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May in Montclair 2022

For all the years I’ve lived here in Montclair, the month of May has been an event. With winter in the rear-view mirror and everything flowering, May in Montclair always felt like a season unto itself -- 31-day celebration of the arts and culture of this special town. 

These last two years, May in Montclair took a hiatus, and I was excited to discover that this year, it has started to make its way back.  

To me, the most far-reaching evidence of May in Montclair would have to be the tulips, the result of volunteer donations and plantings that drench the town in color. When I’m walking, it seems like they’re everywhere.  

This past weekend was a Disability Pride Parade and Rally, and the month will dovetail into the annual Roses to Rock Gardens Tour. In between, there are musical performances and art exhibits. Plant and herb sales and a wildflower walk. The renowned Iris Gardens open May 12th. And if all of that is too much nature and culture, there’s even a Donut Decorating event for teens sponsored by Out Montclair

Our 5-day Literary Festival includes (among others) Jennifer Egan and Elizabeth Alexander (May 5-9) and the always breathtaking AAPI Lantern Festival is May 20th

The Montclair Film Festival used to take place in May (now moved to the fall), however Montclair Film has a Celebrating Pride series this year from May 6-June 11), so it’s a bit like getting two festivals this year!

Friends of Anderson Park is hosting a Happy Birthday, Mr. Olmsted event May 14th (a celebration of Fredrick Law Olmsted’s 200th!) with live music, children’s activities, and an antique bike display, which sounds very cool.

If there’s ever a time to come check out this town – and its commitment to arts and inclusion and beauty – it’s May. It’s hard not to fall in love.

For a personal tour of the town, please reach out: 973-809-5277


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