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55 Things to Do in the Montclair + North Jersey Area | February 23-26

by The Montclair Girl Team
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We’re looking ahead to March and warmer weather in Essex County as the spring season is less than a month away. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has you covered with a Sunday Slay Day Drag Brunch at Porta Montclair Hosted by Out Montclair, Holy Fire Real Reiki at Moss + More, the Bored Teachers Comedy Tour at The Wellmont Theater, and more. Check out the list of all the events + things to do in North Jersey this weekend, February 23rd – February 26th, 2023.

Disclaimer: 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, please contact the host directly.

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We’ve put together a guide to local North Jersey businesses — ranging from healthy food + drink, wellness, beauty, mental health, fitness, mini-retreats/staycations + more — so our readers can be acquainted with new + local businesses around the area using a code exclusive to MG readers to shop locally and kick-off 2023. All of the deals are valid now through Tuesday, February 28th at 11:59PM. Some businesses are included just because — and may not have a deal — but either way, let them know The Montclair Girl sent you.

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4 Hands Exhibition at J. Nunez Gallery

Ongoing | Various Times

Explore an innovative art gallery showing primarily women artists, which runs until March. This event will be held at 343 Millburn Avenue in Millburn. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Senior Skating Session

Thursday, February 23rd | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

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


Educators’ Evening — Global Africa: Design + The Diaspora at Newark Museum of Art

Thursday, February 23rd | 4PM – 7PM

Many of the artists featured in this workshop live and work far away from their birthplace and they participate in the global exchange of styles and ideas. This event will be held at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Feet Fleet: Finish the Run at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, February 23rd | 6PM – 9PM

Fleet Feet Montclair, Black Men Run, Saucony, and Montclair Brewery are joining together to host a 2.23-mile run in honor of Ahmad Arbery’s life and to advocate for racial equality. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Harambee Chamber Orchestra + NNJYO Present “Jubilee! — A Celebration of Black Composers” at The Woodland

Thursday, February 23rd | 7PM – 9PM

This event will be held at 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Montclair StorySLAM at Cinema505

Thursday, February 23rd | 7:30PM

Each participant will have five minutes to relay their unique version of the theme. After presenting to a supportive audience, a team of judges will evaluate and score each story. This event will be held at 505 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, February 23rd | 8PM

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


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Night Forms: Infinite Wave Exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture

Various Dates + Times

This site-specific, multi-sensory experience will kick off and run until April 2nd, 2023. This event will be held at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton. Learn more here.


Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, February 24th | Various times

Films like Mahogany, Remember This, Close, and more are playing this weekend. These events will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Learn to Skate, Public Skating Session, + Family Stick + Puck

Friday, February 24th | Various times

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


Resistance Ride with Matthew at Ride It Fitness

Friday, February 24th | 7:30AM – 8AM

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


Mindful Self-Compassion Course with Marcie Handler + Beth Sandweiss

Friday, February 24th | 9:30AM – 12PM

This empirically supported online training is designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion. Learn more here.


Cornerstone Café at Montclair Art Museum

Friday, February 24th | 10AM – 4PM

Explore the MAM’s new in-house coffee shop at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Chair Yoga on Zoom Hosted by Verona Public Library

Friday, February 24th | 11AM

This is a virtual event. Learn more here.


Black History Month Community Social at Bloomfield Public Library Theater Hosted by the Juneteenth Advisory Committee

Friday, February 24th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Guests can tour the future home of the Bloomfield Black History display in the Historical Society Museum. This event will be held at 90 Broad Street in Bloomfield. Learn more by calling 973-680-4077.


Passing Strange at Vanguard Theater Hosted by Out Montclair

Friday, February 24th | 7PM

Passing Strange is a 2008 Tony Award-winning comedy-drama, an autobiographical rock musical about a young African American’s artistic journey of self-discovery. This event will be held at 180 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Live Music: Gabi the Artist at Montclair Brewery

Friday, February 24th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Montclair Improv Comedy at Cinema 505 Hosted by Montclair Film

Friday, February 24th | 8PM

Montclair Improv Comedy is made up of improv veterans from the comedy stages of Chicago, LA, and NYC. This event will be held at 505 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Night Anthem at Just Jakes

Friday, February 24th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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Manifestation Attunements with Daysi at Houss Freya

Saturday, February 25th

Owner and creator of Houss Freya, Daysi is an intuitive energy worker. This event will be held at 547 Valley Road in Upper Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Learn to Skate, Public Skating Sessions, + Family Stick + Puck

Saturday, February 25th | 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, February 25th | 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.


Silent Mini Retreat with Courtney Centrelli-Tischner at Baker Street Yoga

Saturday, February 25th | 11AM – 5PM

This mini-retreat is six hours of silence and mindful activities including movement, meditation, walks, journaling, and eating at 97 Baker Street in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Alice + Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, February 25th | 12PM, 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.


