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40 Things to Do in Montclair + Beyond This Weekend | Nov 3-7

by Yarleen Hernandez
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We are finally feeling some Autumn weather in North Jersey! Whether you’re heading out or staying in, this week’s Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond events guide has got you covered with farmers’ markets, concerts, kid-friendly events, and so much more. Check out this list of all the in-person + virtual events happening in Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond this weekend, November 3rd-7th.

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

Local Montclair (+ Beyond) Events

South Orange Downtown Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd | 2PM-7PM

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

The Ivy at Chatham

Women’s Networking Night at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd | 6:30PM-9:30PM

Stop by Montclair Brewery for a networking event for women and nonbinary people. This will be an open space to talk and meet people in the beer garden. Learn more here.

Fall Cornhole League at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd | 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.

Meditation Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 4th | 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.

Aging in Montclair Presents: How to Adapt Your Home to Age In Place

Thursday, Nov. 4th | 2PM 

On Thursday, November 4th at 2PM, Sharon L. Sherman, President of Thyme and Place Design in Wyckoff, will present a web program: Adapting Your Home to Age in Place. Ms. Sherman will address renovations and accommodations to address the safety (balance, stability, and accessibility), function, beauty, and comfort needs of older people. Learn more here.

Beginners Flow Yoga

Thursday, Nov. 4th | 6PM | Every Thursday

This class, hosted by the Union Public Library, will lead participants 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.

The French Dispatch at The Clairidge

Thursday, Nov. 4th | 7PM + 7:30PM

Watch a screening of The French Dispatch at The Clairidge. Learn more here.

Spencer at The Clairidge

Thursday, Nov. 4th | 7:15PM

Watch a screening of Spencer at The Clairidge. Learn more here.

Last Open Mic at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, Nov. 4th | 7:30PM-9:30PM

Stop by Montclair Brewery for the last open mic of the season. There will be music, comedy, poetry, and drama. Come share your talent or just watch. Family-friendly and all ages are welcome. Learn more here.

A Genesis Extravaganza, The Musical Box at The Wellmont Theater

Thursday, Nov. 4th | 8PM

Stop by The Wellmont Theater on Nov. 4th to watch A Genesis Extravaganza, The Musical Box perform. Learn more here.

Classes in Mixed-Media Abstract Art

Friday, Nov. 5th | 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, Nov. 5th + Saturday, Nov. 6th | 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.

Annual Fish or Chicken & Chips To-Go Fundraiser

Friday, Nov. 5th | 5:30PM-7PM 

The Church of the Holy Spirit is hosting its Annual Fish or Chicken & Chips To-Go Fundraiser this Friday, Nov. 5th from 5:30-7PM. Learn more here.

Watchung Booksellers Presents Kal Penn with John Cho, You Can’t Be Serious

Friday, Nov. 5th | 7PM 

Join actor and author, Kal Penn, along with fellow actor, John Cho, for a virtual event celebrating the release of Kal’s memoir, “You Can’t Be Serious.” This is Kal’s and John’s first joint event since promoting the Harold and Kumar franchise. Learn more here.

The Return of Apex Ensemble

Friday, Nov. 5th | 8PM 

The return of @apexensemble (formerly The Montclair Orchestra) is happening November 5th at 8PM. The ‘Orchestra For The Next Generation’ will present Soprano Leah Hawkins joining them from Lincoln Center’s MET Opera, + music by British composer Anna Clyne at Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair. Use code “MONTCLAIRGIRL” to receive a 10% discount on tickets. Learn more here.

Live Music at Montclair Brewery

Friday, Nov. 5th + Saturday, Nov. 6th, + Sunday, Nov. 7th | 7PM-9:30PM 

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

Saturday Skate Sesh with Boardroom Skate

Saturday, Nov. 6th | 10AM-12PM | Every Saturday

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

Essex County Riker Hill Art Park Fall Open House

Saturday, Nov. 6th-7th | 11AM-5PM 

Stop by the Essex County Riker Hill Art Park Fall Open House on Nov. 6th-7th from 11AM-5PM. Learn more here.

Chinese Cooking Classes with Chef Gilley

Saturday, Nov. 6th | 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.

