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55 Things to Do in the Montclair Area This Weekend | April 28-May 1

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May, Mother’s Day, and Cinco De Mayo are approaching in North Jersey, and themed events are happening all over the area. This week’s local Montclair area events guide has got you covered with a cooking class, talent showcase, live music, and more. Check out this list of all the events happening this weekend, April 28th – May 1st.

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

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New Jersey Symphony at NJPAC

Thursday, April 28th – Saturday, April 30th

Conrad Tao will be playing piano at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here


Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, April 28th | 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.


Writing Personal Essays at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, April 28th | 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Each week of this virtual event has a different theme. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Skating Session For Adults

Thursday, April 28th | 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.


Maus: Unpacking Censorship at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, April 28th | 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Rabbi Ariann will be hosting this event at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Teen Graphic Design at Montclair Art Museum

Thursday, April 28th | 5:30PM – 7PM

Learn the fundamentals of graphic design through a series of fun, hands-on, creative projects at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


A Bag of Marbles at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, April 28th | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

This award-winning film is about two young Jewish brothers surviving in Nazi-occupied France and based on a true story. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Digital Storytelling: Create a Video to Share Your Legacy at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, April 28th | 6:30PM – 7:45PM

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


Open Mic Night at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, April 28th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Share your talent at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Into The Woods Hosted by Montclair State University Department of Theatre

Ongoing

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s most acclaimed musical explores what happens when dreams come true, wishes are granted, and spells are broken. This event will be held at Memorial Auditorium, 1 Normal Avenue in Montclair on Montclair State University’s campus. Learn more here.


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Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, March 18th

Films like Anaïs in Love, and Out of the Blue are playing this weekend. These events will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Learn to Skate

Friday, April 29th | 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 29th | 10:30AM – 12PM

Discover what it takes to make a great cup of coffee at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


Beginning Ukulele at Montclair Public Library

Friday, April 29th | 1:30PM – 2:30PM

Learn basic chords and strums, and some fun, easy songs at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Adult Hearth Cooking Class at Crane House + Historic YMCA

Friday, April 29th | 4:30PM – 8:30PM

Try your hand at cooking on a hearth the way your ancestors did at the Montclair History Center. This event will be held at 110 Orange Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings

Friday, April 29th | 7PM

This event will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Eric D’Alessandro at NJPAC

Friday, April 29th | 7PM, 9:30PM

This comedian will be performing at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Wine + Wheel at Montclair Art Museum

Friday, April 29th | 7PM – 9:30PM

Make wheel-thrown ceramic objects such as cups, bowls, or vases. This event will be held at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Live Music with Xander MarX at Montclair Brewery

Friday, April 29th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

This multi-genre performer will be performing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Duel of the Decades: 80s vs. 90s at The Wellmont Theater

Friday, April 29th | 8PM

This event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Adult Open Hockey at Codey Arena

Friday, April 22nd | 8PM

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


The Royals at Just Jakes

Friday, April 29th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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Codey Arena Public Skating Session, Learn to Skate, + Family Stick + Puck

Saturday, April 30th | Various times

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


Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, April 30th | 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.


NJPAC City Verses + Jazz House Kids Present International Jazz Day at NJPAC

Saturday, April 30th | 9AM

This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Workshop: Flameworking at Glassroots Hosted By Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, April 30th | 12PM – 5PM

A glass bead-making workshop with Glassroots at 10 Bleeker Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Wonders of the Wild at the Turtle Back Zoo

Saturday, April 30th | 1PM – 3PM

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 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Wavey Saturdays at The ZuluBa

Saturday, April 30th | 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.


ShowUs! Montclair Talent Showcase at Lackawanna Plaza

Saturday, April 30th | 7PM – 10PM

An award-winning event featuring local and inspiring performers at BDP Center Stage. This event will be held at Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Silent Disco at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, April 30th | 7:30PM – 10:30PM

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


An Evening of Mediumship with Lee Van Zyl at Moss + More

Saturday, April 30th | 7PM – 8:30PM

This event will be held at 42 Upper Montclair Plaza in Montclair at Moss + More’s studio. Learn more here.


Alan Parsons Live Project at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, April 30th | 8PM

This event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Nine Deeez Nite at Just Jakes

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

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


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Codey Arena Public Skating Session, Learn to Skate, + Family Stick + Puck

Sunday, May 1st | Various times

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


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.


Introduction to Wheel Throwing at Montclair Art Museum

Sunday, May 1st | 1PM – 3:30PM

A basic introduction to the fundamentals of the potter’s wheel at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Art for Ukraine at SOPAC

Sunday, May 1st | 1PM – 4PM

Proceeds of this pop-up art sale will be donated to Razom. This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Pineapple Express Barbeque Presents Barbeque Band-O-Rama

Sunday, May 1st | 2PM

This event includes live outdoor music for the re-opening of the restaurant’s outdoor back patio, and will be held at 1 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Grand Canyon Exhibit at SOPAC

Sunday, May 1st | 7PM

Intimate Renderings of the Grand Canyon will be shown at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. 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 28th | 11AM – 11:30AM

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


May Family Saturdays + Sundays at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, April 30th + Sunday, May 1st

A day of family fun activities at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Discovery Weekends at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Sunday, May 1st | 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.


Sunday Studio at Montclair Art Museum

Sunday, May 1st | 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.


Chesstronauts at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, May 4th | 6PM – 7PM

Kids of all skill levels will receive virtual chess instruction for improved strategic thinking and sportsmanship. This is a virtual event. Learn more here.


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French Class at Montclair Public Library

Monday, May 2nd | 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, May 2nd | 6PM – 7PM

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


Open Level Pilates on the Mat at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, May 3rd | 11AM – 11:45AM

A Classical Pilates series that follows the original blueprint created by Joseph Pilates over a century ago. This is a virtual event. Learn more here.


Spanish Class at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, May 3rd | 6:15PM – 7:30PM

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


Catherine the Great: Russia’s Art Glutton at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, May 3rd | 6:30PM – 8PM

Experience this historical figure’s story, understand the enlightened influence she had on Russia, and how she worked to make it feel more like a European country. This is a virtual event. Learn more here.


Kennedy Center: Arts Integration Professional Development Workshops at NJPAC

Wednesday, May 4th | 1PM, 4PM

These two sessions will take place at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


An Evening With Julianna Margulies at Glen Ridge Country Club

Wednesday, May 4th | 6PM – 9PM

This actress and author of Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life will be speaking at 555 Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge. Learn more here.


Page to Screen: Paterson, Movie + Poetry Pt. 1 at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, May 4th | 6:30PM – 8PM

Paterson is a 2016 drama written and directed by Jim Jarmusch which stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and poet named Paterson. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Cornhole League Meet at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, April 27th | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Wellness Wednesdays at NJPAC

Wednesday, May 4th | 7:30PM

John-Mario Sevilla will lead this event at 1 Center Street in Newark. 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.


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.


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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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