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58 Things to Do in the Montclair Area This Weekend | May 5-8

by Samantha Impaglia
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Cinco de Mayo is here, Mother’s Day is this weekend, and Memorial Day is coming up on the horizon — which means Essex County and the North Jersey area is packed with happenings. This week’s local Montclair area events guide has got you covered with the Montclair Literary Festival, planetarium showings at Newark Museum of Art, open mic nights, and more. Check out this list of all the events happening this weekend, May 5th – May 8th, 2022.

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 readers are always seeking recommendations on everything from real estate rental buildings and condos for sale in the North Jersey area, so we thought it’d be helpful to create a guide to these buildings and homes. Meet our new Real Estate Directory, a curated (and ever-growing) list of real estate buildings in the greater North Jersey area. Discover these local real estate properties, compare and connect for tours, and keep checking back as the directory will be updated on a routine basis with new listings.

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Open House Events Hosted by The Lane Team

Saturday, May 7th | LEARN MORE

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The Lane Team is hosting three open house events this weekend for prospective home buyers in Montclair and Glen Ridge. Make sure you let them know The Montclair Girl sent you.

Open House #1: 129 Claremont, #1 in Montclair on Saturday, May 7th from 12:00PM-2:00PM

Open House #2: 19 Undercliff Drive in Montclair on Saturday, May 7th from 1:00PM-3:00PM

Open House #3: 56 Essex Avenue in Glen Ridge on Saturday, May 7th from 2:00PM-4:00PM

Call 973-738-6989 to chat with The Lane Team and click here to learn more about The Lane Team.

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Montclair Girl’s Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway 2022

Enter by Saturday, May 7th | ENTER GIVEAWAY

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The Montclair Girl team has partnered with local businesses in North Jersey to treat the mom, mom-figure in your life, or yourself this Mother’s Day. Make sure to enter the giveaway on Instagram by 11:59PM this Saturday, May 7th for the chance to win your mom, mom-figure in your life, or yourself some amazing prizes. The winner will be announced on Sunday, May 8th via IG stories.

To enter and learn more about MG’s Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway click here.

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Tequila N’ Chill at The Zulaba

Thursday, May 5th | 4PM – 2AM

This event features DJs,  $5 margaritas and tequila shots, and more, and will be held at 437 Main Street in West Orange. Learn more here.


Tequila Pairing Dinner at The Taphouse

Thursday, May 5th | 7PM – 9PM

This event features a four-course Mexican-themed dinner and a live performance by Gio + Wil, and will be held at 344 French Hill Road in Wayne. Learn more here.


Cinco de Mayo Laugh Fest at Bella Napoli

Thursday, May 5th | 48PM – 10PM

This event is hosted by Rob Stapleton and includes guests Cashmere Thoughts, JP Justice, and Aldo, with music by DJ Left, and will be held at 1640 Broad Street in Bloomfield. Learn more here.


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Mother’s Day Paint + Sip Hosted by Montclair Brewery + Artviva Events

Sunday, May 8th | 1:30PM – 4:30PM

An outdoors afternoon of step-by-step painting accompanied with special Mother’s Day beer flight for each guest. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Majah Hype Mother’s Day Comedy Show at NJPAC

Sunday, May 8th | 5PM, 7:45PM

The “Caribbean King of Comedy” will be performing at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


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Montclair Literary Festival

Thursday, May 5th – Monday, May 9th

This festival will include over 30 events and over 70 local, national, and international authors. The events will be held at venues throughout Montclair. Learn more here


Jane Eyre, The Musical at SOPAC

Thursday, May 5th – Sunday, May 8th

This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, May 5th | 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, May 5th | 10:30AM – 12:30PM

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


Codey Arena Skating Session For Adults

Thursday, May 5th | 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.


Wise Animal Rescue’s Cinco de Mayo Axe Throwing Event at Stumpy’s Hatchet House

Thursday, May 5th | 6PM – 8PM

WAR is raising money for the medical care of the “Days of the Week” chihuahuas the rescue has in its care. This event will be held at 107 Pleasant Avenue in Upper Saddle River. Learn more here.


Open Book/ Open Mind at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, May 5th | 7PM – 8:30PM

This virtual event includes author Katherine Heiny. Learn more here.