In This Moment & Black Veil Brides with Ded at The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, Nov. 6th | 6PM

Stop by The Wellmont Theater on Nov. 6th to watch In This Moment & Black Veil Brides with Ded perform. Learn more here.


Saturday, Nov. 6th | 6PM

The annual SOPAC Gala will be presented virtually + in-person at Drew University. The Gala brings together patrons, community leaders and artists to celebrate SOPAC’s achievements, pay tribute to our supporters and raise significant funds.. Learn more here.

Family Roller Skating at Branch Brook Park

Saturday, Nov. 6th | Multiple Times Available | Every Saturday


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, Nov. 7th

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

Bash & Pop Vinyl Dig VII at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, Nov. 7th | 10AM-5PM

Bash and Pop Records is back again hosting Montclair Vinyl Dig VII. Guest vendors from across the tri-state area bring out Records, CD’s, Cassettes, Collectibles, and more, right in time for the holiday season. Learn more here.

Chase Atlantic at The Wellmont Theater

Sunday, Nov. 7th | 8PM

Stop by The Wellmont Theater on Nov. 7th to watch Chase Atlantic perform. Learn more here.

Montclair’s Newest Public Art: Reverberations of Reawakenings


Local Artists Lauren Vroegindewey, Marguerite Kaufer, and Nicole Nuzzolo are pleased to present “Reverberations of Reawakenings,” a 35-by-8-ft. painted mural in partnership with Montclair Diner currently on view at 613 Valley Road.

Girls in Gear Assistant Coach 

Now-Nov. 14th

The Dream Project is a non-profit funding organization committed to helping young girls through service and cycling. The cycling trips span thousands of miles across the country and help those in need along the way. The group is e looking for an assistant coach to help on Sundays for six weeks. The coach must be at least 16 years of age, have a bike and helmet, be able to commit to six Sundays in a row starting on Oct 10th, and be ready to help empower young girls looking to grow as community leaders. Learn more here.

Transitional Energy Exhibit at SOPAC

 On View Now-Nov. 21st

Transitional Energy: Form, Shape, Color by Curtis Grayson, III is SOPAC’s newest exhibit for the fall season. Learn more here.

Tech/Know/Future/ From Slang to Structure Exhibition Now Open at Montclair State University Galleries

On View Now-December 11th

The Montclair State University Galleries will present the exhibition Tech/Know/Future/ From Slang to Structure from September 14 through December 11, 2021. The new exhibition is the Galleries’ first in-person offering in nearly two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tech/Know/Future/ From Slang to Structure is a critical response to technological systems within art addressing the issues of identity, history and abstraction, placing the viewer at the intersection of the past, present and future. Learn more here.

MAM Premieres New Exhibits


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


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


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.

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

Listen on the Lawn

Tuesday, Nov. 9th | 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, Nov. 9th | 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

Bloomfield Farmer’s Market

Tuesday, Nov. 9th | 3:30PM-6:30PM | Every Tuesday

Stop by the Bloomfield Farmers Market every Tuesday in front of the Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street, from 3:30PM-6:30PM. Learn more here.

Kean Poets and Open Mic

Tuesday, Nov. 9th | 6:30PM 

Enjoy Kean University Poets and read your own work (limited to one poem) in a very special event in person at Kean or online. Please register to read by writing to dwalter@uplnj.org. All in person attendees at Kean University must be fully vaccinated. Learn more here.

South Orange Downtown Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, Nov. 10th | 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.

Free Community Knitting Virtual Class

Wednesday, Nov. 10th | 7PM-9PM | Every Wednesday

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

Ways to Give Back Locally

First Seventh-Day Adventist Church Soup Kitchen | 15 Elmwood Avenue, Montclair

Every Sunday from 12:00PM-2:30PM the soup kitchen at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church is available to those in need in the community. Join as a volunteer in this ministry that has been in and of service for over a decade. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve food. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.

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 and 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 about this volunteer opportunity here.

LGBT Rain Foundation Essex County | 168 N Park Street, East Orange

The mission of LGBT Rain Foundation of Essex County has a mission of getting 18-26 persons experiencing homelessness on the path from transitional housing to permanent housing. A variety of tasks are needed to run this foundation. Volunteers are asking to make a six-month commitment at a time to allow for relationship building with the residents. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here

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