42 Events in Montclair + Beyond This Weekend | Sept 15-19

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Whether you’re heading out or staying in, this week’s Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond events guide has you covered with kid-friendly activities, performances, farmers’ markets, and much more happening in the neighborhood. Check out this list of all the virtual and in-person events happening in Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond this weekend (September 15th – 19th).

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change and some may be weather dependent. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.

Featured Events

AC Dance’s Open House Event + Free Youth Trial Classes

Free Trial Classes on October 4th – October 7th from 5:00PM-9:00PM and Open House Event on October 8th from 5:00PM-9:00PM| REGISTER FOR CLASSES NOW

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AC Dance at 71 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, is bringing ballet to Bloomfield this season with an open house event and free youth trial classes. Free trial classes for youths will take place from October 4th – October 7th from 5:00PM-9:00PM. AC Dance’s Open House event will take place on Friday, October 8th, where prospective students can view the facility and learn more about dance classes offered for ages 7 to adult. RSVPs are preferred for the open house event, so please email ac@acdancenj.com directly. Plus, new studio class packages for adults will be available during the month of October, and if you register your dancer by October 8th, the registration fee will be waived. Make sure you let them know The Montclair Girl sent you. 

Email ac@acdancenj.com to RSVP for AC Dance’s Open House event and click here to register for classes and learn more about AC Dance.


Local Montclair (+ Beyond) Events

Hispanic Heritage Month 5K

Wednesday, September 15th-October 17th

Sign up for the Hispanic Heritage Month 5K. Log solo miles at a time and date you choose between September 15th-October 17th. Latinos Run is teaming up with Fleet Feet and On Footwear to bring you a hybrid 5K with virtual and in-person fun run options. The group will host an in-person meet-up and celebration on September 26th at 8:30AM. Learn more here.


South Orange Downtown Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, September 15th | 2PM-7PM

Check out the South Orange Farmers Market every Wednesday in the Sloan St. Lot from 2PM-7PM. Please remember to bring your reusable shopping bags with you. Learn more here.


Outdoor Yoga at Van Vleck House

Wednesday, September 15th | 6PM-7PM | Every Wednesday in September

Join an outdoor yoga session at Van Vleck House every Wednesday at 6PM. This class welcomes all levels from beginner to experienced yogis. Please note mats will be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and participants required to practice social distancing and wear a mask at all times except while practicing on your mat. In case of inclement weather, the class will be cancelled and participants will be notified. Registration is required by the Tuesday before class. Learn more here.


Fall Cornhole League at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, September 15th | 7PM-8PM | Every Wednesday

Join the second season of Montclair’s own cornhole league hosted at Montclair Brewery, Wednesday nights 7-8PM. Learn more here.


Newark Downtown District Market

Thursday, September 16th | 11AM-3PM | Every Thursday in September

The NDD Downtown Market is a newly imagined version of the NDD Common Greens Farmers Market and will be back at the PSE&G Plaza on Thursdays through September 30th. Learn more here.


Meditation Workshop

Thursday, September 16th | 11:30AM | Every Thursday

Join Bindu Bhatt for a virtual meditation session. No experience necessary. Bindu has practiced meditation for over 30 years and would like to share her insights with you. Learn more here.


Beginners Flow Yoga

Thursday, September 16th | 6PM | Every Thursday

This class, hosted by the Union Public Library, will lead you through the foundations of yoga postures, body awareness and alignment, relaxation of the mind and a connection with the breath. You will learn how to improve muscle strength, promote flexibility, and build your own yoga program specific for your mind and body. Learn more here.


1st Annual Community Resource Day

Friday, September 17th | 10AM-4PM

Greater Essex Counseling Services is holding its 1st Annual Community Resource Day in Downtown Newark. The event is Friday, September 17th from 10AM to 4PM. The event will be held at 23 Branford Place in Newark. Learn more here.


