Unleash Your Inner Party Animal at Brew at the Zoo!

Pour on the fun and take a walk on the wild side at the Brew at the Zoo VI!

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Normally, a trip to Turtle Back Zoo is a fun-filled outing for the whole family. Yet at the annual adults-only Brew at the Zoo, slated for Saturday, June 30, the only children to be found are of the wild variety – both the animals of the zoo and your unleashed inner child. who’s ready to take a walk on the wild side! This year, Brew at the Zoo at Turtle Back Zoo will commemorate the park’s 55th birthday and only those with a valid ID are invited to the party. The Brew at the Zoo VI is three full hours (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) of live entertainment, delicious delicacies from a myriad of local food vendors, and a selection of over 100 craft brews to whet your palate.

Food truck and beer festivals may be all the rage, but Brew at the Zoo NJ brings beers and beasts together for a truly one-of-a-kind event. Round up your drinking buddies and enjoy slinging back the suds with your new animal pals. You may think that you are the king party animal, but at Brew at the Zoo NJ 2018, you will soon discover the true royalty are the majestic creatures you have the pleasure of drinking alongside. Alligators, Otters, Penguins, even the world’s largest rodent in the Capybara are all along for your walk on the wild side.

After a full night of animal antics and a bevy of brews, you’ll need a comfortable place to crash. Soak up the afterglow at the Wilshire Grand NJ and allow yourself a chance to relax and your inner party animal to become caged once more. Located only a few miles away from the Turtle Back Zoo, Wilshire Grand has the ideal comfortable accommodations to refresh and rejuvenate as the wild wears away.


K CON 2018: The Korean Youth Culture Fandom Event Returns!

K Con 2018 is ready to bring all things “Hallyu” back to New Jersey!

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The inaugural event may have just taken place six years ago, but the upcoming celebration of popular Korean-culture at the Prudential Center is set to turn the “Hallyu”, or Korean Wave, into a tsunami! Now in its seventh year, K CON 2018 USA will continue its trademark of being part convention, part musical festival, all the while being fully dedicated to celebrating the best of Korean entertainment, cuisine, fashion and a myriad of other cultural entities. Last year, K CON NY was attended by more than 43,000 fans, and it is expected that the number will only continue to grow this year.  

KCON 2018 NY will return to Newark’s Prudential Center for the fourth consecutive year on June 23-24, 2018. Activities and different expositions, with a focus on Korean beauty, will be held throughout the two-day event. From food tastings and product demonstrations to panels and meet-and-greets, there will be fun-filled events for everyone, from the biggest “Hallyu stans” to the KPop neophytes who are still rocking out to “Gangnam Style”! When night falls, this convention turns into a concert event not to be missed, with many popular Korean acts still being added to the final line-up.

So, are you all ready to rock your biggest “eye smile” when K Con 2018 at Prudential descends upon the East Coast? The Wilshire Grand is conveniently located just minutes away from the Prudential Center, and is the perfect home base to unwind, relax and bask in the afterglow of your personal Hallyu experience. Whether traveling from afar or just a few miles down the road, we invite you to come spend the night with us, ensuring that your KCON experience is comfortable and stress-free. The Korean Wave is almost here, and The Wilshire Grand NJ is ready to ride it out with you! 


Plan Your Father's Day Celebrations in NJ

The summer weather is perfect for fun outdoor activities to celebrate Father's Day in NJ. 

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What's Happening on Father's Day 2018 in NJ?

Head to Nutley for the Father's Day Street Fair on June 17th from 10 AM to 5 PM. This annual event features over 125 vendors along with live music, entertainment, attractions, and delicious food. Kids can enjoy several rides, a rock climbing wall, and other activities.

Treat Dad, or the father figure in your life, to a delicious brunch with beautiful views of New York City aboard the Spirit of New Jersey. This is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy, and everyone will love the chance to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful summer weather while cruising along the river. 

Get Ready to Celebrate Father's Day in NJ all Weekend

With so many Father's Day celebrations in NJ to choose from, make a long weekend out of the holiday. Plan a fun-filled Father's Day weekend in New Jersey and consider staying with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ.

Our full-service hotel is the perfect place to plan a relaxing getaway with dad or any father figure in your life. At The Wilshire Grand NJ, we offer many amenities and we aren't far from several attractions.


Come See a Show at SOPAC This Summer

This summer, we recommend you come see a show at SOPAC. They put on some of the best productions you’ll ever experience.

