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40 Things to Do in Montclair + Beyond This Weekend | Nov 11-14

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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It is getting a little chilly out but that won’t stop events from happening! This week’s Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond events guide has got weekend plans covered with parades, concerts, kid-friendly events, and more. Check out this list of all the in-person + virtual events happening this weekend in the area, November 11-14th.

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

Local Montclair (+ Beyond) Events

Honoring All Who Served Bloomfield Parade 

Thursday, Nov. 11th | 11:30AM

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The Township of Bloomfield will host a parade from the steps of Town Hall in honor of Veterans Day. A ceremony will then follow at the Veteran’s Monument on the corner of Liberty Street and Franklin Street at 11:45AM. Learn more here.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening: MMXXI Tour

Thursday, Nov. 11th | 8PM

Encompassing hits from the iconic band’s entire career, including albums Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti, the concert event celebrates the life and music of Jason’s father, the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Purchase tickets here.

Wood Wick Candle Making Virtual Workshop by The Eclectic Chic Boutique

Thursday, Nov. 11th | 7PM – 8PM

Participants will learn how to make their own custom scented candle, taught by a professional candle maker. Click here for tickets. 

Open Book/Open Mind with Pulitzer-Prize Winner Andrea Elliot

Thursday, Nov. 11th | 7PM – 8PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Andrea Elliott will talk about her new book, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City with Lydia Polgreen, former editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. Learn more about this virtual event here. 

OutMontclair hosts Special Wine & Cheese Reception and Next to Normal Performance

Friday, Nov. 12th | 8PM – 10:30pm

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The next Out at Night 21+ event will be a wine and cheese reception, then the Vanguard Theater’s performance of the Pulitzer-winning musical, Next to Normal. To purchase tickets, click here.

Cheap Trick at The Wellmont Theater

Friday, Nov. 12th | 8PM

The music of Cheap Trick provides the necessary links between ’60s pop, heavy metal, and punk. Purchase tickets here. 

Edgemont PTA Music Fest

Friday, Nov. 12th | 7PM – 11PM

This event held outside Montclair Brewery will offer live music, food, and brews. The Music Fest will also have a silent, virtual auction. More info about the event here. 

The Rescue Showing at The Clairidge

Friday, Nov. 12th – 18th | 12:30

The Rescue chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. Purchase tickets here. 

Origami Basics Virtual Workshop

Friday, Nov. 12th | 7PM – 8PM

Learn the art of Japanese paper folding from Itoko of The Space Waraku, an authentic origami artist. Learn more about the event here.

Chameleon Street (1990) Showing at The Clairidge

Friday, Nov. 12th – 18th | 12:30PM

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival—yet criminally underseen for over three decades. Purchase tickets here. 

Distillery Tour and Tasting

Friday, Nov. 12th | 5PM – 9PM

All Points West is offering a 20-minute tour with spirit samples and a house cocktail (included with ticket). The event is 21+. Learn more here

Wellmont Arts Plaza Grand Opening & Fall Bazaar

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 11AM – 2PM

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25+ local artists, artisans, small businesses, food + drinks, and more will be participating in a market-style fall bazaar. Learn more about the event here.

Overkill at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 6PM

In an age where music is available instantly, the heavy metal power and resiliency that is Overkill has remained as resolute as ever with their latest album. Purchase tickets here

Holiday Crafters’ Showcase

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 10AM – 5PM

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The Holiday Crafters’ Showcase will begin on November 13th at Cat-on-a-Country Roof’s and will end on November 14th. For more information call the number above. 

Essex County Used Tire and Paper Shredding Day

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 8AM – 12PM

This event will be at the Essex County Public Works Department in Cedar Grove. More information here

NJ Audubon Birding Field Trip

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 8AM – 11:30AM

NJ Audubon has been granted access to New Jersey American Water reservoirs, one of the best places in Essex County for wintering waterfowl. Associate Naturalist Dave Hall will be leading the walk. Registration is required. Learn more here

Holiday Wreath Making

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 11AM – 12PM

This event is for adults only; create a holiday wreath with evergreen boughs and other materials which are provided in the workshop. Learn more here.

Family Roller Skating at Branch Brook Park

Saturday, Nov. 13th  | Multiple Times Available 


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

Believe in Yourself presents A Resilient Comedy Show

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 8PM

Enjoy dinner, a comedy show, and a live jazz band at 200 Cooper Avenue in Montclair, New Jersey. To purchase tickets, click here.

Devils vs. Bruins at Prudential Center

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 1PM

The NJ Devils will take on the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sip & Paint Sundays in Newark

Sunday, Nov. 14th | 8PM

Join art teacher, @frankly.arte from the Boys & Girls Club to eat, drink, and paint. Participants have a choice of freehand painting, painting a stencil, or participating in the weekly challenge. The event will take place at 71 Clay Street in Newark. Learn more about the event here.

