36 Events in Montclair + Beyond This Weekend | Aug 11-Aug 18

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Happy August! Whether you’re heading out or staying in, this week’s Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond events guide has you covered with kid-friendly activities, performances, farmers’ markets, and much more happening locally in the neighborhood. Check out this list of all the virtual and in-person events happening in Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond this weekend (August 11th – August 18th).

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change and some may be weather dependent. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.


Local Montclair (+ Beyond) Events

South Orange Downtown Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, August 11th | 2PM-7PM

Check out the South Orange Farmers Market every Wednesday in the Sloan St. Lot from 2PM-7PM. Please remember to bring your reusable shopping bags with you. Learn more here.


Fireworks Spectacular at Weequahic Park

Wednesday, August 11th | 7:30PM | Recurring

Watch some fireworks and enjoy some tunes provided by the band Smooth at Weequahic Park. Learn more here.


Zoo-vies + Family Nights at Essex County’s Turtleback Zoo

Wednesday, August 11th + Thursday, August 12th

Essex County offers free activities this month on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including movies at Turtle Back Zoo. Films start at dusk. The zoo hours will be extended to 8:30PM with the last admission being at 8PM. Learn more here.


Newark Downtown District Market

Thursday, August 12th | 11AM-3PM

The NDD Downtown Market is a newly imagined version of the NDD Common Greens Farmers Market and will be back at the PSE&G Plaza on Thursdays through September 30th. Learn more here.


Goffle Brook Park: A Wellspring of Creativity

Thursday, August 12th | 11AM-4PM 

View Goffle Brook Park: A Wellspring of Creativity, Journeys by Michael Gabriel, and Watercolors by Christine Calandra. These exhibits are currently on view through September 5th at the Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House. Learn more here.


Open Mic at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, August 12th | 7:30PM-9:30PM | Recurring

Head over to Montclair Brewery for an open mic night. There will be music, comedy, poetry, and drama. The event is family-friendly and all ages are welcome. Learn more here.


Essex County Summer Concert Series at Brookdale Park

Thursday, August 12th + Friday, August 13th | 7:30PM | Recurring

Essex County is hosting a Summer Concert Series every week. On Thursday, August 12th, Stoneflower Soul: A Santana Tribute band will perform and Friday, August 13th, Eaglemania takes the stage. Learn more here.


Classes in Mixed-Media Abstract Art

Friday, August 13th | 1PM 

Every Friday, Award-winning Roseland artist Evan Stuart Marshall will teach a class on mixed-media abstract art beginning in mid-July 2021. The topics covered include design and composition, classic abstract layouts, working with shapes, intuitive painting, and more. Learn more here.


Wine + Wheel at Montclair Art Museum

Friday, August 13th | 4PM

Gather your friends to try your hands at the potter’s wheel in a relaxed and fun environment. Participants will make wheel-thrown objects such as cups, bowls, or vases. The event is BYOB, 21 and over. All supplies are provided for this program. Learn more here.


Dog Days of Summer Exhibit & Music on Main

Friday, August 13th | Every Friday 

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There are over 120 dog and cat sculptures exhibited up and down the entire length of Main Street, Boonton. Learn more here.


Dinner Under the Stars in Bloomfield Center

Friday, August 13th | 6PM-10PM

The Bloomfield Center Alliance invites you to come out for al fresco dining and live entertainment on Washington Street in Bloomfield Center every Friday through October 8th. Learn more here.


Life Is Good Art Show

Friday, August 13th | 6PM

Head to 5 William Street in Newark for the “Life is Good” art show – a collection of pieces by artist Cloudy Visions. Learn more here.

All Points West Distillery Tour + Tasting

Friday, August 13th + Saturday, August 14th | 5PM-9PM 

Join All Points West every Friday and Saturday for a 20-minute tour with spirit samples and a house cocktail. A 10% discount on bottles and additional cocktails are included with the ticket. Learn more here.


Live Music at Montclair Brewery

Friday, August 13th + Saturday, August 14th, + Sunday, August 15th | 7PM-9:30PM 

Head over to Montclair Brewery for live music every Friday, Saturday + Sunday provided by local artists. Learn more here.


Montclair Farmers Market

Saturday, August 14th | 8AM-2PM

Stop by the Montclair Farmers Market every Saturday at the Walnut Street Train Station in Montclair. It features local farmers and food artisans, offering fresh fruits & vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, cheeses, prepared foods, baked goods, and so much more. Learn more here.


College Women’s Club of Montclair Used Book Sale

Saturday, August 14th | 9:30AM | Every Saturday through September

College Women’s Club of Montclair is hosting a used book sale every Saturday through September. Learn more here.


Saturday Skate Sesh with Boardroom Skate

Saturday, August 14th | 10AM-12PM | Every Saturday

Join Boardroom Skate for a skate session every Saturday at Rand Courts. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.


Buzzfest @ the Essex County Environmental Center

Saturday, August 14th | 10AM-2PM

Come join the local beekeeper at the Essex County Environmental Center and see a real hive. You’ll even get a sample taste. Learn about bees, their current challenges, and how we can all help. Take home a bee-themed craft. Learn more here.


Butterfly Tent Safari at Essex County’s Turtleback Zoo

Saturday, August 14th | Now-Labor Day | 12PM-3PM 

The public is invited to experience the “Butterfly Tent Safari” at the Essex County Environmental Center. It’s an interactive display where visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies while walking through a tent. The exhibit will be available until Labor Day. Learn more here.


