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52 Things to Do in the Montclair + North Jersey Area | January 26-29

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With wintry weather in the forecast, it’s time for lots of indoor events for these last few days of January in Essex County. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has you covered with Nine Deeez Nite at Just Jakes, Tributes to U2 + Coldplay at The Wellmont Theater, a Lunar New Year Celebration with AAPI Montclair at Montclair Art Museum, and more. Check out the list of all the events + things to do in North Jersey this weekend, January 26th – January 29th, 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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New Jersey Spa Week

Ongoing Until January 29th

Participating spas + saloons will be offering discounted rates on select massages, facials, and other massage services. Some nearby participants include: Beneath the Surface in Madison; Chambers Center for Well-being in Morristown; Salvation Wellness in Jersey City; and more. Learn more here.


Various Thursday Events at NJPAC

Thursday, January 26th | Various times

Exploring Social Justice Issues in the “Post-Covid” Arts Classroom and Newark History Society: Trolleys + Building Newark’s Streetcar Suburbs are happening at various locations in Newark. Learn more here.


Mediumship + Tarot Readings with Donna at Houss Freya

Thursday, January 26th

Donna started reading Tarot cards at the age of 13, when she receives messages from loved ones, Guides, and Angels. This event will be held at 547 Valley Road in Upper Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Senior Skating Session

Thursday, January 26th | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

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


Slade: A Family Affair Opening Reception at SOPAC

Thursday, January 26th | 5PM – 8PM

Celebrate the opening of a father-daughter exhibition that celebrates black art in various mediums. This event will be held at 1 SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Workshop: Sewing for the Home at Newark Museum of Art

Thursday, January 26th | 5PM – 8PM

An intermediate workshop where you will create pieces for your dining table — including a table runner and placemats. This event will be held at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


A Special Screening of The Prom at The Clairidge Hosted by Out Montclair Teens + Montclair Film

Thursday, January 26th | 7PM

Out Montclair Teens + ally friends are invited to a special screening of the Netflix original The Prom at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, January 26th | 8PM

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


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Monster Jam at Prudential Center

Friday, January 27th – Sunday, January 29th | Various times

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


The Phantom Tollbooth at The Bergadorff Center for Performing Arts

Friday, January 27th – Sunday, February 5th | Various times

These events will be held at 10 Durand Road in Maplewood. Learn more here.


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 2, 2023. This event will be held at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton. Learn more here.


Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, January 27th | Various times

Films like Living, Comng to America, and more are playing this weekend. These events will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Family Stick + Puck

Friday, January 27th | 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, January 27th | 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, January 27th | 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, January 27th | 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, January 27th | 11AM

This is a virtual event. Learn more here.


LGBTQIA+ Indoor Rock Climbing Night at The Gravity Vault Hosted by Out Montclair

Friday, January 27th | 6PM

This event will be held at 8 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Howe House Party Hosted by Friends of the Howe House + One River Art School

Friday, January and 27th | 6PM – 9PM

For a $70 donation, guests can enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and art-making in support of the Howe House preservation project. This event will be held at 6 Seymour Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Wine + Wheel at Montclair Art Museum

Friday, January 27th | 7PM – 9:30PM

Make wheel-thrown ceramic objects such as cups, bowls, or vases. This event will be held at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Dry January: Mocktails + Yoga at Baker Street Yoga

Friday, January 27th | 7PM – 9PM

This event will be held at 97 Baker Street in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Live Music: Lisa Marie at Montclair Brewery

Friday, January 27th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

NJ native singer + musician Lisa Marie play acoustic rock, country, and pop. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Nine Deeez Nite at Just Jakes

Friday, January 27th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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Codey Arena Public Skating Sessions

Saturday, January 28th | Various times

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


Manifestation Attunements with Daysi at Houss Freya

Saturday, January 28th

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.


Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, January 28th | 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.


Lunar New Year Celebration with AAPI Montclair at Montclair Art Museum

Saturday, January 28th | 11AM – 3PM

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a day of family-friendly performances + activities. This event will be held at 3 S Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Alice + Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, January 28th | 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.


Sophisticated Science at the Turtle Back Zoo

Saturday, January 28th | 1PM – 3PM

A conservation program that covers topics such as animal anatomy, habitats and conservation, animal careers, and more. Learn more here


Cricut Basics Workshop Hosted by The Eclectic Chic Boutique

Saturday, January 28th | 2PM – 4PM

Learn how to set up your machine and use common materials with it. This event will be held at 547 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, or virtually over Zoom. Learn more here.


Tributes to U2 + Coldplay at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, January 28th | 7PM

Enjoy live renditions of classics like “Unforgettable” and “Fix You” at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Lucky Chops at SOPAC

Saturday, January 28th | 8PM

The six-piece band pays homage to the New Orleans brass band tradition while incorporating eclectic Rock, Funk, Jazz, Ska, Gospel, and EDM. This event will be held at 1 SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Good Noise at Just Jakes

Saturday, January 28th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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Various Sunday Events at NJPAC

Sunday, January 29th | Various times

An evening with Fred Hersch + Esperanza Spalding and New Jersey Symphony: Hilary Hahn + Xian Zhang Unite will be happening at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Family Stick + Puck

Sunday, January 29th | Various times

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


Parmagianni Pizza Pop-Up Shop at Anthropologie

Sunday, January 29th | 12PM – 5PM

Two varieties of vegan, Detroit-style pizza will be up for grabs at 470 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Lunar Fest 2023 — The Year of the Rabbit at The Woodland

Sunday, January 29th | 12PM – 4PM

Experience Asian arts and culture to celebrate The Year of the Rabbit at 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Trivia For a Cause at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, January 29th | 3PM

Participants will answer a series of Africa-inspired questions in an effort to secure tickets to this Amref Health Africa’s ArtBall. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Paukwa Paukwa at Montclair Public Library

Saturday, January 28th | 11AM – 12PM

This Swahili storytime is for ages 5-12 and will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Animals in Winter — Live Animal Show at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Saturday, January 28th | 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Meet and greet some fascinating creatures from Eyes of the Wild and learn how they are built to survive those cold snowy days. This event will be held at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


dog friendly events

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

  • HDSID Winter Farmers Market — Jersey City | January 26th; Learn more here.
  • Food Truck Thursdays at Biertuempful Park — Union | January 26th; Learn more here.
  • Trivia Night at Corgi Spirits — Jersey City | January 26th; Learn more here.
  • Merry Hot Cocoa Pop-Up — Hoboken | January 27th + 28th; Learn more here.
  • Nutrition Class for Your Pet at Doggie Sweets — Long Branch | January 28th; Learn more here.
  • Jersey Pits Rescue at Stateside Tap + Tavern — Somerset | January 29th; Learn more here.

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Skopos Hospitality Group North Jersey Restaurant Week

Ongoing until Sunday, February 12th

North Jersey residents can experience prix-fixe menus at participating North Jersey restaurants, including Franklin Social in Jersey City, The Vanguard in Harrison, and The Parkside Social in Verona. Learn more here.


Monday Morning Hybrid Yoga at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Monday, January 30th | 9:30AM – 10:45AM

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


Anthrax + Black Label Society at The Wellmont Theater

Tuesday, January 31st | 5:30PM

Anthrax is a heavy metal band that hails from NYC — and for the past 40 years, has defined + redefined the metal genre. This event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Wind Down Wednesdays at Casa de Flora Bar

Wednesday, February 1st | 6PM – 10PM

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


Trivia Night at The Fox + Falcon

Wednesday, February 1st | 7PM – 9PM

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