Best of Essex 2018: Entertainment, Nightlife & Recreation

Planning a girls' night out or a kids' party? Here are the best entertainment, nightlife and recreation destinations in this county, as voted by you!




Cooking Classes

1. Verjus Restaurant
1790 Springfield Ave.
Maplewood
973.378.8990
verjusrestaurant.com

2. Chef it Up
512 Franklin Ave.
Nutley
973.542.8542
chefitupkids.com

3. Kings
778 Morris Tpk.
Short Hills
973.258.4000
kingsfoodmarkets.com

Girls’ Night Out

1. Park Avenue Art Studio
2 Park Ave.
Caldwell
973.816.7906
parkavenueartstudio.com

2. The Crosby
193 Glenridge Ave.
Montclair
973.509.2337
thecrosbymontclair.com

3. Egan & Sons
118 Walnut St.
Montclair
973.744.1413
egannsons.com

Irish Pub

1. Egan & Sons
118 Walnut St.
Montclair
973.744.1413
egannsons.com

2. Cloverleaf Tavern
395 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.226.9812
cloverleaftavern.com

3. Tierney's
138 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.744.9785

Kids' Parties

1. Park Avenue Art Studio
2 Park Ave.
Caldwell
973.816.7906
parkavenueartstudio.com

2. JUMPnasium
204 Passaic Ave.
Fairfield
973.808.1700
jumpnasiumparty.com

3. Kidville
516 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.826.0350
kidville.com

Painting Parties

1. Park Avenue Art Studio
2 Park Ave.
Caldwell
973.816.7906
parkavenueartstudio.com

2. Pinot's Palette
531 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.744.7500

510 Franklin Ave.

Nutley
​973.284.0700
pinotspalette.com

3. ArteVino Studio
51 Uppper Montclair Plz.
Montclair
862.500.1165
montclair.artevinostudio.com

Theater (Performing Arts)

1. Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Dr.
Millburn
973.376.4343
papermill.org

2. The Wellmont Theater
5 Seymour St.
Montclair
973.783.9500
wellmonttheater.com

3. NJPAC
1 Center St.
Newark
888.466.5722
njpac.org

Wedding Receptions

1. Pleasantdale Chateau
757 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange
973.731.5600
pleasantdale.com

2. Nanina's in the Park
540 Mill St.
Belleville
973.751.1230
naninasinthepark.com

3. The Manor
111 Prospect Ave.
West Orange
973.731.2360
themanorrestaurant.com

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June 2019

Join us on weekends: June 8, 9, 15, & 16 to celebrate the delightful taste of fresh strawberries at our strawberry harvest festival on our farm. Enjoy a day of strawberry picking and panoramic...

Cost: please see website for details

Where:
Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ  07930
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Sponsor: Alstede Farms
Telephone: 908-879-7189
Contact Name: Alstede Farms
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Give Dad the rustic, country-style Father’s Day brunch he has been asking for. The whole family will work up an appetite on a scenic tractor drawn wagon ride through beautiful acres of...

Cost: children $19.99 adults $29.99 seniors $24.99

Where:
Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ  07930
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Sponsor: Alstede Farms
Telephone: 908-878-7189
Contact Name: Alstede Farms
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Boonton Arts - Dog Days of Summer kicks off June 7th at 5:30, with a leash cutting in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church and Main Street. They say that every dog has...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Boonton
Church & Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Boonton Arts
Telephone: 862-307-5919
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
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Speakeasy Art Gallery is pleased to present Allison Kroll’s new solo show “WOMEN IN VISIBILITY” that will be on view at the Speakeasy Art Gallery from June 7th to July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Speakeasy Art Gallery
816 Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Speakeasy Art Gallery
Telephone: 973-557-8268
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
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  TRI-COUNTY FAIR – JUNE 13-16, 2019 The excitement of carnival attractions, rides, games, live music, fireworks and more is coming back to the Morris County area at the...

Cost: Free Admission and Parking

Where:
Christ Church
140 Green Pond Rd
Rockaway, NJ  07866
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Sponsor: Christ Church
Telephone: 973-783-1010
Contact Name: Stephen Nickoley
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Ocean Galleries presents The Cat Behind the Hat – The Art of Dr. Seuss   Ocean Galleries will share artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection over Father’s Day weekend in...

