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53 Things to Do in the Montclair + North Jersey Area | September 22-25

by Samantha Impaglia
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Essex County is celebrating occasions like Hispanic Heritage Month and the welcoming of fall as the activities pile up. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has you covered with Turtle Back on Tap at the Turtle Back Zoo, Newark PorchFest, a Latin film series hosted by Montclair Film + Latinos of Montclair, and more. Check out the list of all the events + things to do this weekend in North Jersey, September 22nd – September 25th, 2022.

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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Montclair Film Festival Presents An Evening with Daniel Craig + Stephen Colbert

Friday, October 28th at 8:00PM | BUY TICKETS

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The 11th Annual Montclair Film Festival is back next month and taking place October 21st – October 30th with some amazing events, including An Evening with Daniel Craig and Stephen Colbert. The event will take place on Friday, October 28th at 8:00PM at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark — where the pair will sit down for an unforgettable evening of conversation celebrating Mr. Craig’s extraordinary career as one of the cinema’s most distinguished actors. All proceeds from this special evening will benefit Montclair Film, a non-profit arts organization that hosts the annual Montclair Film Festival, operates The Clairidge, and provides year-round education, storytelling, and community programs. Not to mention, Montclair Film Festival’s salute to Daniel Craig kicks off on October 21st when the festival opens with Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery at the Wellmont Theater. 

Click here to buy tickets for An Evening with Daniel Craig and Stephen Colbert and click here to learn more about Montclair Film.

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The Montclair Girl’s FALLing for North Jersey Shopping + Deals Guide

Available through October 31st | VIEW DEALS

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To make the most of all the great businesses in the area, we created a fun North Jersey guide of New Jersey local businesses we love — plus limited-time deals at some of the businesses for the fall season. From fitness spots to restaurants, beauty, shopping, wellness, + beyond — many of the businesses are sharing exclusive offers from now until October 31st. All you have to do is mention ‘Montclair Girl’ in person or follow the instructions in the guide to redeem online — so make sure to book, buy, + schedule your appointments now.

Learn more and browse MG’s FALLing for North Jersey shopping and deals guide here.

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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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Scab Hosted by Premiere Stages at Kean

Thursday, September 22nd – Sunday, September 25th | Various times

This play will be held at The Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. Learn more here.


Personalized Help from the Access Navigator at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, September 22nd | 10AM – 4PM

Montclair Public Library’s Navigator will meet with individuals to help improve their digital literacy, guide them toward 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 Senior Skating Session

Thursday, September 22nd | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

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


Fall Movie Series at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, September 22nd | 3PM – 5PM

Watch The Fly at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Made in Newark at NJPAC

Thursday, September 22nd | 6PM

Join speakers Guy Sterling and Ezra Shales for a discussion on the Newark Industrial Exhibition of 1872 at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Speed Friending Party with Out Montclair at Just Jakes

Thursday, September 22nd | 7PM – 11PM

This event is hosted by Harmonica Sunbeam and will be held at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Open Mic Night with Goldpants LLC at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, September 22nd | 7PM – 9:30PM

Enjoy music, comedy, poetry, and drama at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Kathleen Edwards at SOPAC

Thursday, September 22nd | 7:30PM

This singer/songwriter will be performing at 1 SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, September 22nd | 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, September 23rd | Various Times

Films like Moonage Daydream, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, Catherine Called Birdy, and more are playing this weekend. These events will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Latin Film Series Hosted by Montclair Film + Latinos of Montclair

Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th

Enjoy a variety of Latin films throughout the weekend at Montclair Film, 505 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Adult Open Hockey

Friday, September 23rd | Various times

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


Chair Yoga on Zoom Hosted by Verona Public Library

Friday, September 23rd | 11AM

This is a virtual event. Learn more here.


Lunch Crunch with Matthew at Ride It Fitness

Friday, September 23rd | 12PM – 12:30PM

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


Richard Pierson Jazz Band at Montclair Brewery

Friday, September 23rd | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Listen to Jazz at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


The Sixties Show at The Wellmont Theater

Friday, September 23rd | 8PM

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


The James Hunter Six at SOPAC

Friday, September 23rd | 8PM

This band will be performing at 1 SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


Night Anthem at Just Jakes

Friday, September 23rd | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


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The 2022 Newark PorchFest

Saturday, September 24th

Enjoy music, art, dance, food trucks, and more in the historic Forest Hill neighborhood of Newark. The rain date is Sunday, September 25th. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Family Stick + Puck + Public Skating Session

Saturday, September 24th | Various times

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


Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, September 24th | 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.


Northern NJ St. Jude Walk/Run Presented by Veris Residential

Saturday, September 24th | 8:30AM

This event will be held at MetLife Stadium, 1 MetLife Stadium Drive in East Rutherford. Learn more here.


