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43 Things to Do in the Montclair + North Jersey Area | July 28-31

by Samantha Impaglia
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Essex County has finally cooled off a little and the happenings around the towns are keeping everyone’s summer schedules packed. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has got you covered with an evening canoe paddle on the Passaic River, Nine Deeez Nite at Just Jake’s, a butterfly garden workshop, and more. Check out this list of all the events happening this weekend, July 28th – July 31st.

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. 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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Free Car Washes This Weekend at Spark’s Grand Opening

Available until Sunday, July 31st | LEARN MORE

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Spark Car Wash has opened a brand new spot in Woodland Park. This car wash, located at 1720 Route 46A, is open daily from 8:00AM-8:00PM with membership options to keep your car clean throughout the year. Spark Car Wash features a high-tech tunnel, including Neoglide washers, custom non-acidic formulas, and high-intensity dryers. It also includes a DIY cleaning terminal with anti-scratch towels, multi-nozzle vacuums, and automated mat cleaners. As a part of the grand opening, the new Woodland Park location is offering FREE car washes until July 31st. Make sure you let them know The Montclair Girl sent you.

Click here to get directions to Spark Car Wash in Woodland Park and click here to learn more about Spark Car Wash.

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Montclair Girl’s Real Estate Directory

Just Launched | BROWSE DIRECTORY

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The Montclair Girl readers are always seeking recommendations on everything from real estate rental buildings and condos for sale in the North Jersey area, so we thought it’d be helpful to create a guide to these buildings and homes. Meet our new Real Estate Directory, a curated (and ever-growing) list of real estate buildings in the greater North Jersey area. Discover these local real estate properties, compare and connect for tours, and keep checking back as the directory will be updated on a routine basis with new listings.

Check out the directory and browse properties here, and to learn more about MG’s Real Estate Directory, click here.

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Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, July 28th | 10AM – 4PM

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


Self Care Using Ancient Japanese Healing at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, July 28th | 10:30AM – 11:45AM

Help boost your immune system, reduce stress and anxiety, manage pain, improve sleep, and more. This event is being run by the Adult School and will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Skating Session for Adults + Public Skating

Thursday, July 28th | 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.


Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City: Brenda K. Starr at NJPAC

Thursday, July 28th | 6PM

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


Meadowlands Sunset Kayak Tour Hosted by Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Thursday, July 28th | 6PM- 9PM

Paddle through creeks that sweep through grassy hills and phragmites where wading birds and other wildlife forage for food in the mud flats at low tide. This event will meet at the Laurel Hill Boat Launch in Secaucus. Learn more here.


The Last Supper at SOPAC

Thursday, July 28th | 7:30PM + Other Performance Times Through August 7th

This musical comedy will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, July 28th | 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, July 29th

Films like Fire of Love, DC League of Super Pets, Vengeance, and Resurrection 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, July 29th | Various times

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


Lunch Crunch at Ride It Fitness

Friday, July 29th | 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, July 29th | 1PM

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


Alice + Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at Newark Museum of Art

Friday, July 29th | 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.


Wine + Wheel at Montclair Art Museum

Friday, July 29th | 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.


John Mulaney: From Scratch at NJPAC

Friday, July 29th | 7PM

This comedian will be performing at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Tanisha Fordham’s The Ego at Mulberry Commons Park

Friday, July 29th | 6PM – 9PM

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


Live Music with Sheik’s Garage at Montclair Brewery

Friday, July 29th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

This funk, rock, and blues jam band will be performing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Nine Deeez Nite at Just Jakes

Friday, July 29th | 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 Session + Family Stick + Puck

Saturday, July 30th | Various times

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


My Body My Choice Flash Event at Painted Soul Arts

Saturday, July 30th + Sunday, July 31st

This event benefits the National Network of Abortion Funds, and will be held at 120 Walnut Street, #C in Montclair. Learn more here.


Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, July 30th | 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.


