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93 Events in The Montclair + North Jersey Area | October 19-October 22

by The Montclair Girl Team
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As we reach the midway point of October, locals are enjoying the cooler fall temperatures and all of the happenings going on in Essex County. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has you covered with Montclair Improv Comedy at Cinema505, a Murder Mystery Dinner at Casa de Flora Bar, a M&M’s Halloween Treat Truck Tour in Newark, and more. Check out the list of all the events + things to do in North Jersey this weekend, October 19th – October 22nd, 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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Haunted House at Montclair Book Center

Saturday, October 28th from 7:00PM to midnight | FOLLOW ON IG

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Montclair Book Center, located at 221 Glenridge Avenue in Montclair, is a local landmark and has been open for 39 years, selling new, used, and rare books, as well as records and records on consignment, apparel + merch, and assorted oddities. On Saturday, October 28th from 7:00PM to midnight, the bookstore is teaming up with other local businesses including White Rabbit Black Heart, East Side Mags, and DollyMoo, and transforming into a Haunted House — featuring spooky decor and fun raffles + assorted prizes throughout the night. Not to mention, admission to the haunted house will be just $5 for anyone who joins East Side Mags Zombie Walk and is dressed like zombies at the time of entry. Plus, you can receive 10% off all non-consignment items on Saturday, 10/28 if you mention the secret phrase “Montclair Spook Center” at checkout.

Click here to follow on IG + more details about the Haunted House event, and click here to learn more about Montclair Book Center.

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Messika Paris Trunk Show + Diamond Giveaway at Frederic’s Fine Jewelers

Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st from 10:00AM -5:00PM | SHOP MESSIKA

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Frederic’s Fine Jewelers, located at 233 Bellevue Avenue in Uptown Montclair, is hosting a two-day trunk show event with Messika Paris this Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st from 10:00AM-5:00PM. The store will be completely transformed into a Parisian boutique with French-inspired light bites, desserts, wine, and champagne. A Messika Paris brand ambassador will also be present, showcasing the jewelry collection and one-of-a-kind and limited-edition items during the event. Plus, MG readers will have the chance to win an 18-Karat Yellow Gold Move Uno Diamond Bracelet from one of Messika’s signature collections, Move Classique when you mention ‘Montclair Girl’ to Frederic’s team during the trunk show event.

Click here to shop Messika Paris and click here to learn more about Frederic’s Fine Jewelers.

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Montclair Film Festival Begins 10/20

Starts Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 29th | BUY TICKETS

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The 12th Annual Montclair Film Festival is back this Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 29th and will take place in numerous locations throughout Montclair and Newark. The festival will feature ten days of films, conversations, events, panels, and an exclusive sit down with 2023 Filmmaker Tribute honoree Martin Scorsese hosted by Stephen Colbert. Other notable screenings and events include Dream Scenario, American Symphony, My December, Stamped from the Beginning, and Robot Dreams, as well as a Sensory Friendly Screening of Robot Dreams and ‘What is The Future of Artificial Intelligence?’ Panel moderated by Stephen Colbert. Tickets for the Montclair Film Festival can be purchased online or at the festival box office located inside the lobby of the Hinck building at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair.

Click here for a full schedule of events + tickets to the festival, and click here to become a Montclair Film Member and learn more about Montclair Film.

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To make home hunting that much simpler, our parent brand The Local Girl has a Real Estate Listings Directory. The directory is an ever-growing, curated list of 70+ real estate properties throughout New Jersey and New York, from Montclair + Essex County to Westfield and Point Pleasant. 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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Tiny Gallery Exhibit at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Thursday, October 19th | Various times

Tiny Gallery is expanding to a second location in collaboration with Van Vleck. This event will be held at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Full Circle Exhibit at SOPAC

Thursday, October 12th | Various times

Ben Nile’s new exhibition in The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery, showcases a mix of acrylic, ink, and more. This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Pressed Flower Bookmarks at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Thursday, October 19th | 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Use a variety of floral samples collected from the Van Vleck Gardens to make a bookmark. This event will be held at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


The Supper Club at Ryland Inn

Thursday, October 19th | 6:30PM

Join Executive Chef, Christopher Albrecht, and others for the launch of the Supper Club featuring a new menu. This event will be held at 115 Old Highway 28 in Whitehouse Station. Learn more here.


