The Weekend: Open Mic, Music, Comedy, Art and Flowers

Start your weekend off by expressing yourself at Trend Coffee & Tea House’s Open Mic Night. You can share poetry, spoken word, short stories, music, comedy or just kick back, relax, and enjoy local talent. Anyone who performs gets a free coffee. Open Mic Nights happens every Thursday.

Trend’s Open Mic Night
Thursday, May 31 from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Trend Coffee and Tea House, 411 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Free

On Friday, enjoy three hours and four minutes (yes, that’s how long they will perform) of somersaulting saxophone, tweetin’ lead guitar, and loco-cholo rhythm guitar at the Los Gatos Jam in front of Petit Parisien on Church Street. While you’re there get a coffee and macaron. You”ll thank me. Los Gatos are Deivito: Vocals, Guitar, Straw Hat, Wes Kirk: Lead Guitar, Wingtip Shoes and Detective Tuesday: Saxophone, Sunglasses.

Los Gatos Jam
Friday, June 1 from 7 pm-10:04 pm

Le Petit Parisien, 10 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042

Free

Or enjoy an outdoor screening of The Secret Garden in the beautiful Presby Iris Gardens. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a bottle of wine and enjoy a rendition of the classic Frances Hodgon Burnett novel, “about a young girl who discovers an abandoned garden on her uncle’s large Victorian country estate, as well as an invalid cousin she didn’t realize she had. With the help of a local boy, the girl sets out to restore the garden and, once it is blooming again, she discovers it has magical powers.”

Outdoor screening of “The Secret Garden”
Friday, June 1 at 8 pm  Please note: Due to forecasted thunderstorms this evening, the outdoor screening of The Secret Garden will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 2
Presby Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Free

On Saturday go nuts. Nutty By Nature, now in its 15th year as New Jersey’s premier improv troupe, will be performing their new improv comedy show at the NJ School of Dramatic Arts Theater in Bloomfield. The Herald News has called them “Bawdy, brilliant and proof that ingenuity can strike at a moments notice.” The show is based entirely on audience suggestions! In addition to providing the material for the show, audience members are encouraged to bring their own crazy “props” that the actors will use during the show!

Nutty By Nature Improv Comedy Show
Saturday, June 2 at 8 pm
NJ School of Dramatic Arts Theater, 593 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door

Score some beautiful, local, one of a kind artwork this weekend. Collecting Art: An Affordable Art Fair will be held Saturday, June 2 at Montclair Art Museum. Select from art made by a diverse group of artists offering pieces at prices under $500. Help support local and emerging artists while expanding your own collection! Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear local musicians, sponsored by Whole Foods Market Montclair.

Collecting Art: An Affordable Art Fair
Saturday, June 2 from 10 am – 5 pm
Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Free with museum admission

The ninth annual South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour is a tribute to the diversity of art and culture that flourishes in the two towns. This year’s Tour is Free, and will take place on Sunday, June 3.  It will include more than 70 artist’s studios, galleries and group exhibitions.  The Tour is self-guided so you can set your own pace and select the artists who interest you most. Just download your Tour Map here and go explore the art of SOMA.

South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour
Sunday, June 3 from 11 am – 5 pm
Throughout South Orange and Maplewood. See Tour Map here.
Free

And don’t forget about the annual “Roses to Rock Gardens tour sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens on Friday and Saturday, the Montclair African-American Heritage Parade and Festival on Saturday and the Montclair YMCA Run For The Kids 10K  and 2 mile Run/Walk on Sunday.

Rock to Roses Gardens Tour
Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Begins at Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tour tickets are $30 prepaid, or $35 at the door. Prices for Friends of Van Vleck are $25 prepaid and $30 at the door.

Montclair African-American Heritage Parade and Festival
Saturday, June 2 beginning at 10:30 am
Begins at Glenfield Park and ends at Nishuane Park.
Free

Montclair YMCA Run For The Kids 10K  and 2 mile Run/Walk
Sunday, June 3 beginning at 8:30 am
In front of Montclair YMCA, 25 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
2 mile run/walk $25 Adult $15 Youth
10K $30 Adult $15 Youth

If you’re single looking for love, head over to The Fine Grind in Little Falls for it’s Speed Dating night. Men ages 30 -45 and Women ages 25 – 40 are invited to meet others at the cool cozy coffeehouse.

Speed Dating at The Fine Grind
Monday, June 4 from 7 pm – 9 pm
The Fine Grind, 101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, Nj
$20 per person, which includes one free drink

To find out what else is going on this weekend, be sure to check our calendar.

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