Things to Do This Weekend in Clifton: April 2nd & 3rd


Now that it’s finally Spring and COVID restrictions have begun to ease, it’s time to get out and do some of the things you may not have done for the last two years.

Visit a local restaurant

It’s no secret that many restaurants have struggled over the last two years, and some sadly have permanently closed. The best thing that you can do to help out Clifton restaurants is to start going out again. As the weather looks a bit too chilly this weekend for outdoor dining, many restaurants made extra precautions for indoor dining that could put your mind at ease if you are still uncomfortable. If you’re still not ready to dine out, take a break from cooking and pickup some takeout. Ordering direct (rather than through Uber Eats or another food delivery service) will allow the restaurant to keep more of the cost of your meal, but whatever way you decide to go your patronage will go a long way.

A few of my favorite go-to places (that all offer both take-out or in-person dining)

For Thai:

Clifton Thai on Parker Avenue

Lamoons on Market Street

For Italian:

Aurora on Piajet Avenue

Gallery Bistro on Main Avenue

For Indian:

Mausam Curry Bites on Market Street

For Middle Eastern:

Kamil’s on Main Avenue

For a Quick Takeout Lunch:

All Surf, No Turf on Clifton Avenue

All the Smoke Barbecue on Market Street

For Everything:

The Allwood Diner on Allwood Road

Visit the Clifton Arts Center for Community Art Day

The Clifton Arts Center is hosting a Community Art Day on Saturday, April 2nd from 1pm-4pm  featuring a special guest appearance with Miss New Jersey, Alyssa Sullivan from the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation.

Guests can also visit the exhibit of Fred Staloff: Origins of a Modernist” an art collection in partnership with the Butler Institute of American Art from Youngstown, Ohio.

In addition, walking tours of the sculpture park are also scheduled and light refreshments will be served.  Read more online here..

Go for a walk

While not exactly a picture-perfect forecast, this weekend is still warm enough to head outdoors for a bit of exercise. Getting in 10,000 steps a day may not be feasible for everyone, but we can all benefit from a half hour walk. Tour your neighborhood, or take a walk in one of Clifton’s many parks (Jubilee Park on the corner of Clifton Avenue and Allwood Road has a great walking path). It’s always nice to see fellow Cliftonites, meet a dog or two, and take in some fresh air.

Treat yourself to a cocktail… or two!

Clifton has its very own microbrewery and its very own micro distillery, and as luck would have it, they are directly next-door to each other on River Road in the Delawanna section of town.

Ghost Hawk Brewery: The first craft brewery in Clifton, Ghost Hawk brews onsite and offers a dozen beers on tap. It’s a can’t miss.

Silk City Distillery: Clifton’s first distillery offers bottles of vodka, bourbon, gin, and rum, made and distilled on site as well as handcrafted cocktails you can enjoy on site or to go.

And, if you get hungry, you can always go across the street and visit the legendary Rutt’s Hutt, Home of the ‘Ripper’ Since 1928 — chosen the Best Hot Dog in the America 4 years in a row. Be sure to have cash on hand, because Rutt’s is old school and doesn’t take any credit cards.

Rainy Day Activity

Looks like it’s going to rain on Sunday, so that means it’s time to get things done indoors. Rummage through your closets, attic, or basement and find things to sell at this year’s City Wide Garage Sale, which will take place on June 25th. It’s a great opportunity to declutter and make a little bit of extra cash. A permit and small fee is collected to benefit the Clifton Arts Center, and in exchange, the city will advertise all the yard-sale locations to maximize your foot traffic. You’ll be able to get all the details on this year’s event, in the coming weeks, on the city’s website.

Check out the Clifton Event Calendar for more ideas!

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