32 Things to Do in Montclair + Beyond This Weekend | Nov 18-21

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.

Featured Events

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. 

Click here to RSVP for the free event and click here to learn more about One River School of Art + Design. 

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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. 

Click here to book your session and click here to learn more about Enlightened Path Healing. 

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Best of Montclair 2021 Guide

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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.

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Local Montclair (+ Beyond) Events

Good Grows Here

Thursday, Nov. 18th | 11AM – 4PM

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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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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


Kid/Teen Focused Events

Cuentitos

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

Ongoing

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.


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Katherine is a recent Montclair State grad who has a passion to explore the world. Apart from her family and dogs, she loves traveling the most. She has fallen head over heels with experiencing the world, trying new foods, learning about new cultures, and getting out of her comfort zone. She's been to 16 countries and counting. In her spare time you'll find her listening to music or daydreaming about a new adventure.