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The Upcoming Summer Concerts at the Prudential Center!

Summer Concerts at the Prudential Center

Catch a Summer Concert at the Prudential Center.

For many, the beginning of summer is the beginning of concert season. If you'll be our guest at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, you don't have to travel far to see a great summer show. Plenty of the hottest artists from various genres will be taking the stage at the Prudential Center, conveniently located just minutes away from our hotel. Take a peek at this year's summer concerts at the Prudential Center and see if your favorite artist will be making a stop in Newark this season.

  • Iron Maiden’s “The Book Of Souls” World Tour with special guest Ghost on June 7.
  • Maxwell with special guests Ledisi and Leela James on June 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers to bring their 40th Anniversary Tour on June 16.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tear For Fears with a special acoustic performance by Allen Stone on Saturday, June 17.
  • New Kids on the Block: The Total Package Tour with special guests Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul on Sunday, July 2.
  • James Taylor & His All-Star Band with special guest Bonnie Raitt and her band on July 6.
  • Queen + Adam Lambert on July 26.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC Ft. Nile Rodgers on August 4.
  • Shawn Mendes brings his Illuminate World Tour with special guest Charlie Puth on August 17.
  • Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey on August 18.
  • Kendrick Lamar on August 25.
  • Roger Waters on September 7.
  • Paul McCartney on September 11 & 12.
  • Bruno Mars brings The 24K Magic World Tour on September 26.

Click here for additional information regarding each Prudential Center concert.

If planning to attend any of these summer concerts at the Prudential Center, we invite to be begin and end your trip with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. With a Zagat-rated Italian restaurant, a complimentary European style breakfast buffet and our close proximity to the arena, we're a great choice for an overnight getaway.

 


Say I Do at our Outdoor Garden Wedding Venue in Essex County, NJ

Our Outdoor Garden Wedding Venue in Essex County, NJ!

Wilshire caterers

Congratulations on your engagement! No matter how organized and prepared you may seem, getting married can be a stressful time in anyone's life. With so much to do, it may be hard to prioritize what should be at the top of your wedding planning list. Setting a date and finding the wedding venue of your dreams, no matter what you have in mind, may be the hardest decision to make. We invite you to come take a tour of our outdoor garden wedding venues in Essex County, NJ and discover if our hotel is the right place for you.

Perfectly suited for both lavish and intimate events, we offer distinctly individual spaces capable of serving 50 to 350 Guests. Whatever you may have in mind for your special day, let our event specialists show you around so you can see if we are the perfect match for you.

Our outdoor gardens are perfect for your NJ outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour while our grand ballroom offers a more formal setting complete with a marble dance floor and lighting to complement the celebratory mood. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of unique options for both the traditional and non-traditional bride.

Here's what else you can expect when you book your wedding at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ:

  • A complimentary bridal suite on the night of your special day
  • Newly Designed Bridal Salons for you and your Bridal party featuring large mirrors, and private restrooms
  • Wedding Concierge to help you plan and design every step of the way
  • NJ Wedding Hotel Guest Rooms with special guestroom rates for your guest
  • Attentive and caring Bridal Attendants
  • Exquisite Outdoor Gardens for NJ outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hour
  • On-site but not exclusive wedding vendors
  • On Site NJ After Party

For pricing and availability, please submit a proposal with the details of your evening and we'll get back to you shortly!


Farm Fresh Vegetables, Hot Baked Pies & More at the Newark Farmers Market!

The Newark Farmers Market takes place every Thursday, June through October!

Newark Farmer's Market

Did you know that the Newark Farmers Market, also known as the NDD Farmers Market, has grown to be the largest and most diverse outdoor market in Newark. Weather permitting, the event takes place every Thursday, June through October from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and offers visitors a wide array of fresh foods, handmade artisan jewelry, originally designed clothing, freshly squeezed juices, nuts, spices and more.

