37 Things to Do in the Montclair Area This Weekend | Jan 13-16

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The events keep coming, no matter the weather. This week’s local Montclair + beyond events guide has got you covered with film screenings, musical nights, kid-friendly activities, and more. Check out this list of all the virtual + in-person events happening this weekend, January 13th – 16th.

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.

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Open Book / Open Mind – “The 1619 Project” organized by the Montclair Public Library

Thursday, January 13th | 7PM – 8:30PM

Two major contributors to “The 1619 Project,” Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Jake Silverstein, discuss the bestselling landmark reframing of American history with the Director of the Rutgers Center on Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity. Learn more here.

“Sights on Spring” Cookie Decorating Class with Julia M. Usher

Saturday & Sunday, January 15th, 16th | 11:45AM – 5:30PM 

Beat the winter doldrums in this two-day flower-filled cookie course with award-winning sugar artist Julia M. Usher. Learn how to add lifelike dimension to any cookie with Julia’s innovative contoured transfer and piecework techniques. Learn more here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance & Luminary Lighting (Youtube Live)

Monday, January 17th | 4PM

The theme of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance is “Serving Something Greater Than Ourselves”. This interfaith observance will include performances, stories, and ways to connect to volunteer opportunities. Learn more here.

Virtual Cuentitos- Bilingual Spanish Storytime organized by the Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, January 18th | 4PM – 4:30PM

This is a storytime for children aged 2-5 years to read children’s books in Spanish and English along with acoustic guitar and songs in Spanish. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers are invited to attend. Learn more here.

Gentle Yoga for Continuing Students organized by the Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, January 19th | 11:30AM – 12:45PM

This class focuses on safe approaches for students who prefer a gentle yoga class that includes breathing practices and stress relief. Open to anyone with some prior yoga experience. Learn more here.

Film Club – Virtual Program organized by the Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, January 19th | 7PM – 8PM

An event for movie-lovers to talk about themes, plot, characters, acting, directing, cinematography, costumes, score, trailers and/or viewer’s expectations on a number of movies available on streaming platforms. Learn more here.

Virtual Mozzarella & Burrata Making

Wednesday, January 19th | 6PM – 7PM

Learn how to make delicious mozzarella and burrata from Murray’s Cheese Education Department. This workshop is best suited for adults who are over 16 years of age. Learn more here.

Van Vleck House & Gardens presents Virtual Meditation

Wednesday, January 19th | 7PM – 9PM

Join contemporary spiritual teacher and author Ramananda John E. Welshons (One Soul, One Love, One Heart, When Prayers Aren’t Answered and Awakening From Grief) for a  series of evening meditation classes in the comfort of your own home. Learn more here.

The Everything Book Club: Euphoria by Lily King

Wednesday, January 19th | 7PM – 8PM

A live and lively librarian-led book club discussion about the fictionalized biography Euphoria by Lily King. Registration is required. Learn more here.

NJPAC’s PSEG True Diversity Film Series: AILEY

Wednesday, January 19th | 7PM

New Jersey Performing Arts Center invites guests to watch the documentary AILEY and join a virtual panel discussion with the filmmaker and the current and former Artistic Directors from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Learn more here.

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Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at the Montclair Public Library

Thursday, January 13th | 10AM – 4PM

Montclair Public Library’s Navigator will be meeting with individuals to help improve their digital literacy, guide them towards new employment, or develop new skills in general. This event will be held at 50 S Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

Codey Arena Senior Skating Session

Thursday, January 13th | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

A skate session for seniors who are 40 years and older. This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.

Into the Woods at Vanguard Theater Company

Thursday, January 13th | 8PM

This production of Into the Woods showcases talented teens and young adults as part of the DREAM VTC training program, who have set their sights on the Great Bright Way. This event will be held at 180 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

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Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, December 14th 

Movies like Scream, Wheels of Fortune and Fantasy will be showing this weekend at The Clairidge, 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

Newark Winter Village


Experience the beauty of Newark at this open-air winter festival with curbside eats, ice skating, and a marketplace. This event will be held at Mulberry Commons Park, 162 Mulberry Street in Newark. Learn more here.

Indoor Live Music Night with Zuko Phillips Cohn & Starr at Montclair Brewery

Friday, January 14th | 7:00PM – 9:30PM

A NJ-based band, playing covers from the 1960’s onward, and melodic original music reminiscent of The Pretenders, Cat Stevens, and The Beatles will be performing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

The Michele Bazzani Trio at The Oakley Kitchen

Friday, January 14th |  8PM – 11PM

Contemporary Jazz band The Michele Bazzani Trio will be performing at 789 Bloomfield Avenue in Nutley. Learn more here.

The Benjamins at Just Jakes

Friday, January 14th | 10PM

The high-energy events band, The Benjamins, are back at Just Jakes. This event will be held at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

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Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, January 15th | 8AM – 1PM

The Montclair Farmers’ Market brings together an array of local farmers and food artisans, offering fresh fruits & vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, cheeses, prepared foods, baked goods, condiments, honey, flowers, wine, pickles, and much more. This event will be held at 86 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

College Women’s Club Book Sale Donations

Saturday, January 15th | 9:30AM – 11:45AM

College Women’s Club of Montclair will be accepting book donations at Booksale Headquarters, 26 Park Street (Lower level) in Montclair. Learn more here.