Montclair Brewery at Highland Park Farmer’s Market

Friday, September 17th | 11AM-5:30PM

Visit Montclair Brewery at the Highland Park Farmer’s Market. Learn more here.


Classes in Mixed-Media Abstract Art

Friday, September 17th | 1PM 

Every Friday, Award-winning Roseland artist Evan Stuart Marshall will teach a class on mixed-media abstract art. The topics covered include design and composition, classic abstract layouts, working with shapes, intuitive painting, and more. Learn more here.


All Points West Distillery Tour + Tasting

Friday, September 17th + Saturday, September 18th | 5PM-9PM 

Join All Points West every Friday and Saturday for a 20-minute tour with spirit samples and a house cocktail. A 10% discount on bottles and additional cocktails are included with the ticket. Learn more here.


Dinner Under the Stars in Bloomfield Center

Friday, September 17th | 6PM-10PM

The Bloomfield Center Alliance invites you to come out for al fresco dining and live entertainment on Washington Street in Bloomfield Center every Friday through October 8th. Learn more here.


Anberlin at The Wellmont Theater

Friday, September 17th | 6PM

Alternative rock band Anberlin will play at The Wellmont Theater on Sept. 17th and will feature NJ natives The Early November. Learn more here.


Live Music at Montclair Brewery

Friday, September 17th + Saturday, September 18th, + Sunday, September 19th | 7PM-9:30PM 

Head over to Montclair Brewery for live music every weekend provided by local artists. Learn more here.


S.O.F.I.A. 11th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence

Saturday, September 18th | 9AM-1PM

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Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) will host the 11th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in Montclair’s Canterbury Park on Sept. 18th. Participants unable to pre-register online can do so at Canterbury Park. Masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols will be strongly encouraged for participants. Learn more here.


Scholarship Saturday at Morgan’s Farm Stand

Saturday, September 18th | 9AM-1PM 

Scholarship Saturday at Morgan’s Farm Stand is happening on September 18th. The entire day’s sales will be used to provide scholarships for graduating seniors in Cedar Grove and Verona. Along with the weekly selection of organic fruits and vegetables, there will also be gift sets and t-shirts. Be sure to stop by to contribute to scholarships that will benefit local students. Learn more here.


45th Annual Upper Montclair Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, September 18th | 9AM-5PM 

Stop by the 45th Annual Sidewalk Sale where you can find bargains, meet your neighboring retail stores, restaurants, fitness + nutrition businesses and local non-profits. Learn more here.


Saturday Skate Sesh with Boardroom Skate

Saturday, September 18th | 10AM-12PM | Every Saturday

Join Boardroom Skate for a skate session every Saturday at Rand Courts. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.


Branch Brook Park Fest

Saturday, September 18th | 10AM-4PM 

Stop by the Branch Brook Park Fest on Sept. 18th for a day full of music, arts, food, vendors, crafts, fitness and more. Learn more here.


MAM Fall Fest

Saturday, September 18th | 10AM-10PM

Join Montclair Art Museum on September 18th for a grand celebration of the Museum’s galleries reopening with all new exhibitions. Admission is free and will include tours, family activities, demonstrations, performances, bilingual story time, yoga, and an evening of drinks and live music under the stars. Learn more here.

Chinese Cooking Classes with Chef Gilley

Saturday, September 18th | 5PM | Recurring

Enjoy an authentic Chinese culinary experience led by Chef Gilley. In these live online cooking classes, you’ll experience training from Chef Gilley as you prepare a variety of classic Chinese recipes completely from scratch. Learn more here.


Music at the Mansion: Natalie Douglas

Saturday, September 18th | Every Saturday | 7PM-9:30PM

Join internationally-acclaimed vocalist Natalie Douglas for a live performance presented by Nicori Studios and Productions. Performances occur every Saturday. Learn more here.


Family Roller Skating at Branch Brook Park

Saturday, September 18th | Multiple Times Available | Every Saturday

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Head over to Branch Brook Park for family roller skating every week. It’s open to all ages. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Sign up here.


