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50 Things to Do in the Montclair Area Easter + Passover Weekend | April 14-17

by Samantha Impaglia
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Easter weekend and Passover 2022 are here and the number of spring events in Essex County and North Jersey will leave anyone in a good mood. This week’s local Montclair area events guide has got you covered with a coffee workshop, exhibitions at Newark Museum of Art, a photography contest, and more. Check out this list of all the events happening this weekend, April 7th – 10th.

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

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Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, April 14th | 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 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Winslow Homer: American Vision, Close to Nature at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, April 14th | 10:30AM – 12PM

A virtual talk to acquaint you with this American artist and many of his works as well as prepare you to enjoy the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s retrospective Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents that will be on view from April 11 through July 31. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Skating Session For Adults

Thursday, April 14th | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

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


MTC Mutual Aid Fundraiser at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, April 14th | 6PM – 9PM

This fundraiser for Montclair Mutual Aid will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Women’s Circle: Creating Simple Rituals at Moss + More

Thursday, April 14th | 7PM – 9PM

Learn how simple rituals will enhance your sense of wholeness, inner truth, and right action. This event will be held at 42 Upper Montclair Plaza in Montclair at Moss + More. Learn more here.


Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change at Montclair Art Museum

Thursday, April 14th | 7PM

LaToya Ruby Frazier discusses how she has used photography to fight injustice and create a more representative self-portrait. This event will be held at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, and will be preceded by a meet and greet at 5:30PM. Learn more here.


Art After Dark: Zen + Flow at Newark Museum of Art

Thursday, April 14th | 7PM – 10PM

Relax, relate, and release, and allow your senses to be fully awakened and moved through the power of art. This event will be held at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Tommy Emmanuel at SOPAC

Thursday, April 14th | 7:30PM

This Australian guitarist will be performing at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here


The Big Meal Hosted by Montclair State University Department of Theatre

Thursday, April 14th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Packed with humanity and humor, The Big Meal chronicles the loves, trials, and resilience of modern families. This event will be held at Life Hall Studio Theater, 1 Normal Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, March 18th

Films like Reel Rock 16, Paris 13th District, and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbeldore are playing this weekend. This event will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Family Stick + Puck

Friday, April 15th | Various times

These events will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Coffee Workshop at Reeves Reed Arboretum

Friday, April 15th | 10:30AM – 12PM

Join the ‘Sensorial Journey to Origin’ and discover what it takes to make a great cup of coffee. This event will be held at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


Multiple Exhibitions at Newark Museum of Art

Friday, April 15th | 10AM – 5PM

Explore Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision and Saya Woolfalk: Field Notes From the Empathic Universe at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Live Music with Howlin Poets at Montclair Brewery

Friday, April 15th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

This acoustic Jazz musician will be performing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Rodrigo y Gabriela at NJPAC

Friday, April 16th | 8PM

GRAMMY® Award winning musicians Rodrigo y Gabriela take Mexican acoustic guitar to new heights. This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here


Dorothy: Gifts From The Holy Ghost at The Wellmont Theater

Friday, April 15th | 8PM

This band will be performing at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Adult Open Hockey at Codey Arena

Friday, April 15th | 8PM

This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


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Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, April 16th | 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.


Color Riot! Textile Tour: Curatorial Perspectives at Montclair Art Museum

Saturday, April 16th | 11AM – 12PM

As part of their Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings series, Velma Kee Craig will speak about the stunning weavings selected and the exhibition’s themes, and Larissa Nez will share additional community and artistic perspectives on weaving. This is a virtual event. Learn more here.


Planetarium: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, April 16th | 11AM – 2:30PM

Enjoy an interactive theater for learning about astronomy, space, and planetary science at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Family Stick + Puck

Saturday, April 16th | Various times

These events will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Modernfoodscene Pop-up Shop at Anthropologie

Saturday, April 16th | 1PM – 4PM

A limited amount of cakes, including a seasonal special, will be available for pre-order for pick up. This event will be held at 470 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Distillery Tour + Tasting in Newark

Saturday, April 16th | 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.


Wavey Saturdays at The ZuluBa

Saturday, April 16th | 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.


Michael Carbonaro: Lies on Stage at NJPAC

Saturday, April 16th | 7:30PM

This magician and host of The Carbonaro Effect on truTV will be perfoming at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


An Evening With Transatlantic at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, April 16th | 8PM

This group will be performing at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


The Cliffs at Just Jakes

Saturday, April 16th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

This band will be performing at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Van Vleck House + Gardens Photography Contest

Ongoing until May 13th

A community photography contest for adult and youth amateur photographers. This is an online event. Learn more here.


