(MAPLEWOOD, NJ) -- MAPSO Funk Fest is a new annual celebration of diversity, wellness, creativity, and local business. It will make its debut from on Saturday, August 28th from 1:00pm - 7:00pm at the Springfield Ave Gazebo (1668 Springfield Avenue) in Maplewood. This is an event designed to bring people together through good food, good music, and great vibes. It was created to celebrate the area's multicultural community.
After the past year, many small brands have been faced with big challenges. This day is an opportunity to revive the flavor of our neighborhood, invigorate local hand-picked restaurants, and remind people of the rich culture we’re surrounded by.
Funk Fest will be a vibrant event where people of all backgrounds & ages are welcome to enjoy funk, house & soul music, local restaurants and talent, while connecting with friends, family, and the community. It will be a free flowing event with picnic blankets welcome. MAPSO Funk Fest prioritizes the inclusion of Black, minority, women, and LGBTQ+ owned entities for optimal representation.
Local restaurants will be participating in the food tasting, for which you may purchase tickets and sample a number of vendors’ menu items. There will be a few local DJs and a live band performance at the gazebo, with food, wellness & artisan vendor booths surrounding the park. There will also be a number of kid friendly vendors & activities as well as mini workshops throughout the day.
The beer garden will be hosted by their exclusive craft beer provider, Montclair Brewery. Please bring ID in order to be wristbanded and purchase beer garden tickets.
This event is being sponsored by Blackstock & Weber, Springfield Avenue Maplewood, and Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate agent Maria Morrison Heningburg. Other community partners include Inspired Dream Real Estate, Maplewood Bike Shed, Words Bookstore, Finlay + Gage Music Instruments, and Blue Life Karate.