Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. The December 3 event will feature a performance by the Newark Boys Chorus and holiday shopping, and will be the last Free First Thursday Night chance to see the current exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends. Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

            The December evening’s musical performances will include the Newark Boys Chorus and Rob Jennings. The Newark Boys Chorus will give a special holiday performance at 6:15 p.m. in MAM’s Leir Hall. After the performance, Rob Jennings will be on acoustic guitar in MAM’s galleries from 7 to 9 p.m.

Just in time for the holidays, The Store at MAM will offer four exciting artist trunk shows at the December Free First Thursday Night. Browse handcrafted jewelry by Lara Knutson, Himalyan hand-embroidered pillows from the collection of Dr. Jay Sethi, and Terry Cody figure vases. Also discover a world of scarves: from soft wools to fine wovens, scarves make a welcome holiday gift. Oil & Vinegar, new to Montclair and now located at 28 S. Park Street, will also do a special tasting for Free First Thursday Night guests and offer holiday gifts for purchase.

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Free First Thursday Night staples include a full-service bar, tours, the Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop, and food trucks. The Art Bar at MAM is now in partnership with Upstairs bar and restaurant and features signature cocktails, wine, and NJ Beer Co. beer at special Free First Thursday Night prices. Museum members receive a discount on all drinks at the bar. A children’s refreshment bar will also be provided by Whole Foods Market Montclair.

The Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model every Free First Thursday Night. Free First Thursday Night tours are offered every hour on the half hour: 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. This month, tours at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. will feature Eric Carle: Animals and Friends and at 7:30 p.m., the tour will explore Work and Leisure in American Art, an exhibition of the Museum’s permanent collection. The featured food truck in December will be The Original Soupman. Guests can also relax with complimentary chair massages courtesy of Wolke Chiropractic.

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. There will be no Free First Thursday Night in January due to construction. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.