Things to Do in Maplewood & South Orange Sept 28-30

Fall weekends are jam-packed with events here in South Orange and Maplewood, and we are tracking them all on Here are our picks for the best in SOMA this weekend. Email us at if we missed any!

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German Night at Verjus in Maplewood September 28

Verjus Restaurant presents A Great Start to Oktoberfest, Featuring Three New Beers: Von Trapp Oktoberfest River Horse Imperial Pumpkin Dogfish Punkin Getting Thirsty? Then Head Over To Verjus For German Night Friday, September 28!

Die-Cast Cars/Tri-State/Allied Chemical at The Parlor September 28 in Maplewood

Three Local South Orange-Maplewood ass-kicking bands rock The Woodland Parlor. $ donations accepted. Beer/Wine will be served. Come celebrate Chris Kensler‘s birthday as well! And oh, Bone Pool Radio – Maplewood, NJ will be live and taping.


Hola Fest NJ 2018 September 29 in Maplewood

From Somos SOMA Latinos: Swivel your hips to salsa music. Move to the beats of cumbia from Colombia, bachata from the Dominican Republic and samba from Brazil. It’s all part of Maplewood’s first Hispanic Heritage festival, a community event that will entertain the entire family. Somos SOMA Latinos, working with the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs and Cross Cultural Works, the organizers of Diwali Fest NJ and Lunar Fest NJ, is putting together a free event you surely don’t want to miss.

1968: Student Activism Then and Now at [words] Bookstore in Maplewood September 29

Local  author Marc Aronson  will be moderating a panel on Student  Activism Then and Now at [words] Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ on Saturday, September 29  at 4:00 PM.  Mark will be joined in conversation with Newbery Award winning author Jim Murphy and editor Susan Campbell Bartoletti. The panelists will be discussing and signing 1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution and Change, an anthology that features essays, memoirs and more by fourteen award-winning authors, each bringing their unique perspective to one of the world’s most tumultuous years.

Keep It Brief — 8-Minute, First-Person Stories September 29 in Maplewood

This is true, first-person storytelling from people in the Maplewood/South Orange Community. 8 minutes, no notes. This month: Joe Wachs, Doreen Oliver, Tommy Nichols, Eyrique Miller, Donna Coallier, and Jenny Bacon. Hosted by Boo Trundle (of Roll Call, Inc.) Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8 – 10 p.m. Burgdorff Center For The Performing Arts 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood.

The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston at SOPAC, September 29

The Grammy Award-winning Manhattans have earned the right to be called R&B legends. With decade-spanning top hits like “Kiss and Say Goodbye,”  “Shining Star” and “There’s No Good in Goodbye,” they still bring their vocal magic to every performance. At the South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange.


Resource Home Show in Maplewood Sunday, September 30

On Sunday September 30th, The First Annual Resource Home Show will come to Maplewood NJ. The event, sponsored by Inhabit Your Home – a blog for the stylish and functional home – will be held from 1-4 at The Woodland. The Resource Home Show is the answer to the ongoing call for regional home industry professionals who restore, renovate, upgrade and maintain our beloved homes.

Maplewood Village Art Walk & Music Fest September 30

A juried fine art show with live musical entertainment on the streets of Maplewood Village, New Jersey. September 30, 2018, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maplewood Village is a charming destination with great shops and top-notch restaurants and eateries.

‘Medicinal Plants of the Civil War’ September 30 in Maplewood

On Sunday, September 30, at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.), Durand-Hedden will host noted horticulturalist/educator Lesley Parness, who will explain how plants were crucial in every aspect of the Civil War – on the battlefields and on the home fronts of both the North and the South. Her talk will encompass 30 plants and the medicinal properties for which they were known in the 19th century.