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74 Things to Do in the Montclair + North Jersey Area | May 11-14

by The Montclair Girl Team
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As we close off yet another week of May here in Essex County, there are many exciting happenings occurring this weekend just in time for Mother’s Day. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has you covered with a Pre-Mother’s Day Celebration at Coffee + Cornbread, Matilda the Musical at SOPAC, Crochet Wire + Crystal Bangle Bracelet Making with The Eclectic Chic Boutique, and more. Check out the list of all the events + things to do in North Jersey this weekend, May 11th – May 14th, 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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Urban Natural Home’s Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, May 18th from 5:00PM-8:00PM | RSVP NOW

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Urban Natural Home, located at 5 S Willow Street in Montclair, is hosting its grand opening celebration this Thursday, May 18th from 5:00PM-8:00PM with a commemorative ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce at 6:00PM. The event will include live Blues music by the Michael Reitman Band along with organic wine + mocktails, beer from Montclair Brewery, pies from The Pie Store, sweets from Scream Truck, and fun giveaways + raffles from Urban Natural Home. Not to mention, the first 20 guests to arrive will receive a free tote bag and signature candle (RSVP for the grand opening is required).  Make sure you let them know The Montclair Girl sent you.

Click here to RSVP to the grand opening event and click here to learn more about Urban Natural Home.

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Maison Rainbow Shop + Promotion

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Samantha Hahn, a Montclair resident, is an award-winning illustrator, art director, and author whose clients include Hermès, The New York Times, and Goop. Inspired by her daughter’s love of rainbows, Samantha launched Maison Rainbow, an all-rainbow art print shop. As seen in Vogue, Real Simple, and elsewhere, each rainbow is hand-painted in watercolor and is available as museum-quality prints in a variety of sizes, unframed or framed in sustainable alder wood. MG readers will receive 15% off every print in the shop + free shipping. Use the code ‘MONTCLAIRGIRL’ at checkout.

Follow @samanthajhahn and @maisonrainbow on IG to check out Samantha’s art and click here to start shopping and learn more about Maison Rainbow.

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Say Hello to The Local Girl Real Estate Listings

Live Now | BROWSE THE DIRECTORY

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To make home hunting that much simpler, our parent brand The Local Girl has launched a Real Estate Listings Directory. The directory is an ever-growing, curated list of real estate properties throughout New Jersey, from Montclair + Essex County to the Jersey Shore. Whether you’re looking for a new house, condo, rental, or you’re looking to list your property as a realtor or owner, we’re here to help you find your way home.

Click here to browse The Local Girl’s real estate listings directory and click here to learn more about how it works.

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Montclair Literary Festival

Ongoing until Thursday, May 11th

The festival will kick off on May 4th with an event featuring Broadway legend Chita Rivera in conversation with local stage and screen actress Laura Benanti. This event will be held at various locations in Montclair. Learn more here.


Launchpad Exhibition at Studio Montclair

Ongoing until May 20th

This exhibition will be featuring the thesis work of select graduating students of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University. This exhibition will be on display at 127 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Contemporary Art Show in Montclair

Thursday, May 11th | 5PM – 8PM

Montclair-based artist, Liz Murphy invites guests to come out and enjoy a glass of wine, meet local people, and see her artworks. This event will be held at 32 Valley Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


Beyond Gospel Music Series at NJPAC

Thursday, May 11th | 6PM

Join a conversation about women in the ministry focusing on post-pandemic challenges, burdens, and responsibilities facing Black female clergy members. This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes Viewing Party at Just Jakes

Thursday, May 11th | 6PM

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


History at Home: Montclair’s Colonial Era Homes on Zoom

Thursday, May 11th | 7PM – 8PM

This virtual presentation will take guests on a glimpse into Montclair’s oldest homes. Learn more here.


Special Yogi Berra Museum Benefit Screening at The Clairidge

Thursday, May 11th | 7:30PM 

Come out for a special screening of the Yogi Berra documentary It Ain’t Over, which will be followed by a Q+A with Director Sean Mullin and a special appearance by Lindsay Berra. This event will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Sip + Sing Karaoke at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, May 11th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Enjoy a night of karaoke, music, socializing, and beer. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, May 11th | 8PM

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


Matt Fraser at Wellmont Theater

Thursday, May 11th | 8PM

Matt Fraser, a psychic medium as seen on E! Entertainment, will be making an appearance at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at NJPAC

Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th | Various times

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


Anniversary Celebration + Paul Morelli Trunk Event at Frederic’s Fine Jewelers

Friday, May 12th – Saturday, May 13th

Enjoy storewide savings and 10%-50% off at 233 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Matilda the Musical at SOPAC

Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th | Various times 

Class Act Performing Arts Studio presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Sweet Charity at SOPAC

Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th | Various times 

Class Act Performing Arts Studio proudly presents Sweet Charity. This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, May 12th | Various times

Films like It Ain’t Over, Book Club: The Next Chapter, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, 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, May 12th | Various times

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


Rapid Ride with Matthew at Ride It Fitness

Friday, May 12th | 9:30AM – 10AM

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, May 12th | 9:30AM – 12PM

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


National Public Gardens Day Event at Greenwood Gardens

Friday, May 12th | 10AM – 11AM 

Join the Head of Horticulture, Sonia Uyterhoeven, to celebrate the beauty of bulbs at Greenwood Gardens. This event will be held at 274 Old Short Hills Road in Short Hills. Learn more here.


Cornerstone Café at Montclair Art Museum

Friday, May 12th | 10AM – 4PM

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


DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic Live! at Prudential Center

Friday, May 12th | 8PM

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


Music Against Hunger Concert at Tierney’s Tavern

Friday, May 12th | 8PM

To support Toni’s Kitchen, several musicians like Big Mamou, The Reticents, Ira Siegel/Lenie Colacino, and The Trisonics. among others are set to perform. This event will be held at 38 Valley Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


Jessica Kirson at NJPAC

Friday, May 12th | 9:45PM

Comedian Jessica Kirson will be taking the stage at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


The Benjamins at Just Jake’s

Friday, May 12th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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

Saturday, May 13th | 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, May 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.


Pre-Mother’s Day Celebration at Coffee + Cornbread 

Saturday, May 13th | 9AM

Come out for a day of complimentary eats and a CryoFacial for the first 15 moms + aunties that register, one of the first five that register can receive a $25 gift card to Coffee + Cornbread. This event will be held at 38 Upper Montclair Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Family Nature Walk at Eagle Rock Reservation

Saturday, May 13th | 10AM

Adults and children aged 8 and older are welcome to join a 2-hour family hike where there will be a discussion of plants, animals, and insects. This event will be held at Eagle Rock Ave + Prospect Ave in South Orange. Learn more here.


Montclair Eco-Fair 2023 at St. James Episcopal Church

Saturday, May 13th | 10AM – 1:30PM

Join local environmentalists and community activists in an outdoor event with environmental displays. This event will be held at 581 Valley Road in Upper Montclair. Learn more here.


CBD Thai Couples Massage at The Eclectic Chic Boutique

Saturday, May 12th | 11AM – 12PM

In this workshop, you will learn how to give and receive a CBD-infused Thai massage. This event will be held at 547 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Registration is required. Learn more here.


Asian Soirée at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, May 13th | 1PM – 5PM

Join Montclair Brewery in celebrating AAPI Heritage Month. There will be a limited edition lychee beer on tap as well as other seasonal craft drinks available. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Hooray for Bollywood Family Concert at NJPAC

Saturday, May 13th | 2PM

The New Jersey Symphony Family Series presents a musical journey inspired by Bollywood, the Indian Hindi-language film industry. This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


McDonald’s Gopselfest at Prudential Center 

Saturday, May 13th | 5PM

The 40th Annual McDonald’s Gospelfest returns to 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Full City at Just Jakes

Saturday, May 13th | 6PM – 8PM

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


Live Music: The Normal Living at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, May 13th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


The 7th Annual Freestyle Jersey Jam at Wellmont Theater

Saturday, May 13th | 8PM

This musical event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


The Old Gods of Appalachia at NJPAC

Saturday, May 13th | 8PM

The horror-fantasy podcast Old Gods of Appalachia explores the dark mountains and even darker forces of an alternate Appalachia. This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


You’ve Got 90’s at Ringside Pub

Saturday, May 13th | 9:30PM – 12:30AM

You’ve Got 90’s plays the hits of the 1990s across all genres: from rock, to pop, hip-hop, dance, alternative, and more. This event will be held at 379 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. Learn more here.


Man Down at Just Jakes

Saturday, May 13th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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Local Voices: Memories, Stories, + Portraits Exhibit at Grounds For Sculpture

Sunday, May 14th | Various times

This exhibit will be on display at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton. Learn more here.


Spiral Q: The Parade at Grounds For Sculpture

Sunday, May 14th | Various times

This exhibit will be on display at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton. Learn more here.


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

Sunday, May 14th | Various times

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


Mother’s Day Yoga with Kristen Kemp at lululemon Montclair

Sunday, May 14th | 9AM – 10AM 

Come out to a special Mother’s Day flow with yogi, mother, and store ambassador Kristen Kemp. This event will be held at 520 Bloomfield Avenue. Learn more here.