Bored Teachers Comedy Tour at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, February 25th | 4PM

The biggest entertainment platform for teachers in the world, Bored Teachers, presents the funniest teacher-comedians in the world all on one stage. This event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Grand Theft Audio + Aftershock at Just Jakes

Saturday, February 25th | Various times

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


An Evening of Mediumship at Moss + More

Saturday, February 25th | 6:30PM – 8PM

Medium Lee Van Zyl is back at the Studio sharing messages from those who have passed on. There will be complimentary wine. This event will be held at 42 Upper Montclair Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center

Saturday, February 25th | 7PM

This NHL game will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Community Night: Brazilian Carnival at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, February 25th | 7PM – 11PM

Savor the sights, sounds, and rhythms of a Brazilian Carnival celebration at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Fatman Danish Presents Stand-Up Comedy at Silver Stream Studio

Saturday, February 25th | 8PM

This event will be held at 594 Valley Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


New Jersey Symphony: The Best of John Williams at NJPAC

Saturday, February 25th | 8PM

Celebrate the music of iconic composer John Williams at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Anabella’s Comedy Lounge at Annabella’s House of Mozzarella

Saturday, February 25th | 8:30PM

Nick Callas, Tiz Irie, and Sarah Ross will be performing in a comic special hosted by Jordan Fried. This event will be held at 900 Paterson Plank Road in East Rutherford. Learn more here.


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Codey Arena Learn to Skate + Public Skating Sessions

Sunday, February 26th | Various times

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


Blue Sphere Jazz Brunch at Lorena’s

Sunday, February 26th | 11AM – 2PM

This event will be held at 160 Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Introduction to Wheel Throwing Workshop at Montclair Art Museum

Sunday, February 26th | 1PM – 3:30PM

A basic introduction to the fundamentals of the potter’s wheel, students will learn basic pottery techniques. This event will be held at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Maplewood Chili Cookoff at The Woodland

Sunday, February 26th | 2PM – 5PM

This event will be held at 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Sunday Slay Day Drag Brunch at Porta Montclair Hosted by Out Montclair

Sunday, February 26th | 2PM – 4:30PM

Dance, laugh, and sing with artists + staff, featuring the talents of Stella Luna, Kimmy Sumony, Vicky Vee, Christine Dior, and House Diva Adi Owenn Sumony. This event will be held at 499 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


NJMEA All State Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, + Treble Chorus at NJPAC

Sunday, February 26th | 3PM

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


Holy Fire Real Reiki at Moss + More

Sunday, February 26th | 4:30PM – 8:30PM

This event will be held at 42 Upper Montclair Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Remember This Screening + Q+A with Producer Eva Anisko

Sunday, February 26th | 6:15PM

This event will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Imaginature: Children’s Book Art at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Ongoing until May 14th

This exhibition features illustrations, paintings, and woodblock prints by award-winning artists Margaret Peot and Giselle Potter at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


Where the Wild Books Are at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, February 28th | 4PM – 4:45PM

This event is for grades 2-5, and will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


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This dog-friendly events section is brought to you by Doggie Road Trippin’. Follow on Instagram here.

  • HDSID Winter Farmers Market — Jersey City | February 23rd; Learn more here.
  • Food Truck Thursdays at Biertuempful Park — Union | February 23rd; Learn more here.
  • Vinyl Thursdays at Hackensack Brewing Company — Hackensack | February 23rd; Learn more here.
  • Van Vorst Farmers Market — Jersey City | February 25th; Learn more here.
  • Middlesex Boro Backyard Bonfire + Food Fest Hosted by Mega Bite Events — Middlesex | February 25th; Learn more here.
  • NJ Wiener Club Meet Up at Hamilton Park — Jersey City | February 26th; Learn more here.
  • Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter Pet CPR + First Aid — East Hanover | February 26th; Learn more here.

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Monday Morning Hybrid Yoga at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Monday, February 27th | 9:30AM – 10:45AM

Enjoy a meditative yoga class virtually or at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


PSEG True Diversity Film Series Presents: Enforcing Justice: Mitigating DIsparities in our Criminal Justice System at NJPAC

Monday, February 27th | 7PM

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


Black History Month Voting Rights Panel at The Woodland

Tuesday, February 28th | 6PM – 8:30PM

A discussion about voting rights hosted by the Black Caucus. This event will be held at 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Wind Down Wednesdays at Casa de Flora Bar

Wednesday, March 1st | 6PM – 10PM

Enjoy pizza, pasta, and wine at 75 Washington Street in Bloomfield. Learn more here.


Trivia Night at The Fox + Falcon

Wednesday, March 1st | 7PM – 9PM

This event will be held at 19 Valley Street in South Orange. Learn more here.


Taproom Trivia at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, March 1st | 7:30PM – 8:30PM

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


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First Seventh-Day Adventist Church Soup Kitchen | 15 Elmwood Avenue, Montclair

Every Sunday from 12PM-2:30PM, the soup kitchen at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church is available to those in need in the community. Join as a volunteer in this ministry that has been in and of service for over a decade. Volunteers are needed to prepare + serve food. Learn more here.


LGBT Rain Foundation Essex County | 168 N Park Street, East Orange

The mission of LGBT Rain Foundation of Essex County is to get 18-26 LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness on the path from transitional housing to permanent housing. A variety of tasks are needed to run this foundation. Volunteers are asking to make a six-month commitment at a time to allow for relationship building with the residents. Learn more here.


Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation | 228 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

Recreation, community, + education are essential to childhood development. Through various programs, the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation is able to provide a positive environment for children in the community. The year-long program, Project Oasis, is broken up into two seasons + focuses on closing the achievement gap among African American youth. These services are only made possible by the support of volunteers, mentors, + 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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