Lunar New Year- Jan. 27

Join AAPI Montclair for the Lunar New Year 2024 on Saturday, January 27th, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, at the Montclair Art Museum.
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with performances, Asian cuisine, kid-friendly activities, and a vibrant night market.
Witness the captivating Lion Dancers and the mesmerizing Face Changer. Plus, enjoy gallery access within the museum.
Highlights include a dragon parade, cultural performances, and interactive activities like calligraphy and origami.
General admission is $7 for individuals, $25 for families (up to 5 attendees), and free for children under 5, MAM members, and those with financial need. More here 

Art Walk- April 11

Montclair Center’s Art Walk Returns!
Mark Your Calendar for Thursday, April 11th, from 4 – 9 PM, rain or shine! Over 50 downtown businesses will be taking part.
Plan for an evening celebrating the vibrant creative spirit of Montclair as local businesses team up with artists for a night of pop-up exhibitions throughout downtown Montclair. Explore unique spaces, shop, dine, and mingle while supporting local art!
But that’s not all! There will be a lineup of events for everyone to enjoy family-friendly activities in the park, live-art painting of murals by talented local artists, and engaging talks by artists and entrepreneurs discussing their craft and its connection to the community.
Stay tuned for more details and the interactive digital map, your guide to all the participating venues and activities.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience, see, and be seen!

MAAHF Parade- June 1

The forthcoming MAAHF Parade and Festival will set for Saturday, June 1st, at 10:30 AM. Experience Montclair enthusiastically invites the entire community to participate in this remarkable event, starting with the parade and followed by a vibrant festival presented by the Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation.

Immerse yourself in a world of music and culture. Since its inception in 1990, this annual celebration has been a testament to the vibrant heritage and significant contributions of African Americans in Montclair, NJ. The parade kicks off the festivities, featuring dazzling floats, spirited marching bands, and dynamic dance troupes as it winds its way through town.

This year, immediately after the parade, prepare for an exciting Battle of the Bands, featuring four top New Jersey High School marching bands vying for victory. It promises to be a finale you won’t want to miss! The battle will follow an unforgettable performance by the renowned and talented Drums of Thunder. The parade is a rain or shine event, but the festival will take place on Sunday, June 2nd if it rains. The Festival is at Nishuane Park from 1pm-6pm and will feature all of the community favorites: food and merchandise vendors, a game truck, a family area with bouncy houses, life size games and a collaboration with Montclair Brewery to produce MAAHF’s first beer garden.

The Parade Route:

1. Starting point: Maple Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue

2. The parade will turn left onto Bloomfield Avenue headed towards Elm Street.

3. The Parade will then make a left on Elm Street and proceed to Orange Road.

Once the parade reaches Cedar Avenue, it will pass Cedar the first time and Veer right onto Orange Road towards the South End Gardens to visit our senior residents. The parade will then go around the bend, turning left onto Orange Road towards Cedar Avenue again and finally turning left onto Cedar where the grandstand and battle of the bands will take place.

They are still accepting parade registrants: dance teams, community organizations, and vendors to participate in the parade.

The link to sign up for either: MAAHF Parade + Festival

Montclair Pride Festival – June 8

Downtown Montclair
175 vendors. 3 stages.

The Montclair Pride festival, hosted by Out Montclair, raises awareness, and strengthen ties in our community and among all LGBTQ+ people and allies in the region, as well as provide a celebration filled with art, culture, food, music, and live performances to uplift LGBTQ+ people, issues and history. Pride takes over most of Downtown Montclair with street closures of Bloomfield Avenue from Church St. to Midland, S. Park from Church to Bloomfield Ave., Park St. from Bloomfield Ave. to Portland Pl. and Church from Bloomfield Ave. to S. Park with partnership from Essex County and Montclair Township.

Jazz Festival Jamboree- Sept. 14

8 hours of music. Over 150 vendors. Five stages.

The MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Downtown Jamboree will transform the vibrant, arts-rich, New York City urban suburb of Montclair, NJ into a musical mecca. The 14th Annual, this is the third year that the festival takes to the streets of downtown Montclair to support the vibrant main business district. Get ready for 5 downtown stages and 150 food and artisan vendors on a ½ miles stretch of Bloomfield Avenue and expanded Family Jazz Discovery Zone!

No tickets required. Beach and lawn chairs welcome. Please note pop-up tents and beach umbrellas are prohibited

Upper Montclair Sidewalk Sale – Sept 14

Upper Montclair Business Association (UMBA) will host its 47th annual Sidewalk Sale. More than 35 businesses will participate and offer sales throughout the district. Come support small businesses and enjoy a day out with friends and family. Pet friendly. Family Friendly. Valley Road will be closed between Lorraine Ave and Bellevue Ave.

Walnut Street Fair – September 29

The 2023 Walnut Street Fair is being held on Sunday, May 7th from 11am – 4pm. This year’s fair features live music, 150+ vendors, food trucks, kids activities, a beer garden, Optimus Prime, BumbleBee, the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck, the Montclair Public Library mini bookmobile, the Colgate Dental van, and more! Stay tuned for event updates and much more.

Strut Your Mutt – Oct. 26

It’s that time of year again, and we can’t wait to see your pups strutting their stuff in style!

The Strut Your Mutt Canine Halloween Costume Contests, hosted annually by Essex County Parks, have evolved into a beloved gathering where dog owners can showcase their creativity, honor their furry companions, and enjoy joyful moments with fellow dog enthusiasts.

Essex County Brookdale Dog Park

Grove Street Entrance

Registration: 9am • Parade: 9:30am

FREE ENTRY – Prizes

Dress up your adorable canine companions in their spookiest, silliest, or most creative costumes, and join us for some pawsome fun!

Montclair Film Festival – Oct 18 -27

The twelfth annual Montclair Film Festival  will entertain film lovers and professionals from across the region and country with ten days of compelling independent films, comedies, documentaries, panels, family events, and work by emerging artists. The festival will provide a platform for talented filmmakers from around the world and give special recognition to New Jersey artists.

VENUES

Cinema505
505 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ

The Clairidge / Main Box Office
486 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ

Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA)
Upper School Campus
6 Lloyd Road
Montclair, NJ

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
1 Center Street
Newark, NJ

The Wellmont Theater
5 Seymour Street
Montclair, NJ

 

Winter Wonderland (Small Business Saturday)

Nov. 26, 12:00 -6
Wellmont Arts Plaza

Winter Wonderland will kick off with live music and special guests at the Wellmont Arts Plaza, located at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Vanguard Theater, Jazz House Kids and Arthur Murray Dance Studio will also be contributing to the festival with live music + performances. There will be special guests including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Buddy the Elf, Elsa, and a hula hooping elf. Family-friendly activities include kids crafts, gnome making station, holiday carolers, raffles and fun activity booths sponsored by local non-profit organizations.

First 100 visitors will get a Shop Small tote courtesy of American Express. Over 60 small businesses are participating with specials and giveaways. Stop by Wellmont Arts Plaza to pick up a map of businesses. This is a family/pet friendly event. More coming soon.

 

 

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular

Come experience the Zoo at night! Turtle Back Zoo’s Holiday Lights goes till December 31st, so there is still time to experience the magic of the Holiday season. 5pm to 9pm. Free admission. Donations of coats, toys, and non-perishable foods encouraged.