Outdoor Adventures at Van Vleck Gardens

Saturday, January 15th | 10AM – 1PM

Spend time in the Van Vleck gardens exploring and learning about the season of winter. This event is geared towards children from 4 to 11 years but all age groups are welcome. Registrations are required for non-members. Learn more here.

Distillery Tour and Tasting in Newark

Saturday, January 15th | 6PM & 7:30PM

A history and technique-filled tour followed by cocktails at All Points West Distillery located at 73 Tichenor Street in Newark. Learn more here.

Tom Papa Family Reunion Show in Newark

Saturday, January 15th | 7PM & 9:30PM

After 20 years as a stand-up comic, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country (and one of New Jersey’s own). Tom’s back with his new Family Reunion Tour. This event will be held at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.

Wavey Saturdays at The ZuluBa

Saturday, January 15th | 7PM

Groove to a night of Afrobeats, Kompa, Soca, Dancehall and music by Jhasirpow, Russian and Ruthetruth. This event will be held at 437 Main Street in West Orange. Learn more here.

Stephanie Mills & The Whispers in Newark

Saturday, January 15th | 8PM

Award-winning recording artist with five best-selling albums and ten billboard #1 singles, Stephanie Mills will be joined by The Whispers, one of the longest-running R&B supergroups ever to grace the stage. This event will be held at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.

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Grieg Piano Concerto at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Sunday, January 16th | 3PM

New Jersey Symphony presents Grieg’s Piano Concerto along with a number of musical and visual spectacles. This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Sunday & Monday, January 16th, 17th

This two-day intensive training offers a solid foundation in Laughter Yoga theory and practical application. After successful completion of the training participants will be qualified as Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders (CLYL), an internationally recognized certification. Learn more here.

Adult Night Roller Skating in Newark

Sunday, January 16th | 8PM – 11PM

Adult Night Roller Skating is Back at Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Rink. This event will be held at 7th Avenue in Newark. Learn more here.

Pop-Up Picnic in the Park Couple Date Night + 5 Love Languages (Self-Guided)


Enjoy a pop-up picnic sunset date with fun digital activities at Weequahic Park, Meeker Avenue in Newark. Learn more here.

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The Whole Book Approach Online Story Time with Ms. Jessica

Thursday, January 13th | 11AM – 11:30AM

The Whole Book Approach acknowledges that while the adult reads text aloud, children are reading pictures and design. It gives children the time, space, and vocabulary needed to articulate their visual readings and bring them into dialog with the oral text. Learn more here.

Learn Filmmaking by Creating Videos for YouTube – Day 1

Thursday, January 13th | 11AM – 11:50AM

Through this course, kids aged 6-10 years will go through the process of creating their own unique YouTube video. They will develop skills in all aspects of production, including shot design, video shooting, and editing. Learn more here.

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YMCA of Newark 51st Anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Monday, January 17th | 9AM

To pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., YMCA of Newark will open its doors for more people to benefit from the life-enhancing Y programs and services. This event will be held at 600 Broad Street in Newark. Learn more here.

MLK Day: Forest Animals Winter Survival (One Day Camp)

Monday, January 17th |  9:30AM – 3:30PM

On this One Day Camp, children aged 5-10 years will see winter habitats and learn how New Jersey nature survives the cold season. This event will be held at Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. Learn more here.

Health Screenings by Mountainside Medical Center

Tuesday, January 18th | 11AM – 1PM

Blood pressure and glucose screenings will be offered by the team of Mountainside Medical Center at Montclair Public Library at 50 S Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Registration is not required. Learn more here.

Dancing With The Stars – LIVE TOUR 2022

Wednesday, January 19th | 8PM

One of America’s most popular dance shows, Dancing With The Stars returns to the State Theater at 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. This show is recommended for guests over 10 years of age. Learn more here.

Adult Afro Fusion

Wednesday, January 19th |  8PM – 9PM

Fun weekly routines with Afro Beats-inspired movement to the hottest Afrobeats tunes. The event is available online and also in person at 604 Valley Road in Montclair. Learn more here.

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Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation | 228 Bloomfield Avenue

Recreation, community, and education are essential to childhood development. Through various programs, the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation is able to provide a positive environment for children in the community. The year-long program, Project Oasis, is broken up into two seasons and focuses on closing the achievement gap among African American youth. These services are only made possible by the support of volunteers, mentors, and donors. Learn more here.

Communities Promoting Animal Welfare in NJ | 41 Watchung Plaza #317

With options to help from home, at school, in-person, and virtually, the entire community can help save animals in the area. Volunteers are needed to help educate the community on animal welfare, help organize events, transport animals to and from doctor’s visits, and more. Learn more here.

Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris | 33 South Fullerton Avenue

The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is working to reverse the stigma around Mental Health and provide support to those living with mental illness as well as the caregivers. Through advocacy, education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and services, the organization is working to achieve its mission. Case management services, suicide prevention work, and housing opportunities are just a small sample of the community work of this organization. Learn more here.

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Have a great weekend, xo

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Ishita was born and raised in Mumbai where she directed and creatively led television shows throughout India. Her life took a turn when she got married and moved to the US amid the pandemic. When meeting people in person was out of the question, reading HG helped her get acquainted with the community and instilled a sense of belonging, which is why she wanted to start her American chapter by working at the Hoboken Girl. Ishita loves to travel, attend yoga pop-ups, plant community meet-ups, explore restaurants with her husband, and binge-watching TV shows.