Here are just some of the things to in and around Montclair. Click on the ‘EVENTS’ tab to see even more weekend opportunities. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
WHERE: Park Sports Bar & Restaurant, 30 S Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042
WHEN: Friday 10pm – 1am
WHY GO: Only showing at Park Sports! The championship fight between Six foot three,265lbs Lesnar & Six Foot Five , 256 lbs Overeem! Preliminary fights start at 10!
COST: $10 Cover Charge
WHERE: Wellmont Theatre
WHEN: Friday & Saturday 8pm
WHY GO: Continuing a long and strange trip since humble beginnings over a decade ago, Dark Star Orchestra’s determined commitment to ‘raising the Dead’ has drawn nationwide attention. Offering a continually evolving artistic outlet within the Grateful Dead’s musical canon, members of Dark Star Orchestra seek out the unique style of each performance era and offer their own interpretations and improvisations at each show. Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances straight from the set list of these historic shows. Dark Star Orchestra isn’t a cover band. Its shows are not even meant as tributes. What Dark Star Orchestra tirelessly strives for and achieves is a continuation of the spirit of what has now become over forty years of the Grateful Dead’s timeless music
COST: $45.00 / $75.00-VIP Ticket
WHERE: Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange
WHEN: Friday, Saturday -- Ends 12/31
WHY GO: Experience Turtle Back Zoo in the winter as 100,000 bulbs and 40 lit displays illuminate the zoo this holiday season!
COST: Free. Turtle Back Zoo will be collecting non-perishable food, winter coats and unwrapped new toys for the needy each evening of holiday lights.
WHERE: Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant
WHEN: Saturday 8pm to 1am
WHY GO: Melvin Davis, recording artist, vocalist, keyboard player and organist extraordinaire, has understood the power of his hands to transport the sound of instruments from his imagination to a concert hall or nightclub full of eager twitching bodies for all of his life, dating back to childhood. This was when Melvin’s ears, residing in the multi-cultural city of Paterson, NJ, just 20 miles west of New York, dined on the sounds of musical greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Peggy Lee, John Coltrane, Jimmy McGriff, Alvin Valentine and so many more.
COST: $30 pp music charge and dinner specials
WHERE: Park Sports Bar & Restaurant
WHEN: Saturday 8pm to 1am
WHY GO: Come ring in the New Year at Park Sports! D.J. Troy Looney will be spinning all the latest. Martini & Rossi Champagne giveaways from 8-10!
COST: $40 you will receive unlimited open bar from 9-12!
WHEN: Saturday starting at 5pm
WHY GO: Montclair Township will host First Night Montclair, the Township’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration with an exciting and much larger line-up over last year’s event.
HILLSIDE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM – 54 Orange Road
5:00 – 5:45 Lasermania
6:00 – 6:45 Bubblemania
7:00 – 7:45 Lasermania
8:00 – 8:45 Bubblemania
HILLSIDE SCHOOL GYM – 54 Orange Road
5:00 – 5:45 Wild & Wacky
6:00 – 6:45 Juggler
7:00 – 7:45 Wild & Wacky
8:00 – 8:45 Juggler
HILLSIDE SCHOOL CAFETERIA – 54 Orange Road
5:00 – 5:45 Square Dance
6:00 – 6:45 Square Dance
7:00 – 7:45 Afrocuba Salsa
8:00 – 8:45 Afrocuba Salsa
9:00 – 9:45 Afrocuba Salsa
SALVATION ARMY – 13 Trinity Place
6:00 – 6:45 TNT Rambler
7:00 – 7:45 TNT Rambler
SALVATION ARMY GYM – 13 Trinity Place
6:00 – 6:45 Hoop Wizard
7:00 – 7:45 Hoop Wizard
UNITARIAN CONGREGATION HALL – 67 Church Street
5:00 – 5:45 Ventriloquist
6:00 – 6:45 Magician
7:00 – 7:45 Ventriloquist
8:00 – 8:45 Magician
UNITARIAN CONGREGATION SANCTUARY – 67 Church Street
6:00 – 6:45 Zara Phillips – Pop Music
7:00 – 7:45 Zara Phillips – Pop Music
8:00 – 8:45 Warren Zanes - Rock
9:00 – 9:45 Warren Zanes – Rock
COVENANT CHURCH – 17 Valley Road
6:00 – 6:45 Comedian
7:00 – 7:45 Andy McKee - Jazz
8:00 – 8:45 Comedian
9:00 – 9:45 Andy McKee – Jazz
MONTCLAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY – 50 South Fullerton
6:00 – 6:45 Serendipity Cafe
7:00 – 7:45 Serendipity Cafe
8:00 – 8:45 Serendipity Cafe
9:00 – 9:45 Serendipity Cafe
COST: $5 Kids & Youth Ticket (ages 3 to 17 years of age); $15 Adult Ticket / $20 on December 31st
WHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
WHEN: Friday, Saturday 12:00pm–5:00pm
WHY GO: Season of Light (Limited run) Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm - Recommended for adults and children ages 6 and up 40 minutes
Trace the development of many of the world's endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season. This show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice—not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.
Seven Wonders Fridays, 2 pm Saturdays & Sundays, 2 & 4 pm - Recommended for adults and children ages 9 and up 40 minutes
Turn back the pages of time and witness the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as they have not been seen for thousands of years.
The Little Star that Could Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 pm - Recommended for adults and children ages 5 to 8 35 minutes
A little star is born all by himself. Lonely for some friends, he embarks on a journey through the galaxy. Along the way he meets different stars, learns about their lives, colors and temperatures. At the end of his voyage he is introduced to a star cluster, the Milky Way and the planets in our Solar System.
COST: Adults $15; children under 12, seniors, and college students $9 - includes Museum & Planetarium admission
WHERE: Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church of West Orange
WHEN: Sunday 7:30pm
WHY GO: Jazz Vespers is an evening worship service focusing on music and the Spirit. This alternative format service blends the age-old tradition of evening prayer with the unique musical language of jazz. It will feature jazz music performed by local musicians as well as special readings, poetry, prayers and communion. The service honors the diversity of the West Orange community and the contribution of the creative arts to the life of the community. It celebrates inclusivity and creativity and is open to all.
Kids and Youth: $5. For ages 3 to 17
Adults: $15 -- $20 on December 31
First Night Montclair tickets are available for purchase at the Montclair Township Municipal Center, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07042. CASH AND CHECKS ONLY FOR TICKET PURCHASES AT THE MONTCLAIR MUNICIPAL BUILDING.
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: www.brownpapertickets.com
Ticket Sales Hours at the Municipal Building are:
December 12-30: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tickets also available at Investors Bank, 536 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair:
December 12-30: Monday & Wednesday 8:30-6:00; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30-4:30; Saturdays 9:00 - 1:00
December 31: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.