The Weekend: Halloween and More!


Lots of great happenings to enjoy this last weekend in October! It’s chock full of Halloween parties and much more!

First thing to do is to check out our Halloween Happenings After Dark round up and for those with kids, our Halloween Happening For families round up.

Next check out these events we’ve already told you about:

Now keep reading below for other weekend happenings:


International multiplatinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne will perform at NJPAC on Friday night. Buanne has taken the world by storm with his ballads and uptempo tunes, all rooted in the pop traditions of his Italian homeland, earning him the title “The Ambassador of Dolce Vita.”

Patrizio Buanne
Friday, October 28 at 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark. NJ
Tickets are $49.50 – $99.50 and can be purchased online here



indigo girls

There are still some tickets left for the 10:30 performance of the Indigo Girls at SOPAC on Friday night if you hurry! Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong.

Indigo Girls
Friday, October 28 at 10:30 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $78-$98 and can be purchased online here



Punkin Chunkin

The Shannon Rose Irish Pub in Clifton will hold its 3rd annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will take place Friday night. Participants are challenged to launch their pumpkin as far as possible within a designated area known as the “Chunkin Patch” for a chance to win great prizes while raising funds for a worthy cause. Pumpkins can be reserved in advance – as supplies are limited – or purchased onsite for a cost of $10, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s. Since 2014, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub has raised over $4,700 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a result of its Punkin’ Chunkin’ competitions.

Shannon Rose Irish Pub Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition
Friday, October 28 at 6 pm
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, 98 Kingsland Road, Clifton, NJ
$10 for a pumpkin

dan-brennerRabbi Daniel Brenner, Chief of Education for Moving Traditions, will speak on “Future Shlock: Thoughts on Judaism After Reading Yuval Harari” at Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan on Saturday morning in Montclair. In his role at Moving Traditions, Rabbi Brenner is leading a national effort to train educators and mentors to connect the ethical insights of Jewish life to the challenges facing today’s teens. Over the last two decades, Brenner has been a driving force behind some of the most creative approaches to Jewish education, leading initiatives for the Birthright Israel Foundation and CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan:  Future Shlock: Thoughts on Judaism After Reading Yuval Harari
Saturday, October 29 at 10:30 am
Bnai Keshet, 99 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

Benny Golson Quintet will perform at Trumpets Jazz Club on Saturday night. Benny Golson, multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend, – a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer – and tenor saxophonist of world note, was born in Philadelphia in 1929. Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. 

Benny Golson Quintet
Saturday, October 29 at 8 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ 07042
$40 pp at door and $35 for advance tickets. $12 minimum drinks and food



Lane Gardner

Singer/Songwriter Lane Gardner returns to Groov Cafe this Saturday night. Hard to fit in to one particular genre, Lane’s music has a timelessness to it. Sometimes gospel, with even a bit of southern grit here and there, her perhaps old-school soulfulness harkens back to trailblazing female singer/songwriters like Carole King and Joni Mitchell, while her sharp and cutting lyrics evoke the stylistic honesty of Ani DiFranco and Adele.

Lane Gardner
Saturday, October 29 at 8 pm
Groov Cafe & Juice Bar, 127 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042




See the Who’s Bad live performance at MAYO Performing Arts Center on Saturday night. This power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson has ignited crowds on every continent!  This jaw-dropping musical must-see is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King.

Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Saturday, October 29 at 8 pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ
Tickets are $19 – $45 and can be purchased online here



Steve Martin and Martin Short

Steve Martin and Martin Short will perform An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life — featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko — at NJPAC on Sunday. Expect nonstop laughs as the hilarious duo recall their iconic careers, creative influences and memorable encounters, uniquely presented through banter, singing and banjo playing.

Steve Martin and Martin Short
Sunday, October 30 at 7 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark. NJ
Tickets are $59.50 – $249.50 and can be purchased online here



the_old_asylum_and_other_stories_wheeler_antabanez_400Wheeler Antabanez will do a reading of his book “The Old Asylum and Other Stories” at West Caldwell Public Library on Sunday. He will read a haunting short story from his new collection and show a video chronicling the abandonment and demolition of Overbrook Psychiatric Hospital in Cedar Grove. His short stories are based on his bone-chilling childhood explorations of the abandoned Essex Mountain Sanatorium in North Caldwell and Overbrook Psychiatric Hospital.

“The Old Asylum and Other Stories” reading and meet the author
Sunday, October 30 from 2 pm – 4 pm
West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell, NJ
Free, Copies of “The Old Asylum and Other Stories” will be available for purchase and signing after the program.


Check out our Calendar for other local happenings and have a great weekend!





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