Town-Wide Food Drive hosted by Toni’s Kitchen

Sunday, Nov. 14th | 11AM

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All those registered must leave the donations of shelf-stable food on their porch/doorstep by 11AM on November 14th. More info found here.

North Jersey Luxury Bridal Show at MSU

Sunday, Nov. 14th | 1PM – 4PM

Nearly 50 wedding professionals will be at the North Jersey Luxury Bridal Expo. Show admission is free for brides-to-be and all guests. The event will take place on the 7th story of University Hall. Register here

Second Sunday Chamber Concerts at Van Vleck Gardens

Sunday, Nov. 14th | 2PM – 3:30PM

Ron Levy, internationally acclaimed pianist, and Kristen Plumley, soprano. perform music inspired by roses. The concert is free. There is a suggested donation of $10. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and a photo ID must be presented at check-in for admittance. Learn more about the event here

Watch Pianist Jenny Lin in Glass Reflections

Sunday, Nov. 14th | 2PM – 3:30PM

Pianist Jenny Lin is collaborating with Phillip Glass while performing his Etudes in concerts around the globe. Click here to purchase tickets.

Community Movement Project: Pilates / Barre Blend


The class is hosted by The Moving Architects at Fellowship Hall at Central Presbyterian Church and is a pay-what-you-can. Props like mats, Pilates magic circles, bands, and balls will be provided, though participants may bring their own mats. Register for the event here.

From Slang to Structure Exhibition


Tech/Know/Future is an examination of humanity’s particular moment in time amidst a newfound era of social and political upheaval. Learn more about the event here.

Codey Arena Senior Skating Session


From 10:45AM to 12:15PM, adults aged 40+ can partake in senior skating sessions. More info here. 

Kid/Teen Focused Events

Knitting 101 for Teens + Tweens

Saturday, Nov. 13th | 10AM – 11:30AM

This beginner’s class is for kids age 8+, and participants will learn to knit, cast on, and cast off.  This is an in-person, drop-off class, and masks are required for the full time. Learn more about the event here.

Meet Children’s Author Jason Patterson

Sunday, Nov. 14th | 2PM 

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Children’s book author Jason Patterson will be at Watchung Booksellers to share his new book series Barb the Last Berzerker. Patterson will be in store demonstrating how he created the series and signing copies. Register at [email protected].

Cub Scouts Pack 110 West Orange Kick-Off Meeting


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Cub Scouts is for Boys and Girls in Grades K-5. Meet every Monday at Kelly Elementary School. For more info email [email protected].

Upcoming Weekday Events

Music Mondays at Matcha Madness Cafe

Monday, Nov. 15th | 7PM – 9PM

Music Mondays is a safe space for all musicians of all levels to meet, greet, perform, and network. Get tickets here.

Magnetize Midlife Love with Junie Moon

Monday, Nov. 15th | 7PM 

Start a seven-day virtual training for single women who are ready for the next level of love. Register for the event here. 

The Wellmont Theater Presents Daughtry: The Dearly Beloved Tour

Tuesday, Nov. 16th | 7PM

Daughtry, a Rock & Roll group, will perform along with special guests Sevendust, Travis Bracht, and Tremonti at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Buy tickets here.

Bloomfield Farmer’s Market

Tuesday, Nov. 16th | 3:30PM-6:30PM | Every Tuesday

Stop by the Bloomfield Farmers Market every Tuesday in front of the Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street, from 3:30PM-6:30PM. Learn more here.

Pies + Pints at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, Nov. 17th | 6PM – 8PM

Sample, mingle and make taste buds happy with a pairing of pies and selected drafts. Purchase tickets here. 

South Orange Downtown Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, Nov. 17th | 2PM-7PM | Every Wednesday

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

Free Community Knitting Virtual Class

Wednesday, Nov. 17th | 7PM-9PM | Every Wednesday

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

Memoir Writing Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 17th | 7PM-8PM 

Lisa Sisler from Kean University leads this workshop to help participants get started on writing from their lives either for themselves or for others to read. Register for the event here. 

Winter MarketPlace and Trunk Shows

Thursday, Nov. 18th | 11AM – 4PM

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The Foundation for Diabetes Research is hosting a Winter Marketplace and Trunk Show to help raise money for research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Learn more about the event here. 

Ways to Give Back Locally

LGBT Rain Foundation Essex County | East Orange

The mission of LGBT Rain Foundation of Essex County has a mission of getting 18-26 persons experiencing homelessness on the path from transitional housing to permanent housing. Volunteers are asking to make a six-month commitment at a time to allow for relationship building with the residents. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.

Catholic Charities of Newark | Newark

A variety of options are available to support the community. Please contact Sharon Reilly-Tobin via email at [email protected] to learn about the greatest needs. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Animal Fostering at Pound Animal Welfare Society

PAWS in Montclair is consistently looking for loving foster parents to provide a safe environment for cats until they find a forever home. Fostering allows for a less stressful environment than a shelter and also starts the socialization process with humans earlier. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.

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