Thanksgiving is getting close but apart from such an eventful day, we will still have a weekend filled with a variety of events. This week’s local Montclair + beyond events guide has got you covered with art shows, concerts, kid-friendly events, and more. Check out this list of all the in-person + virtual events happening this weekend, November 18-21st.
Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.
One River School’s ‘pARTy’ on the Plaza Event + New Montclair Location
Saturday, November 20th from 10:00AM-4:00PM | RSVP NOW
One River School, located at 6 Seymour Plaza in Montclair, is hosting a ‘pARTy’ on the Plaza event to celebrate its new Montclair location this Saturday, November 20th from 10AM to 4PM. The event is free for all ages and will be held rain or shine. The celebration event will have art and design drop-in workshops, a community mural with artist Alex Cook, live performances by School of Rock, + more. Not to mention, other local businesses of the Montclair community such as The Wellmont Theater, Gravity Vault, Paper Plane Coffee Co., Montclair Bread Co., Just Jersey Goods, Floral Funk, and Village Studio will be at the event for all the fun.
Enlightened Path Healing’s Promotion
Friday, November 26th – Sunday, November 28th | BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW
Next weekend from Friday, November 26th to Sunday, November 28th, Enlightened Path Healing is offering 30% off in-person or virtual reiki healing sessions with the discount code “THANKYOU30” online. In-person reiki sessions take place at Blu Lotus at 20 Church Street in Montclair with founder Lisa Batitto, an intuitive Reiki Master, spiritual life coach and certified meditation teacher. Enlightened Path Healing also offers custom meditation sessions, as well as custom programs for reframing and healing past trauma and old experiences; and corporate wellness sessions with discounts available for non-profits, medical, and educational teams.
Best of Montclair 2021 Guide
Our first annual ‘Best of Montclair Guide 2021‘ recently went live. Our sister site The Hoboken Girl hosts this ever-popular readers’ choice awards event, and so of course we had to bring it to the Montclair area to showcase everything that makes this community so special. Our readers can nominate as many businesses, people, and places for each respective category until the 11:59PM, November 29th. These reader-selected awards give businesses bragging rights for months to come. Finalists will win a decal sticker to display on their storefronts and accolades on our website for all to see.
Local Montclair (+ Beyond) Events
Good Grows Here
Thursday, Nov. 18th | 11AM – 4PM
The annual event which will have a variety of gatherings: shoppers, flower design enthusiasts, partygoers, and families. Learn more here.
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Indigenous practices of gratitude
Thursday, Nov. 18th | 2:30PM – 4:30PM
At this two hour program, children explore ways different indigenous people express gratitude throughout the year. Learn more here.
Open Mic at Montclair Brewery
Thursday, Nov. 18th | 7:30PM
Music, comedy, poetry and drama. Share your talent at Montclair Brewery’s open mic night. Learn more here.
Next to Normal at The Vanguard
Thursday, Nov. 18th | 8PM
Next to Normal explores how one family copes with crisis and mental illness. This event will happen all weekend. Learn more here.
Local Apothecary Grand Opening
Friday, Nov. 19th | 4PM – 7PM
Local Apothecary will have its grand opening and ribbon cutting at 21 Godwin, Ridgewood. The apothecary features local artists, small batch organic handmade beauty and bath products. Learn more here.
King Richard Showing at The Clairidge
Friday, Nov. 19th | 2PM
Based on the true story that will inspire the world, Warner Bros. Pictures’ King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams. Learn more here.
Julia Showing at The Clairidge
Friday, Nov. 19th | 12:30PM
Julia brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Learn more here.
Fermented Tomatoes Workshop
Friday, Nov. 19th | 10AM – 11AM
The Eclectic Chic Boutique will be hosting a Fermenting 101 virtual workshop. Learn more here.
The Jayhawks Concert
Friday, Nov. 19th | 8PM
The Jayhawks will perform at First Congregational Church. The Church will be collecting goods for the Human Needs Food Pantry. Learn more here.