Sommelier Series: Taste of Syrah at Stone House

Thursday, October 19th | 6:30PM –  8PM

Learn and taste various wines while pairing them with light food. This event will be held at 50 Stirling Road in Warren. Learn more here.


ENHYPHEN at Prudential Center

Thursday, October 19th | 7:30PM

K-pop band ENHYPEN will be performing. This event will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Ladies of Laughter at SOPAC

Thursday, October 19th | 7:30PM

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


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, October 19th | 8PM

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


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2023 Montclair Film Festival at Various Locations

Friday, October 20th – Sunday, October 29th | Various times

Celebrate ten days of independent films, comedies, documentaries, panels, family events, and work by emerging artists. This event will be held at various locations in Montclair and Newark. Learn more here


M&M’s Halloween Treat Truck Tour in Newark

Friday, October 20th – Sunday, October 22nd | Various times

M&M’s will be hosting a three-day-long family-friendly event where there will be candy and costume accessories for Halloween. This event will be held at multiple locations in Newark. Learn more here.


I Am Here Art Exhibit at Studio Montclair Gallery

Ongoing until October 20th | Various times

A new art exhibit that will honor the LGBTQIA+ community. This event will be held at 127 Bloomfield Avenue. Learn more here.


Rapid Ride with Matthew at Ride It Fitness

Friday, October 20th | 9AM – 9:30AM

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


Pride on the Page at Watchung Plaza

Friday, October 20th | 4PM – 4:45PM

Come for an afternoon story time highlighting LGBTQ+ families and characters. This event will be held at Watchung Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Gardens Aglow at Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER (NEW DATE: 10/21)  

Friday, October 20th | 6PM – 9PM

This free event includes a display of carved botanic, floral, and Halloween-themed pumpkins created by high school students. This event will be held at 474 Upper Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Lauren Daigle at Prudential Center

Friday, October 20th | 7PM

Singer Lauren Daigle is bringing The Kaleidoscope Tour with special guest, Josh Garrel. This event will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Murder Mystery Dinner at Casa de Flora Bar

Friday, October 20th | 7PM

Join the Mystery Dinner Series to uncover secrets in a roleplay while enjoying dinner. This event will be held at 75 Washington Street in Bloomfield. Learn more here.


Decades Dance Party at The Woodland

Friday, October 20th | 7:30PM

Guests are welcome to dress up in attire from their favorite decade and dance the night away with classic hits. This. event will be held at 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Chick Wings + Things Food Truck at Montclair Brewery

Friday, October 20th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Enjoy chicken wings dipped in sauces from the Chick Wings + Things food truck. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Soultown to Motown at SOPAC

Friday, October 20th | 8PM

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


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The Bond Society Pop-Up at SoulCycle

Saturday, October 21st | Various times

The Bond Society will be doing a permanent jewelry pop-up event at SoulCycle. This event will be held at 800 Morris Turnpike, Suite 107 in Short Hills. Learn more here


Showings at The Clairidge

Saturday, October 21st | Various times

Films like Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour and more are playing this weekend. These events will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, October 21st | 8AM – 2PM

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.


The Far Hills Race Meeting

Saturday, October 21st | Gates open at 8AM

This fun-filled event includes steeplechase races throughout the day, food trucks, local vendors, tailgating with personal spaces, private tents, and more. This event will be held at 50 Route 202 in Far Hills. Learn more here.


Let’s Talk: Women’s Health + Wellness Event at NJPAC

Saturday, October 21st | 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Join a day-long gathering of well-being, healthy living, and learning about the eight pillars of wellness. This event will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Strut Your Mutt: Canine Halloween Costume Contest at Branch Brook Park  

Saturday,  October 21st | 9:30AM

Dog owners can come out to celebrate their pets by dressing them up while bonding with other dog owners. This event will be held at Branch Brook Park Drive West near Heller Parkway in Newark. Learn more here.


Montclair Co-Op Forest Street Festival in Montclair

Saturday, October 21st | 11AM – 4PM

Join a fun-filled day of arts + crafts, face painting, baked goods, and other activities. This event will be held at 65 Chesnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here


Shop For a Purpose Breast Cancer Event at Alba 

Saturday, October 21st | 11AM – 6PM 

A local boutiques is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a day of pink treats, rose, local business raffles, a permanent jewelry pop-up, and of course, shopping. This event will be held at 380 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Learn more here


Oktoberfest at Village Hall

Saturday, October 21st | 12PM

Celebrate Oktoberfest with brews, food specials, beer pong, kids activities, and more. This event will be held at 101 South Orange Avenue in South Orange. Learn more here.


