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55 Things to Do in the Montclair Area This Weekend | May 19-22

by Samantha Impaglia
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May is Asian American + Pacific Islander Heritage Month — and the Montclair + North Jersey area is celebrating with themed events and other spring happenings as the weather warms up in NJ. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has got you covered with AAPI Montclair’s lantern festival, a South Asian Soirée, a pop-up shop, and more. Check out this list of all the events happening this weekend, May 19th – May 22nd, 2022.

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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History at Home: Lights, Camera, Action at Montclair History Center

Thursday, May 19th | Various times

These events will be held at 108 Orange Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, May 19th | 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.


Codey Arena Skating Session For Adults

Thursday, May 19th | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

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.


Revisiting the Fall of Saigon at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, May 19th | 6:30PM – 8PM

Explore the stories and histories of Vietnamese refugees and their first-hand accounts of the Fall of Saigon This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair as well as virtually. Learn more here.


Newark 101: Louis Bamberger’s Legacy at Newark Museum of Art

Thursday, May 19th | 7PM

Learn about the man named Newark’s first citizen at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Jazz Jams at Clement’s Place at NJPAC

Thursday, May 19th | 7:30PM

This event includes ace musicians from New Jersey and beyond, and will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here


Open Mic Night at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, May 5th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Share your talent at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, May 19th | 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, May 20th

Films like Downtown Abbey: A New Era, Edge of Seventeen, Rafiki, and Paris is Burning 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, May 20th | Various times

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


Coffee Workshop at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Friday, May 20th | 10:30AM – 12PM

Discover what it takes to make a great cup of coffee. This event will be held at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


Beginning Ukulele at Montclair Public Library

Friday, May 20th | 1:30PM – 2:30PM

Learn basic chords and strums, and some fun, easy songs at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Grand Opening of worldFlats Montclair

Friday, May 20th | 6PM

This spot is offering buy one, get one 50% off for all flats for opening weekend. The new location is at 58 Church Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Ride for Stroke + Heart Disease at CycleBar at Boulder Run

Friday, May 20th | 6:30PM

Help to raise funds and make an impact at 327 Franklin Avenue in Wyckoff. Learn more here.


Lantern Festival For Justice + Remembrance Hosted by AAPI Montclair

Friday, May 20th | 7PM – 9PM

Remember those killed and harmed by violence, injustice, and anti-Asian hate at Edgemont Park in Montclair. Learn more here.


Live Music with The Michael Reitman Band at Montclair Brewery

Friday, May 20th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Adult Open Hockey at Codey Arena

Friday, May 20th | 8PM

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


ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at SOPAC

Friday, May 20th | 8PM

This Led Zeppelin tribute band will be performing at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Chelsea Handler at The Wellmont Theater

Friday, May 20th | 9PM

This comedian will be performing at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Almost Easy at Just Jakes

Friday, May 20th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

This band will be performing at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Family Stick + Puck

Saturday, May 21st | 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 21st | 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.


St. Valentine’s Church Flea Market + Collectibles

Saturday, May 21st | 9AM – 4PM

Shop an array of local vendors selling handbags, sports collectibles, jewelry, plants, and more at 125 North Spring Street in Bloomfield. Learn more here.


7th Annual Love + Unity Music Fest + Scholarship Bike Ride at Thomas A. Edison Middle School

Saturday, May 21st | 9AM – 7PM

An event to help support music students at 75 William Street in West Orange. Learn more here.


Breakfast with the Turtles at the Turtle Back Zoo

Saturday, May 21st | 9AM – 10:30AM

Learn all about turtles’ including their natural habits and behaviors, how they face the conservation issues affecting their habitats, and what you can do to help them. This event will be held at the Berson Education Classroom at Turtle Back Zoo. Learn more here.


Public Tour: Art in Bloom at Montclair Art Museum

Saturday, May 21st | 11AM, 1PM

Celebrate the return of this pop-up exhibition at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Alice + Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, May 21st | 11AM, 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.