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Shows You Should See This Summer at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to go out with friends and enjoy some entertainment! Here are just a few of the shows you need to see at SOPAC this summer:

Savion Glover & OUT’KNiGHTz

Are you ready to witness the best tap dancer who has ever lived? Then you need to see Savion Glover, who is celebrating 33 years as a tap dancer and choreographer. The show will be on May 19, 2018 at 8 PM and is a Director’s Pick.

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir

If you’re interested in Performing Arts in NJ, you need to check out Broadway Show Choir. They perform full song-and-dance routines from acclaimed shows on Broadway, including Newsies, Hairspray, and Rent. The performance will be on June 30, 2018 at 8 PM.

Gallery Exhibit: INSPIRED MINDS

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is proud to present Inspired Minds. This exhibit is a celebration of young artists in the area who are incredibly talented. The exhibit runs through August 17, 2018.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel Welcomes You and Your Entourage

Will you be able to come to South Orange and enjoy some of these incredible Performing Arts showcases? If so, we welcome you to stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. At the Wilshire Grand, you will have a comfortable place to call home during your time here. You can even bring your pets! We offer incredible amenities, including free WiFi and a complimentary breakfast for you and your family.

All of us here at the Wilshire Grand NJ hope to see you soon!


Learn About NJ's History – Tour Historic Morristown

Are you ready to learn about NJ's history? Tour historic Morristown for an authentic East coast experience you won't forget.

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Historic Morristown Tours Make for an Interesting Weekend.

Morris County is one of New Jersey's best kept historical secrets. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some historic Morristown tours: walk in the founding father's footsteps past landmarks and amazing colonial architecture.

Discover Morristown: People and Places allows you to stroll with author Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika as her book essentially comes alive. Bonnie-Lynn will put names to faces of crucial landmarks and explain their cornerstone history.

With Discover Victorian Morristown, local expert Karen Ann Kurlander will walk you through the historical district with incredible buildings dating from 1850 to 1910. You'll also learn about the Victorian-era's social customs and "painted lady" houses.

Discover Colonial Morristown is a similar walking tour led by Alexander Hamilton expert: Pat Sanftner. This exciting tour takes you past key sites of the Revolutionary War.

Head over to the museum at Morristown National Historical Park for the Presidents and First Ladies special presentation. Patrons will browse interesting documents and collections from the Revolutionary War era.

Get Ready to Tour Morristown and Learn About NJ History with Wilshire Grand NJ

If you're planning a trip to New Jersey, consider staying with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel – we're just a short drive from Morristown in West Orange. We offer excellent dining options and plenty of special packages to fit your travel needs.


Enjoy the Spring Art Walk in Montclair Center

Warm weather is here, it's time to get out of the house and take a stroll through the Montclair Spring Art Walk.

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What's Happening at the Montclair Spring Art Walk 2018?

Over 50 local merchants will participate in the Art Walk this year. This bi-annual event will feature live music, food, art, fashion, shopping, and plenty of culture with community involvement.

A wide variety of museums, galleries, photographers, and studios will participate in the Spring Art Walk in Montclair this year. Artists include 73 Pine See Gallery, Portraits by Michael Stahl, and Studio Montclair.

The Montclair Spring Art Walk 2018 will also showcase some niche vendors the town has to offer. Just Kidding Around is a unique toy store with interesting finds that both adults and children will love. {verdigreen} is a home décor shop set on redefining the industry with chalk paint.

Humans and animals can take advantage of the beauty and wellness booths. Lukas and Berube Healthy Pet Markets will be at the Montclair Art Walk. A few local salons are also on the roster including Pure Energy Hair Salon and Parlor Hair Salon.

Don't forget to fuel up for the walk. Vanillamore is an upbeat café with a serious passion for vanilla sweets.

Plan Your Visit with Wilshire Grand NJ

The Art Walk takes place on May 18th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the heart of downtown Montclair.

If you're visiting the Art Walk this year, consider staying with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We're just a short drive from the event and very pet-friendly.


What's Happening Memorial Day Weekend in NJ and NYC?

If you plan to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in NJ/NYC, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy with your friends or family all weekend long. 

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Things to do Memorial Day Weekend in NJ/NYC

Woodland Park's Memorial Day Street Fair on McBride Avenue runs from 11 AM to 6 PM on Memorial Day. The warming temperatures make this holiday the ideal time to get out of the house for a block party with great food and live music. For the kids, there will be a petting zoo, sand art, pony rides, and many more fun activities.