Discovery Weekends at Reeves Reed Arboretum

Sunday, April 19th | 9AM – 3PM

Explore the Arboretum when the gardens and grounds are alive with the sights and sounds of spring. This event will be held at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


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

Ongoing

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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Listen on the Lawn at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, April 14th | 11AM – 11:30AM

An in-person storytime for ages birth-5. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Guitar Bob’s Easter Spectacular at Cedar Beans Coffee Joint

Saturday, April 16th | 10AM – 11AM

This event will be held at 575 Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove. Learn more here.


Easter Egg Hunt at Watchung Plaza

Saturday, April 16th | 11AM – 12:30PM

This event will be held at the Watchung Plaza Green in Montclair. Learn more here.


Wonders of the Wild at Turtle Back Zoo

Saturday, April 16th | 1PM – 3PM

This program offers students an opportunity to participate in supplementary science and nature-themed programs and projects that facilitate scientific literacy and life-long environmental stewardship. This event will be held at 460 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Color Riot! Textile Tour: Curatorial Perspectives at Montclair Art Museum

Sunday, April 17th | 1PM, 2PM, 3PM

A family art-making activity inspired by current exhibitions. This event will be held at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Spring Hebrew Storytime + Craft at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, April 19th | 11:30AM – 12:15PM

A fun art program at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Tissue Paper Flowers + Vase Craft at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, April 19th | 2PM – 3PM

This event is for grades 2-5, and will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Chesstronauts at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, April 20th | 6PM – 7PM

Kids of all skill levels will receive virtual chess instruction for improved strategic thinking and sportsmanship. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


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French Class at Montclair Public Library

Monday, April 18th | 1:30PM – 3PM

Participate in conversational classes on various aspects of everyday French life. This is a virtual event. Learn more here. 


American Sign Language For Beginners Class at Montclair Public Library

Monday, April 18th | 6PM – 7PM

Learn finger spelling, vocabulary, and ASL concepts, and become familiar with deaf culture. This event will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here. 


Codey Arena Skating Session For Adults

Tuesday, April 19th | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

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


The Everything Book Club at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, April 19th | 1PM – 2PM

A librarian-led discussion about a wide range of titles and genres. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here. 


Teen Black Out Poetry at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, April 19th | 2:30PM – 4PM

This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Spanish Class at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, April 19th | 6:15PM – 7:30PM

This event is for beginners, and will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Exploring Eurasia Through Geography and History at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, April 19th | 6:30PM – 8PM

Examine the legendary Silk Road trade network, the nomadic people of Central Asia’s grasslands, the Tibetan Plateau, the Himalayas, ancient China, tectonic activity in Japan, and more. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here. 


Cherry Blossom Talk at Branch Brook Park

Wednesday, April 20th | 11AM

A talk about the history of Branch Brook Park trees, the types that have been used, how the trees have been incorporated into the landscape, and exploration behind their meaning. This event will be held at the outdoor classroom beside the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark. Learn more here.


Gentle Yoga for Continuing Students at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, April 20th | 11:30AM – 12:45PM

This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here. 


Book Discussion at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, April 20th | 2PM – 3:30PM

Join avid readers to discuss themes, plots, and characters of selected books. This is a virtual event. Learn more here. 


Heroes + Traitors at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, April 13th | 6:30PM – 8PM

This talk is about American heroes and traitors, and the difficulty of knowing the difference. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Sip + Sing Kareoke at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, April 20th | 7PM – 9:30PM

This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Catholic Charities of Newark | Newark

A variety of options are available to support the community. Please contact Sharon Reilly-Tobin via email at stobin@ccannj.org to learn about the greatest needs. Learn more here.


Communities Promoting Animal Welfare in NJ |  Montclair

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.


Human Needs Food Pantry | 9 Label Street

The COVID-19 pandemic brought on the highest rates of hunger in the United States ever. In New Jersey alone, over 1.1 million people are food insecure. The Human Needs Pantry has been able to add over 1,000 additional homes to service during this time of need. Through the help of generous donors and volunteers’ residents in need in Montclair and neighboring Essex County towns are able to pick up food or have a home delivery grocery service. Close to 3,000 groceries are donated weekly through the area. Learn more here.


Website Divider Button Articles For Weekend Planning

These Restaurants in the Montclair Area Will Be Open on Easter

Where to Get Passover Treats in North Jersey

The Best Spots for Easter Brunch in Montclair

Spots to Satisfy Your Dumpling Cravings in Montclair


Have an event you’d like included in our guide? Email it to events@themontclairgirl.com by Tuesday at 12PM each week. You can also email advertising@themontclairgirl.com for more info on featured events.

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Have a great weekend, xo

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