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42 Things to Do in Montclair + Beyond This Weekend | May 19-25

by Yarleen Hernandez
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Whether you’re heading out or staying in — this week’s Montclair + beyond events guide has got you covered with kid-friendly activities, performances, and much more happening. Check out this list of all the virtual and in-person events happening in Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond this weekend (May 19th – 25th).

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.

Virtual Events

Modern LGBTQ Literature Before Stonewall

Thursday, May 20th | 6:30PM-8:30PM

Two years ago marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which for many marks the beginning of the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the US and even around the world, but what led up to this moment? In this lecture, you will take a quick jaunt through some of the wildest and most wonderful writing done by late nineteenth and early to mid-20th century queer poets, visionaries, fighters, and lovers. Register here.

The Art Behind Black Panther Hosted by The Newark Museum of Art

Thursday, May 20th | 7:00PM

Discover the artistic influences of the film Black Panther (2018), a cultural landmark that took the world by storm. Amanda Maples, Curator of African Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, shares insights about the history that played a role in the creation of this blockbuster. Register here.

Open Book/Open Mind Online Lecture: Barry Meier’s New Book “Spooked”

Thursday, May 20th | 7:00PM 

Two-time Pulitzer-winning reporter Barry Meier will be talking about his new book, “Spooked” on the world of private espionage, with Michael Isikoff, chief investigative reporter for Yahoo. Register here.

Open Mic Series: Jersey Fresh at Home Hosted by NJPAC

Thursday, May 20th | 7:00PM | Every Thursday

NJPAC is shining the spotlight on homegrown stars. Every week, they are showcasing up-and-coming talent from all over New Jersey via Facebook Live. Register here.

Re-envisioning Community: Exploring Restorative Justice

Thursday, May 20th | 7:30PM-8:45PM | Every Thursday

Join the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair for a series of conversations with New Jersey Advocates for Restorative Justice for six Thursday evenings from 7:30PM to 8:45PM via Zoom. Register here.

Virtual Senior Happening: Paper Mill Playhouse Presents: “Tenderly: The Songs of Rosemary Clooney”

Friday, May 21st | 1:00PM

The Livingston Public Library invites the public to a virtual senior happening on Friday, May 21st at 1:00PM featuring “Tenderly: The Songs of Rosemary Clooney” by Paper Mill Playhouse. “Tenderly:  The Songs of Rosemary Clooney” provides a glimpse into the life and recording career of one of the great song stylists of the American Songbook. Register here.

Beginning Ukulele Hosted by The Montclair Public Library

Friday, May 21st | 1:30PM-2:30PM | Every Friday

In this beginner’s ukulele class, you will learn basic chords and strums, and some fun, easy songs. No music background or experience necessary. Register here.

Spring Cleaning Special: De-Clutter Deluxe Package Offer by Space Composer

Use by Friday, May 21st 

Receive a 30-minute virtual consultation to create a project strategy, a product recommendation list created and tailored just for you, an 8-hour on-site session with two organizers to do the hands-on work, and more through Space Composer’s De-Clutter Deluxe Package Offer. Register here.

NJ Tri-County CycleNation

Now-Wednesday, May 26th


The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is hosting CycleNation to raise awareness + funds to change the statistics. The digital experience will take place during May, American Stroke Month, where participants can ride solo or create a team to “rack up their miles”. Learn more here.

Submissions Open for the 2021 Montclair Film Festival

Earlybird Deadline: Friday, May 28th

Submit your film for the 2021 Montclair Film Festival. The Montclair Film Festival is celebrating ten years. The festival has established itself as New Jersey’s leading film non-profit, with hundreds of screenings, events, education programs, and community partnerships providing a unique opportunity for our diverse audience to connect with filmmakers working in all different genres and forms. The 10th Annual Montclair Film Festival will happen on October 21-October 30, 2021. Register here.

Farmstead Arts Virtual Art Exhibit

Now-Friday, May 28th 

Farmstead Arts presents its virtual spring art show. This exhibit features the diverse works of eighteen talented artists whose works are inspired by the energy, beauty, and hope of a new spring. Register here.

Virtual Caterpillar Walk/Run For Fibromyalgia

Now-Monday, May 31st

Register for the Virtual Caterpillar Walk/Run for Fibromyalgia to raise awareness + funds for people living with the condition. Register here.

In-Person Events

Register for the Fleet Feet Montclair Pride Stride Run & Walk

Registration now open | Event: June 17th | 6:30PM 

Registration is now open (and filling up fast) for the 3rd annual Fleet Feet Montclair Pride Stride Run & Walk on June 17th at 6:30PM in partnership with Montclair Brewery and Diadora. Funds raised and registration fees will be donated to OUT Montclair, a new organization dedicated to fostering community and providing support and solidarity for the LGBTQIA+ population of Montclair. Sign up here.