Party on the Plaza
Saturday, Nov. 20th | 6:30PM – 10:30PM
An art-filled day of free workshops, mural making, moving and grooving to live music on the plaza, and more. Learn more here.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story at The Wellmont Theater
Saturday, Nov. 20th | 8PM
A critically acclaimed concert-style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo. Learn more here.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Saturday, Nov. 20th | 5:30PM
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Learn more here.
College Women’s Club of Montclair Used Book Sale
Saturday, Nov. 20th | 9:30AM – 7PM
Thousands of new and used books and paperbacks, LPs, CDs, DVDs/BluRays, sheet music, software, ephemera, and more will be sold. Learn more here.
Single Professionals 20s & 30s
Saturday, Nov. 20th | 7PM – 9PM
This is a speed-dating event: participants will go on about 10 dates with someone of the opposite sex, each date will be 5 minutes in duration. Learn more here.
An Evening of Comedy + Improv
Saturday, Nov. 20th | 8PM – 10:30PM
The evening’s entertainment will feature several local comedians. Learn more here.
9th Annual Montclair Bikery Turkey Ride
Sunday, Nov. 21st | 9AM – 1PM
This is a flat, 15-mile ride while helping out those in need. There will be a stop at the Brookdale Shoprite to buy a frozen turkey and ride with this in the backpacks or panniers to take to the Human Needs Food Pantry. Learn more here.
Power 105.1 Powerhouse
Sunday, Nov. 21st | 6:30PM
Lil Baby, Roddy Rich, Migos, and more will perform at the Prudential Center. Learn more here.
The Oratorio Society of NJ in Live Performance
Sunday, Nov. 21st | 3PM – 5PM
The program presents choral music from the 16th through the 20th centuries, including works by Palestrina, Purcell, Vivaldi, Dett, and Britten. Learn more here.
Glass Jewelry Making
Sunday, Nov. 21st | 12PM – 3PM
Spend a day assembling glass components to create wearable art such as pendants, earrings, bracelets. Learn more here.
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
Thursday, Nov. 18th | 4PM
Children’s books in Spanish and English along with acoustic guitar and songs in Spanish. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers are invited to join. Learn more here.
Heroes in Training
Thursday, Nov. 18th | 4PM – 4:45PM
Each week, kids will unlock a new themed adventure and develop their super skills and strength through obstacle courses, agility drills, relay races, circuits, and more. Learn more here.
Knitting 101 for Teens + Tweens
Saturday, Nov. 20th | 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 here.
Cub Scouts Pack 110 West Orange Kick-Off Meeting
Cub Scouts is for Boys and Girls in Grades K-5. Meet every Monday at Kelly Elementary School. Learn more here.
Upcoming Weekday Events
Miracle on Centre at Cowan’s Public
Monday, Nov. 22nd | 4PM-12AM
The Christmas cocktail bar at Cowan’s Public is back. Learn more here.
Leave No Trace Play Reading at Montclair Brewery
Wednesday, Nov. 24th | 6PM
Readings in this series are open to the public, free, and will feature plays in development by emerging playwrights. Learn more here.
Ways to Give Back Locally
Salvation Army | Montclair
For 125 years, The Montclair Citadel Corps has been a beacon of hope and a model of ministry in the Name of Jesus in suburban Essex County. Whether it is housing a needy family at our Cornerstone House Shelter, feeding the homeless at our hot meal program, providing emergency assistance, building characters in future generations, or serving as a place of worship for those seeking spiritual nurture, Montclair Citadel provides something for everyone. Donation Drop-Off: Monday – Friday 9AM-4PM. Learn more here.
Toni’s Kitchen | Montclair
Serving food to the community is a daily ongoing effort. Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair is available for this support. However, it can only 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 here.
Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris | 33 South Fullerton Avenue
Mental health is often stigmatized in society and the media. The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is working to reverse this stigma and provide support to those living with mental illness as well as the caregivers. Through advocacy, education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and services, the organization is working to achieve its mission. Learn more here.