This year, the Newark Farmers Market at the PSE&G Plaza will begin on Thursday, June 1st, a wonderful way to kick off a new month here in New Jersey. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and bring plenty of sunshine to the day, making it a wonderful outdoor event to enjoy while visiting with us in NJ. The farmers market will continue through October 26th so there is plenty of time to enjoy the Newark event. Mark your calendar and visit the next time you have a free Thursday afternoon. It's a popular and beloved event in our area, offering plenty of food options to even the pickiest of eaters.

Over 1,000 residents, commuters, and students are expected to flood PSE&G Plaza each Thursday to enjoy savory cheesy empanadas, hot baked pies from the Amish country, pizza, farm fresh vegetables, bread bowls from the world famous Soup Man and plenty more! If you ever find yourself asking, "what's for lunch?" on a Thursday, consider stopping by the Newark Farmers Market for  hearty and healthy lunch option.

If visiting the Wilshire Grand Hotel during the week and looking for places to grab lunch in our West Orange area, the Newark Farmers Market is a wonderful choice. Go out and explore the local farmers market for a fun-filled afternoon in New Jersey.


Explore and Have Fun at Kips Castle Park

Kips Castle Park

Parents often look for vacation options for their kids that are not only fun-filled, but educational. We find that many parents enjoy bringing their children to Essex, NJ to check out the variety of parks here. One that we highly recommend is Kips Castle Park.

A Beautiful, Ornate Castle & Park to Spend a Day Exploring

When planning an affordable trip here, many parents look for free things to do with kids in Essex County, NJ. The Castle is a great start.

Built between 1902 and 1905, the castle spans 9000 square feet. There are thirty rooms to explore, as well as the beautiful grounds. The octagonal rose garden is a favorite of many visitors. This park is a wonderful testament to historical preservation.

Free Movies at Kips Castle Park: June Movies That Kids & Adults Will Love

In addition to exploring the gorgeous grounds, every Friday is free movie night. Here are some of the upcoming free movies at the Castle Park.

1. A Dog’s Purpose – June 9, 2017, 7:00 PM

Who doesn’t love a story about man’s best friend? The dog in this film tells his life story, from birth to death and all over again as he’s reincarnated. It’s a story that will touch the hearts of all in attendance.

2. Sing – June 16, 2017, 7:00 PM

Singing, dancing, hilarious animals are the stars of this animated film. A theater-owning Koala bear is drowning in debt, so he decides to hold a singing competition. Contestants include two pigs, an elephant, a mouse, a gorilla, and a porcupine.

Parks in Essex County, NJ: A Fun Way to Spend Summer Vacation

When planning your summer NJ park exploration vacation, don’t forget to book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We’re located close to many of the parks in Essex County, NJ, including the Castle.


Graduation Events at the Prudential Center.

Rest Comfortably after your Graduation Event at the Prudential Center.

Events at the Prudential Center

Congratulations, class of 2017. What an exciting time as you embark on a new chapter in your life. Friends and family will be traveling near and far to help you celebrate your achievements. If looking for overnight accommodations after your New Jersey graduation event at the Prudential Center, we invite you to book your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Conveniently located just minutes away from the Prudential Center, our hotel provides you with all of the comforts of home. There's no better way to celebrate your accomplishments than over a celebratory meal, surrounded by the love and support of friends and family. Our on-site Italian restaurant is the perfect setting for your graduation dinner in northern New Jersey. Toast to a new adventure and enjoy a hearty meal before resting your feet in our cozy accommodations.

Here are the many local college and university ceremonies that will take place at the Prudential Center.

  • Berkeley College Commencement, Friday, May 5th
  • Ramapo College Commencement, Thursday, May 11th
  • Rutgers University-Newark Commencement, Wednesday, May 17th
  • William Paterson University (undergraduate ceremony), Friday, May 19th
  • NJCU Commencement, Wednesday, May 24th

Congratulations on achieving this great milestone in your life. We hope we have the opportunity to welcome you and your family!