Get Vaccinated at Toni’s Kitchen + Win a Starbucks Giftcard

Thursday, May 20th | 10:00AM-1:00PM 

St. Luke’s Church is hosting a free, no pre-registration required COVID-19 vaccination opportunity with the Essex County Commissioner and Board of County Commissioners at Toni’s Kitchen. All are welcome to stop by for a J & J or Moderna vaccine. Starbucks gift cards are available for the first 100 participants. Learn more here.

AAPI Montclair’s Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance

Thursday, May 20th | 7:00PM-9:00PM 

AAPI Montclair will host its first-ever Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance at
Edgemont Memorial Park in Montclair on May 21st from 7:00PM to 9:00PM {rain date: May 22nd}, illuminating the park with over a thousand white paper lanterns as a memorial to all victims of racial
violence and injustice. The event will take place at Edgemont Park. Register here.

Live Music: Howlin Poets at Montclair Brewery

Friday, May 21st | 7:00PM-9:30PM

Head over to Montclair Brewery for some live music from 7:00PM-9:30PM provided by No Wake, a soulful, acoustic rock duo. Learn more here.

The Montclair Farmers’ Market

Saturday, May 22nd | 8:00AM-1:00PM | Every Saturday

The market takes place every Saturday at the Walnut Street Train Station located at 86 Walnut Street in Montclair. It offers an array of local farmers and food artisans offering fresh fruits + vegetables, meats, cheeses, gluten-free baked goods, and more. Learn more here.

Saturday Skate Sesh with Boardroom Skate

Saturday, May 22nd | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Every Saturday

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

Mothers Day Outdoor Spa Pop-Up Celebration

Saturday, May 22nd | 11:00AM-4:00PM 


Take part in this special Mother’s Day event for your mom to remember. There will be reiki therapy, massages, raffles, musicians, vendors and more. The event will take place at 900 Green Lane in Union. Learn more here.

Potters Guild of New Jersey Outdoor Show + Sale

Saturday, May 22nd + Sunday, May 23rd | 11:00AM-5:00PM 

Farmstead Arts Center, located at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge, will host The Potters Guild of New Jersey’s Annual Spring Pottery Sale of functional and sculptural ceramics. Meet fabulous clay artists and get to know the stories behind their work. Learn more here.

Warren Court Art Walk

Saturday, May 22nd + Sunday, May 23rd | 11:00AM-5:00PM 


The Warren Court Art Walk will take place on Saturday, May 22nd + Sunday, May 23rd from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. Local artists Sybil Archibald, Wendy Bellermann, and Leslie Goldman have curated a one-block art walk with 18 outstanding local artists. Live demonstrations of jade carving and monotype printmaking among others will be presented along with a variety of free raffles and refreshments. On Saturday, there will be live acoustic music by Steve Jones from 1:00PM-4:00PM. Learn more here.

DJ Ritters at Montclair Brewery

Saturday, May 22nd | 1:00PM-5:00PM

Head over to Montclair Brewery for some live music from 1:00PM-5:00PM provided by DJ Ritters. Learn more here.

Family Roller Skating at Branch Brook Park

Saturday, May 22nd | Multiple Times Available | Every Saturday



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

Music, Food + Fun at Glenfield Park

Sunday, May 23rd | 12:00PM-2:00PM

Head over to Glenfield Park for a fun day of music + free food. Montclair Art Museum will have a creative arts truck for all to enjoy and masks, toys, books, and bags of food will be distributed as well as a raffle giveaway. Learn more here.

Live Music: Richard Pierson Jazz & Friends at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, May 23rd | 4:00PM-8:30PM

Head over to Montclair Brewery for some live music from 4:00PM-8:30PM provided by Richard Pierson Jazz & Friends. Learn more here.

Spring In Living Color at Westfield Garden State Plaza

Now-Sunday, June 6th 


Spring is in full bloom at the Garden State Plaza Mall! The Floral Escape presents “Spring In Living Color”. A series of five floral activations designed for you to capture memorable moments. Learn more here.

Point of Action: New Art Installation at Crane Park


Montclair residents and artists Nina Cooke John and Charlie Spademan are bringing the 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.

Fragile Freedoms Exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum

Now-Sunday, June 13th

The Montclair Art Museum is hosting the exhibit Fragile Freedoms. Dream Act by Maggie Meiners is on display now until Sunday, June 13th. Tickets to the museum must be reserved prior to entering and Fridays from 11AM to 12PM are reserved for immunocompromised persons as well as seniors. MAM’s artwork can be enjoyed virtually on the website as well. Learn more here.

