Summit to Host Downtown Arts & Cars Festival Sunday, September 15

From Summit Downtown:

Summit’s family-favorite fall event is back, with an exciting new twist: a Beer and Wine Garden!  From 10am to 6pm on Sunday, September 15th there will also be a juried art show with lots of art and crafts for sale, the P.A.L. Classic Car Show, live music from 52ndStreet and others, children’s activities, and food trucks.  These activities are being organized cooperatively by the Summit Police Athletic League (P.A.L.), Summit Downtown, Inc., and the Visual Arts Center of NJ.

Arts Festival: The Summit Downtown Arts Festival, co-organized by the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, is back! This is an outdoor, juried art show with plenty of art and wares for sale.  The Arts Festival will be located on Springfield Avenue between Maple Street and Summit Avenue.

Live Entertainment: The day kicks off with Summit’s own World of Rock!  Enjoy a student showcase followed by the World of Rock Trio.  Summit Street Sounds favorites, Cold Weather Company (12pm) and The Baby Please (2pm) perform next.  The festival will be headlined by 52ndStreet (4-6pm), the world’s longest running Billy Joel Tribute Band.  Thanks to headlining sponsor Regal Bank and musical sponsor Sunrise Senior Living of Summit for making these great performances possible.

Classic Car Show:  Organized by the Summit Police Athletic League (P.A.L.), hundreds of classic cars will be displayed on Union Place and lower Beechwood Road.  For more information on the car show or to enter your car, please visit

Chalk Artist: Renowned chalk artist Anthony Cappetto will be creating a chalk mural on the street during the festival!  Walk down to the corner of Springfield Ave. and Summit Ave. to check it out!

Children’s Activities will be provided by the Summit YMCA, The Connection, and other local nonprofits on Springfield Avenue.  Come color the street with sidewalk chalk!

Food Trucks– Food trucks will include Pizza Vita, Mexican Spice, Luigi’s Ice Cream, The Meat House, and other delicious options.  Most downtown businesses also offer takeout that you can bring to the beer garden, too!

Beer & Wine Garden– For the first time ever, there will be a beer garden downtown in the Bank Street Parking lot!  There will be several beer and wine options available beginning at 11am. A portion of proceeds will go to charity.  People of all ages are welcome inside the Beer & Wine Garden, but only those with proof of age over 21 will be allowed to purchase drink tickets.  No beer or wine will be permitted outside the Garden. Please have your ID ready when entering the garden. Drink tickets will be available to purchase for $7 each; cash only.  Over 21 and want to volunteer to help?  Sign up here:  Special thanks to Peerless Beverage Co. for supplying the beer!

Summit Farmers Market will be open at 22 DeForest Avenue from 8AM-1PM.

Summit Downtown, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the on-going development and promotion of the business community in downtown Summit, NJ.