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46 Things to Do in the Montclair Area This Weekend | Feb 17-20

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A chilly weekend is approaching, but there are a bunch of happenings that will keep you warm. This week’s local Montclair + beyond events guide has got you covered with winter markets, language classes, ice skating sessions, and more. Check out this list of all the events happening this weekend, February 17th – 20th.

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

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The Montclair Girl’s 1st Annual Puppy Photo Bowl Contest

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Over the last five days, the Top 9 Finalists for our 1st Annual Montclair Girl Puppy Bowl were voted on, and the people and pups have spoken. Head to TheMontclairGirl.com to meet Lentil Katz, an Essex County dog who is our winner of some fantastic local pup prizes!

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Drawing with Colored Pencils at Congregation Shomrei Emunah

Thursday, February 17th | 10AM – 12PM

This class will explore various techniques, including types of mark-making, shading, texture, and how to blend and create vibrant color, no matter your skill level. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, February 17th | 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.


Codey Arena Senior Skating Session

Thursday, February 17th | 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.


Light (+ Sound) Reception at SOPAC

Thursday, February 17th | 5PM – 8PM

A reception for the latest exhibition in The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery. This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Quilts + More With Faith Ringgold at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, February 17th | 6:30PM – 8PM

Dive deeper to learn about the trajectory of Faith Ringgold’s successful career and her place in contemporary and feminist art. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, February 18th + Sunday, February 20th 

Films like Fabian: Going to the Dogs, Why is We Americans?, The Worst Person in the World, and Playground are opening on Friday, and Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back will be shown on Sunday only. Learn more here.


Beginner Mah Jongg with Elisa Hirsch

Friday, February 18th | 10AM – 12PM

Learn how to play the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg. This game is not hard to play but complex to learn. Guaranteed to have you playing with strategy by the end of the session. This event will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Beginning Ukulele with Robert Mellman

Friday, February 18th | 1:30PM – 2:30PM

In this beginner’s ukulele class participants will learn basic chords and strums and some fun, easy songs. No music background or experience is necessary. This is a virtual event. Learn more here


Codey Arena Learn to Skate

Friday, February 18th | 4:15PM – 4:45PM

A skate session for people who are looking to learn how to skate. This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session

Friday, February 18th | 4:45PM – 6:15PM

A skate session for people of all ages. This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


ThomSank Independence Ale Can Release Party at Montclair Brewery

Friday, February 18th | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

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


Indoor Live Music Night with Jarrett Walser Pack at Montclair Brewery

Friday, February 18th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


New Jersey Symphony: Karen Gomyo Plays Mozart at NJPAC

Friday, February 18th | 8PM

See a variety of talented musicians play Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto and more. This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here


The Benjamins at Just Jakes

Friday, February 11th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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Windows Into Black History With Studio Montclair Gallery

Saturday, February 19th

This exhibit features the artwork of four artists. This event will be held at 127 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, February 12th | 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.


Troy Meadows Birding Walk With NJA

Saturday, February 19th | 8:30AM

Search the edges of the swamp for wintering birds. This event will meet at the Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. Learn more here.


Build A Bird House at Essex County Environmental Center

Saturday, February 19th | 11AM

This event is for adults and children ages eight and older who are accompanied by an adult, and will be held at 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Learn to Skate

Saturday, February 19th | 11:15AM, 1:30PM

A skate session for people who are looking to learn how to skate. This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session

Saturday, February 19th | 11:45AM, 2PM

A skate session for people of all ages. This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Feel Good Sip + Shop at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, February 19th | 12PM – 4PM

An indoor market with local vendors, specializing in products to make you feel good. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Wonders of the Wild at the Turtle Back Zoo

Saturday, February 19th | 1PM

The Wonders of the Wild 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 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Distillery Tour + Tasting in Newark

Saturday, February 19th | 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, February 19th | 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.