Tour Van Vleck House and Gardens

Open daily | 9:00AM-6:00PM

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-Focused Events

Freeform Virtual Teen Book Club

Thursday, May 20th | 6:00PM- 7:00PM

Drop in to the MPL Teen Discord server to join in a freeform discussion group to share what you’re reading (or watching, playing, or listening to). This month, the discussion will center on authors of AAPI heritage. Register here.

Take Part in the 7th Annual Harmony Concert Presented by In Harmony Montclair

First meeting will take place on Friday, May 21st 

In Harmony Montclair is organizing their 7th Annual Harmony Concert, a benefit concert run by and featuring tweens/teens that raises money for a different local charity each summer. The concert will be streamed online with an in-person component. If you are interested in participating, please email inharmonymontclair@gmail.com for more information. Learn more here.

Illustration for Teens Hosted by Montclair Art Museum

Now-June 2nd | 4:30PM- 6:00PM

Students explore visual strategies for communicating concepts and individual expression with a professional illustrator. In addition to technique-based instruction, there will be a variety of assignments reflective of the range of approaches and possibilities in the field of illustration. Students must provide their own materials. Register here.

Take and Make Saturdays

Now-June 12th | 11:00AM-4:00PM

Register for a craft project each week, pick it up on Saturday during the library’s public browsing hours, and do it at home. Sign up here.

Dungeons and Dragons Club at West Orange Library

Now-June 18th | 3:15PM-5:15PM

DnD features role-playing, storytelling, strategic thinking, math skills, problem-solving, and teamwork all rolled into one. The event is open to teens living in West Orange. Sign up here.

Girls in Gears Bike Program

Now-Sunday, June 27th | 9:30AM-11:00AM

Join Bike & Walk Montclair for an eight-week program for any rider who identifies as a girl ages 10-13 and wants to build confidence on and off their bikes. This weekly meeting will focus on a mix of emotional development, conversations, and riding skills. Sign up here.

Upcoming Weekday Events

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Hosted by The Montclair Public Library

Monday, May 24th | 10:30AM-11:30AM | Every Monday

Mindfulness is a meditation practice that cultivates a positive state of mind like gratitude, kindness, and compassion. The following topics will be covered: mindful breathing/body, mindful emotions, development of the heart, interpersonal mindfulness, everyday stress reduction, and empathy. Register here.

Managing Stress + Anxiety Moving Out of Covid

Tuesday, May 25th | 6:30PM-8:00PM

Join in on this workshop to learn how to manage stress + anxiety during the pandemic. In this workshop, the dangers/consequences of stress and offer coping strategies that will allow us to emerge out of darkness will be discussed. Register here.

Beginner Mah Jongg

Tuesday, May 25th | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Every Tuesday

Learn how to play the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg. Register here.

Poetry + Interpretive Movement Virtual Class

Wednesday, May 26th | 6:45PM-7:45PM | Every Wednesday

Join Simone Coonrod over Zoom for a three-series workshop incorporating poetry and dance. Each session will feature a poem that the participants will collaboratively interpret through creative movement. Register here.

Film Club Hosted by The Montclair Public Library

Wednesday, May 26th | 7:00PM-8:00PM | Every Wednesday

See assigned movies (which are mostly on Netflix, but may include Amazon Prime, Hulu, and On-Demand) then join classmates to talk about themes, plot, characters, acting, directing, cinematography, costumes, score, trailers, and/or viewer’s expectations. Register here.

Free Community Knitting Virtual Class

Wednesday, May 26th | 7:00PM-9:00PM | Every Wednesday

Join a free community knitting virtual class every Wednesday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. All fiber crafts are welcome. Register here.

Ways to Give Back Locally

Jazz House Kids | 347 Bloomfield Avenue

Founder Melissa Walker was prepped to be a lawyer before opportunities in music kept showing up all around her. She attributes her ability to follow her heart and be a jazz artist to great mentors in her life. Now, through Jazz House Kids, Melissa is providing students the opportunities she had by mentoring them. Learn more here.

Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris | 33 South Fullerton Avenue

Mental health is often highly stigmatized in society and the media. Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is working to reverse this stigma and provide support to those living with mental illness as well as the caregivers. Through advocacy, education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and services, the organization is working to achieve its mission. Learn more here.

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, and opportunity. As time passed, the organization not only changed its name, it joined forces with women of all backgrounds and became a prominent force in the community. Learn more here

Covenant House New Jersey 

Covenant House began more than 40 years ago when six young runaways were given shelter from a snowstorm, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In 1989, Covenant House began its work in New Jersey by providing basic services to homeless youth on the streets of Newark and Atlantic City. Learn more here.

Junior League of Montclair-Newark 

The Junior League of Montclair-Newark {JLMN} is a volunteer organization of women committed to Promoting Volunteerism, Developing the potential of women, and Improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Learn more here.

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