The Weekend: Labor Day Edition

It’s Labor Day weekend! If you aren’t taking a last hurrah vacation, or having a BBQ, get out and enjoy the last long weekend of summer at one of these great events.

Enrico GranafeiOn Friday night at Trumpet’s Jazz Club and Restaurant in Montclair, the Enrico Granafei Quartet will perform. Granafei has been the owner and musical director of Trumpets since 1999. One of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today, Granafei continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances. As jazz pianist/historian Lewis Porter says: “This could be the start of something big for harmonica players everywhere.”

Enrico Granafei Quartet
Friday, September 4 at 8 pm and 10 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$18 pp at door / $15 pp online / $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

The West Orange Hispanic Foundation Inaugural Party

The West Orange Hispanic Foundation Inaugural Party kicks off on Saturday bringing live music, cultural arts, dancing, cuisine and children’s activities to The Oskar Schindler Center for the Performing Arts (OSPAC). The free, family-friendly event will feature a beer, wine and sangria garden and cuisine from West Orange-based Latin restaurants like Bam Bam Restaurant and Lounge and others. Kids can enjoy child-centric activities like face painting and a hands-on arts and crafts station. Dancing is highly encouraged at the foundation’s kickoff party and the musical lineup is geared to get festivalgoers moving with merengue, mariachi and bachata tunes.

The West Orange Hispanic Foundation Inaugural Party
Saturday, September 5 from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
OSPAC, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ
Montclair Center StageEnjoy an evening of great music on Church Street in Montclair on Saturday. Montclair Center Stage has a great line-up in store for you this weekend:

  • Liv Lombardi: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., Folk/Rock
  • Ryan Hobleri: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Folk
  • Black Lace Blues: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Blues/Rock


Labor Day PaddleYou could also spend Labor Day taking a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River with the Essex Environmental Center. Enjoy scenery and peacefulness while paddling up the river and floating down stream.


Labor Day Paddle
Monday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Essex County Environmental Center, Garibaldi Hall, 621A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ. Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot
$30 per canoe. Register in advance by calling 973-228-8776.

labor day bbq

Or take a day trip to the gorgeous Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ on Labor Day and enjoy a Labor Day BBQ. Kick back and enjoy some all-American favorites straight off the grill—made to order hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers with all of your favorite toppings. Then finish off your day with a specialty sundae or a slushie from the Gazebo.

Labor Day BBQ at Grounds For Sculpture
Monday, September 7 from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ
Free with park admission ($15)

Montclair Art MuseumThis weekend is also a Museums On Us weekend, which means that any Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder will receive free museum admission to the following area museums:

  • Montclair Art Museum (MAM), 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
  • Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.
  • Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Whitney Museum of Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY.
  • Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, New York, NY

Museums on Us
Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6
Free admission for each cardholder (debit or credit) at participating museums

Check out our Calendar for other local happenings and enjoy the holiday weekend!

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