a Grammy nominee, and J.J. Sansaverino.

Try wines you have never encountered, including sips from New Zealand, Japan, Austria, South Africa, and Portugal. All attendees will receive a free wine glass for tasting.

A general admission ticket gets you access to all of the above for wine festivals in NYC this winter. Early access and VIP tickets are also available. This festival would make the perfect day trip or weekend trip!

If you will be attending New York wine events, The Wilshire Grand would love to host you for your trip, whether it’s a day, weekend, or week-long affair. We’re only a train ride away from NYC, and offer relaxing accommodations for putting up your feet after a day spent enjoying the city.