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46 Things to Do in the Montclair + North Jersey Area | August 11-14

by Samantha Impaglia
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Essex County and beyond are full of summer happenings as we settle into the middle of August. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has you covered with the Montclair Jazz Festival, the Maplewood House Music Festival, trivia night at Pineapple Express BBQ, and more. Check out the list of all the events happening this weekend, August 11th – August 14th.

Disclaimer: Events are always subject to change, but please keep in mind that some events may have been impacted by the water main break in Essex County currently affecting Newark, Bloomfield, Nutley, and Belleville. These events are included editorially as a community resource, and The Montclair Girl is not affiliated with hosting unless explicitly stated. For the most up-to-date and accurate info including inclement weather cancellations and changes due to the water main break, please contact the host directly.

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Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, August 11th | 10AM – 4PM

Montclair Public Library’s Navigator will meet with individuals to help improve their digital literacy, guide them toward new employment, or develop new skills in general. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Summer 2022 MILL Classes: Flower Anatomy at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Thursday, August 11th | 11:30AM

Explore flowers and their different parts at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Alice + Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at Newark Museum of Art

Thursday, August 11th | 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.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session

Thursday, August 11th | 4:15PM

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


Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City: Jon B at NJPAC

Thursday, August 11th | 6PM

This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Silk Painting at Montclair Art Museum

Thursday, August 11th | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Create colorful designs on silk using special silk dyes at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here. Be sure to check directly with the museum to make sure there are still spots available, as these events can fill up and close. 


Open Mic Night with Goldpants LLC at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, August 11th | 7PM – 9:30PM

Enjoy music, comedy, poetry, and drama at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, August 11th | 8PM

Win prizes and enjoy food and drink specials at 1 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, August 12th

Films like Bodies Bodies Bodies and I Love My Dad are playing this weekend. These events will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Friday, August 12th + Saturday, August 13th

This event is a long-running meteor shower that reaches its peak for New Jersey around the middle of August. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Family Stick + Puck

Friday, August 12th | Various times

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


Lunch Crunch at Ride It Fitness

Friday, August 12th | 12PM – 12:45PM

This event will be held at 50 Upper Montclair Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Friday Afternoon Movie at Verona Public Library

Friday, August 12th | 1PM

This event will be held at 17 Gould Street in Verona. Learn more here.


Tanisha Fordham’s The Ego at Mulberry Commons Park

Friday, August 12th | 6PM – 9PM

This new musical will be presented at Mulberry Commons Park, Mulberry Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Mix, Mingle, + Music with Montclair Jazz Festival at Montclair Brewery

Friday, August 12th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Enjoy music and a special Jazz Fest brew at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Changing Lanes at Just Jakes

Friday, August 12th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

This event will be held at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, August 13th | 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.


Celebrate the Meadowlands Hosted by Regional Plan Association + Hackensack Riverkeeper

Saturday, August 13th | 10AM – 4PM

Explore the history, ecological significance, and natural beauty of the Meadowlands at Laurel Hill Park, Laurel Hill Road in Secaucus. Learn more here.


Architecture Walking Tour at Montclair History Center

Saturday, August 13th | 10AM – 11AM

Look for architectural details in the homes located on the streets near the Crane House & Historic YWCA.  Learn more here.


Buzzfest at Essex County Environmental Center

Saturday, August 13th | 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM

This event with local beekeepers includes seeing a real hive, taste tests, learning about bees, and more, and will be held at 621 Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session

Saturday, August 13th | 11AM

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


Lackawanna Block Party at Montclair Jazz Festival

Saturday, August 13th | 12PM – 10PM

This event includes the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop, a variety of Jazz performances, and more, and will be held at Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


1st Annual Maplewood House Music Festival

Saturday, August 13th | 12PM – 7PM

This event includes Kenny Bobian, a variety of DJ’s, and more, and will be held at Maplewood Memorial Park in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Sunset Saturdays – Courtney Sappington at Maplewood Village

Saturday, August 13th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Enjoy live music on the street at Maplewood Village at this family-friendly event. Learn more here.