Young Gardeners Club at Essex County Environmental Center

Saturday, July 30th | 10AM – 11AM

This event is for children ages K-12 and will meet at Garibaldi Hall, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. Learn more here.


Butterfly Garden Workshop at Essex County Environmental Center

Saturday, July 30th | 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Learn about butterfly gardening for ages 8 and up at 621 Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. Learn more here.


Golf: Outdoor Hosted by Montclair Public Library

Saturday, July 30th | 11:15AM – 12:45PM

Learn golf fundamentals at Millburn Municipal Golf Course, 335 White Oak Ridge Road in Short Hills. Learn more here.


Film + Panel: Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, July 30th | 12PM

This event is a part of the 2022 Women’s Film Festival, and will be held at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Walk. Talk. Taste Montclair History! Hosted by Montclair History Center

Saturday, July 30th | 12PM – 3PM

A 3-hour food tasting and historical walking tour of Lower Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Saturday Social Hosted by Aging in Montclair

Saturday, July 30th | 4PM – 6PM

Journalist Kathleen Carroll talks about The Cost of Bringing You the News at this virtual event. Learn more here.


Nelson Navarette Concert on the Lawn at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Saturday, July 30th | 5PM – 6:30PM

This composer, producer, and guitarist will be performing at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Sunset Saturdays – Accelerators at Maplewood Village

Saturday, July 30th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

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


Silent Disco with DJ Rebexx at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, July 30th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Almost Easy at Just Jakes

Saturday, July 30th | 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 Session + Family Stick + Puck

Sunday, July 31st | Various times

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


Pizza Pop-Up Shop at Green Point Juicery

Sunday, July 31st | 12PM – 7PM

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


Rosedale Cemetery Tour Hosted by Montclair History Center

Sunday, July 31st | 1:30PM – 3:30PM

This event will be held at 408 Orange Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


Book Signing: Chef Jesse Jones at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, July 31st | 2PM – 5PM

Pick up a copy of Chef Jesse’s POW! My Life in 40 Feasts at this book signing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Animal Adaptations at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, July 28th | 12PM – 12:45PM

Kids ages 4-10 will discuss adaptations as a concept and explore examples of both physical and behavioral adaptations as demonstrated by zoo animal ambassadors. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Audrina Patridge at Bookends Bookstore

Tuesday, August 2nd | 5PM

Discuss Maya and the Beast at 211 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood. Learn more here.


Zoo-vies at the Turtle Back Zoo

Wednesday, August 3rd | 7:30PM – 12PM

Watch Raya + The Last Dragon under the stars at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


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Mondays Mean Art at Montclair Public Library

Monday, August 1st | 2PM – 3PM

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


Open Level Pilates on the Mat at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, August 2nd | 11AM – 11:45AM

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


Evening Canoe Paddle on the Passaic Hosted by Essex County Environmental Center

Wednesday, August 3rd | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

A leisurely paddle on the Passaic River. This event will meet at Garibaldi Hall, 621 Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. Learn more here.


NMOA Summer Series | Summer, Time + Jazz at Newark Museum of Art

Wednesday, August 3rd | 7PM

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


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House of Love Soup Kitchen/Pantry | Newark

The House of Love Soup Kitchen is run completely by volunteers + serves about 30 neighbors every Tuesday for two hours. In addition to a hot nutritious meal, guests receive spiritual guidance, connection to resources of other non-profits in the area, and ‘care packages’ of perishable + non-perishable goods. 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.


Mental Health Association of Essex + Morris | 33 South Fullerton Avenue

The Mental Health Association of Essex + Morris is working to reverse the stigma around Mental Health + provide support to those living with mental illness as well as their caregivers. Through advocacy, education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, + services, the organization is working to achieve its mission. Case management services, suicide prevention work, + housing opportunities are just a small sample of the community work of this organization. Learn more here.


Website Divider Button Articles For Weekend Planning

A Day Trip to Governors Island

Where to Go Hiking in the Montclair Area

Warwick Furnace Farm: From Montclair Roots to Lavender Blooms


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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