Motown Sunday Brunch at Sweet Southern Eatery

Sunday, September 19th

Head over to Sweet Southern Eatery every Sunday for live music during brunch. Learn more here.


Maplewood Village’s Latin Restaurant Week

Sunday, September 19th-25th 

Enjoy Latin-inspired food and drink in the Village during Hispanic Heritage Month Latin Restaurant Week! Sept. 19th-25th, with a DJ dance party on Sept. 24th. Learn more here.


Fleet Feet Montclair’s Supported Long Run

Sunday, September 19th | 7AM-11AM

If you’re training for a Half or Full Marathon, Fleet Feet Montclair is here to help you get started. Join for a Supported Long Run on September 19th from 7AM to 11AM. There will be water stops, hydration, snacks, and some cheerleaders to support you along the way. Learn more here.


Boys & Girls Club of Newark 5K to Wellness 

Sunday, September 19th | 8AM-11AM

The Boys & Girls Club of Newark 5K to Wellness will take place on September 19th at Branch Brook Park in Newark at 8AM. The race is $30 and when you register for BGCN’s 5K to Wellness, you are supporting the efforts to raise funds to serve Newark’s youth and their families. Funds will provide more youth and families access to services like dental and eye care, stress management activities such as meditation, as well as crisis support to address mental and behavioral health challenges. You will receive a t-shirt and a 5K run/walk finisher medal. The race will take place on a USATF certified course and is sanctioned. Sign up here.


Open Book/Open Mind Online

Sunday, September 19th | 4PM-5:30PM

Bestselling science writer, Mary Roach, will discuss her new book, “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law,” with Lulu Miller of NPR. Virtual audience Q&A to follow. This program is sponsored by the Montclair Public Library Foundation. Learn more here.


Leave No Trace Play Reading at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, September 19th | 6PM-9:30PM

Stop by Montclair Brewery for a play reading by Leave No Trace Theatre Company. Learn more here.


MAM Premieres New Exhibits

Ongoing

Head over to Montclair Art Museum for the opening event of four exhibits including Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles. With Diné perspectives and the technical mastery of weavers at the heart of Color Riot!, this exhibition, featuring 70 bold artworks from 1860–1930 and the present­, celebrates the courage and vision to experiment. Learn more here.


Essex County to Administer Covid-19 Booster Shots

Ongoing

Essex County announced that it will administer booster shots to those who are immunocompromised, by appointment only, at its vaccination centers at Kmart in West Orange and Essex County College in Newark. According to the CDC and the FDA, people are considered to have a compromised immune system if they are fighting a disease, undergoing medical treatments or have received an organ transplant. Appointments can be made at EssexCOVID.org or 973-877-8456. Learn more here.


Montclair Film’s Virtual Cinema

Ongoing

Montclair Film’s Virtual Cinema is the best way to watch the latest movies from home while supporting the non-profit organization. Films in the Virtual Cinema are new, independent releases, available for rent at home before becoming available on other platforms, featuring new indies, documentaries, foreign films, and restored classics, with new selections available every Friday. Learn more here.


Point of Action: New Art Installation at Crane Park

Ongoing

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Montclair residents and artists Nina Cooke John and Charlie Spademan bring this installation to Montclair at no cost to the township for about four to six weeks. Crane Park is located at 1-9 Greenwood Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Tour Van Vleck House and Gardens

Open daily | 9AM-6PM

wisteria courtyard

Take a free tour of Van Vleck House and Gardens, a center for horticulture, education, music, and art. The gardens are open to the public and the house is available to non-profits for meetings and events. Learn more here.


Kid/Teen Focused Events

Storytime on the Green at Watchung Booksellers

Friday, September 17th | 4PM

Bring a Blanket and join Watchung Booksellers for Storytime + Activity with Laura Sassi as she reads from her new book, “Little Ewe”. Learn more here.


