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Welcome to Essex County Online
Experience the Arts in Essex County

Welcome to Essex County’s online guide to the arts!  The Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs is committed to promoting further awareness of its vibrant arts community. We seek to expand opportunities for artists and arts organizations and increase public accessibility to arts programs.


Events Calendar

Essex County is a dynamic cultural center, brimming with activities for all people.  Please join us this season as we continue to celebrate the arts! 

Sizzling Summer Programs Are Underway!

SummerMusic 2014 Free Concert Series

Enjoy an enthralling experience of talent as amazing lineups of performers from diverse genres bring the music to you in our local parks now through September! Expect to hear and dance to electrifying blues, jazz, funk, R&B, house, and all other sounds that make you want to move your feet on the grass! For more information 2014-MusicPostcard-51614


butterfly Tent Safari

The Essex County Environmental Center proudly presents The Butterfly Tent Safari! From Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 26 visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 12pm to 3pm to enjoy the amazing collection of butterflies. Special events also take place on the Saturdays throughout the three-week long event, including family themed programs, insect education, gardening workshops, and more! Suggested $2 donation to Essex County parks Foundation. .For more information, please call 973-228-8776.

Family Fun Nights

Turtle Back Zoo extends its hours this summer to 8:30pm on Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Night Movies

General Public Session: Thursday, July 17
Gates open from 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Come see the zoo in a different light! Learn all about what animals do at night on this unique guided tour. Don't forget your flashlight! (This tour is not recommended for children under 5.) Average tour time: 1 hour. Admission is $7.00 per person. Pre-Registration required (there will be no registrations allowed the night of the event.) Groups over 15 people should call the zoo office at 973-731-5800 x223 to schedule Night Moves tours. Registration is non-refundable. In the event of a cancellation, registrants will be notified with a rain date. Call 973-731-5800 . Space is limited.

View Calendar
This calendar includes ALL events hosted by the Essex County Parks Department and CULTURAL events hosted by different organizations throughout the county.

2015 Local Arts and History Grant Programs Information Sessions

Spring.Summer ECPS Catalog

Spring News Letter

Exhibition Form

Calendar of Events Form


For your convenience, the below items are available for downloading.

Riker Hill Art Park Permit Application Requirements and Procedures

Riker Application

2013 ECLAP Final Report Budget Charts

2013 ECLAP Final Report Budget Charts


What’s New

Essex County: Arts & Economic Prosperity Study"

Learn more about New Jersey arts through the following websites.

Local Arts Grant Program
The Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs receives generous grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State which we regrant to support local arts organizations.
Log on or create a new account and start filling out your application today:
2014 Online Application

  • NEW! 2015 Essex County Local Arts Grant Program

FUNDING PERIOD: January 1st, 2015 –December 31, 2015
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: August 11, 2015 at 4pm

Grant Interface Log-In



Contact Us
For further information or to be added to our email distribution service, please feel free to contact us.

Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs
Kips Castle Park
22 Crestmont Road
Verona, NJ 07044| 973.239.2485


Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs
115 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104 ~ (T) 973-268-3500 ~ (F) 973-481-5302
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