Guided South Mountain Walking Tour Hosted by Montclair History Center

Saturday, September 24th | 10AM – 12PM

This approximately 1-mile walk shows some of Montclair’s grand homes and will be held on South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Roll + Stroll for Hope at Maplewood Memorial Park

Saturday, September 24th | 10AM – 12PM

Stroll for a good cause at 580 Valley Street in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Alice + Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at Newark Museum of Art

Saturday, September 24th | 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.


4th Annual Montclair Brewery Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 24th | 12:30PM – 10:30PM

Enjoy craft drinks, local musicians, competitions, and more at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Protecting Open Space in the Garden State Hosted by Aging in Montclair

Saturday, September 24th | 4PM

This virtual event includes Breanna Durkin and Amber Ray from the Land Conservancy of New Jersey. Learn more here.


Turtle Back on Tap at the Turtle Back Zoo

Saturday, September 24th | 6PM – 9PM

Taste dozens of beers and wines with a backdrop of the zoo at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange (location may change). Learn more here.


Sunset Saturdays – Tycoon Dog at Maplewood Village

Saturday, September 24th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

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


Demetri Martin: I Feel Funny Tour at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, September 24th | 8PM

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


New Power Soul at Just Jakes

Saturday, September 24th | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

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


John Pizzarelli + Catherine Russell at SOPAC

Saturday, September 24th | 8PM

These musicians will be performing at 1 SOPAC Way in South Orange. Learn more here.


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Codey Arena Public Skating Session

Sunday, September 25th | Various times

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


Introduction to Glassblowing Workshop Hosted by GlassRoots Studios at Montclair Public Library

Sunday, September 25th | 10AM – 1PM

A hands-on opportunity to try the glassblowing experience at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Family Nature Club at the Turtle Back Zoo

Sunday, September 25th | 10AM – 12PM

Experience the sounds, smells, and sights of the outdoors at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange (location may change). Learn more here.


Public Tours at Newark Museum of Art

Sunday, September 25th | 1PM

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


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Listen on the Lawn at Montclair Public Library

Thursday, September 22nd | 11AM – 11:30AM

An in-person storytime for kids 5 and under. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Garden Tales Kids Gardening Class at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Thursday, September 22nd | 4PM – 5PM

Spend time in the edible garden at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Cuentitos at Montclair Public Library

Tuesday, September 27th | 4PM – 4:30PM

Enjoy children’s books in Spanish and English along with acoustic guitar and songs in Spanish. This event will be held at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Oak + Acorns (Hedgehogs) at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Wednesday, September 28th | 1PM – 2PM

Take nature hikes, read stories, and create a one-of-a-kind project every week for ages 3-5 at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Learn more here.


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Shofar in the Park Hosted by Chabad of Montclair

Monday, September 26th | 4:15PM – 5:15PM

Enjoy this Rosh Hashanah celebration at Porter Park, 12 Harrison Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Craig Morgan at Bookends Bookstore

Monday, September 26th | 6PM

Discuss this country music icon’s memoir — God, Family, Country — at 211 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Public Skating Session + Adult Skating Session

Tuesday, September 27th | Various times

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, September 27th | 10:15AM – 11:15AM

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


New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders at Prudential Center

Tuesday, September 27th | 7PM

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


Trivia at Just Jakes

Tuesday, September 27th | 7:30PM – 10PM

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


Stretch, Resistance, + Light Cardio Hosted by Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, September 28th | 9:30AM – 10:30AM

Work on flexibility and strength at 153 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Unicorn is My Spirit Animal but Laphroaig is My Spirit at Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen

Wednesday, September 28th | 5PM – 9PM

An evening of Laphroaig cocktails, scotch, and fairy dust at 398 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Cornhole League Meet at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, September 28th | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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


Virtual Meditation at Van Vleck House + Gardens

Wednesday, September 28th | 7PM – 9PM

This virtual event focuses on specific practices for working with fear + anxiety and will offer reflections on how to deal with our current “social distancing” lifestyle. Learn more here.


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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.


Salvation Army | Montclair

For 125 years, The Montclair Citadel Corps has been a beacon of hope + a model of ministry in the Name of Jesus in suburban Essex County. Whether it is housing a needy family at our Cornerstone House Shelter, feeding the homeless at our hot meal program, providing emergency assistance, building characters in future generations, or serving as a place of worship for those seeking spiritual nurture, Montclair Citadel provides something for everyone. Donation Drop-Off: Monday – Friday 9AM – 4PM. Learn more here.


The Montclair Inn | 27 Hillside Avenue

Affordable housing for senior citizens that includes food, mobility access, Wifi, + more can be difficult to secure. For some time, the Montclair Shared Housing Association is providing this opportunity while fostering a great community. All residents have access to a private bedroom, kitchen appliances, semi-private bedroom, three meals a day, laundry facility, Wifi, + community space. While residents do have a monthly rental fee, services + amenities are made possible in large part by 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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