May Family Sundays at The Newark Museum of Art

Sunday, May 14th | 10AM – 5PM

Enjoy a day of fun activities for the whole family at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Chris Janson at Wellmont Theater

Sunday, May 14th | 8PM

This musical event will be held at 5 Seymour Street 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.


Animal Kingdom Exhibit at Newark Museum of Art

Ongoing

This exhibit explores a series of immersive and interactive experiences featuring art, animal specimen, and hands-on activities for all ages. This event will take place at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Discovery Weekends at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Ongoing 

Explore the Arboretum when the gardens and grounds are alive with the sights and sounds of spring. This event will be held at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


Arboretum Afternoons: Color + Light at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Thursday, May 11th | 4PM-5PM

Children can enjoy exploring nature with the Arboretum’s Environmental Educators. Stories, hikes, themed games, experiments, and one-of-a-kind art projects are all part of the fun. This event will be held at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


Fishing Derbies for Kids at Multiple Locations

Tuesday, May 16th + Wednesday, May 17th | 5PM

This free event welcomes children ages 15 and younger to participate in fishing derbies. This event will be held at various locations in Essex County. Learn more here.


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  • HDSID Farmers Market — Jersey City | May 11th; Learn more here.
  • Food Truck Thursdays at Biertuempful Park — Union | May 11th; Learn more here.
  • Hackensack Brewing Vinyl Thursdays — Hackensack | May 11th; Learn more here.
  • Pints, Pours, and Pups at Paragon Tap and Table — Clark | May 11th; Learn more here.
  • Van Vorst Farmers Market — Jersey City | May 13th; Learn more here.
  • Just Jersey Branchburg Food Truck + Music Festival in White Oak Park — Branchburg | May 13th; Learn more here.
  • Food Truck + Music Festival at Rustic Mall — Manville | May 13th; Learn more here.
  • Hoboken Uptown Farmers Market — Hoboken | May 13th; Learn more here.
  • Wayne Farmers Market — Wayne | May 13th; Learn more here.
  • Clinton Community Farmers Market — Clinton | May 14th; Learn more here.
  • NJ Wiener Club Meetup at Hamilton Park — Jersey City | May 14th; Learn more here.
  • West End Farmers Market — Hackettstown | May 14th; Learn more here.
  • Summit Farmer’s Market — Summit | May 14th; Learn more here.

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Bubble + Flow at the Tiny Gallery Montclair

Ongoing until May 12th

Dive into the underwater vistas of Bloomfield artist Trillian. Her aquatic-inspired installation, featuring sculptures and paintings, immerses you in a world of vibrant color and bioluminescence. This event will be held at 8 Stanford Place in Montclair. Learn more here.


Monday Morning Hybrid Yoga at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Monday, May 15th | 9:30AM – 10:45AM

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


Crochet Wire + Crystal Bangle Bracelet Making with The Eclectic Chic Boutique

Tuesday, May 16th | 6PM – 7:30PM

Learn how to make your own beautiful crochet wire and crystal bangle bracelets in this workshop. This event will be held virtually and at 547 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Registration is required. Learn more here.


Virtual Sound + Reiki Workshop with The Eclectic Chic Boutique

Wednesday, May 17th | 5:15PM – 6PM

This workshop will be held virtually. Registration is required. Learn more here.


Wind Down Wednesdays at Casa de Flora Bar

Wednesday, May 17th | 6PM – 10PM

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


Live Music Wednesdays at Luna Stella

Wednesday, May 17th | 6PM – 9PM

Enjoy live music at Luna Stella while you eat dinner and have a drink. This event will be held at 5 Highland Place in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Motor City Revue at SOPAC

Wednesday, May 17th | 7:30PM

This 11-piece tribute band will be performing music by Smokey Robinson + The Miracles, among others. This musical event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Taproom Trivia at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, May 17th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


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Human Needs Food Pantry | 9 Label Street, Montclair

Opportunities to give back to the community are always available here. As a necessary component to the operation of the food pantry, volunteers are needed to do tasks from packaging fruits + vegetables to sorting donated clothes. For those who would like to interact with the community, the opportunity to deliver food to homebound clients is available. Learn more here.


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.


National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals | Northern New Jersey

This national organization has made itself available to real estate agents in various areas of the country. Its north New Jersey chapter is dedicated to championing homeownership for Latinx individuals in this covering region. Thanks to the Board of Directors, community events that support both homeowners, as well as Hispanic real estate professionals, are available. Learn more here.


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Have an event you’d like included in our guide? Email it to [email protected] 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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