Whiskey Myers at the Wellmont Theater

Saturday, February 19th | 7PM

This group is well-known in the Country and Americana/Folk genres.  This event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here


Celebrate Mardi Gras with Marcia Ball at SOPAC

Thursday, February 17th | 8PM

This pianist and songwriter plays Rhythm and Blues. This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Suyat at Just Jakes

Saturday, February 12th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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Codey Arena Learn to Skate

Sunday, February 20th | 11:15AM, 1:30PM

A skate session for people who are looking to learn how to skate. This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session

Sunday, February 20th | 11:45AM, 2PM

A skate session for people of all ages. This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Galentine’s Day at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, February 20th | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Bring your Galentine’s and check out indulgent treats for bath, body, and sexy self-care, with discount beer and hard seltzer cocktails. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Adult Night Roller Skating in Newark

Sunday, February 20th | 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)

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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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Black History is Everyone’s History at Montclair Public Library

Saturday, February 19th | 12PM – 12:45PM

Children’s performer, Fyütch, performs songs about Black culture and accomplishments and shares facts about lesser-known current and historical Black figures. This is a virtual event. Learn more here.


Bilingual Spanish Storytime at Montclair Public Library

Monday, February 21st | 11AM – 11:30AM

A virtual bilingual Spanish storytime session with live music for children ages 2 to 5. Learn more here.


Cheesstronauts at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, February 23rd | 6PM – 7PM

Kids of all skill levels will receive virtual chess instruction for improved strategic thinking and sportsmanship. Topics range from basic piece movements to advanced positional strategy. This is a virtual event. Learn more here. 


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Codey Arena Family Stick + Puck

Monday, February 21st | 9:30AM, 1:30PM

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


Codey Arena President’s Day Public Skating Session

Monday, February 21th | 11:15AM, 4PM

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


Codey Arena Senior Skating Session

Tuesday, February 15th | 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.


Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, February 22nd | 6:30 – 8PM

A discussion on the late writer and some of his ragtime pieces. This is a virtual event. Learn more here


Author Talk: The Strong Black Woman at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, February 22nd | 7PM – 8PM

Meet Black women who have learned through hard lessons the importance of self-care and how to break through the cultural and family resistance to seeking therapy and professional mental health care. This is a virtual event. Learn more here. 


Winter Campfire + Charcoal Art at Essex County Environmental Center

Wednesday, February 23rd | 5:30PM – 7PM

Make your own charcoal art stick at 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. Learn more here.


Practical Spanish Class at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, February 23rd | 6:15 – 7:30PM

This class is for those who are able to communicate in Spanish at a novice level, but who want to continue to improve their pronunciation and knowledge of the language while increasing vocabulary. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here. 


Fading Out: Mixed Race Identity Politics at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, February 23rd | 6:30PM – 8PM

Learn how we accept, reject and invent our identity and negotiate the stories we hear and tell about race. This is a virtual event. Learn more here. 


Film Club at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, February 23rd | 7PM – 8PM

See assigned movies, then join classmates to talk about themes, plot, characters, acting, directing, cinematography, costumes, score, trailers and/or viewer’s expectations. This is a virtual event. Learn more here. 


Sip + Sing Karaoke at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, February 23rd | 7PM – 9:30PM

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


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House of Love Soup Kitchen/Pantry | Newark 

The House of Love Soup Kitchen is run completely by volunteers and serves about 30 neighbors every Tuesday for two hours. In addition to a hot nutritious meal, guests receive spiritual guidance, connection to resources of other non-profits in the area, and ‘care packages’ of perishable and non-perishable goods. Learn more here.


Montclair Fund for Women | 41 Watchung Plaza

Originally known as the Young Colored Women’s Christian Association, this organization was founded by African American women who came to Montclair in search of education, employment, and opportunity. As time passed, the organization not only changed its name; it joined forces with women of all backgrounds and became a prominent force in the community. Since its inception, the Montclair Fund for Women has given over $800,000 in grants to provide opportunities to women. 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.

Have a great weekend, xo

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