Vintage + Vinyl Show at Osteria Del Corso

Saturday, October 21st | 12PM – 4PM

Shop different local vendors ranging in jewelry, houseware, and other items. This event will be held at 1 South Orange Avenue in South Orange. Learn more here.


MedievalFest at St James’ Episcopal Church

Saturday, October 21st | 12PM – 4PM

Enjoy music, entertainment, games, light food options, and other activities all set in a fantasy medieval village. This event will be held at 581 Valley Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


Sugar House Yantra Film Screening at The Clairidge

Saturday, October 21st | 12:30PM

As a part of the Montclair Film Festival’s lineup, a screening of Sugar House Yantra will be screened. This event will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Open Studios Weekend at Manufacturers Village

Saturday, October 21st + Sunday, October 22nd | 1PM-6PM

This event is designed to fuse art, architecture, community, and inspiration where visitors can meet the artists, view their work, + purchase original pieces, and will be held at 356 Glenwood Avenue in East Orange. Learn more here.


TRANStory Sanctuary in Montclair

Saturday, October 21st | 1PM – 3PM

A poetry program facilitated by Mariah Ayscue (he/King) within Out Montclair that centers on the stories of transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people. Location will be given upon RSVP. Learn more here.


The Shamanic Journey for Self-Discovery Workshop at TrueHeart Healing

Saturday, October 21st | 2PM – 4PM

Take a deeper dive into journey meditation to uncover truths and receive messages that can help you. This event will be held at 15 Evergreen Court in Glen Ridge. Learn more here.


The Mayor’s Gala at The Glen Ridge Country Club

Saturday, October 21st | 7PM

Join a night of food + drink, live music, and sharing with the community. This event will be held at 555 Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge. Learn more here.


Luis Miguel at Prudential Center

Saturday, October 21st | 8PM

Mexican singer, Luis Miguel will be performing. This event will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


The Machine at SOPAC

Saturday, October 21st | 8PM

The Machine will perform Pink Floyd’s entire Dark Side of the Moon album. This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Little Shop of Horrors at SOPAC’s The Village

Saturday, October 21st | 9PM

Join The Ordinary Kids for a special show featuring the Little Shop of Horrors film. This event will be held at One SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Filmmaker Party at Porta

Saturday, October 21st | 9PM

Socialize with other movie-goers and film professionals in honor of the Montclair Film Festival. This event will be held at 499 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Spiral Q: The Parade at Grounds For Sculpture

Ongoing

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


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Sunday Family Skates at Branch Brook Park

Sunday, October 22nd | Various times

Enjoy an afternoon of skating with your family. This event will be held at 7th Avenue in Newark. Learn more here.


DiLaRu Boutique PopUp at Zoe Boutique

Sunday, October 22nd | 11AM – 5PM

Shop for fall gifts and accessories at this pop-up shop. This event will be held at 628 Valley Road in Upper Montclair. Learn more here.


Alacrity Maker + Craft Market at Lackawanna Plaza

Sunday, October 22nd | 11AM – 5PM

There will be makers and vendors selling different range of items with live music entertainment and a beer garden.  This event will be held at 1 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here


What Is The Future of Artificial Intelligence? Panel at MKA Upper School

Sunday, October 22nd | 12PM

As a part of the Montclair Film Festival, this panel moderated by Stephen Colbert will discuss AI. This event will be held at 6 Lloyd Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


Guided House Tour: Women of The House at Crane House + Historic YWCA

Sunday, October 22nd | 12PM – 3PM

Hear the stories of the women who lived, worked, and played in the Crane House. This event will be held at 110 Orange Road in Montclair. Learn more here.


Cars + Cigars at Cucina Calandra

Sunday, October 22nd | 1PM – 5PM

Come out to a car show with food, cigars, and a Corvette club. This event will be held at 16 Route 46 East in Fairfield. Learn more here.


Light Up Montclair: A Diwali Celebration at Montclair Art Museum

Sunday, October 22nd | 2PM – 6PM

Celebrate Diwali by enjoying live performances, interactive arts + crafts, hearing from South Asian authors, and other activities. This event will be held at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Public Sip + Clip at Casa de Flora Bar

Sunday, October 22nd | 3PM – 5PM

Build bouquets while meeting other people and guests are welcome to BYOB or enjoy a mocktail. This event will be held at 75 Washington Street in Bloomfield. Learn more here.