If you plan to celebrate Memorial Day in NYC, there are a ton of great events taking place all over the city. Celebrate the end of Fleet Week with a tour of some of the U.S Navy ships that are docked in Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn or join in on one of the many parties and celebrations happening all over New York. 

Don't let bad weather keep you in the house. Although the museums will be closed on Monday in honor of the holiday, you can still visit the Montclair Art Museum and Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday.

How Wilshire Grand Can Help You Celebrate Memorial Day 2018 in NJ

If you're traveling in from out of town to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in NJ or NYC, consider staying with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ. Activities on Memorial Day weekend 2018 in NYC make the Manhattan area extremely congested, and our convenient location is a relaxing and luxurious alternative to hotels in the heart of the city.


Enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena

Summer is on its way. This weather is the perfect time to enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena.

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Watch the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena

The arena in Harrison, New Jersey has 25,000 seats overlooking emerald green grass to enjoy a game day out of the house. The stadium is part of a larger two-phase development project in New Jersey's Riverbend District.

The 30 luxury skyboxes and 1,000 club seats are perfect for watching New York Red Bulls Games with optimal comfort and style.

There are plenty of concession options inside the arena. The Chipper offers tasty delights like chicken and waffles, garlic fries, mac and cheese, and pulled pork fries. Other grills and concession stands provide traditional favorites like jumbo hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza.

Inside the stadium, drinkers can enjoy Budweiser, Coors, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Flying Fish IPA, and several other specialty brews. A beer garden is located near the arena where fans can watch performances from the Freestyle Soccer Street Team and take part in many fun activities.

Everyone, two years of age and older, needs a ticket to enter the field and make sure to check the list of prohibited items before planning your visit.

Plan Game Day with The Wilshire Grand Hotel

If you'd like to check out a soccer match at the stadium, consider staying with us. The Wilshire Grand NJ is a short drive from the stadium and offers several special packages to help you make the most of your visit.


Plan a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ

One of the best ways to celebrate Mother's Day is by planning a fun-filled staycation in New Jersey! 


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Celebrating Mother’s Day 2018 in NJ is easy with a local lineup of events that will make a staycation the best option for treating mom to a well-deserved day—or weekend—of fun and relaxation. When planning a Mother’s Day staycation in NJ, look for hotel specials that cater to mom.

Mother’s Day Events in NJ for the Active Mom

Does mom like to run, jump, and play? Then there’s an event for her Mother’s Day weekend in NJ. Join a 5K walk/run in Berkeley Heights Memorial Park or head to the Big Event Entertainment Experience for arcade games, bowling, and other activities to bring out the kid in her.

If delicious food is her jam, then Knob Hill Golf Club’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet with its professionally prepared cuisine has you covered or head to Sterling Gardens for a top-notch culinary experience amid the riot of flowers in bloom.

For creative moms, there’s cupcake classes and a “Tea and Paint” where she’ll be served delicious goodies while painting her own keepsake teacup.

Stay Close for Even More Mother’s Day Choices

The best way to enjoy a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering a Spoiled Mother package to pamper her with yoga, a movie, flowers, champagne and more. At the Wilshire Grand NJ, we know how to treat mom right!


It’s Hat in the Air Time—Graduation Events at the Prudential Center

This Year’s Graduation Events at the Prudential Center.

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It’s that time of year when the new class of graduating seniors are throwing their mortarboards in the sky and moving on to their next exciting phase of life. In New Jersey, one of the best places to have graduation events is at the Prudential Center.

Everyone from Rutgers and American Universities to William Paterson University and Essex County College has chosen the Prudential Center for their commencement ceremonies. This is likely because the venue is so convenient, with over 3,500 parking spaces within blocks of the arena and easy access from 10 local highways.

Better yet, the Center offers a 511 service, so you can check traffic from various routes to find the easiest, most convenient way to your student’s graduation.

Stay Close for Even More Convenience

The best way to enjoy your favorite senior’s college graduation experience is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is only 20 minutes from the Prudential Center, so there’s no rush getting ready.

After the big event, treat your graduate to deluxe accommodations and a delicious meal in the on-site Primavera Ristorante or one of the amazing restaurants nearby. If you choose to stay longer, we’ve got you covered. Our rooms feature everything you and your family need to relax and enjoy the moment.