Open Mic Night at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, May 5th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


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Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, May 6th

Films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Petite Maman, The Duke, Kiki, The Queen, and Desert Hearts are playing this weekend. These events will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at NJPAC

Friday, May 6th – Sunday, May 8th

These artists will be performing at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Family Stick + Puck

Friday, May 6th | Various times

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


Coffee, Tea, + Pastries at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Friday, May 6th | 10:30AM – 12PM

Settle down with coffee or tea while overlooking the gardnes at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Space is limited. Learn more here.


Beginning Ukulele at Montclair Public Library

Friday, May 6th | 1:30PM – 2:30PM

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


Live Music with Zuko, Phillips, Cohn, + Starr at Montclair Brewery

Friday, May 6th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

These musicians will be performing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Adult Open Hockey at Codey Arena

Friday, May 6th | 8PM

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


The Pulse at Just Jakes

Friday, May 6th | 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 + Family Stick + Puck

Saturday, May 7th | 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, May 7th | 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.


Ride for Reproductive Rights at DFIT Montclair

Saturday, May 7th | 10:30AM

This event will be held at 4 Erie Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Alice + Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, May 7th | 11AM, 2PM, 3PM

An interactive theater for learning about astronomy, space, and planetary science. This event will be held at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Quilled Cards at Montclair Art Museum

Saturday, May 7th | 12PM – 3PM

Learn the detailed art of paper quilling: rolling, gluing, and folding strips of paper to create a three-dimensional design. This event will be held at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Wonders of the Wild at the Turtle Back Zoo

Saturday, May 7th | 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.


George Cables: Bethany Jazz Vespers at NJPAC

Saturday, May 7th | 6PM

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


Live Music With The Mighty Burners at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, May 7th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Get The Led Out at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, May 7th | 8PM

This celebration of Led Zeppelin will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Jared Freid at NJPAC

Saturday, May 7th | 8PM

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


New Power Soul at Just Jakes

Saturday, May 7th | 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, + Family Stick + Puck

Sunday, May 8th | 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.


Live Music With The Mighty Burners at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, May 8th | 4:30PM – 8:30PM

This reggae-pop band will be performing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


NJPAC Legacy Ball

Sunday, May 8th | 5PM

An extravagant celebration of ballroom culture to honor the history of the LGBTQ+ community. This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


One Night With Nikki Glaser at The Wellmont Theater

Sunday, May 8th | 7PM

This comedian will be performing at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. 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, May 5th | 11AM – 11:30AM

An in-person storytime for ages birth to age 5. This event will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


May Family Saturdays + Sundays at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, May 7th + Sunday, May 8th

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


Discovery Weekends at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Sunday, May 8th | 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 8th | 1PM – 4PM

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


Preschool Painters at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, May 10th | 1:30PM – 2PM

Create fun art and read stories at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


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French Class at Montclair Public Library

Monday, May 9th | 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 9th | 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. 


Annual Spring Concert at SOPAC

Monday, May 9th | 7:30PM

This event is presented by the Seton Hall University Arts Council, and will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Skating Session For Adults

Tuesday, May 10th | 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.


Open Level Pilates on the Mat at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, May 10th | 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.


Spring Workshop + Watercolor at Montclair History Center

Tuesday, May 10th | 4PM

Learn about different spring flowers and fruits along with their historic importance and traditional medicinal properties. This event will be held at 110 Orange Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


Spanish Class at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, May 10th | 6:15PM – 7:30PM

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


Low Cost + No Cost Marketing Solutions at Montclair Public Library Adult School

Tuesday, May 10th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

This event is presented by Jon Tully and will be held at the Montclair Center BID Office, 26 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Art in the Afternoon at Montclair Art Museum

Wednesday, May 11th | 2PM – 3:30PM

An artistic social gathering for adults at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


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

Wednesday, May 11th | 5:30PM – 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, May 11th | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Tarot, An Introduction at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, May 11th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Through the use of your personal Tarot deck as well as journaling on specific cards, students will acquire an objective and subjective introduction to this mystical philosophy. This event will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue 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.


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 their 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.


Website Divider Button Articles For Weekend Planning

Where to Eat Around the Prudential Center

How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Locally in the Montclair Area

Best Spots for a Mother’s Day Brunch 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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