David Keyes +  Blues People at SOPAC

Sunday, October 22nd | 7PM

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


Maná at Prudential Center

Sunday, October 22nd | 8:30PM

Mexican pop-rock band, Maná will be performing. This event will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


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

Ongoing

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


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Nocturnal Critters 2023 at Van Vleck House + Gardens 

Thursday, October 19th | 4:30PM – 5:30PM

Spend an early evening in Van Vleck Gardens meeting nocturnal animals from Eyes of the Wild, an exotic animal rescue. This event will be held at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Family Splash Time at JCC MetroWest

Sunday, October 22nd | 1:30PM – 3:45PM

This event will be held at 760 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. 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 specimens, and hands-on activities for all ages. This event will take place at 49 Washington Street in Newark. 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 Farmers Market — Jersey City | October 19th; Learn more here.
  • Hackensack Brewing Vinyl Thursdays — Hackensack | October 19th; Learn more here.
  • Union Farmer’s Market — Union | October 19th; Learn more here.
  • Parsippany Farmers Market — Parsippany | October 20th; Learn more here.
  • Strutt your Mutt in Branch Brook Park — Newark | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Howl-O-Ween Pet Contest in Carteret Park — Elizabeth | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Van Vorst Farmers Market — Jersey City | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • HOWL’Oween in Central Park of Morris County — Parsippany | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Hoboken Uptown Farmers Market — Hoboken | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Fall Harvest Festival — Hoboken | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Bedminster Farmers Market — Bedminster | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Wayne Farmers Market — Wayne | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • HOWL-O-Ween Pet Parade + Costume Contest at Glen Rock Dog Park — Glen Rock | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Pitness in the Park at Hamilton Park — Jersey City | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Bully Bash at Wonder Bar — Asbury Park | October 21st; Learn more here.
  • Clinton Community Farmers Market — Clinton | October 22nd; Learn more here.
  • West End Farmers Market — Hackettstown | October 22nd; Learn more here.
  • Free Halloween Dog Portraits at Mindowaskin Park — Westfield | October 22nd; Learn more here.
  • Doggy Day PAWrade on Chestnut Street — Roselle | October 22nd; Learn more here.
  • Summit Farmers Market — Summit | October 22nd; Learn more here.
  • Garden State Plaza Farmers Market Hosted by Mega Bite — Paramus | October 22nd; Learn more here.
  • Spooky Walk + Pints at the Ale House with Doggie Road Trippin — Hoboken | October 23rd; Learn more here.
  • Halloween Pet Portraits at Animal Infirmary of Hoboken — Hoboken | October 23rd; Learn more here.
  • Farmers Market at Church Square Park — Hoboken | October 24th; Learn more here.

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Scarecrows in the Gardens at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Monday, October 23rd | Various times

Explore the scarecrows that will be exhibited in Van Vleck Gardens. This event will be held at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Monday Morning Yoga with Van Vleck House + Gardens

Monday, October 23rd | 9:30AM – 10:45AM

Join Van Vleck for a meditative yoga flow practice in the living room overlooking the courtyard gardens. This event will be held virtually and in person at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Reverb: Imagining the Invisible Exhibit Artist Talk + Reception at Caldwell University

Tuesday, October 24th | 5PM – 8PM

There will be a artist talk with an opening reception to follow for the solo exhibition featuring artist Sarah Canfield. This event will be held at 120 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. Learn more here.


Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying at Wellmont Theater

Tuesday, October 24th | 8PM

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


Anything Queer Lit Club at Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, October 25th | 6PM – 7PM

Join a discussion of the book, Ma and Me by Putsata Reang. Registration is required. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Trans Parent Support Group in Montclair

Wednesday, October 25th | 7PM – 8:30PM

A support group geared towards parents of trans youth and adults. Location will be given upon registration. Learn more here.


Virtual Meditation on Zoom

Wednesday, October 25th | 7PM – 9PM

Join Van Vleck House + Gardens for a series of evening meditation classes in the comfort of your own home via Zoom. This event will be held virtually. Learn more here.


New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals at Prudential Center

Wednesday, October 25th | 7:30PM

This NHL game between the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Taproom Trivia with DJ No Requests at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, October 25th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Montclair Improv Comedy at Cinema505

Wednesday, October 25th | 8PM

This event will be held at 505 Bloomfield Avenue 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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