10 Things to Do in Montclair This Fall

Montclair amazingly combines the urban buzz of a city with the serenity of a suburb. Artists, film lovers, students and foodies flock to this lively college town year-round. If you ask us, there’s so many things to do in Montclair this fall, it’s not a matter of what to do, it’s a matter of what to do first.

  1. Focus on Film – It’s bravo to the big screen at the ten-day Montclair Film Festival October 20 – 29, 2023. View independent films, documentaries and comedies, cool events and perhaps cross paths with actors and industry pros.

  2. See What’s Growing – Stop by the Montclair Farmer’s Market at Walnut Street Station on Saturdays to stock up on homegrown fruits & veggies, tasty baked goods, local honey, fresh flowers, Jersey wines and cheese.

  3. Think Artistically – Brush up on American and Native American art at the Montclair Art Museum. View thought-provoking exhibitions and maybe give a studio art class or workshop a whirl.

  4. Be Botanical – Explore the Van Vleck House & Gardens. This 6-acre historical garden is open year-round to the public from dawn until dusk. Admission is free, the memories are priceless.

  5. Curate Your Chic-ness Enjoy shopping in Montclair’s endless boutiques and designer brand stores boasting apparel, accessories, antiques, home décor and gifts for everyone on your list. Check out Giftbar, Anthropologie, Monty and more.  

  6. Dine Internationally – Get a taste of Montclair’s acclaimed global culinary scene. Fill up on Ethiopian cuisine at Mesob, authentic Greek dishes at Greek Taverna, and the gluten-free menu at Samba featuring homestyle Brazilian fare.

  7. Take in a Show – Check out the sensational line-up of live performances taking place this fall at the historic Wellmont Theatre, where stars like Charlie Chaplin once took the stage.  

  8. Say Hello to History – Visit the Montclair History Center and tour the Israel Crane House/Historic YWCA, built in 1796 and the 1818- built Nathaniel Crane House home to a 19th-century schoolroom and general store.

  9. Hit the Trail – Admire the vibrant fall foliage as you hike the Lenape Trail at Brookdale Park. Bordering both Montclair and Bloomfield, it’s a picturesque way to spend an autumn day.

  10. Cover Your Bases – Explore the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center located on the campus of Montclair University, showcasing artifacts from Berra’s career, the history of baseball and his contribution to the game.

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