Things to do in West Orange

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.


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.


Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter Include Superstars You Don’t Want to Miss!

Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter

Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center is not only home to the New Jersey Devils, it provides an ideal forum for the powerhouses of the musical industry. This winter, in between puck shots, you are invited to witness world-class concerts and events at this one-of-a-kind venue.

Saturday, January 21st – The alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots is bringing their “Emotional Roadshow” tour to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. This award-winning musical duo is best known for their haunting chart-toppers like “Heathens” and “Stressed Out” and have received critical acclaim for their most recent album, “BLURRYFACE”.

Friday, February 10th – Eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson is making the Prudential Center a stop on his “In It to Win It” tour in February. This concert event is further enhanced by Wilson’s special guests Fantasia, John Gill, and Solero. On his own, Wilson is captivating, but alongside his talented friends this concert will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Saturday, February 11th – The Latin Concert Series gets spicier with the legendary Marc Anthony and his Valentine’s Day concert at the Prudential Center. Anthony is arguably the best salsa artist to ever grace a stage, with a romantic side that makes the girls swoon. Don’t miss out on the chance to enchant your Valentine’s Day with a live performance from this sizzling artist.

Help With Winter Shows at the Prudential Center

The Wilshire Grand Hotel in New Jersey is your ideal resting ground for before and after an exhilarating concert. With our expertise at your fingertips, you can treat yourself to an unforgettable winter show that starts with dinner and ends with a nightcap in your lavish room. Our proximity to the Prudential Center and long list of amenities make the Wilshire Grand your obvious choice when planning a music filled getaway.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations in NJ - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

New Year’s is a special time to both look back over the year that was, and look forward to a fresh start and a blank slate. Your family deserves to remember the best of 2016 and make some new memories to send it off in style. New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ let you do that in unique settings.

Unique NYE Events in NJ 2016

How to Ring in the New Year in NJ

If you want to do something slightly off the beaten path for NYE, a great option that is also family-friendly is New Year’s Eve cruises in the area.

There are a variety of cruises happening at various times on the eve before New Year’s Eve (December 30), New Year’s Eve (December 31), and New Year’s Day (January 1). If you have been wondering how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NJ with your entire family or just a big group, any of these Spirit of New York or Spirit of New Jersey cruises will fit the bill.

Lunch and Brunch Cruises

If you have small children and are looking for a way to include them in festivities, consider the New Year’s Eve Family Lunch cruise or the New Year’s Day Brunch cruise.

Dinner Cruises and Fireworks

Hop aboard for the Eve of the Eve Dinner cruise on December 30 with a live DJ, or head out for a Fireworks Dinner cruise that will set sail past midnight and offer a premium open bar. Both events are perfect for couples, groups, or families with older kids.

Happy End of 2016 to You and Yours!

NYE events in NJ for 2016 will make sure you and your family end the year with a bang. Happy New Year from all of us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


Holiday Events in NJ Light Up the Night - Happy Holidays!

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season from all us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Happy Holidays

The holidays are in full swing, and that means getting in the spirit of the season. Take the whole family to holiday events in NJ and get that warm, fuzzy feeling of merry cheer. There’s a little something for everyone, both young and old.

Holiday Events in Essex County, NJ for One and All

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular is going on at the zoo through January 3. The event is open nightly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so there are plenty of opportunities to visit and see this winter wonderland. Plus, admission is free!

Here’s why you should visit: Turtle Back Zoo illuminates the night in grand spectacle at this event. The dazzling display features 50 different winter animals and holiday characters. Not to mention, each weekend features a different themed event. For instance, the final weekends of December will feature visits from Santa, face painting, s’mores stations, and a chance to meet characters from both sides of the Force from Star Wars.

Hotels Nearby for Ease and Convenience

The Wilshire Grand is just minutes away from the Holiday Lights Spectacular. While you’re in town for the holidays, visiting relatives and enjoying the season, stay with us for an easy and stress-free trip.

We Wish You a Merry and Bright Season!

Holiday events in Essex County, NJ keep the spirit of the season kicking well into January. Happy holidays from everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


2017 Wedding Trends to Consider

2017 Wedding Trends

Wedding trends can be difficult to sift through. There are so many styles and options for your big day; how do you decide which ones best fit you, your partner, and your style?

The answer: let your eye and your gut lead you in the right direction. Choose the trends that speak to you.

With this in mind, here are some 2017 wedding trends to consider that are staying strong from years past, as well as some that are up-and-coming for 2017. (Fashion-forward brides, take note!)

Brand New Wedding Trends for 2017, Plus, the Tried-and-True

Vintage/Rustic Weddings

Vintage and rustic-style weddings have been on the bridal radar for a few years, and the trend isn’t going anywhere for 2017.

A vintage wedding might include accents from the past, such as vintage décor, or can mimic a favorite era, such as a 1950s sock hop or 1920s Jazz Age throwback. Rustic weddings bring to mind barn venues, lots of weathered wood and metals, and a distinct “in-the-country” vibe.

