East Orange’s 6th Annual MAC Fest Drew Thousands to City Hall Plaza

The City of East Orange, in partnership with the Arts Council of East Orange and The Health Care Foundation of the Oranges, hosted its 6th annual MACFest Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2024, drawing thousands from around the region to City Hall Plaza for an amazing day of music, art, and culture.

The free event, produced by Briclyn Entertainment Inc., featured R&B vocalists Eric Benét and Tweet, and Latin music artist Tito Puente Jr. Hosted by East Orange’s own Grammy-award winning MC Vinnie (VinRock) Brown of Naughty by Nature, the line-up included East Orange resident Leah Jenea, who was a finalist on “The Voice,” along with up-and-coming R&B vocalist Gabby Samone, East Orange native and one half of the rap duo The Artifacts El Da Sensei, Kahlil Kwame Bell, Salsa, Cumbia, and Merengue Group Yanikeke, local hip-hop rapper AceDaFace, and sounds powered by former Fugees DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry with a special guest turn by DJ Tamir, a.k.a. Mayor Ted Green.

In addition to the MACFest Marketplace with more than 100 local vendors, this year’s event welcomed the addition of an Art Village and a Wellness Village. Sponsored by the city’s Department of Health and Human Services, the Wellness Village featured an array of health care providers and non-profit organizations dedicated to addressing and reversing the devastating impact of the opioid crisis on communities nationwide.

“To say MACFest was amazing is an understatement,” expressed Mayor Ted R. Green. “The vibrancy, the strong sense of community, and the overall atmosphere were incredibly powerful. It was truly an unforgettable experience and a true celebration of the richness and variety of our music, art, and culture.”