Listen on the Lawn

Tuesday, September 21st | 11AM | Every Tuesday

Join The Montclair Public Library for an in-person storytime on the lawn at the Bellevue Avenue Branch. Rain dates are scheduled for Thursdays at the same time. Social distancing required. Registration is not required but is recommended for scheduling updates. Learn more here.


Cuentitos: Bilingual Spanish Storytime (ages 2-5)

Tuesday, September 21st | 4PM

Join The Montclair Public Library for a fun, bilingual Spanish story time session with live music. Children’s books will be read in Spanish and English along with an acoustic guitar and songs in Spanish. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers are invited to join. Learn more here.


Upcoming Weekday Events

South Orange Downtown Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, September 22nd | 2PM-7PM | Every Wednesday

Check out the South Orange Farmers Market every Wednesday in the Sloan St. Lot from 2PM-7PM. Please remember to bring your reusable shopping bags with you. Learn more here.


Outdoor Yoga at Van Vleck House

Wednesday, September 22nd | 6PM-7PM | Every Wednesday in September

Join an outdoor yoga session at Van Vleck House every Wednesday at 6PM. This class welcomes all levels from beginner to experienced yogis. Please note mats will be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and participants required to practice social distancing and wear a mask at all times except while practicing on your mat. In case of inclement weather, the class will be cancelled and participants will be notified. Registration is required by the Tuesday before class. Learn more here.


Free Community Knitting Virtual Class

Wednesday, September 22nd | 7PM-9PM | Every Wednesday

Join a free community knitting virtual class every Wednesday. All fiber crafts are welcome. Register here.


NiCori Kids Performance Ensemble Class: JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH

Wednesday, September 22nd | 5PM-6:30PM

NiCori Kids Performance Ensemble is dedicated to students ages 10-14 who love musical theatre. NiCori Studios & Productions will produce JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH which will feature the NiCori Kids Performance Ensemble. This skill-building course will focus on the core elements of musical theater with a specific focus on acting while singing. The class will culminate with performances of the musical JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH on December 10, and 11, 2021. No audition is required to be accepted into this program. Auditions for roles will happen on the first day of class, September 22nd. Audition materials will be provided. Learn more here.


Burn Phase One: Origins and Activism with Antoinette Ellis Williams

Saturday + Sunday, September 24th + 25th | 5PM-8PM 

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The BURN Project is a multi-disciplinary visual, poetic, literary and ethnographic study on how history, socio-political, cultural, economic, and familial relationships shape identity, reality and healing Black American women. The project is divided into three phases (1) Origin and Activism, (2) Representation, Body, Beauty & Girlhood, and (3) Healing & Memory. The opening reception will be on Sept. 24th and an artist talk with Antoinette Ellis Williams will be on Sept. 25th. Williams is the Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at NJCU. Learn more here.


Ways to Give Back Locally

Salvation Army | 13 Trinity Place, Montclair

For 125 years, The Montclair Citadel Corps has been a beacon of hope and 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.


Communities Promoting Animal Welfare in NJ | 41 Watchung Plaza, Montclair

An opportunity for even the busiest volunteer. With options to help from home, at school, in-person, and virtually, the entire community can help save animals in the area. Volunteers are needed to help educate the community on animal welfare, help organize events, transport animals to and from doctor’s visits, and more. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.


Toni’s Kitchen | 73 South Fullerton Street, Montclair

Serving food to the community is a daily ongoing effort. Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair is available for this support. However, it can only stay in operation with the support of ongoing volunteers. Those high school age and up are eligible to help with serving food to guests. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups daily. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.


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Yarleen is a proud Jersey girl with Cuban roots. She’s an actor and writer with an affinity for poetry, travel, and fried plantains. Yarleen can usually be found with an Americano in hand, or any caffeinated beverage. When she’s not on stage, enjoying a new hobby {currently learning Krav Maga}, or typing away at her laptop, you can catch her jogging while listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or exploring art galleries and museums in New York City.