Family Roller Skating at Branch Brook Park

Saturday, August 14th | Multiple Times Available | Every Saturday

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Head over to Branch Brook Park for family roller skating every week. It’s open to all ages. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Sign up here.


Music at the Mansion: Marissa Mulder

Saturday, August 14th | Every Saturday | 7PM-9:30PM

Join award-winning singer, Marissa Mulder, for a live performance presented by Nicori Studios and Productions. Performances happen every Saturday. Learn more here.


Passaic County Fair

Saturday, August 14th + Saturday, August 15th |  3PM-11PM

Passaic County will be hosting the annual county fair at Garret Mountain Reservation. Festivities will include fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights, carnival rides, an array of food vendors, 4-H tent, face painting, beer garden, touch-a-truck, chess tournament (register here), pony rides + petting zoos, and many other activities for families and children. Learn more here.


Montclair Jazz Festival: Lackawanna Block Parties

Saturday, August 15th | 12PM-9PM | Through September

Irwin Hall Organ Trio and Lauren Sevian Quartet will perform as well as Jazz House emerging musicians. From 6PM-9PM, vibe with DJ Brother Mister. Learn more here.


Poetry Open Mic Pop-Up Shop

Sunday, August 15th | 6PM-10PM

Join this pop-up shop for a night of food, prizes, poetry, jazz and more. Learn more here.


Motown Sunday Brunch at Sweet Southern Eatery

Sunday, August 15th

Head over to Sweet Southern Eatery every Sunday for live music during brunch. Learn more here.


Montclair Film’s Virtual Cinema

Ongoing

Montclair Film’s Virtual Cinema is the best way to watch the latest movies from home while supporting the non-profit organization. Films in the Virtual Cinema are new, independent releases, available for rent at home before they show up on other platforms, featuring new indies, documentaries, foreign films, and restored classics, with new selections available every Friday. Learn more here.


Point of Action: New Art Installation at Crane Park

Ongoing

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Montclair residents and artists Nina Cooke John and Charlie Spademan bring this installation to Montclair at no cost to the township for about four to six weeks. Crane Park is located at 1-9 Greenwood Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Tour Van Vleck House and Gardens

Open daily | 9AM-6PM

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Take a free tour of Van Vleck House and Gardens, a center for horticulture, education, music, and art. The gardens are open to the public and the house is available to non-profits for meetings and events. Learn more here.


Kid-Focused Events

Music with Michaela: Outdoor Music Class for Little Ones

Saturday, August 14th | 11:15PM- 12PM | Every Saturday

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Little ones will learn seasonal songs, play instruments, move their bodies, and have fun with Michaela. The event will take place in the grassy area on the corner of Essex Street + Chestnut Street in Montclair. Register here.


Bloomfield Public Library’s Summer Reading Program

Now-August 14th | 4PM 

Join the Bloomfield Public Library for children’s activities all week long including stories + snacks, Spanish storytimes, and takeaway crafts. Register here.


Crayon Workshop

Now-August 26th | 12PM-5PM 

The Jewish Children’s Museum is inviting children and “children at heart” to travel through the colorful journey of crayon making. Participants will be able to collect carnauba wax, beeswax, and cacao butter from the fields, and watch as the wax melts into crayons. Register here.


Upcoming Weekday Events

Essex County Summer Concert Series

Monday, August 16th | 7PM | Recurring

Essex County is hosting a Summer Concert Series every week. On Monday, August 16th, head over to Veterans Memorial Park to see Bradford Hayes perform. Learn more here.


South Orange Downtown Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, August 18th | 2PM-7PM | Every Wednesday

Check out the South Orange Farmers Market every Wednesday in the Sloan St. Lot from 2PM-7PM. Please remember to bring your reusable shopping bags with you. Learn more here.


Free Community Knitting Virtual Class

Wednesday, August 18th | 7PM-9PM | Every Wednesday

Join a free community knitting virtual class every Wednesday. All fiber crafts are welcome. Register here.


Ways to Give Back Locally

Montclair Community Farms | 108 Orange Road, Montclair

The Montclair Community Farms mission is to educate and engage the community through farms, food, and health. The community has come to love their volunteer opportunities to learn more about urban farming and help make healthy food accessible to those in the area. Opportunities to volunteer have been scarce in the past year, but ongoing opportunities are beginning again soon. Email head farmer Lana at lana@montclaircommunityfarms.org to learn about current opportunities. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.


Teen Volunteer Opportunities at the Montclair Public Library | 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

During the pandemic volunteer opportunities have been difficult to come by, especially for teens in search of projects to fulfill school requirements or to simply have something to do after school hours. The Montclair Public Library saw this concern and created new opportunities. For those looking for virtual volunteer opportunities, sign up to be a Reading Buddy from now until May. For those comfortable with in-person volunteering, opportunities to be involved with the Summer Reading Program are now available. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.


Toni’s Kitchen | 73 South Fullerton Street, Montclair

Serving food to the community is a daily ongoing effort. Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair is available for this support. However, they can stay in operation with the support of ongoing volunteers. Those high school age and up are eligible to help with serving food to guests. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups daily. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.


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Yarleen is a proud Jersey girl with Cuban roots. She’s an actor and writer with an affinity for poetry, travel, and fried plantains. Yarleen can usually be found with an Americano in hand, or any caffeinated beverage. When she’s not on stage, enjoying a new hobby {currently learning Krav Maga}, or typing away at her laptop, you can catch her jogging while listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or exploring art galleries and museums in New York City.