Cost: Free to the Public; ALL Artwork Available for Acquisition

Where:
Ocean Galleries
9618 3rd Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ  08247
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Sponsor: Ocean Galleries
Contact Name: Kim Miller

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Boonton Arts - Dog Days of Summer kicks off June 7th at 5:30, with a leash cutting in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church and Main Street. They say that every dog has...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Boonton
Church & Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Boonton Arts
Telephone: 862-307-5919
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Speakeasy Art Gallery is pleased to present Allison Kroll’s new solo show “WOMEN IN VISIBILITY” that will be on view at the Speakeasy Art Gallery from June 7th to July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Speakeasy Art Gallery
816 Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Speakeasy Art Gallery
Telephone: 973-557-8268
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Boonton Arts - Dog Days of Summer kicks off June 7th at 5:30, with a leash cutting in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church and Main Street. They say that every dog has...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Boonton
Church & Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Boonton Arts
Telephone: 862-307-5919
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Speakeasy Art Gallery is pleased to present Allison Kroll’s new solo show “WOMEN IN VISIBILITY” that will be on view at the Speakeasy Art Gallery from June 7th to July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Speakeasy Art Gallery
816 Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Speakeasy Art Gallery
Telephone: 973-557-8268
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
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Boonton Arts - Dog Days of Summer kicks off June 7th at 5:30, with a leash cutting in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church and Main Street. They say that every dog has...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Boonton
Church & Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Boonton Arts
Telephone: 862-307-5919
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Speakeasy Art Gallery is pleased to present Allison Kroll’s new solo show “WOMEN IN VISIBILITY” that will be on view at the Speakeasy Art Gallery from June 7th to July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Speakeasy Art Gallery
816 Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Speakeasy Art Gallery
Telephone: 973-557-8268
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Boonton Arts - Dog Days of Summer kicks off June 7th at 5:30, with a leash cutting in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church and Main Street. They say that every dog has...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Boonton
Church & Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Boonton Arts
Telephone: 862-307-5919
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Speakeasy Art Gallery is pleased to present Allison Kroll’s new solo show “WOMEN IN VISIBILITY” that will be on view at the Speakeasy Art Gallery from June 7th to July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Speakeasy Art Gallery
816 Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Speakeasy Art Gallery
Telephone: 973-557-8268
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Boonton Arts - Dog Days of Summer kicks off June 7th at 5:30, with a leash cutting in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church and Main Street. They say that every dog has...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Boonton
Church & Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
View map »


Sponsor: Boonton Arts
Telephone: 862-307-5919
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Speakeasy Art Gallery is pleased to present Allison Kroll’s new solo show “WOMEN IN VISIBILITY” that will be on view at the Speakeasy Art Gallery from June 7th to July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Speakeasy Art Gallery
816 Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
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Sponsor: Speakeasy Art Gallery
Telephone: 973-557-8268
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

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Ocean Galleries presents Mackenzie Thorpe – 30 Years of Love   For the weekend of the summer solstice, Ocean Galleries is delighted to welcome Mackenzie Thorpe for his first ever...

Cost: Free to the Public; ALL Artwork Available for Acquisition

Where:
Ocean Galleries
9618 3rd Ave
Stone Harbor, NJ  08247
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Sponsor: Ocean Galleries
Telephone: 609.368.7777
Contact Name: Kim Miller
Website »

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Boonton Arts - Dog Days of Summer kicks off June 7th at 5:30, with a leash cutting in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church and Main Street. They say that every dog has...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Boonton
Church & Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
View map »


Sponsor: Boonton Arts
Telephone: 862-307-5919
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

More information

Speakeasy Art Gallery is pleased to present Allison Kroll’s new solo show “WOMEN IN VISIBILITY” that will be on view at the Speakeasy Art Gallery from June 7th to July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Speakeasy Art Gallery
816 Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
View map »


Sponsor: Speakeasy Art Gallery
Telephone: 973-557-8268
Contact Name: Kristy Brucale Jach
Website »

More information

Ocean Galleries presents Mackenzie Thorpe – 30 Years of Love   For the weekend of the summer solstice, Ocean Galleries is delighted to welcome Mackenzie Thorpe for his first ever...

Cost: Free to the Public; ALL Artwork Available for Acquisition

Where:
Ocean Galleries
9618 3rd Ave
Stone Harbor, NJ  08247
View map »


Sponsor: Ocean Galleries
Telephone: 609.368.7777
Contact Name: Kim Miller
Website »

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