Live Music with Brother Jerome at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, August 13th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

This Reggae artist will be performing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Beres Hammond: Solid Love Tour at NJPAC

Saturday, August 13th | 8PM

This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


The Benjamins at Just Jakes

Saturday, August 13th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

This event will be held at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Inspired Minds 2022 at SOPAC

Final Day: Sunday, August 14th

View this young artist exhibition at Herb + Milly Iris Gallery, One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session

Sunday, August 7th | 10AM, 12PM

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


Sunday Spins: DJ No Requests at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, August 14th | 6:30PM – 9PM

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


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Garden Tales Kids Gardening Class at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Thursday, August 11th | 10AM – 11AM

Spend time in the edible garden at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Mondays Mean Art at Montclair Public Library

Monday, August 15th | 2PM – 3PM

Enjoy a fun STEAM activity while supplies last at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Let’s Get Growing for Kids: Garden Creatures at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Wednesday, August 17th | 9:30AM – 11:30AM

This hands-on gardening program will be held at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


Zoo-vies at the Turtle Back Zoo

Wednesday, August 17th | 7:30PM – 10:30PM

Watch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings under the stars at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


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Music Mondays: Machinery of the Human Heart at Montclair Public Library

Monday, August 15th | 5PM – 6PM

This family-friendly performance will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Skating Session for Adults + Public Skating

Tuesday, August 16th | Various times

A skate session for those who are 35 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, August 16th | 11AM – 11:45AM

This classic Pilates series is a virtual event. Learn more here.


Pollinator Day at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Tuesday, August 16th | 6PM – 7:30PM

Spend an educational evening in the garden learning about the importance of pollinators in our world at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Ashley Flowers at Bookends Bookstore

Tuesday, August 16th | 6PM

Pick up a copy of All Good People Here and have it signed at 211 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood. Learn more here.


Ice Dyeing at Montclair Art Museum

Tuesday, August 16th | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Learn a unique process that combines Shibori and ice dyeing to create colorful patterns on fabric at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


South Orange Summer Nights at SOPAC

Wednesday, August 17th

Enjoy free concerts, food trucks, activities, and more at Floods Hill in Meadowland Park, 100 N Ridgewood Road in South Orange. Learn more here.


Let’s Sew a Popsicle Keychain at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, August 17th | 4PM – 5PM

This event will be held at the Bellevue Avenue Branch, 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Finding Bigfoot at Essex County Environmental Center

Wednesday, August 17th | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Uncover the mysteries of Bigfoot and look for signs at 621 Eagle Rock Road in Roseland. Learn more here.


Poetry in the Park at Maplewood Memorial Park

Wednesday, August 17th | 6PM – 8PM

This event will be held at 580 Valley Street in Maplewood. Learn more here.


NMOA Summer Series | Bass + Flute Extravaganza at Newark Museum of Art

Wednesday, August 17th | 7PM

This musical program will be held at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


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Kids Helping Kids | 229 Midland Avenue

The name of this non-profit is really all that needs to be known to understand the scope of the work. Kids Helping Kids engages middle + high school students in service projects that directly support underserved kids in the area. Since its inception, over 65,000 students have benefited from this partnership across 139 schools through the help of over 5,200 volunteers. 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, + opportunity. As time passed, the organization not only changed its name; it joined forces with women of all backgrounds + 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.


The Montclair Inn | 27 Hillside Avenue

Affordable housing for senior citizens that includes food, mobility access, Wifi, + more can be difficult to secure. For some time, the Montclair Shared Housing Association is providing this opportunity while fostering a great community. All residents have access to a private bedroom, kitchen appliances, semi-private bedroom, three meals a day, laundry facility, Wifi, + community space. While residents do have a monthly rental fee, services + amenities are made possible in large part by 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.

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Have a great weekend, xo

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