Pnky X The Tilet Pop-Up Shop at Junpier Yoga + Fitness

Saturday, May 21st + Sunday, May 22nd | 12PM – 4:30PM

Shop Pnky’s sustainably made swimwear and The Tilet’s modern pieces based on Ethiopian design at 213 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Wonders of the Wild at the Turtle Back Zoo

Saturday, May 21st | 1PM – 3PM

An opportunity to participate in supplementary science and nature-themed programs and projects that facilitate scientific literacy and life-long environmental stewardship. This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company at NJPAC

Saturday, May 21st | 2PM

This performance celebrates the legacy of Nai-Ni Chen and the year of the water tiger, and will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Primus – A Tribute to Kings at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, May 21st | 7PM

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


Live Music With Blue Flicker Band at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, May 21st | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Montclair Scholarship Fund. Learn more here.


Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band at SOPAC

Saturday, May 21st | 8PM

This 10-time Grammy Award winner will be performing at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Nine Deeez Nite at Just Jakes

Saturday, May 21st | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

This band will be performing at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Codey Arena Public Skating Session, + Family Stick + Puck

Sunday, May 22nd | Various times

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


Jennifer Mone Hill Abstract Art Exhibition at Verona Park

Sunday, May 22nd | 10AM – 5PM

This event is a part of the Rose Squared Art Show, and will be held between Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue in Verona. Learn more here.


Guided House Tour: Women of the House Hosted by Montclair History Center

Sunday, May 22nd | 12PM – 3PM

This event will be held at the Crane House + Historic YMCA, 110 Orange Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


South Asian Soirée at Montclair Brewery 

Sunday, May 22nd | 2PM

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with food from Brick Lane Curry, Montclair Brewery’s limited edition lychee IPA, music, and more at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


New Jersey Symphony at NJPAC

Sunday, May 22nd | 2PM

This event is a collaboration with Nimbus Dance, and will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Brown, Black, + Blues Hosted by Paterson Performing Arts Development Council

Sunday, May 22nd | 5PM

This event is an experience with music, poetry, and dance performance. Learn more here.


Pop-Up Picnic in the Park Couple Date Night + 5 Love Languages (Self-Guided)

Ongoing

Enjoy a pop-up picnic sunset date with fun digital activities at Weequahic Park, Meeker Avenue in Newark. Learn more here.


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Listen on the Lawn at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, May 12th | 11AM – 11:30AM

An in-person storytime for ages birth to age 5. This event will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Guitar Bob’s May Kid’s Concert at Cedar Beans Coffee Joint

Saturday, May 21st | 10AM

This event will be held at 575 Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove. Learn more here.


May Family Sundays at Newark Museum of Art

Sunday, May 22nd | 10AM

A day of family fun activities at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Discovery Weekends at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Sunday, May 22nd | 9AM – 3PM

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.


The Little Mermaid at SOPAC

Sunday, May 22nd | 1PM

This family-friendly event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


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French Class at Montclair Public Library

Monday, May 23rd | 1:30PM – 3PM

Participate in conversational classes on various aspects of everyday French life. This is a virtual event. Learn more here. 


American Sign Language For Beginners Class at Montclair Public Library

Monday, May 23rd | 6PM – 7PM

Learn fingerspelling, vocabulary, and ASL concepts, and become familiar with deaf culture. This event will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here. 


Codey Arena Skating Session For Adults

Tuesday, May 24th | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

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.


MILL – Taste of T’ai Chi at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, May 24th | 10:30AM – 11:30AM

This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Spanish Class at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, May 24th | 6:15PM – 7:30PM

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


Art in the Afternoon at Montclair Art Museum

Wednesday, May 25th | 2PM – 3:30PM

A social gathering for adults at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Cornhole League Meet at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, May 25th | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Tarot, An Introduction at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, May 25th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Through the use of your personal Tarot deck as well as journaling on specific cards, students will acquire an objective and subjective introduction to this mystical philosophy. This event will be held at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. 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 and 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 Neighborhood Development Corporation | 228 Bloomfield Avenue

Recreation, community, and 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 and focuses on closing the achievement gap among African American youth. These services are only made possible by the support of volunteers, mentors, and donors. 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 a great weekend, xo

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