Paper (Beyond the Invites)

Paper will factor in a big way for wedding trends for 2017. Beyond stationery, look for it in décor (garlands, banners, and hanging paper accents) as well as floral arrangements.

Lots of Greenery

Instead of colorful bouquets and festoons of flowers, many brides are opting for a simpler, more toned-down array of greenery. Think ferns, eucalyptus, herbs, and other leafy greenery paired with white flowers.

For a venue that can accommodate whichever 2017 wedding trends your heart desires, New Jersey wedding venues are where you should look. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has both a beautiful ballroom as well as elegant outdoor space, not to mention a wedding concierge to help you plan. Your day will be stress-free when you enjoy our private bridal suite and reception area, too.

Count on wedding venues in NJ like The Wilshire Grand to make your day spectacular!


Plan on Festive Fun for Thanksgiving in NJ

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving

There’s fun for Thanksgiving in NJ around every corner if you know where to look. Cheerful holiday events are waiting to be discovered. They might even become your newest family tradition!

Things to Do Around Thanksgiving in NJ: Sightsee at the Zoo

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Turtle Back Zoo will host its Holiday Lights Spectacular once again, with magical, sparkling displays featuring over 50 winter characters and creatures.

Wander through the zoo and see it as you never have before – lit up and festively arrayed for the holiday season.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular began its winter show on November 18, and will run through January 2. It will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights until December 11, and every night starting December 12. Zoo hours for the event are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free to see the Holiday Lights and take part in activities.

Themed Weekends and Donations

Come back each weekend for a different themed event. Past weekends have included such fun as indoor animal exhibits, face painting, s’mores stations, and character meet and greets.

As you look for things to do around Thanksgiving in NJ, consider this event for the opportunity to give back, as the zoo will be accepting donations for gently used winter coats, toys, and non-perishable food items (such as canned goods and dry pasta).

Holiday events in NJ will keep your family busy and in the spirit of the season. Whether you’re roving near or far, everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel wishes you a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.


Celebrate the Season: See Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

As the temperature changes and the holidays come near, seeking out holiday events in NJ becomes every traveler and locals primary mission.

Each year, the Turtle Back Zoo features an impressive array of holiday festivities, including their “Holiday Lights Spectacular.”

Whether you are visiting the area for the holidays, or you are a local looking for a great way to celebrate the season, seeing the vibrant colors and lights is the perfect start for the season.

About the Event at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Zoo kicks off November 18th, 2016. From there, it runs Friday through Sunday until December 11th. After that, the lights are offered nightly through January 3, 2017.

The lights turn on at 5:00 pm and guests are welcome until 9:00 pm.

Admission to the lights is free.

You and your loved ones can stroll through the park and experience the sparkling lights featuring 50 animals and characters.

While you are there, the zoo offers their donations for toys, non-perishable food items, and gently used winter coats. You can drop them off at their donation centers throughout the park to give back to the community.

Each week the park features a different themed activity. So, you could return weekly and have an entirely different experience each time.

While enjoying holiday lights in Essex County, NJ, do not forget to book a stay at our luxury hotel. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is conveniently located in West Orange and just a short trip over to the Turtle Back Zoo.

Our team is more than happy to accommodate those visiting the area for the holidays, and offer our holiday lights and décor for those away from home for the holidays.


Catch Dynamic and Fun Theater Performances in NJ

Theater Performances in NJ

There will be plenty of acts to see and shows to enjoy in the upcoming weeks for the Newark, New Jersey area.

Events will range from jazz performances and kids’ productions to solo artists in concert and political comedy. There truly will be something going on for everyone throughout November.

Must-See Theater Performances in NJ for the Whole Family

South Orange Performing Arts Center Schedule

October 28 – Indigo Girls: The classic duo reunites 20 years later.

November 3 – Taylor Hicks: The American Idol winner, live in concert.

November 5 – Humpty Dumpty and the Big Book of Nursery Rhymes: A 2 p.m. show where kids’ favorite nursery rhyme characters spring to life.

November 9 – Josh Ritter: This singer-songwriter is sure to give an intimate performance.

November 26 – Giants of Jazz: Big names in jazz honor a legend, Jimmy Cobb.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Schedule

November 1 – Jazz in the Key of Ellison: Winston Marsalis and a host of other talented musicians will celebrate Ralph Ellison’s jazz collection.

November 13 – Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: An orchestra will perform the theme music to the beloved video game, and a giant screen will showcase favorite game moments.

November 18 – Get on Up: A James Brown Celebration: A fun and funky homage to “the godfather of soul.”

November 19 – Wow, That Was Weird: A Post-Election Evening with Stephen Colbert and John Oliver: The two late-night show hosts will join forces for a night of hilarity at the expense of the November election.

There’s always something going on at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the South Orange Performing Arts Center. The schedule is jammed with great talent and you’re sure to have an entertaining evening at any one of the events. If you're heading to a show, stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.